Turn On The Jets 12 Pack – Goddamn Mark Sanchez Edition

The Turn On The Jets 12 pack – With thoughts on our embattled quarterback, Mark Sanchez

Today’s Turn On The Jets 12 Pack is dedicated to Mark Sanchez: our lazy, coddled, mentally weak, California hippie, noodle armed quarterback….as most Jets “fans” will call him. On to the 12 pack! 

1. Yesterday a story was released about Mark Sanchez working with Jeff Garcia for the previous few weeks on learning Marty Mornhinweg’s offense. The response from most people was jokes, annoyance (he did the same thing last year with Chad Pennington and look what happened) or biter anger…all of which are perplexing responses for a Jets “fan.” Sanchez could easily kick back this off-season, collect his paycheck and look forward to carrying on his career somewhere else next season as a backup, because even if he does nothing in 2012 there will be another team who gives him a chance. Yet, there is “HOW DARE HE” outrage over him trying to get better this off-season and learn a new offense? If you replaced Sanchez’s name with Tim Tebow name in the above article there’d be endless carrying on about his “INTANGIBLES AND DESIRE…AND LOOK HOW HE CARES, WHAT A WARRIOR!” What is Tebow doing to learn the Jets new offensive system, he is still on the team right? How about Greg McElory or the new belle of the ball for Jets fans, David Garrard?

There is nothing to fault in Sanchez trying to get better. One of the most ridiculous claims about Sanchez is that he lacks work ethic. It is an assumption that is made because of where he is from, what he looks like and what college he went to. By every account, Sanchez has constantly been a hard worker and put in the time in the off-season, basically living at the team’s facility, organizing his Jets West Camp and seeking out mentorship in the off-season.

2. There is no logic in any supporter of the New York Jets to hope Mark Sanchez plays poorly in 2013. If he plays well, the Jets will be better and his trade market will increase. If he plays really well, the Jets will be better and the Jets have a viable competitor for a starting job in 2014. If he bombs out, the Jets are going to be that much worse and he will be gone with no compensation in return.

3. Is it understandable to be frustrated with Sanchez and dislike his potential as a quarterback? Yes. He was awful last year and a primary reason in the Jets being a 6-10 team. Let’s get that out of the way, there is no defense for how he played last year, particularly against Arizona, Tennessee, New England and a handful of other games where he truly looked completely lost and out of place being a starter in the NFL. He was put into an awful offensive situation and didn’t respond well. The Jets had the worst skill position group in the NFL last season, seriously they were starting Jeff Cumberland, Chaz Schilens and Shonn Greene down the stretch with Clyde Gates and Mardy Gilyard seeing major playing time. The Tim Tebow Wildcat Shuffle and Tony Sparano’s playcalling didn’t help either but blame ultimately falls on Sanchez for being so sloppy with his mechanics and the football. He let a bad situation snowball on him, something a quarterback can never do in the NFL.

4. Is it understandable to think Sanchez could perform better in a new offensive system and with some upgrades around him on offense? Of course it is. To say Sanchez is a lost cause as a NFL quarterback is ignorant of the past. Jets fans argue for David Garrard by citing 2010 stats out of one corner of their mouth, while dismissing Sanchez’s 2010 performance out of the other side. You can’t tell me “Mark Sanchez is just mentally weak, he has never risen to the moment and every Jets win he was involved with, he deserves ZERO credit for.” You can’t quarterback entire games and not get some measure credit for the result. You can’t tell me there aren’t elements of this guy’s game that translate well to the NFL when we have seen him play VERY well in Pittsburgh in January in an AFC Championship Game. Sanchez’s playoff numbers and ability to make plays down the stretch to win 2010 regular season games, do mean there is some measure of ability and talent there.

