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Sanchez should be worried

Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:55 pm
INDIANAPOLIS -- Rex Ryan thinks he put too much pressure on last year's Jets by saying too much, but now he's put heat on his quarterback, Mark Sanchez, now by not saying enough.

I'm talking about what Rex said ... or did not say ... at Thursday's NFL scouting combine. When he was asked about the possibility of the Jets landing Peyton Manning if and when he becomes a free agent, he didn't pledge allegiance to his current quarterback.

All he said he was that the Jets "will look at all possibiliities."

Ryan said  that wasn't unusual; that the club does that with all positions. But that's not the point. When he had a chance to support his embattled quarterback, he did not. Instead, he said that the club "will look at everything."

If I'm Mark Sanchez, I'm not sure what to make of it. All I know is that when Brett Favre became available in 2008, the Jets couldn't wait to get the guy, even though then-coach Eric Mangini was opposed to the idea and even though they had a playoff quarterback in Chad Pennington.

But they made the move, anyway, basically because owner Woody Johnson loves to make headlines, and the Favre deal put the Jets on the back pages of the Daily News and Post for days. A Peyton Manning deal would, too, provided, of course, he's released, he's healthy and he's agreeable to joining the Jets.

Oh, yeah, one more thing: Provided the Jets want to supplant Sanchez, who led them to two conference championship games in his first two seasons. I'm not saying it happens, but when Ryan had an opportunity to back his quarterback with a strong statement he did not.

"I think Mark Sanchez is an outstanding quarterback, " he said, "and he's our quarterback, and he has a great future. I'm not coming off any of those. But will we look at every scenario? Of course. Will we look at every kicker out there? As painful as that it is, absolutely. But that's what we do."

But it's not what you do if you make a commitment to the quarterback you have.

"So do you expect Mark to be your quarterback this season?" Ryan was asked.

"I definitely think," Ryan said before stopping. "He's our quarterback now, and he's got a great future. Last I checked, Mark's under contract, and he's our quarterback."

That's not exactly a ringing endorsement.

Category: NFL

Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:21 pm

Sanchez should be worried

I completely agree with you.  I see so much hype about Brady 24/7 but what has he done? Really though.  The year they broke records the AFC East wasn't exactly the best division in football.  There were some close games with close calls (e.g. The Eagles game and Baltimore Ravens game).  Also, where is the clutch game winning drive at the end of the game for Brady? I love how people disrespect the greats by putting him in the same class as the smoothest QB in the history of the game, Joe Montana.  When Joe played you were allowed to hit the QB late.  It was our own Leonard Marshall who ended Joe Montana's career.  Today Marshall would be fined for laying the same hit.  If Peyton has Adam Vinatieri as the Kicker throughout the last decade he has more rings than Brady.  Without Vinatieri, Brady wouldn't have Super Bowls.  I made the same point regarding season records as you when I was on the phone yesterday... excellent post.

Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:42 pm

Sanchez should be worried

Sanchez shouldn't be worried about Peyton Manning (who by the way would never play for Rex Ryan), he should be worried because he's a mediocre QB.  The Jets won in 2009 and 2010 because of a dominant run game and defense.  In 2011, the run game and D wasn't good enough to cover up the poor QB play.  Sanchez isn't goingto be replaced by Manning, but he easily could be replaced.   

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:33 am

Sanchez should be worried

Wow, it is not like Mark is a top 5 QB in the league. He has only played 3 yrs, one with the short season as far as offseason preperation goes. How could the Jets not think about getting Peyton Manning? He is probably the best QB to play the game if not one of. The reads and audible's he does at the line are insane. I still remember a game he over ruled Dungy, tossed the punt team off the field and completed a 4th down bullet down the sidelines to Reggie for a huge gain. That really showed then who was carrying that team. I think by the record this year it showed how much he meant to that team and the success. You guys that play up Brady so much, I ask you to look at the Pats 11-5 the year he went down and they played with a back up. I am not saying Brady is terrible but I also think he benefits from the system he is in. I will stick by my opinion that Peyton is better than Brady.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 8:35 pm

Sanchez should be worried

It won't be like the Colts will be able to trade Manning.  He will be a free agent.  From what I read, Archie Manning, who runs the family roost would not allow Peyton to go to New York where he would cause a PR disaster for Eli Manning from the New York Media.  In my opinion, Miami is the much more likely destination, or Arizona.  THat is a big if, if the stories of a fourth neck procedure over the summer are true and a second spinal fusion might be necessary.  At that point, his risk of paralysis with a typical football contact hit to the head would be very high and not worth any money in the world.  It woulld also be selfish to his family and children.

Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 8:17 pm

Sanchez should be worried

Well, Sanchez...if you get another chance, prepare to be up to the challenge!

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