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Sanchez skinny

Posted on: January 15, 2009 1:26 pm

There are doubts about Mark Sanchez. Not mine, necessarily, although I do agree with some of the evaluations about the USC quarterback I've been hearing.

Much like Sam Bradford, Sanchez just hasn't played that much college football. Unlike Bradford, Sanchez has been a full-time starting quarterback for only one season. You heard that in Pete Carroll's evaluation of Sanchez' decision during a Thursday press conference.

Plus, there are concerns about Sanchez' toughness and ability to take a hit. One source who has watched USC estimated that Sanchez has been behind center for less than eight "legitimate" sacks. [That is, not flushed out of the pocket or running side-to-side]

USC runs a pro-style offense which should help Sanchez. The team uses only 15 percent of its extensive drop-back passing game in the playbook.

In another sense, It's hard to blame Sanchez given that the Heisman triplets (Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy) are all returning. He has a chanace of being the second quarterback taken after Matt Stafford. However, Sanchez could be leaving a lot of money on the table. He is no slam dunk to go in the top 10. If he returned for his redshirt senior season, Sanchez could improve significantly on his earning power.

"Mark knows he's going against the grain on this decision ...," Carroll said Thursday, "I don't agree with the assessment of the decision ... The NFL has a very clear thought in that they want you to stay in school as long as you can."


Don't be surprised if Sanchez signs with agent David Dunn.

Now, on to USC. It needs a quarterback.

That you know, but this goes much deeper. USC needs a quarterback, a couple of new coordinators, oh, and a new defense.

Welcome to Carroll's first rebuilding job since he arrived in Troy in 2001.  It's not just Sanchez leaving a year early for the NFL. It's essentially the entire defense leaving, one of the best -- statistically -- of modern times. Both coordinators have left too -- DC Nick Holt followed Steve Sarkisian to Washington.

The spring battle at quarterback will be the most significant at USC since 2003 when Matt Leinart came out of nowhere. It seems like the same thing will happen again with Aaron Corp, Mitch Mustain and Garrett Green competing with freshman Matt Barkley, who is already enrolled.

Mustain, an Arkansas transfer, had trouble picking up the offense in 2008. That was clear when he dropped to third on the depth chart for a time behind Corp.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: USC

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2009 2:06 pm

Sanchez skinny

Re: Dadzilla

You are right Pete Carroll could not carry Coach Dale Browns clipboard because he is our head football coach at SC. What head coach would want to carry another coaches clipboard?  They do not even coach the same sport. Uhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.


What a novel idea a coach that cares about winning. I wonder if that trait only extend to coach Pete Carroll?

Let me see the last I heard there were 7 head basketball coaches fired in the NBA. I wonder what they all had in common? Oh yeah they were not winning.

There were two long time coached fired in the SEC? I wonder what they had in commont? Oh yeah again the fail to win according to the teams management of school officials.

How many coaches were fired in the NFL when this season ended? What did they  have in common, oh again they fail to win.

It appears to me that if you don't win you are fired. I wonder why Pete Carroll has kept his job for the last several years. Oh the answer is that he wins.



"One Man's Opinion"

Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: January 18, 2009 12:11 am

Sanchez skinny

I'd LOVE to hear Matt Leinart's opinion of Carroll's well meant guidance- staying a year cost him Alex Smith's contract, and he'd probably be starting in SF instead of holding a clipboard for a hall of famer. Sanchez has looked great in his starts (especially when healthy)- don't be fooled, Carroll cares about winning. Period. He lost it after losing his coordinators again, after failing to make it through another Pac 10 round robin...

Kind of reminds me of when Shaq played basketball at LSU and Dale Brown pleaded with him to turn pro, a tough sell because he promised his mom he'd stay and graduate. Brown knew Shaq was his only chance for a great season, but since Stanley Roberts and Chris Jackson went pro he also knew Shaq was all he had, would be double and triple teamed all year and risk injury and a promising NBA career. Coach Brown cared more about his players than his own career.

Pete Carroll couldn't carry his clipboard.

Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2009 4:26 pm

Sanchez skinny

Does that mean 4 is bad?  C'mon the USC qb's are doing fine.  Palmer has established himself, and Cassel did very well this season, and Leinart and Booty are still young.  Steve Young and Kurt Warner didn't get their careers going till close to age 30 !!!!  I still think Leinart and Booty will start pretty soon.  And Sanchez will have a learning curve but be a good player too.

