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Jets bring in Girardi to teach Sanchez to slide

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has a knee injury that could have him playing at less than 100 percent on Thursday against the Buffalo Bills.

In an effort to get Sanchez to protect that knee, Jets coach Rex Ryan is urging Sanchez to slide — and bringing in an expert to teach Sanchez the right way to do it.

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi visited Jets practice and worked on sliding with Sanchez, who sometimes runs upright when he’s about to get tackled, rather than sliding. Ryan said he thought Girardi would be the perfect person to teach Sanchez how to slide properly.

“I want to make sure we do everything in our power to provide him with the best tools,” Ryan said. “He’s the face of our franchise. We have to keep him healthy.”

Ryan had Girardi address the entire team, but it was Sanchez he worked with most closely. And Ryan said Girardi helped Sanchez get more comfortable with going feet-first to the ground.

“He did a great job,” Ryan said. “He did a better job than I could do. When you have an opportunity to get the best, you get the best. As Mark went through it, you could see the more comfortable he got.”

Sanchez’s first opportunity to show off his new sliding skills on Thursday night against the Bills.

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30 Responses to “Jets bring in Girardi to teach Sanchez to slide”
  1. leatherneck says: Dec 1, 2009 3:36 PM

    Everything about Mark Sanchez’s career is like a great storybook. You know one day he’ll lead a team to winning it all.

  2. mooremi9 says: Dec 1, 2009 3:38 PM

    Shows Joe Girardi has a lot going on in his life. What a loser

  3. JCD says: Dec 1, 2009 3:48 PM

    For real? Poor Mark Sanchez, the Jesters are going to soooo screw that kid up.

  4. jpnl says: Dec 1, 2009 3:51 PM

    “Everything about Mark Sanchez’s career is like a great storybook. You know one day he’ll lead a team to winning it all.”
    No, but he’ll lead his team to the AFC Championship which he will lose to Vince Young again.

  5. Levito says: Dec 1, 2009 3:51 PM

    @mooremi9,
    no, it means that Girardi cares about other local teams. It’s a standup move on his part (no pun intended).

  6. MNFANINAZ says: Dec 1, 2009 3:55 PM

    I suppose Sanchez will be in line for Sportsman of the year next year…

  7. simeon_97 says: Dec 1, 2009 3:58 PM

    Sliding, are you kidding me?
    How long has Mark Sanchez playing this game? O yea, his whole life.
    Thankfully, in my office, we don’t need a consultant to come in and teach people how to use a fax machine.
    “He did a great job,” Ryan said. “He did a better job than I could do”.
    Thats cause you weigh 500 pounds, Rex.

  8. nfcbeast says: Dec 1, 2009 3:59 PM

    The only thing they can hope to teach Sanchez is “The Electric Slide.” He is latino so he should be able to pick it up pretty quick….or snap an ankle. Dirty Sanchez is the new Ryan Leaf!!

  9. Outfoxed says: Dec 1, 2009 3:59 PM

    # leatherneck says: December 1, 2009 3:36 PM
    “Everything about Mark Sanchez’s career is like a great storybook. You know one day he’ll lead a team to winning it all.”
    In what Tiddly Winks?

  10. VoxVagina says: Dec 1, 2009 4:02 PM

    @jpnl
    Vince Young beat Leinart in the Rose Bowl… not Sanchez. Nice one

  11. SC21 says: Dec 1, 2009 4:04 PM

    @ Jpnl
    I think you need a quick refresher in football history. Vince Young started against Matt Leinart back in the Rose Bowl, not Sanchez.
    Of course you seem to be under the impression that Vince Young will be leading a team anywhere near an AFCCG, so maybe hoping for facts is too much.
    As for this story, it sounds like a lot of PR bunk. I’m sure Sanchez already knew how to slide, and the Jets just wanted some positive press.

  12. enik says: Dec 1, 2009 4:06 PM

    Since when is Joe Girardi an expert on sliding? I’m sure has a good grasp on it but, I’d hardly call him “The best”. They should have called Ricky Henderson instead.

