A collection of New York Jets players are currently convened in California taking part in a pseudo-mini camp organized by starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez. For the second year in a row, Sanchez has demonstrated his leadership in the locker room by putting together “Jets West,” as he calls it. This year it is particularly important considering the lockout. Outside of the on the field work, Sanchez is organizing classroom sessions to review the offense and various things for himself and his teammates to do around California. For example, a group of them attended the Lakers game last night.
The list of attendees includes Braylon Edwards, Dustin Keller, LaDainian Tomlinson, Mark Brunell, Kevin O’Connell, John Conner, Patrick Turner, Jeff Cumberland, Greg McElroy, Brad Smith, Jeremy Kerley, Scotty McKnight, and Joe McKnight, with Santonio Holmes rumored to be showing up later in the week. It is an impressive effort by Sanchez to put this together and rally this many teammates. Rex Ryan recently commented that Sanchez and cornerback Darrelle Revis will be his captains this year and “Jets West” is just one reason why Sanchez deserves it.
As the Jets starting quarterback the past two years, Sanchez has dealt with the ups and downs expected of a young quarterback. He still struggles with his accuracy and consistency, along with making a few judgement errors. However, the reasons Jets fans should be feel confident that they have their franchise quarterback in place for the next decade is that Sanchez is a winner, plays better when the spot gets bigger, and has both a terrific work ethic and desire to lead. He is the anti-Matt Leinart, which makes Mike Tannenbaum look that much smarter for passing on Leinart in 2006 and moving up for Sanchez in 2009.
“Jets West” should help the offense make up for what time they are losing from the lockout yet more importantly it is another step in their young quarterback’s path to becoming the unquestioned leader of this team.
Joe McKnight…clearly learning from last off-season