Bruschi, Rex debate Sanchez

Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi knows a thing or two about the blood feud between his former team and the New York Jets.  And Bruschi has made some pointed comments about the Jets’ current quarterback.

“Right now, when I look at Mark Sanchez, I see a quarterback who is a
front-runner
,” Bruschi writes at ESPN.com.  “If things are going well, and the Jets are winning, his
positive attitude is infectious.  He’s a leader, he smiles, he plays with
a freedom and confidence when things are going well.  But when things
aren’t going well, I think he’s shown that he tanks it a little bit.  So
if I’m a defensive player getting ready to play Mark Sanchez, I’m going
over to the offense and saying, ‘Hey fellas, just get us an early
touchdown.  We’re going to stop the run.  Let’s get a lead and he will
fold.’  That’s what I saw Monday night.  His self-confidence went way down
when they were behind.  Just like Rex Ryan’s confidence exudes to the
team, the starting quarterback’s does also.  That’s not the sign of a
good leader.”

On Thursday, Jets coach Rex Ryan responded.

“I respect the heck out of Tedy Bruschi, no question,” Ryan said.  “I think he would have a
different opinion if he was here every day.  Tedy Bruschi is a guy [that] I
really do respect.  That’s a tough dude and he’s smart.  I think he would feel
much different if he was here because of the way [Sanchez] leads on the
practice field [and] the personality he has.  What [Bruschi] says about [Sanchez] when we get ahead, that’s how he is every day on the practice field. 
It never went our way on Monday night, but I would definitely not put Mark in a
front-running category.  This guy is a competitor and I think Bruschi would have
loved to play with him.”

We wouldn’t expect Ryan to say anything other than what he said.  But here’s the thing.  During the Hard Knocks series on HBO, the Jets coaches were shown trying to get Sanchez to act like a leader, to show some fire, and to take charge.  Regardless of whether he was acting like a leader or a guy who’s happy to be a celebrity earning an NFL paycheck on Monday night, Sanchez remains the team’s biggest question mark in a quarterback’s league.  Until he shows that he can lead the team to victory under adverse conditions, Sanchez will receive more and more criticism, and the pressure to improve only will increase.

91 responses to “Bruschi, Rex debate Sanchez

  1. Bottomline: Sanchez is just too short to be a starter. He will never be mobile like Romo or Brees, so you get a pocket passer that has difficulty seeing the field. Another bust from a team that loves to trade up for first round busts. Forty two years and counting

  2. Yup, I’m sure Tedy would have rather played with Sanchize than that Tom Brady guy they’re stuck with in New England…..

  3. Things can certainly go bad in a hurry in this league and Sanchez is finding out just how fast.
    I have a feeling we are looking at Leinart redux here with “The Sanchize”.
    The interesting thing will be to see how long the Jets give him this year before yanking him for…..Mark Brunell? Really? I mean REALLY?

  4. “It never went our way on Monday night”….is Rex for real??? The Jets christened their new stadium on Monday night football, had a wildly supportive crowd, were plus three in turnovers at one point and held a 6-0 lead with their dominant defense.
    Typical front running, bully attitude. Just like the old man. It’s sickening. The only excuse he can’t use is ‘the sun got in our eyes’. This is what happens when you talk crap without ever succeeding….

  5. “Bruschi, Rex debate Sanchez”
    Oh, they were debating Mark Sanchez and not Dirty Sanchez. I can now go back to my dinner.

  6. What is Ryan doing even responding to Tedy Bruschi? By engaging this debate, it only gives more credibility to what Brushi is saying. Thou dost protest too much.

  7. He’s a frontrunner until he proves he has the grit to consistently lead his team under difficult conditions. It’s that simple.

  8. Sanchez is a joke. Blown up by his coach and the media. Everyone with a half a brain (Jet fans excluded) knew the Jets weren’t a Super Bowl contender because of who they have playing QB. Welcome to reality. Sanchez is not a good QB.

  9. Like you said, what the hell else could Rex say….his loudmouth got him in trouble with several players (Revis etc.) and with the Ravens (bulletin board chit) and every team the jests will play this year. Teddy hit the nail right on the head, Captain Checkdown has no confidence and it shows.