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2009 1:37 pm

Sanchez skinny

Late response -

Another school with 4 quarterbacks on NFL rosters? Try Michigan who has 5 ;) (Todd Collins, Chad Henne, Brian Griese, Drew Henson and some other guy named Tom Brady)

(This coming from a ND fan who hates Michigan)

Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2009 12:08 pm

Sanchez skinny

9-3? Only because they play in the Pac-10.  Sanchez may as well have played 1 full season as Ball State's QB.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2009 10:55 am

Cassell had less sacks than Sanchez skinny

I don't think taking only 8 sacks in college is a deal buster for being a successful QB in the NFL.

If memory serves me I think that he got up from each of the 8 sacks so what does that mean?

This is more about Carroll looking bad when Sark, Holt and Sanchez all leave him with more work to do than he remembers.  Good luck trojans.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2009 10:53 am

Sanchez skinny the guy who's arguably been the least impressive USC quarterback during their dynasty-run lately is going a year early.  Rather than focus on Sanchez's shortcomings (of which there are plenty, and add up to backup status at best in the NFL) how about looking at the fate of the other 2 marquee USC quarterbacks lately in the NFL.

Carson Palmer: one amazing year, with mediocrity and injury sandwiched around it

Matt Leinert: couldn't even beat out a 37 year old guy for a starting gig and has been less than impressive whenever on the field for Arizona.

There's no denying the talent that comes out of USC, especially at this position.  But if Palmer/Leinert have struggled to achieve quality play in the NFL, then what the hell is Sanchez thinking is so special about himself to make it different?  USC's offense struggled mightily at times this year and that can be attributed to Sanchez.

This seems like a reach...he must have people and/or an agent whispering in his ear and filling his head with visions of dollar signs.

P.S. if your own COACH says you're not ready, maybe you should listen to him.



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2009 2:41 am

Sanchez skinny

SC will have an excellent year next year. I don't think we will be looking far for a QB to replace Sanchez. He is already in the program and has been for the past 2 years.

He had a problem or two picking up the system ran by Pete Carroll, but he did and will be stronger next year. I personally think Mitch Mustain will emerge as the starter or at least in my mind he is the QB to lose the starter's job. He won 8 games as a freshman at Arkansas. He has not lost a game since junior/middle school.

The other three Green will eventually go back to being a Tight end or wide out or what ever he played when he was dropped out of the QB rotation.

Aaron Corp is or was having trouble fitting into the system and is not well adept at playing in this type system.

The dark horse in this race and the really unknown is "MATT" as in Matt Lienart, Matt Cassell  Barkley is enrolled now. I personally saw him play in two games this past football season. He has all the tools, except one thing that Pete is high on. Experience and being older than 18 years of age.

We have many returning players on defense. Since Pete does not run the score others get a chance to play, there fore most of the defense that will be returning will have at least 2-3 games of experience if you add all the minutes they played in games in which we were ahead. We will have a strong defense next year, though if might not be the record breaking kind we had this year. They will play tough all year.  We have one or two linebackers returning with a bit of experience.

The offensive line, which was to have been our worse in years jelled and became a strong point, the are returning in tact. The wide outs have more experience and would be the best if Sanchez was returning. They will be great, but will have to get accustom to Mitch throwing to them. They should work on that in the off season. Williams will return. We have two excellent tight ends that are returning. We need not go into the running back situation we know they will be stronger in the coming season, even with injuries to one or two we will still be stronger at this position than most college football programs.

Now as far how many games we will win, our normal 11 because we will find some way to shoot ourselves in the foot against Washington next year, win the PAC-10 and the Rose Bowl again. If we don't stumble as we have in the past we will finally get into the National Championship game against one of those loud mouth conferences from the south and the mid-west.


One Man's Opinion

Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2009 2:00 am

Sanchez skinny

Dude why are people considering Leinart and Booty "washed up"  last I checked they were 25 and 24 years old!  It's not too late for them to have a nice career in the NFL.  C'mon, they may still be quality starters, you don't know yet !!!!!!!!!!  And Cassel's numbers were very good, it's not the "system", he still made all the "throws" to make the Pats 11-5, what's wrong with that?  Cassel proved he can play!  Just making it to the NFL is hard, so USC pumping 4 consecutive QB's is darn good.

Since: Apr 18, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2009 11:01 pm

Sanchez skinny

Try Michigan there Mr USC we'r the best thing ever guy.

Brady = more rings then all the USC qbs combined
Henne = the future in Miami
Henson = ok so he's a practice squad guy for my lions ( can it be any worse? lol )
Griese = well he was the heir to elway for a while

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