5. Inconsistency has always shadowed Sanchez’s Jets performances. In 2009 and 2010, he would string together a few strong games and then bomb out in spectacular fashion for a game or two, and then repeat the cycle. In 2009, 15 of Sanchez’s 20 interceptions came in 4 games! In 2010, 7 of his 13 interceptions came in 3 games. In 2011, the interceptions started to become more spread out and no longer were cancelled out by late game heroics or occasional highly productive games. There was also no playoff run where Sanchez rose to the occasion and inspired hope for the following year. In 2012, the bottom fell out. It is on Sanchez for not improving and it is on the Jets for not realizing, he needs at least a competent supporting cast to be a competent quarterback. He doesn’t need an elite supporting cast on offense because what the Jets had in 2009 and 2010 certainly wasn’t elite but it also wasn’t bottom five in the NFL in terms of talent.

6. What surprises me is the amount of anger geared toward the quarterback on the field for 4 of the 6 best Jets wins in the past 25 years. There is no respect or recollection of those times among Jets fans, just a caricature of a lazy, pretty boy who doesn’t give a damn about his team and is happy to take their money. How many starts has Sanchez missed due to injury? He was pummeled all throughout 2011 and kept getting back up but is apparently soft and scared. He has no work ethic but goes out of his way to work hard and learn his new offense (3rd in 5 years) every off-season. You don’t like the player or think he is the answer long term, understandable. But why the seeming personal hatred and the rooting against him?

7. The Jets fan-base is generally a blue-collar bunch from my understanding and I think a large part of the vitriol comes from Sanchez’s looks and California background. People are mad he was on magazine covers and dates famous actresses, but can you blame guy? He went to the AFC Championship Game in his first two years and was asked to do magazine covers and accepted them. Would you turn down Kate Upton and Eva Longoria? I wouldn’t. The assumption is that because he is a good looking guy who is on magazine covers that means he doesn’t work hard, again perception isn’t reality in this case.

8. Despite everything previously said, this is most likely Sanchez’s last year in New York. It is hard to see him putting together a year strong enough on this rebuilding team to be a serious option in 2014. The 2012 circus was likely too much to overcome and a clean slate may actually be the best thing for his career. He could have a decent bounce-back season in Mornhinweg’s offense but what is really enough to justify keeping him at this point, outside of a career year and a playoff appearance?

9. Does writing an article like this make me a Sanchez Apologist? I suppose so. But really I’m just perplexed by a desire of so many Jets fans to see this guy fail. I also think it is ignorant to act like dealing with the Tebow Circus, an awful cast of wide receivers and tight ends, along with a mediocre crop of running backs didn’t negatively affect Sanchez’s play last year.

10. When it comes to this season, Sanchez is the safest bet to be your opening day starter. There will be a much quicker hook than last season but week one he is most likely to be under center.

11. It will be interesting to see how much more Marty Mornhinweg can play to Sanchez’s strengths this year, which is throwing slant routes, in-cuts and getting him outside of the pocket. Ultimately it won’t matter if Sanchez doesn’t improve his mechanics, ball security and ability to allow bad plays to roll off his back.

12. There is talent there…somewhere…just not sure if we are ever going to see it again in a Jets uniform.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • YardJet

    I was ok with this until 10. where you suggest he start. I don’t want to see him play again because he could self-destruct at any second.

  • Jim G

    Fans are bitter because they realize how far back Sanchez has set this franchise back. Even if we end up developing a promising rookie in the future, that will take time, and those “lost years” will be accredited to Sanchez too.

    He is a nice guy, a hard worker, a good teammate, and he does in fact possess the tools to be a decent QB. However, it is as plain as day that his shortcomings are mental, and will be extremely difficult to “repair”. He doesn’t see the field well, or read a defense quickly enough. His ball security is attrocious, and most likely will never improve. history shows that it takes elite, or borderline elite play from your QB to win a championship. No matter what weapons he has, or what system he runs, or what OC he’s under, he will NEVER be an elite talent. You can’t blame the fans for wanting more than mediocre, which is probably his ceiling. It has been a long time since 1969, and fans want a championship. They all realize that a championship is impossible with Sanchez under center, and the sooner he is gone and the next possible cantidate is taking the snaps, the better.