  10. a nice comment by each man, polite, both men have valid stances…..but since we live in little kid land i’m sure it’ll be skewed into rex calling bruschi a tool or bruschi calling rex fat or some other immature garbage

  11. Rex talks too much and annoys the crap outta me, but he handed this one well. Respected Bruschi and his opinions but defended his QB well, even though Tedy was right.

  12. Mark Sanchez has David Carr written all over his face. The Jets have no choice but to trudge along with him at QB for the next couple years..

  13. I’ve followed Sanchez’s career since college and as a Seahawk fan, the fan’s debated the decision to draft Aaron Curry over Sanchez last year on all the forums for weeks and months and throughout the season.
    The Curry lovers took it on the chin for most of last year, but now, a year later it’s starting to look similar to Texas’s decision of “Reggie Bush vs. Mario Williams”. Just like with Texas, it may take a couple of years, but the since departed ‘Hawks front office looks like it made the right choice.
    Curry is coming around and is starting to play the way most of us hoped he would and Sanchez looks like another high draft pick who plays OK, but is the weak link on the Jets and definently not worth the high first round pick that many fans coveted him for.
    js

  14. re: “But here’s the thing. During the Hard Knocks series on HBO, the Jets coaches were shown trying to get Sanchez to act like a leader, to show some fire, and to take charge.”
    ————————————————–
    Excellent point Florio and I will take it a step further. Sanchez was not only seen being coached to be the leader he wasn’t on Hard Knocks……he was also shown making fun of teammates (making fun of the way one was walking as an example) and constantly joking and fooling around on the sideline, in meetings etc. He was entirely unprofessional and it was obvious that he felt entitled to have his position.
    The bottom line is he played like crap last year and the JETS had success despite him. He seems to believe that same success will come this year and doesn’t seem to be putting the extra effort in to make sure it happens. They are in for a rude awakening. Two teams laid down for them at the end of the year last year, resting their starters, and that allowed them to get into the playoffs.

  15. Another USC QB – he had the best talent in the nation in college, and he was successful. The NFL is another world.

  16. What?! Mark Sanchez is definitely a leader did you not see how disorganized he was??? And the way he is always joking around and rarely looked serious throughout Hard Knocks? were you not watching? Stink Bombs, and such. This guy is all about football. I mean look at the PRESEASOn he DOMINATED jeez im so offended.
    – irrational Jets fan
    But on much more serious note.
    he is 3rd in his draft class among Qbs
    Stafford and Freeman are way above him WAY! stafford has the best arm and freeman has the best work ethic and sanchez well he has the best… defense?

  17. I don’t think Bruschi was arguing that he can lead on the practice field as well. He was saying the guy sucks without a lead. And Rex didn’t deny that part of it.

  18. From USC to New York this guy is way over-hyped it also doesn’t help when your coach calls you Sanchise before you throw a pass. He should of been drafted in the 3rd round sat for a year or two then maybe he would have a chance. I hope the kid pans out but I found it laughable that they were coaching him how to lead on hard knocks.

  19. Bruschi is right on with his comments. Sanchez has been put under tremendous pressure, at a young age, by the normal pressures of the game AND by his boastful coach. Now everyone knows that he is the real weakness of a pretty good team and there going to stop the run and make him do it.
    He has to produce now…..or start dating that reportergal.

  20. So the last 2 USC quarterbacks to actually MAKE IT to the NFL.. John David Booty is not included cause well he isn’t around.. are just happy being a celebrity and getting a paycheck.. When some of the smaller school guys Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan included are having success and working hard and leading their teams.. it sounds to me like LA idolizes their USC Trojans and it goes to their heads..

  21. Too bad he doesn’t have Chad Pennington to mentor him in all facets of QB’n in the NFL.
    Who does? Oh that’s right Chad Henne, and that will be the biggest difference making in their careers. Ironic another ripple effect of the Bret Farve decision.

  22. More likely a case of Eva Peron’s revenge for Senor Sanchez my amigos.
    An ass like that loses nothing in translation.

  23. I wouldn’t worry Jets fans…
    Sanchez might not respond well to pressure, but it’s not like his coach promised that Sanchez would lead them to the Super Bowl or anything like that.
    I’m sure everything will turn out fine and the team will back up all that bravado from when the games aren’t being played.

