Jets owner: 'I didn't sign up for 3-6 season'

Associated Press Modified: November 15, 2012 at 4:47 pm •  Published: November 15, 2012

Johnson also took issue with a newspaper report that quoted anonymous players and members of the organization who criticized Tebow's abilities, saying that their statements are "just something out of thin air, essentially." The report had players sticking up for Mark Sanchez as the starter, with one calling Tebow "terrible" as a quarterback.

"Anonymous guys have no credibility," Johnson said. "Anonymous guys don't speak for the organization."

Johnson would not say whether he regretted making the trade with Denver to bring in Tebow, preferring to not comment on individual players. But he did discuss Sanchez, who is mired in a slump that has had many calling for Tebow to replace him.

"Mark is a player on the team," Johnson said. "We're going to evaluate him as we do the other players. He'll be evaluated just like anybody else."

It was a curiously lukewarm assessment by Johnson, who later was more supportive when he was asked if he still views Sanchez as the franchise quarterback.

"He is our franchise quarterback," he said. "I don't 'view' him that way — that's what he is."

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