  • Joe Caporoso

    Lost years? In the Jets 50 year franchise history, they had 2 of their 3 most successful years (based on playoff run) with Sanchez under center and their 2nd greatest win in franchise history besides the Super Bowl (beating NE in playoffs) – 1970-1979, 1990-1997, 2005, 2007, 2008…those are lost years. 2009-2010 are two of the best/most memorable seasons in franchise history. If you are being honest with yourself, if the day Sanchez was drafted, and you knew you’d have 2 AFC CHampionship Game appearances in a row, followed by 2 non-playoff years, considering the 40 years before that? You’d sign up for it.

  • Tom Liotta

    Joe Cap,

    I could not agree with you more. As an extremely passionate and loyal Jet fan, I want to see nothing more than Sanchez and this team (and fanchise) succeed. It has been incredibly difficult to watch the declining play of Sanchez and the Jets offense the past 2 years, however, not entirely his fault. I feel Marty’s West Coast offsense and some tweaks at the skill positions will help Sanchez thive. He deserves one more year to prove himself in a system that finally fits his strenghts. Anything less than above average will result in his demise as a NY Jet. He doesn’t need to be elite status in 2013, but his command of the offense/huddle & leadership credibility need to be fealt by teammates & visible to fans, and no doubt he needs to significantly cut down his mistakes/INT’s.

    It is my hope that there are other loyal Jet fans out there that feel the same and show their support for Sanchez and the Jets organization for what they are trying to do.

    Tom Liotta
    Fullerton, CA

  • Angel

    I am a long time Jets fan and I can say with all certainty that, by and large, the majority of Jets fans are fucking idiots!

    Exclamation point.

    They drink the NY media Kool-Aid and simply do not possess the intellectual tools necessary to make any kind of valuable or insightful critical analysis.

    That being said, it’s entirely possible Sanchez is a shadow of his former self and is too far gone [emotionally] to ever bounce back into anything resembling a starting NFL QB — BUT I SURE AS HELL HOPE NOT!!!

    …and anyone who “hopes he fails” is either:

    A. A typical Jets fan idiot, reveling in the Schadenfreude of the poor guy’s demise, because of their own failure of character and personal weaknesses.

    B. A rarer case of someone hoping to get the painful situation over with as soon as possible… knowing Mark Sanchez will eventually fail but getting it over with quickly so that the Jets can move on and rectify their mistake.

    Personally, I hope he wins Comeback Player of the Year… like CHAD PENNINGTON did — TWICE — once, after the typical idiot Jet fans ran him out of town.

  • matr dontelli iii

    ‘it takes elite or near elite qb play to win a championship’ is espn nonsense. save it for their site. it’s not his fault, either, that the hc treats offense as a necessary evil. when he had weapons he did better than should be expected of a rookie, especially on the road in the playoffs. just what qb could be expected to win with molasses green, butter fingers mcnight et al in the backfield along with chaz shilens, mardy gilyard and cumberland to throw to? and before you say brady, read spygate. sanchez probably ran into moore’s butt hoping to get put out of his misery. given the other options this year, and i certainly hope an early round qb is not in the plans, i look forward to seeing what sanchez can do with a real oc and hopefully a couple legitimate weapons. nice job as always, joe. thank you.

  • Johnny

    love this article! really sums up my responses to the people who keep bashing sanchez. get the OL solidified, make some improvements on offense, stay healthy and he will succeed. i would oh so love to see sanchez succeed so he can throw it all back in the ‘haters’ faces.

  • Jim G

    Well, since it’s “ESPN nonsense” to believe that it takes elite, or near elite QB play to win a championship, it should be really easy to rattle off a bunch of teams that won it all without stellar QB play in the last 20 years. After you name Dilfer and Brad Johnson, I can’t wait to hear the rest of the list, lol.

  • KAsh

    I do not agree with everything in the article, but I agree with the overall tone.

    I really wish history could have been different and Sanchez could have been given a few years to develop behind a starting quarterback. Yes, in the past two years several rookie QBs led teams and had great seasons. But so did Sanchez back in ’09. And this does not change the fact that he was thrown to the wolves.