  24. It is more like until they LET Sanchez PLAY…..
    stop with the stupid wildcat… Sanchez needs to PLAY to get his ass kicked and get up off the ground and go back out there….. You dont learn ANYTHING beign taken out for stupid wildcat and handing the ball all day long….
    LET HIM PLAY…. get rid of that idiot offense coach….
    WHY were they trying to throw into the Endzone when first down was the 1 yard line???? WHY….. cuz the offense coach is an idiot….

  25. Teddy Bruschi is insightful. I doubt that Mark Sanchez’s frame of mind is permanent. His resolve will grow stronger as the season continues.
    GO STEELERS!

  26. There’s some truth to what Bruschi says. He was a 54 percent passer last year and people expected him to lead a team with limited weapons to the Super Bowl in his second year. Meanwhile, they play in a division with the Patriots and a Dolphin team that is led by a young QB of their own who had a decent season last year and is a 61 percent passer with a better TD-INT ratio. The fact is, if this guy played in Kansas City no one would care.

  27. I am not if Bruschi is right, but it is true about Hard Knocks that the coaches were working on Sanchez’s confidence. It also seemed to me that he was just plain immature. He wasn’t able to get stronger with criticism, he seemed to get down on himself. When you compare that with the Brady, Manning, Brees type players, I can’t imagine those guys, acting the way Sanchez does, even early in their careers. I think those 3 were leaders the first day they walked into their respective locker rooms. So I wonder if Sanchez plain old has the character to be a great quarterback.

  28. i actually have to agree with Brusci, that’s how you pretty much stop Sanchez right now and until he proves him wrong, other people will agree with Brusci.

  29. “I thin Bruschi would have loved to play with him.”
    HAHAHA did he forget who Bruschi’s team was led by? U know, that guy #12. Won 3 SBs. Clutch in the final moments of games.
    rex painted the target on the jets and sanchez is getting the worst of it.

  30. “It never went our way on Monday night …” – what BS!? The Jets immediately punched the Ravens in the mouth and forced 3 turnovers in the first 4 possessions. The Jets O couldn’t capitalize.

  31. How anybody say that his guy was an NFL QB after just playing one season in a terrible conference is funny to me.
    Funnier was how those same idiots turned around and called Bradford a bust when he started for 2 great years in the 2nd toughest conference in the country. Hilarious.

  32. So how’s Pat White doing, Florio? You know, since you’re such an expert on what QBs must do and show. What does White need to do to even get an NFL offer?

  33. Admirable enthusiasm, but if Rexy is going to go toe-to-toe with every television commentator who says something remotely negative about the Jets, it’s going to be a looooooooong season.

  34. Rex handled it well. He can forget about what happens on the practice field because the games are going to speak for themselves. Its in vogue to hate Sanchez but anyone who has wrote him off already is just hoping he fails. He looks like what he is, a 23 year old trying to get up to speed.

  35. I admit I dont know too much about Mark Sanchez, but to me he kinda seems like another Leinart but with a stronger arm.

  36. It’s pretty clear that Bruschi is on to something here. I mean, Sanchez has his moments where he does look like a confident QB… but after last year, Hard Knocks, and what I saw on Monday, I really have to agree with Teddy here.
    I don’t think Sanchez has what it takes to be the guy to lead this team anywhere. He is quite overrated because of his time in a great system at USC, and I think that is truly starting to show in the NFL.

  37. There are about 6 very bad QBs in this league. Edwards, Delhomme, Sanchez and 3 unknowns in Freeman, Moore and Bradford. But it is to early on to know on them.
    Is there any question that Sanchez is the worst QB in the league. He was last year and likely he will be this year. His only real competition is Trent Edwards.
    Is it to early to start the Michael Vick to the Jets in 2011 speculation?

  38. Josh Freeman of the Bucs will soon prove hands down that he was the #1 QB from the QB class of 09. He’s tough, he’s dedicated, AND he’s a natural leader. Matthew Stafford seems to be all of those things too but he has already gotten hurt twice and missed large chunks of the season in both of his NFL years.

  39. It takes a leader to know a leader and Bruschi was one of the greatest leaders on the Pats during the heyday of the dynasty.

