|Who ya got: Mark Sanchez or Chad Henne?(Getty Images/US PRESSWIRE)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
Jason Taylor, the future Hall of Fame linebacker, has played for both the Dolphins and Jets during his 15-year career, and he's seen quarterbacks Chade Henne and Mark Sanchez up close during their formative NFL years. And in a recent sitdown with NBC Miami, he compared the two.
"We need to grow and we need to continue to change, and I think Chad has grown immensely since I left here a year ago," Taylor said. "I saw a kid in New York, Mark Sanchez, that is young, I don't think he's as talented as Chad Henne."
Without knowing the context, your first reaction might be to think, "So when did Taylor start doing stand-up?" But he's serious -- at least as long as he's wearing a Dolphins' uniform. As PFT.com's Michael David Smith reminds us, team affiliation has a lot to do with Taylor's favorite quarterback.
In June 2010, when he was with the Jets, Taylor was asked to choose between Henne and Sanchez. He didn't hesitate.
"I know who I'm going to pick, and it's my quarterback here," Taylor said at the time. "I've always been one of those guys that rides or dies with his quarterback. Sanchez is my guy, and I better not hear anybody say anything bad about him."
It's a good thing Taylor doesn't play for the Colts because we're pretty sure the "I ride or die with my QB" mantra would go right out the window.
And while we applaud Taylor for his loyalty (even if he's a flip-flopper), the thing is, there isn't much difference between Henne and Sanchez, at least when comparing them using Football Outsiders' QB efficiency statistics.
In 2010, Henne ranked 17th in the league in total value and 22nd in value per play (Sanchez was 18th and 28th, respectively). Through three games of the 2011 season, Sanchez is 13th in total value and value per play, and Henne is 15th and 17th.
There is no dispute, however, when it comes to designer wife-beaters and off-white skinny jeans. Hands down, Sanchez is your man.
Pay no attention to A-Rodge. Mark Sanchez looks good. (GQ.com)
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