    This is going to be Sanchez’s fifth year in the league. But everyone seems to have blinders on when it comes to him. Some history: after his first four years, Drew Brees was allowed to leave and join the Saints. During the regular season of ’07, his fourth in the league, Eli Manning’s leadership ability was publicly questioned by John Mara prior to the team’s SuperBowl run. Aaron Rodgers spent his first three years sitting on the bench, watching someone else play football.

    Right now is only the start of Sanchez’s career. In the future, he will be judged on how well he performs starting with this year. Quarterback is the most mental position in the game; it takes time, and quite probably, mentoring by a veteran to hone and master. The future is veiled. It is possible that someone will figure out how to neutralize the read option in the next few years. As Brady has demonstrated, you do not need to be a great athlete at the position; it is all in the head. If Sanchez can develop mentally, he can do great things. What he needs from the team is stability and guidance.

  • matr dontelli iii

    a list is not needed. you proved my point, thank you very much. if it were necessary neither of them would have won.

  • Luciano

    Been a Jet fan for 41 years, and I am first to admit WE ARE DUMB! The problem here is simple, our “hero” Coach Rex and his conservative philosophy has held back this kid……………..I will bet anything he thrives in a West Coast offense or anywhere but near a Rex Controlled team.

  • KAsh

    @Jim G – it is “ESPN nonsense” because it is circular logic. ESPN and other sports pundits, talking heads, etc. always claim that it takes an elite QB to win championships. Then they turn around and define elite QBs as those that win championships. It is all really confusing if you do not realize that they just need to have something to say. That is how they get paid.

    Try this out as a thought experiment: in your statement, replace “play from your QB” with any aspect of a team. Here are a few examples:

    “it takes elite, or borderline elite COACHING to win a championship”
    “it takes elite, or borderline elite PASS RUSH to win a championship”
    “it takes elite, or borderline elite STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING to win a championship”
    “it takes elite, or borderline elite PLAY CALLING to win a championship”
    “it takes elite, or borderline elite FAN SUPPORT to win a championship”

    The last one is a stretch, but even then you have enough to make a solid argument.

  • matr dontelli iii

    rex knows (or should know) his job is on the line. i would expect him to give full control of the offense to mornhinweg. if sanchez has it, it will come out this year. the last thing he needs is to get booed on his way onto the field in the preseason or the first game. hopefully idzik finds a way to give him decent protection and a couple weapons. i don’t know why the front office is so down on edwards, i think he can help sanchez as he has in the past. it’s just a shame mr. t left us in such bad shape. so many holes to fill with only 7 picks. with our cap space in 2014, it would be a shame to give up rIIvIs for picks just so we can field a competent team this year. trading cro and using his money to pay half of rIIvIs salary is how i would try to go for 2014 and beyond.

  • Jim G

    “a list is not needed. you proved my point, thank you very much. if it were necessary neither of them would have won”

    Sorry, but you don’t have much of a point. The 2 examples that I provided prove that you can win a title with an average QB if you happen to field 2 of the greatest defenses in the history of the game in those 2 particular instances. The other 18 out of 20 titles were won with upper tier level quarterbacks. So historically, and factually, the odds of winning a title with a great QB are astronomically higher than winning without one. 18 out of 20 is better than 2 out of 20, ya think?

  • I was watching Joe Flacco during the Ravens playoff run. The game has slowed down for Joe, he was actually “smiling” at the pass rush. It looked like he was thinking “Yeah I’ve seen this all before, I’ll take a shot deep, if nothings there I’ll just take the sack” The top 10 QB’s in the game make 4-5 reads then calmly check down to the Back, Not Mark! Sanchez goes into Cardiac Arrest when his first option is covered. He seems to have the mental focus and concentration of a 14 year old girl in a shopping Mall. Tragically, I just don’t think you can “fix” that. Had Mark been a 3rd round pick Metlife would support the kid but, One of the picks traded to move up and grab Sanchez was used by GB to draft Clay(freakin)Mathews…Think about that, 4 years later Jets are looking for a pass rushing OLB and a QB! Same Old Jets

  • joeydefiant

    If Mark Sanchez was white he would be loved by Long Island Jets fans. Newsflash: White men get angry and hate man with more melanin in his skin than they

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    @Byrdman- please explain how the Sanchez trade allowed Green Bay to select Clay Matthews.

