For Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, it's not 2012

PHILADELPHIA -- You could forgive Mark Sanchez if he wasn't exactly thrilled by the news that the Eagles had signed quarterback Tim Tebow.

Sanchez's run as "The Sanchize" -- the New York Jets' franchise quarterback -- began to sour in 2012. That was the year the Jets acquired Tebow and planned to use him in Wildcat packages. Taking the starting quarterback off the field and replacing him with another player for short bursts has not worked anywhere it has been tried. It is a trend that appears to be over in the NFL.

Sanchez injured his shoulder before the start of the 2013 season, had surgery and missed the whole year. After that season, he was released and signed a one-year free agent contract with the Eagles. In 2014, Sanchez started eight games for the Eagles after Nick Foles got hurt.

When the season was over, Sanchez was headed back to free agency. He said there was some interest from other teams, but he decided that playing in coach Chip Kelly's offense was the best fit for him. When Kelly traded Foles for Sam Bradford, Sanchez was OK with it. He expected to compete with Foles, so he would compete with Bradford instead.

Then, in April, Kelly signed Tebow to a one-year contract. For Sanchez, it must have brought back unpleasant memories of 2012. When he was quoted as saying the Eagles signed Tebow because "we needed another guy to throw while Sam's [knee is] still recovering," it was widely taken as a dismissal of Tebow's chances.

"I think that kind of came off the wrong way," Sanchez said last week. "At least it was not exactly what I intended to say. It took on a life of its own. Listen, everybody's here for a reason. We're all working hard, trying to make each other better. Coach wanted specific guys here for specific reasons. That's up to coach. We just plug in and play."

Tebow shrugged off Sanchez's quote, saying he was grateful for the opportunity to be on a football team for the first time in almost two years. There is no animosity between him and Sanchez. Lost in Sanchez's comments about Tebow was the part about Tebow being a "great guy."

What happened in New York resulted more from the coaching decisions than anything Sanchez or Tebow did.

"We had that relationship for a year," Tebow said. "I think it's deeper, it's more evolved. I think it's a good relationship. I have a lot of respect for him. I think you just try to make each other better."

After watching one practice last week, it's obvious Sanchez is much further along in knowing Kelly's offense. That's natural enough after a year's experience. That will also give Sanchez an edge on Bradford when he's cleared to compete.

The idea that Tebow was brought in as a kind of two-point conversion and short yardage specialist took a hit when Kelly said the Eagles weren't likely to go for two points very often. Kelly proposed a further rule change that moved the two-point attempt to the 1-yard line. It did not pass, so Kelly said he sees no reason to try for two points unless the game situation calls for it.

So Tebow is competing as a quarterback. So is Sanchez. That is about the only similarity to 2012.