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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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Buffalo Bob
Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:26 pm
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Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:14 pm

Former Jet Kris Jenkins calls out Mark Sanchez

Maybe Sanchez is a closet homosexual and that is why he dresses in a very gay manner...who knows?

The bottom line is gay or not he needs to step up and become the leader of the Jets..not sure the team will follow though.

Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:09 pm

Former Jet Kris Jenkins calls out Mark Sanchez

Sure Sanchez is an easy target. Yeah those clothes are hideous; Namath wore hideous clothes too; what does what Rodgers thinks about it have to do with anything.
Sanchez had an awful game vs Miami but he didn't quit. His primary reciever and team captain did.
Rex chose to name Santonio captain, shouldn't Jenkins grow a pair and call one of those fools out instead.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: January 5, 2012 6:59 pm

Former Jet Kris Jenkins calls out Mark Sanchez

The juxtaposition of pictures is priceless.

As a Pats fan I really like Sanchez. For one, he sucks so as long as he's the Jets QB, there's nothing to worry about. Second, it's been reported that he regularly gets hot chicks sent up to his hotel rooms so I respect him for taking advantage of his situation being The Man while he still can.

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 6:49 pm

Former Jet Kris Jenkins calls out Mark Sanchez

Rex Grossman is the only starting QB worse than Mark Sanchez, and the difference is Washington isnt expecting to make a run at the Super Bowl. If you truely believe you are a contender year in and year out with Sanchez, you all deserve to be fired. A half dozen backup QBs are better than Sanchez. They would have won more games with Brunell. 

Since: Feb 10, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 6:40 pm

Former Jet Kris Jenkins calls out Mark Sanchez

How about them Jets huh? tey just can't shut they're trap.Your season is over go home and lick your wounds. Mark Sanchez needs pro-active he's got a face full of zits. I am getting off subject here but, even the 3rd string Quarterback and can't shut his pie whole and it all comes back to the head coach. If his fat ass would just coach and stop running his mouth maybe his team would've made the playoffs instead of watching it!

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