  13. topcide says: Dec 1, 2009 4:09 PM

    mooremi9 says:
    December 1, 2009 3:38 PM
    Shows Joe Girardi has a lot going on in his life. What a loser
    yeah huge loser fresh off winning a world series title.

  14. FootballFanatik says: Dec 1, 2009 4:18 PM

    Still liking the kid…despite all the press is trying to do to him, and the window lickers that jump on the hate bandwagon.
    Give ‘em hell, Sanchez!

  15. Squire says: Dec 1, 2009 4:19 PM

    Actually, Rex tried to show Sanchez how to slide, but since it took 4 members of the training staff to get shamu back on his feet, Rex called in Girardi…

  16. FootballFanatik says: Dec 1, 2009 4:30 PM

    Squire says:
    Actually, Rex tried to show Sanchez how to slide, but since it took 4 members of the training staff to get shamu back on his feet, Rex called in Girardi…
    Hahahaha. Aren’t you the funny one??
    You got jokes??
    No really…you were serious?
    Shows you know nothing about football, since you have to go for the personal appearance insults. Your an ass. Intellectually, and probably appearance as well. Tool.

  17. HappyBunny says: Dec 1, 2009 4:34 PM

    “He did a great job,” Ryan said. “He did a better job than I could do. ”
    Anybody besides me would have LOVED to seen Sexy Rexy get a running start and try to slide on that big fat ass?

  18. FinFan says: Dec 1, 2009 4:36 PM

    Awwwww,,, how cute. Will he teach him how to swing on the swings? And play on jungle gym bars?

  19. Bob S. says: Dec 1, 2009 4:43 PM

    Should have brought in an expert on diving/sliding/falling on purpose like a Euro soccer player.

  20. Shawn says: Dec 1, 2009 5:23 PM

    What? He can’t slide on his on? Some old man is going to show Sanchez how to slide? He can’t watch an NFL clip or to and see another QB Sliding.
    What a loser!

  21. Cubano says: Dec 1, 2009 5:24 PM

    This is all fine and dandy, but when are they going to bring someone in to teach Ryan how to coach or lose weight?

  22. Whiskeytangofoxtrot says: Dec 1, 2009 5:29 PM

    Can Girardi teach him how to throw too?

  23. xscottx says: Dec 1, 2009 5:47 PM

    did somebody say sliders?

  24. FireJerryJones says: Dec 1, 2009 5:58 PM

    Does he need a green card to slide or does the thought leave him with a yellow stain?
    I’m sure most folks would pay to see Rex try to slide just one time.

  25. Jsaxdubv says: Dec 1, 2009 6:11 PM

    @ FootballFanatik
    “Intellectually, and probably appearance as well.”
    When making fun of one’s intelligence, please try to use a complete sentence.

  26. chapnasty says: Dec 1, 2009 6:13 PM

    @ Squire
    Hilllllarious

  27. robrown says: Dec 1, 2009 6:14 PM

    What do we know about Sanchez?
    1) Someone named him the “Sanchise” after the first couple games of his career. So we know he is a clearly a media darling.
    2) His intelligence was put on display for all to see when he appeared at a press conference and read his post game comments from notes on a sheet of paper (possibly written by someone in the front office).
    3) His intelligence and ability for self control was put on display when his coach gave him his “red light – green light” approach to game decisions.
    4) He went to the sidelines last week with an “injury”. Really, what injury? Sanchez himself said there was no injury at the post game interview.
    5) Now we learn he doesn’t even know how to slide and has to be taught by Girardi.
    6) His teamates must be thrilled by this display of “toughness”, intelligence along with the Jets “kid glove treatment”
    Rob

  28. Bee_Arthur says: Dec 1, 2009 6:25 PM

    Nice little publicity stunt. Too bad they don’t get you into the playoffs fatty.

  29. Snowman2008 says: Dec 1, 2009 6:35 PM

    To whomever here said Ricky Henderson should be teaching him, not Girardi…
    Henderson slid head first Einstein.

  30. dhrodgers52 says: Dec 1, 2009 10:15 PM

    Mooremi9:
    You’ve got to be kidding me. You’re the biggest tool ever. Girardi just won the World Series. He is obviously doing more with his life than you are with yours.

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