The Jets and Sanchez Reps Meet: Will It Be For the Final Time?
The Daily News reported that the Jets spoke to reps of Mark Sanchez most likely about if he’d be willing to play for less here should the opportunity to return be the best scenario for both parties. The sides “will keep an open dialogue” according to writer Rich Cimini. It was an idea I suggested in a prior piece for TOJ last month in case other options withered away.
#6 is responsible for what little is left for him at this point in New York with his uneven play in 2011 and 2012. The turnovers and lack of faith in himself. He’s arguably not the only one who contributed to his struggles either.
The skill positions and schemes were never truly set in stone well for him. A Brian Schottenheimer system? I’m still trying figure it out. Tecmo Bowl had a deeper Playbook than the one Tony Sparano called plays out of. Then Tim Tebow got thrown into the mix just for a mind teaser, followed by a summer QB competition in 2013 that Sanchez arguably won by default over Geno Smith but had to hand over after getting hurt in the Snoopy Bowl. During time in an August game where starters rarely risk injury in exchange for additional reps.
I’m not making to build a case for Sanchez anymore. In all likelihood the Sanchize years are over and it will probably be best for him and the Jets that a new chapter for both will begin. It will be interesting though, to see what a clean slate will do for a player who lacked experience but not exuberance coming out of USC, and was seemingly groomed in the negative those first two years in New York. Being told repeatedly to simply hand off and not screw up on passing downs.
Josh McCown: The Next Backup?
So after we heard about Sanchez to the dismay of those diehards who do not want him back under any circumstances, word broke that the Jets have interest in recent 35 year old Bears backup and current free agent Josh MCown. This makes sense.
This guy won’t command backup/veteran starter type money or expect to start like fellow free agents Matt Schaub or Michael Vick will, but can push Geno Smith and be a viable alternative if a switch is needed just the same. McCown looked good when Jay Cutler went down last season however he won’t have the luxury of throwing to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey here. Or handing off to Matt Forte either.
Pursuing MCcown is a good start as far as the search for solidifying a reasonably priced veteran QB2 who has won in this league goes.
Sammy Watkins: Would You Move Way Up?
Clemson WR Sammy Watkins met with the Jets among other clubs at the combine in Indy last week. This even though he is the general consensus top receiver and the Jets pick far away at 18th. Due diligence.
If Watkins begins to slip a bit and (one pro football site envisions him dropping to Detroit at 10 if the Rams and Browns pass on him) would it be worth trading up if he’s the playmaker of all playmakers at the position? I’m not sure. I can see the Jets trading up four to five slots for a guy they covet. The compensation won’t be as high. The cost of moving up to the top five will be a lot steeper.
Chime in folks. Assuming the Jets go WR in round one, would you consider climbing up a bunch of slots to grab him, or do mid to late first round projections types like Mike Evans, Marqise Lee and Kelvin Benjamin (Jordan Matthews maybe too) excite you enough to sit tight in and around 18?
Bit O Honey and Kenny O
I went to buy some Bit O Honey pieces at Economy Candy, the legendary store that carries long forgotten treats in the Lower East side Saturday. I noticed there were some vintage football card packs for sale. For fun I decided to buy one 1990 Fleer pack for a buck.
I wondered the way I used to as a kid “will I get a Jet?” I opened the pack and the nostalgia started flowing. Gerald Riggs. Reggie White. Dave Krieg. Tony Mandarich. Anthony Munoz. NFL draft choice card, Andre Ware.
Then it happened. A Jet helmet logo caught my eye. Who was it. Tony Stargell? Brad Baxter? Kyle Clifton? No, it was Kenny O. I could hear Pete Rozelle again. “And the NY Jets select, QB (silence and anticipation) Ken O Brien, Cal Davis.
O’Brien, was descending by that time from the perch of being selected instead of Dan Marino that day in 1983, followed by some very good seasons airing it out in the mid 1980’s.
New Jets head coach Bruce Coslet didn’t like O Brien as a player. He even voiced that view one day in 1990, telling a press gathering early on during his tenure that “You know (O Brien) sucks. I know he sucks. Everyone knows (he) sucks.” That’s why Boomer Esiason Coslet’s former QB in Cincy when he was the Bengals offensive coordinator) was brought here in 1993.
I left the iconic store with a 1/2 lb of bite sized candy and yet another reminder that literally since the days of the Reggie bar, the Jets Have been searching for a solid long term fit between the quarterback and the head coach.
– Rex Ryan went to Hooters with brother Rob in Indianapolis last week. If this was five years ago, it would have been a back page story. “Rex eats a Goddamn Snack at Hooters.” Nowadays nobody cares. Rex is still Rex behind closed doors but these Jets don’t walk and talk the same way at all anymore.
– The Eagles allegedly want WR Jeremy Maclin back and would part with Riley Cooper if they had to in order to make that happen. I’d take Cooper and believe that N word drama is behind him. He’s physically tough, knows Marty Mornhinweg and can make some downfield and red zone plays for an offense even though he’s in between a burner and 6’5.
– The NFL’s desire to police the N word and any other offensive language is a nice PR posture, but let’s be real. Nobody is stopping street ball chatter during the game so fast. The Incognito Martin bullying stuff was one thing. Players hype themselves up and play mind games with opponents on the field though.
After battling the impossible odds of getting to the show, NFL players deserve to play freely without now worrying about what not to say. Can we stop trying to make these guys into something they are not? Let them play ball please. Trash talking is part of it.