    As a reminder, The USA Today reported: “The New York Jets traded their first two picks (17 and 57) plus QB Brett Ratliff, DE Kenyon Coleman and S Abram Elam to acquire the fifth overall pick.” & the Journal-Sentinel reported: “Packers send their lone second-round pick (41st) and both third-round picks (73 and 83) to New England for the 26th overall pick and a fifth-rounder (162).”

    It seems to me these were separate trades involving different teams.

  • Jeremiah – It was a series of events that I tried to abbreviate. Jets sent their 3rd rd pick to GB for Favre – GB was loaded with 12 draft picks in 2009, they were able to parley into grabbing Mathews. 2009 is emblematic of Jet draft strategy under Tbaum, give away draft picks like party favors to draft players like Mark(turnover machine)Sanchez and Shonn(3 yard)Greene

  • I have had enough of this site defending Sanchez… He is terrible and NO team wants him… Not even as a back up!

    He will NEVER be a good QB just like most Sanchez lovers will never be good writers. He is a non factor… Not even worth writing about.

    If the Jets Start Sanchez Woody needs to sell the team and the fans need to boycott the team. There are too many average QBs flying around for the Jets to only have Garrard, Sanchez, and McElroy on their roster!

  • Jim G

    Wow, that’s a little harsh. I do enjoy, appreciate, and respect most of the content of this site, but there is some “pro-Sanchez” bias written here. It’s totally normal for loyal Jets fans to hope, wish, dream, that by some miraculous divine intervention that somehow Sanchez suddenly becomes a great QB. I can also understand the Jets Brass trying to salvage their investment on him by squeezing out every last opportunity for him to turn it around.

    The “enigma” that is Mark Sanchez is much easier to put into perspective if you take off the green glasses and step back and evaluate his body of work realistically. He’s simply not good enough to win a championship. He shows flashes at times, and has the tools, but he is incapable of putting it all together and being consistant. He is a hard worker, but sometimes hard work isn’t good enough. He lacks “football smarts” and is not a great leader that the team can rely on to pick them up and carry them when they need him to.

    Just one more thing that’s buggin’ me. I keep hearing how he is going to flourish in the West Coast Offense system under MM. To run the WCO you need a QB that can read a defense and make smart, quick decisions with the ball. The QB has to be very accurate and take care of the ball to keep turnovers to a minimum. So which of those requirements does Sanchez do well? Answer: None of them.

    We’ve heard all the excuses, and the “but he took us to 2 AFCCG’s” mantra repeated over and over again. But in fairness, if you are going to give him credit for that you also have to say that he lost both games.

    “But he doesn’t have any weapons”. Bottom line: Great QB’s elevate the players around them. Mediocre QB’s don’t. It’s been 4 years, and instead of a gradual progression and improvement, he’s gotten worse and repeats the same mistakes over and over again. It’s time to move on and find the guy that CAN win us a Championship.

  • joeydefiant

    Here is your list of “non-elite” QB’s who have won the superbowl.

    47: Joe Flacco
    37: Brad Johnson
    35: Trent Dilfer
    26: Mark Rypien
    25: Jeff Hostetler
    22: Doug Williams
    20: Jim Mcmahon
    Out of the last 28 Superbowls 7 have been won by non-elite QBs which is 25%. Hardly impossible.

  • joeydefiant

    Mark Sanchez you horrible man! You have led The Jets to two of their best years ever in the four years you are here!!! Why can’t you be more like Matt Schaub, Tony Romo, Andy Dalton, Jake Locker, Phillip Rivers, Michael Vick, Jay Cutler, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan, Josh Freeman, and Sam Bradford and never win anything in the postseason but put up average to above average stats for fantasy football!!! Damn you going 4-2 in the postseason!!!

