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Former Jet Kris Jenkins calls out Mark Sanchez

Posted on: January 5, 2012 5:56 pm
Jenkins isn't impressed with Sanchez's leadership skills. (US PRESSWIRE/AP)

By Ryan Wilson

Former Jets defensive lineman Kris Jenkins has transitioned nicely from the playing field to the analyst's chair. He's made occasional appearances on CBS's The NFL Today, and he had a thoughtful piece in the New York Times in November documenting his life in professional football.

On Thursday, Jenkins spared us the nuance when he took to Mike Lupica's radio show to talk about the unintentional comedy stylings of the New York Jets and Mark Sanchez (transcript via

“The No. 1 quarterback should have said that a long time ago,” Jenkins said, referring to backup Greg McElroy's recent public comments about the sorry state of the Jets locker room. “It would have been all part of the process of him growing a pair and standing up and being a man. But the thing is, he lost his because he got caught up in the wash that is New York, the spotlight, taking pictures in the magazines and doing all that stuff. That’s just what everybody has seen with Mark Sanchez, they got tired of it.”

Aaron Rodgers agrees with the part about fancy clothes and magazine shoots. "I mean look at this -- that's embarrassing," Rodgers said in September of Sanchez's designer wife beater and skinny jeans ensemble. "Page 94 of the GQ thing here, that's terrible."

Also embarrassing and terrible? Sanchez's 2011 season, his third in the NFL, though it wasn't completely his fault. The lack of a running game coupled with an inconsistent defense and the worst team captain in organized sports conspired to wreck the Jets' season and any progress Sanchez might've made.

Jenkins played with Sanchez for parts of the 2009 and 2010 season and admitted that he was impressed by the former USC quarterback's potential. But like intentions and the road to hell, the NFL scrap heap is littered with players with tons of potential who don't do much with it. Right now, that's Sanchez.

“Mark wants to be a leader but there’s a difference between wanting it and taking it,” Jenkins said. “He’s always trying to be a crowd pleaser. He’s always trying to be nice. He wants to be a leader but he won’t take it.”

According to head coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum, Sanchez is the Jets' starter heading into 2012. Maybe it's a case of blind loyalty offsetting what seems to be obvious to most folks: despite Sanchez's draft status, he's not a franchise quarterback. And it's not clear he ever will be, especially if Santonio Holmes is on the roster next season.

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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:40 pm
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Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:23 pm

Former Jet Kris Jenkins calls out Mark Sanchez

Rex Ryan gave him the "C" to prove the point that he was behind Mark Sanchez, plain and simple. But he does not  deserve it.
My opinion, but Tubby gave the "C" to Sadchize and Sadtonio to attempt to motivate them and ease the tension in the club house. Sadchize is not a terrible QB, just an average QB that was sold as something he's not. The Jets are notorious for this, ever hear of the supersonic offense and Mangenius???? 

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:16 pm

Former Jet Kris Jenkins calls out Mark Sanchez

kris jenkins sounds like one of the selfish players mcElroys talking about. jenkins apparantley does give sanchez any respect for taking him to two afc championship games . granted sanchez could have done alot better this year but his 4th quarter stats were not bad ,he was actually good but the stat that got him was the ones they don,t add up , stupid mistates i mean really dumb eras like getting sacked in the end zone for a safety as he did against miami. jenkins just jumped on the sanchez bashing bandwagon . by the way where's jenkins playing now?

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:09 pm

Former Jet Kris Jenkins calls out Mark Sanchez

I wouldn't bet against that third string QB taking Sanchez' job next year. Unless Rex Ryan wants to get fired for bungling around another season. They got in by luck and easy schedules the first 2 years, last year they had an average schedule, next year they are going to win 4 games unless they really step it up. You can't just get by with no offense.

Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:51 pm

Former Jet Kris Jenkins calls out Mark Sanchez

I agree with Kris Jenkins. Mark Sanchez is the least deserving Captain of a team in the national football league. There is nothing that Sanchez says or does that inspires leadership. He is not the vocal leader Tom Brady or Peyton Manning are, he does not lead by example the way that Tebow and Brees do, and his production is not among any elite players at his position.

Rex Ryan gave him the "C" to prove the point that he was behind Mark Sanchez, plain and simple. But he does not  deserve it.

Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:41 pm

Former Jet Kris Jenkins calls out Mark Sanchez

Can things get any worse for this team??? however, they brought it on themselves with Tubby and certain ignorant fans claiming superbowl championships in preseason. I don't blame Sadchize as much as the clowns surrounding him in the Jet circus of horrors, including the coach, Tubby Bozo the Mouth . It  has been obvious that Sadchize is not a premier QB for some time, however, he was promoted as one by a desperate team with no championships in decades. The blame for theis mess should fall on the owner and Tubby who acted like an oversized unprofessional, attention starved imbicile, and coached like a lazy turd. It is obvious the the lack of discipline caused the team to implode on itself weeks prior to elimination, with captains jumping ship and players and Tubby fingering each other in the press. However, this team was never as good as advertised, lucky to sneak in as a wildcard the last two years and declining to the mess before you. The Jet fans are like starving and thirsty men wandering the desert for 44 years and Woody and Tubby made the mirage appear. However, the mirage turned out to be sewer water, all smelly and undrinkable. Some inane Jet fans on these boards claim that the sewer water is champagne, and the Jets are a total success and more successful than the likes of the Packers, Giants and Pats???? This mirrors Tubby's self destructing behavior of insulting teams before weekly games. There are many lessons that the Jet organization and fans can learn from this debacle, however, no one is going to feel sorry for them no matter how hard Tubby cries, as the overwhelming condemnations are self inflicted!!!!

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 8:18 pm

Former Jet Kris Jenkins calls out Mark Sanchez

BMore, there is a very good chance that does happen...the real issue right now for the Jets is that they have nobody else to play QB next season, unless they make a big trade for a Flynn type and see what he has or they somehow sign Peyton which is risky anyhow with that neck injury.

Since: Apr 1, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:59 pm

Former Jet Kris Jenkins calls out Mark Sanchez

Sanchez aint the dude, the Jets seem like they are willing to spend another year at the least with this guy, its probably going to cost Ryan his job, that and his mouth

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:55 pm

Former Jet Kris Jenkins calls out Mark Sanchez

At least Sanchex stays on the field for a whole season, can't say the same about that Hippo Jenkins once he got old enough to where weighing the same as two adults caught up to him....

Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:30 pm

Former Jet Kris Jenkins calls out Mark Sanchez

wiseguy you sound very unsure about your sexuality. do you have a man crush on Sanchez. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

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