  40. Every single poster who knocks Mark Sanchez……..including Bruschi, wish they were Mark Sanchez. So go home and masturbate. (I know, you were going to do it anyway)

  41. Mark Sanchez @ 23: 12TD, 20INT, 2,444YDS, 63.0Rating
    JaMarcus Russell @ 23: 13TD, 8INT, 2,423YDS, 77.1Rating
    It’s never too early in a QB’s career to question leadership skills.

  42. NYMets says:
    September 17, 2010 6:29 AM
    Every single poster who knocks Mark Sanchez……..inclu ding Bruschi, wish they were Mark Sanchez. So go home and masturbate. (I know, you were going to do it anyway)
    ————–
    You’re an idiot!

  43. No one wishes they were Nacho njmut- pot marked face, moles— ugh! Speak for yourself.
    Plus he is an INTERCEPTION MACHINE

  44. Rex’s defenses in Baltimore used to ‘abuse’ the offense in practices all week. He has no respect for that side of the ball.
    Worst thing Jets could’ve done is bring in a young kid to lead them on offense.
    Look at the way Romo and Brady were brought along. Strong minded coaches who sheltered their QB.
    Didn’t embarass him with green, yellow red ‘special needs’ packages.
    Now Rex expects you to think he respects Sanchez.

  45. Since when has a poor performance against a defense like the Ravens been something out of the ordinary for an offense or a QB? Especially a young QB.

  46. Maybe it would have been better for Mark to hold a clipboard for awhile? Learn how to be a pro and what the job is all about! Being annionted savior, Sanchize and the pressure heaped on his shoulders, too much, too soon!
    Maybe Rex should’ve tempered expectations a little? Considering he onlt started at USC for one year.

  47. Rex should just STFU! Stop writing the checks and be a little more patient and let Sanchez develop a little!

  48. NYMets says:
    September 17, 2010 6:29 AM
    Every single poster who knocks Mark Sanchez……..inclu ding Bruschi, wish they were Mark Sanchez. So go home and masturbate. (I know, you were going to do it anyway)
    Hmmm, I think someone is getting ready to open a closet door.
    Oh, and I, for one, and thrilled to NOT be Mark Sanchez.

  49. As a Ravens fan only one name comes to mind when I see Mark Sanchez play. That name is Kyle “I should have been a” Boller.
    The guy has a now fumble prone starting RB, another RB who is injury prone a #1 wideout who catches 1 out of every 3 passes thrown to him and a TE who doesn’t know where the sticks are to get a first down.

  50. That’s the thing, though. Rex Ryan shouldn’t have to call out Tedy Bruschi. Mark Sanchez, if he was really a leader, would be the one responding….or not responding. Point being, it’s about him so he should control the message. This means that either
    a) He isn’t respected enough to have his opinion on how to handle it heard or
    b) He asked his coach to stick up for him.
    When Tedy Bruschi called out the Patriots defense last year after 4th and 2, it wasn’t Bill Belichick saying “Awww…come on. Don’t say mean things about my defense” it was Jerod Mayo saying “Tedy isn’t here. He doesn’t know what’s going on with us and he shouldn’t act like he’s in the locker room because he isn’t”

  51. “It never went our way on Monday night, but I would definitely not put Mark in a front-running category.”
    Never went your way? How about those 3 turnovers you forced in the Ravens first 4 offensive series that you didnt do shit with? Most teams would’ve put that game away in the 1st quarter.

  52. # NYMets says: September 17, 2010 6:29 AM
    Every single poster who knocks Mark Sanchez……..inclu ding Bruschi, wish they were Mark Sanchez. So go home and masturbate. (I know, you were going to do it anyway)
    __________________________________
    Let me get this straight, Tedy Bruschi, 3 time SB winner, 5 time AFC Champion, Pro bowler, Comeback Player of the year after a stroke, etc, wishes he was Mark Sanchez (no accomplishments in the NFL, other than having worse numbers than JaWalrus Russel?). I am in favor of saying, it is too early to know what Sanchez will become in this league, but to paint an accurate picture of what he is right now isnt ridiculous. Bruschi, and all of the posters that apparently want to be Sanchez, must just be haters for pointing out that Sanchez so far hasnt done shit……sorry bro, as much as you think all of us are haters, you are showing to be nothing more than a homer at this point….if you think he is the next Brady, Brees, Manning from what he has displayed so far, you are crazy. Because on Mon night, he did exactly what Brusch said he did. They came out, the D knocked the shit out of the Ravens offense, but they failed to generate points, and the smile disappeared, then the lead became a deficit, and Sanchez became irrelevant….