  • joeydefiant

    Only two teams have more postseason wins than the NY Jets during the Mark Sanchez/Rex Ryan era (last 4 years). Those two teams: Ravens and Packers. Saints and Giants have the same amount but the Giants have won the Superbowl so we will give them the edge. There are only 3 teams with more postseason success in the last 4 years. Why is it looked at as such a failure???

  • Angel

    Actually, most of the comments on this article made me feel like I should eat my words. I was genuinely thinking, “Maybe I’m way too hard on my fellow Jets fans.” And, “Maybe I should apologize for being so harsh and negative.”

    THEN, Jets Ville gets up there and totally redeems my comment. Extra credit to joeydefiant for blaming the Sanchez hate on Race… as if Long Island is all that white nowadays.

    Newsflash: When you blame the Sanchez hate on racism, you expose your own low self esteem and the fact that you value your own race less then “White” people… whatever “White” people are. Are Jews “White”? How about “White” Hispanics? Are Italians “White” people?

    Thanks for disappointing me yet again Jets fans… not that you owe me anything — but I’d rather you prove me wrong.

  • joeydefiant

    The saints won the superbowl too. MY mistake. So 4 teams with more success. That makes the Jets the 5th most successful team the last 4 years grading by postseason wins.

  • joeydefiant

    By pointing out that white men are historically racist and have directed hatred at “non-white” sports players shows my low self-esteem? Please explain. BTW: I am a white professor who teaches anthropology at Colombia University.

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  • Angel

    “If Mark Sanchez was white he would be loved by Long Island Jets fans. Newsflash: White men get angry and hate man with more melanin in his skin than they”

    joeydefiant, If you are a professor, I weep for the future… but I am not the least bit surprised.

    You didn’t point out historical hatred against minorities amongst whites in sports; you cited a specific instance of “Long Island Whites” hating Sanchez because he is Hispanic. And you’re evidence? Twitter remarks – anecdotal non-sense.

    Your job teaching anthropology at Colombia University probably has more to do with your world-view being ‘colored’ by race but I’ll bet your low self esteem doesn’t help matters. I don’t want to get any more personal about your self esteem issues or your racial views, I don’t think this is the appropriate forum to get more involved in the issue–I’ll let my observation speak for itself.

    I assumed you were not white, and I was wrong. Again, your job–and I’ll add political allegiance–likely has more to do with your focus on racism than your low self esteem.

    Good day to you sir, I wish you all the best.

  • joeydefiant

    When facts get in the way just throw around personal insults. The facts are Mark Sanchez is the 5th most successful postseason QB during the 4 years he has been in the NFL if winning games is the measurement. Making the argument that you need an elite QB to winmeans that those who do win are elite.

  • joeydefiant

    Angel thank you for proving my point that the hatred directed at Mark Sanchez is personal. Your only argument against it is that those who point it out have low self esteem. Good day to you.

  • Jim G

    How about these facts?

    54.3 completion %
    66.9 QB rating
    13 TDS
    18 INTs
    8 fumbles lost

    52 turnovers in 2 seasons.

    And since the only positive thing that you can come up with to support your argument as to him being a top 5 QB is the post season, then it is a fact that he lost the 2 most important post season games that he played.

    As to the elite QB play, and the list of non-elite QB’s that you provided, and the 25%/75% breakdown, you have proven the fact that you have a 3 times better chance of winning a title with an elite QB.

    There are tons and tons more statistical facts about his career but they are mostly all not very positive.

