It hasn’t been the best few months for New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. Although I suppose there are people who have it worse than running around between Kate Upton and Kim Kardashian. He has been publicly thrown under the bus by anonymous teammates, questioned by every media member in America, is dealing with Peyton Manning speculation, and hearing his team ripped to shreds by everybody who could get a word in. Beyond that, the only offensive coordinator he has ever had was fired and has since been replaced.
We have heard Rex Ryan, Mike Tannenbaum, Nick Mangold, Darrelle Revis, Greg McElroy, and others speak this off-season…yet not a word from Sanchez.
The only thing we have heard is that Sanchez is avoiding the Super Bowl.
You know what I would like to see? A media appearance from Sanchez when he answers his critics in the locker room, particularly the ones who called out his work ethic. I want him to welcome any challenge the Jets bring in for him at quarterback. I want him to say he is going repair his relationship with Santonio Holmes and say that he will be holding Jets West camp again and wants Holmes there in attendance, no excuses. I want to hear his thoughts on Schottenheimer and Sparano and most of all I want him to take ownership of this team, this offense and say he hears what everybody has to say right now about him and this team and he is going to make sure he fixes it.
Words only do so much. He needs to produce on the field but Sanchez needs to play with an attitude and the edge that he is playing for his life this season. You want to be a backup for the next 5 years in Seattle or do you want to be a starting quarterback in New York? Are you going to be Matt Leinart or are you going to do what Eli Manning and Drew Brees did after their third year?
Am I saying Sanchez will ever be on their level? No. But I am saying, those two guys produced at the same rate or lower than Sanchez did in their first three years and they grew up in year four and took their career to another level.
It is make or break time for Sanchez, so where is he?