  53. Do any of you mental midgets understand how NFL teams operate? They have press conferences during the week where they are asked questions. Everyone clamoring that Rex talks to much should understand that their perception is based upon the amount of coverage those standard press conferences garner because of the 24/7 non stop media cycle. They have a bone now and they aren’t letting go.
    Did you all even read what this post was about? … Bruschi comments as an analyst were innocuous and harmless, someone of course had to ask Rex about them and he responded as in a very restrained manner. Yet PFT feels a need to present this as some war of words or debate… and then another call back to hard knocks. I don’t recall every moment of Cincy’s season last year being analyzed in light of hard knock happenings but maybe i missed all those posts.

  54. Anyone else realize maybe it was a bad idea this offseason to let go of your All-star guard (Faneca) and your leading rusher (Thomas Jones)?

  55. Rock48nj says:
    September 17, 2010 9:04 AM
    Do any of you mental midgets understand how NFL teams operate? They have press conferences during the week where they are asked questions. Everyone clamoring that Rex talks to much should understand that their perception is based upon the amount of coverage those standard press conferences garner because of the 24/7 non stop media cycle. They have a bone now and they aren’t letting go.
    __________________
    I love how people act like the way someone responded was the ONLY way they could have responded, because they were asked a question. There are literally an infinite number of ways Rex Ryan could have responded. He could have said anything from “Tedy’s right. Sanchez is a bum” to “Apple Apple Gorilla Hello”, or he could have wet himself and ran off the stage. He also could have said something like “I’m not going to get into that” or “Mark is a big boy, he can speak for himself” or anything along those lines. Just because he was asked a question doesn’t mean he needs to give ANY response and certainly not THAT response.

  56. Now that the reporter is gone, there is only one pretty mexican girl with no brains wondering around the Jets locker room in tight pants.

  57. EverybodyGotAIDS says:
    September 17, 2010 9:31 AM
    Just because he was asked a question doesn’t mean he needs to give ANY response and certainly not THAT response
    ————-
    Sure and then the media and public criticize most in football for being robots supplying stock football cliches…. but than everyone gets crazy over someone like Rex that actually answers things the way he feels.
    And what exactly was wrong with a response that basically said, I respect Teddy but believe in my QB based on what i see in practice? Was that really an inflammatory response?
    PFT and others parse from nearly every article, interview and press conference involving the Jets and Rex to create this almost self fulfilling machination of Jets hype and talk. Rex certainly could do a better job IMO of not fanning the flames but today’s 24/7 hype machine plays a role in creating almost as large as it does in reporting (e.g, Florida Koran burning disaster).. to ignore that is silly.

  58. Listen what Bruschi said is right, now he’s not saying that Sanchez sucks, he’s just saying that he knows the way to beat Sanchez which is really true because until he proves that he can overcome being down by a touchdown or two and lead the team to victory with his arm, that’s how you beat him. Bruschi isnt saying that Sanchez will always be like that, he’s saying that’s how he is now and maybe Sanchez heard what Bruschi said and will improve on that.

  59. Sanchez was on Twitter talking about the new Halo game. They even had a pregame segment with him and Wiley playing the game. Is that the guy you want leading your team. A laid back SoCal guy with a love for video games?

  60. # NYMets says: September 17, 2010 6:29 AM
    Every single poster who knocks Mark Sanchez……..inclu ding Bruschi, wish they were Mark Sanchez. So go home and masturbate. (I know, you were going to do it anyway)
    Why do you spend so much time thinking about other poster’s penises?
    Seriously? Your thinking about mine now, aren’t you? Knock it off. Dude, quit. Dude…

  61. And what exactly was wrong with a response that basically said, I respect Teddy but believe in my QB based on what i see in practice? Was that really an inflammatory response?
    __________
    It wasn’t inflammatory. It wasn’t in the least. That being said….at least to me, it comes across like he’s sticking up for Sanchez because Sanchez is too big of a girl to stick up for himself. If Sanchez was REALLY a respected leader in the locker room (and by the team….and the coach), Rex would have said “Well, you’ll need to ask him about that”. Instead, he went off on how great Sanchez is (which, honestly, rings a little hollow)

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