  • joeydefiant

    Anyone interested in the subject of racism and bigotry in the NFL there is a lot of reading material out there. The backlash against a player “coming out” about his sexuality is proof enough that the NFL has a long way to go in creating an environment that is free from bigotry. You can stick your head in the sand and pretend there is no elephant in the room but that doesn’t make the elephant go away. Many black quarterbacks have spoken about the added criticism and pressure they face in the NFL.
    The recent talk about Colin Kaepernick holding the Vince Lombardi trophy: http://www.thecornellian.com/2013/01/quarterbacks-tattoos-and-the-face-of-modern-racism/
    Donovan Mcnabb: http://voices.yahoo.com/is-donovan-mcnabb-criticized-more-because-he-black-571516.html?cat=49
    Warren Moon: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8545372/warren-moon-cam-newton-carolina-panthers-qb-criticism-racial
    Cam Newton: http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/cam-newton-racism-and-black-quarterbacks/
    Intelligence of Black QB’s: http://www.theroot.com/views/black-quarterbacks

  • joeydefiant

    “Any franchise Caucasian quarterback will get unlimited opportunities to realize their potential,” says Shaun King, an African-American who quarterbacked the Tampa Bay Bucs to the NFC Championship Game in 1999. “If Jay Cutler left Chicago, and even if he played badly, he’s always going to be viewed as a franchise QB. For African-Americans, their value is strictly tied to their current performance. It’s tough to stick up for Vince Young because his immaturity has been a consistent issue, but a Caucasian QB that has been as successful as Vince Young wouldn’t be pulled as much as him.”

    In that interview with HBO, McNabb said this about quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Peyton Manning: “Let me start by saying I love those guys. But they don’t get criticized as much as we do. They don’t.”

    He’s right. Manning has a Hall of Fame résumé and is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the position. But he isn’t facing an avalanche of criticism from the fans and media for the interception against the Patriots on Sunday that ended the Colts’ comeback attempt and sealed the game for New England.

    Manning accepted responsibility for the mistake, of course. But had that been McNabb, the reaction would have been downright vitriolic.

    People are still searching for ways to blame newcomer Terrell Owens for the Bengals’ disappointing 2-8 season, even though Palmer has guided the Bengals to only two winning seasons and hasn’t won a playoff game during his seven years in Cincinnati.

    So why doesn’t Palmer get the Jason Campbell treatment? Why isn’t he labeled an underachiever like McNabb?

    Palmer and Manning certainly have been criticized, but rarely in their careers have they faced the same microscope or backlash that McNabb, Vick, or most other black starting quarterbacks have.

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    Hard to imagine that Donovan McNabb, an 11-year veteran, doesn’t have the “cardiovascular endurance” for the Redskins’ two-minute offense.
    The late Steve McNair and the Titans had such a bad relationship at one point that the organization locked him out of the Titans’ facility. On Tuesday, according to a report out of Nashivlle, Young showed up at the Titans’ practice facility and was asked to leave.

    “When you’re an African-American president, you have to be mentally tough. If you’re an African-American heading American Express, you have to be mentally tough,” says Doug Williams, who is still the only black quarterback to win a Super Bowl (for the Redskins in 1987.) “It’s a lot of stuff we kick under the rug. As an African-American, there’s just some credit you’re not going to get.”

    And there’s a certain amount of respect black quarterbacks still can’t seem to earn.

    McNabb, who despite being an 11-year veteran who has been to five NFC title games, had to listen to his coach essentially call him too out of shape and simpleminded to run his offense.

    McNabb, by the way, has led 17 fourth-quarter comebacks and 25 game-winning drives in his career.

    I’m not saying black quarterbacks are above criticism or that race plays a role every time one of them loses his job. White quarterbacks are benched and second-guessed, too, same as black ones. It comes with the position, regardless of race.

    But if most of us agree that racism is still an issue in this country, how can we dismiss its influence in sports?

    The history of black quarterbacks in the NFL isn’t pretty. Things have come a long way since Williams played, but it would be foolish to think that lingering perceptions and biases don’t still exist. Let’s not forget that while Vick was imprisoned for dogfighting, more than a few analysts suggested he should change his position when he returned to the field. That’s what NFL scouts once told Warren Moon he had to do if he wanted to be drafted at all.

  • joeydefiant

    The point is that sanchez recieves MORE criticism due to the fact that he is mexican american. Not ALL of the criticism. The sooner everyone faces the rereality of the situation the sooner it can be dealt with and hopefully removed Great article TOJ.

  • KAsh

    @Jim G – How about these facts?

    60.5 completion %
    94.3 QB rating
    9 TDS
    3 INTs
    1 fumble lost

    1155 yards in six games.
    7.64 adjusted yards/attempt.

    Sanchez is clutch. He has that great characteristic everyone goes bonkers for when they talk about Derek Jeter or Michael Jordan.

  • A discussion about the on field performance of the QB of the NY Jets degenerated into a noxious rant about the players race – Where’s Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton when we need them? Oh look… they’re already here!

  • mike

    there’s really only one useful fact in this whole comment thread, and that’s 52 turnovers in the last 2 seasons. 52 TURNOVERS IN 2 SEASONS!!!!! say what you will about schotty, sparano, shonn greene, tannenbaum, holmes, rex ryan, etc. those guys aren’t out there waving the ball around in one hand or throwing late over the middle over and over again.
    a lot of people seem to think jets fans are too quick to blame sanchez, but the opposite seems true to me. we got one guy who’s giving the ball to the other team twice a game every game, and fans mostly blame the GM or the OC.

    p.s. professor ivy league up there may or may not have a point. however, an educated fool, unfortunately, can’t argue without alienating people. so we get a lot of words and a lot of tangential evidence and he feels all smart and shit, meanwhile racism continues unabated and columbia metastasizes into harlem pushing more and more black new yorkers out of the city proper. man, sometimes i just hate college folk.

  • Angel

    Right on, Mike!

  • Lidman

    Fan is short for ‘Fanatic’. The definition of Fanatic:a person whose extreme zeal, piety, etc. goes beyond what is reasonable; zealot.

    I think your post is well thought out. Unfortunately, ‘fans’ change like the weather. You can’t argue with them, because they believe what they believe, some of it valid. However, much of the arguments consist of opinions that most ‘fans’ have no concrete basis of making.

    Maybe Sanchez doesn’t have what it takes to be a QB here, or anywhere. Maybe, he’ll rise up and prove he has the mettle. Either way,I agree with the author here. Rooting for him to fail, or for the Jets to bottom out is something that a true ‘fan’ wouldn’t do. It ‘goes beyond reason’…something a ‘fanatic’ does.

  • BubbaGump

    Last year, none of the receivers on the Jets had the ability to get open, and the OC wasn’t creative enough to provide any schemes or calls to assist in that area.

    Therefore, Sanchez had 2 options most of the time:

    1) Take a sack because nobody’s ever open
    2) Try to make a play by forcing the ball into a small window

    After getting pummelled repeatedly, it’s no surprise that he started throwing more interceptions. If Sanchez opted to take sacks or throw the ball away instead of trying to make plays, the hatred would still be there… so the Jets gave Sanchez a lose-lose situation by failing to obtain talent on the offensive side of the ball.

    This raises the question: Was this a talent problem that can be fixed or is Sanchez permanently broken because of the Jets lack of playmaking ability for two years?

    Hopefully we’ll find out this Fall.

  • beantownboy

    Jets fans discussing how college education is a bad thing. You cant make this stuff up. Jets fans haha. I went to see the patriots slap them silly and in the parking lot before the game I got to see men beating their wives throwing up and having sex in port a pottys. jets fans ha

  • mike

    men beating their wives in the parking lot? did you call the cops? why or why not?

    and sex in a portapotty, don’t knock it til you try it.

  • Angel


    Says a Patriot’s fan… which is the only thing worse than an Eagles or Jet’s fan.

    That would have stung more if it was written by a Dolphins fan… unfortunately, Dolphins fans can neither read nor write.

    True story.

  • jetmenow

    Smack Sanchez in the head, he becomes a head case, quizzical, very reserved and one dimensional. Many above have it right, he is a head case and somehow, somebody needs to help him get off of 1st blow. The man can target, nail his assignment and scatter when he has his head on. I feel bad for the guy, so much talent that gets derailed when he gets NAILED HARD. His whole game changes and we all see it- I hope some maturity through years of play keep him focused- lots of talent in this kid but no consistency.