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Rex Ryan explains how the Jets chose Mark Sanchez over Josh Freeman

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Sometimes job interviews come down to random factors that never show up on a resume.  The same can be true in the NFL, no matter how much game film is watched.

Peter King of SI.com relays a story from Rex Ryan about how the Jets chose Mark Sanchez over Josh Freeman.  Ryan said both quarterbacks blew the Jets away with their smarts and preparation. Ryan says another factor helped to separate Sanchez from the competition.

When the Jets worked out Mark Sanchez, 24 high school and college teammates showed up to catch balls for him.   When the Jets worked out Freeman at Kansas State, only two receivers showed up.

“Honestly, that might have been what separated them — the immense respect we sensed from the people who played with Mark and knew him so well,” Ryan said.

The Jets believe they made the right choice following two AFC championship game appearances.  We’d argue that Freeman would have been a better selection, even though we expect Sanchez to have a fine career.

Do the 2010 draft all over again, and we’d bet that most NFL teams would prefer Freeman.

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69 Responses to “Rex Ryan explains how the Jets chose Mark Sanchez over Josh Freeman”
  1. 7370355q says: May 9, 2011 1:37 PM

    Both have good upside and so far have been successful with their teams. They’re in the group of great young quarterbacks along with Flacco, Ryan, Bradford, and Stafford (Assuming that he can play a full season).
    Don’t think you could go wrong with either of the top 6 young QBs

  2. damnsureis says: May 9, 2011 1:42 PM

    It seems that Sanchez is still making pass at high schoolers.

  3. Land Snark says: May 9, 2011 1:43 PM

    “The Jets believe they made the right choice following two AFC championship game appearances. ”

    Sure. Sanchez had such a pivotal role in both of those losses. <_<

  4. nps6724 says: May 9, 2011 1:46 PM

    Probably had more to do with one being from USC and the other being from Kansas St. Football is just a bigger deal at USC.

  5. waxthat says: May 9, 2011 1:48 PM

    Lol. Mark Sanchez isnt half the QB Josh Freeman is.

  6. mjke3041 says: May 9, 2011 1:48 PM

    Thank God! If they take Freeman, they go to the superbowl and the Bucs would have been 3-13 this past year. Freeman went 10-6 with an undrafted rb and two rookie recievers…he carried the team- the complete opposite of sanchez.

  7. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: May 9, 2011 1:48 PM

    Nothing against Sanchez, who obviously has strong leadership qualities, has already accomplished a lot in his young career, and might still become a phenomenal quarterback.. But Sanchez, as of right now, manages the Jets offense. Josh Freeman is the Bucs offense.

    I can’t even begin to tell you how excited we Bucs fans are about our QB. The guy is a beast.

  8. NFL Football Now says: May 9, 2011 1:48 PM

    Most teams but not the Jets. Sanchez wasn’t a top 5 pick but they had no options at QB. He fit what they needed and they choose to alter their offense to minimize his impact on games, in order to go for the Super Bowl.

    Obviously I agree that I’d rather have Freeman for the next 10 than Sanchez.

  9. kouss24 says: May 9, 2011 1:51 PM

    So now the NFL drafts players based on how popular they are rather than by their abilities? Comforting.

  10. rcali says: May 9, 2011 1:55 PM

    Freeman has looked great in the playoffs. What could be possibly do for an encore?

  11. mvp43 says: May 9, 2011 1:58 PM

    Freeman has a better arm, but Sanchez has better feet….

  12. wenwon says: May 9, 2011 2:04 PM

    they’re both good players. nothing against sanchez but freeman makes plays in the fourth quarter and he wins games all on his own. i’m not a bucs fan but just watching how josh interacts with his team mates; it doesn’t look like he has any issues getting respect from the people around him.

  13. seaner44 says: May 9, 2011 2:14 PM

    Wasn’t that the 2009 draft?

  14. Richard Dickson says: May 9, 2011 2:16 PM

    I guarantee you a good chunk of those 24 players were there simply because of what showing up could do for them, not because of how they felt about Sanchez.

  15. mikeyz6 says: May 9, 2011 2:18 PM

    defense pretty much lost us both AFC championship games…..

    also im sure both teams are happy with who they got in sanchez and freeman…..

  16. tbf22 says: May 9, 2011 2:22 PM

    I heard the real reason was because Rex really liked the magazine spread that Mark did for GQ

  17. hobartbaker says: May 9, 2011 2:25 PM

    Thing is when Josh throws a pass, you only need two receivers out there to make sure it gets caught. With Dirty you have to blanket the field with them, because no one knows where the ball is going.

  18. goombar2 says: May 9, 2011 2:30 PM

    I’m only surprised that Ryan didn’t make the call based on the winner of a foot long hot dog eating contest.

    Obviously in hindsight, they should have taken Freeman. This, pick the Qb off a popularity contest thing didn’t pan out. If anything it should have tipped the Jets off to Sanchez hanging around with highschoolers… That’s just creepy.

  19. shaggytoodle says: May 9, 2011 2:43 PM

    Warren Moon has an opinion on why the Jets chose Sanchez over Freeman.

  20. rangenius says: May 9, 2011 2:49 PM

    Sanchez 4 playoff wins

    Freeman hasn’t even made the playoffs, piss poor leader.

    Sanchez will be a hall of famer, Freeman will be out of league Jemarcus Russel style in 3 years.

  21. ny82jy says: May 9, 2011 2:50 PM

    wenwon says:
    May 9, 2011 2:04 PM
    they’re both good players. nothing against sanchez but freeman makes plays in the fourth quarter and he wins games all on his own. i’m not a bucs fan but just watching how josh interacts with his team mates; it doesn’t look like he has any issues getting respect from the people around him.
    ————————————

    Are you kidding me? You must not have watched alot of jets games this yr. Try watching Sanchez in the houston game where he singlehandedly led them from behind to win that game in the fourth. Also watch the games vs cleveland and detroit. Against cleveland he Played great and had the gw td pass to holmes in o.t. Vs detroit he led them down the field in o.t too to lead them to the win . Also check out his stats in the Playoffs this yr especially vs indy and vs the pats he outplayed brady by alot. He is so far ahead of freeman at this point its not even close. Sanchez gets NO credit and its not right. People hate ryan so therefore they unfairly judge sanchez. Everyone wants to look at stats but ill take the winning qb anyday. Sanchez has guts and he has proven time and time again already that he is clutch for the jets. If you dont believe me just youtube sanchez 2010 highlights and you will see what im talking about. I like freeman and take nothing away from him. It just bothers me how sanchez gets no credit when hes lead his team further than freeman flacco and ryan and in back to back years.

  22. BlackAndGoldAllDay says: May 9, 2011 2:58 PM

    Freeman has already peaked. I’m no Sanchez fan, but Freeman won’t get much better than what he is right now.

  23. cover2blitz0 says: May 9, 2011 3:12 PM

    it was the 2009 draft and enjoy second rate sanchez jets fans I know we sure enjoy freeman

  24. nyjalleffingday says: May 9, 2011 3:15 PM

    @ny82jy

    I agree.

    I’m not taking anything away from Freeman, I’d be happy with him behind center for the Jets, and I’m sure the Bucs fans feel the same way about him playing for their team, but give Sanchez his credit, look what he’s accomplished in two years in the NFL, and with one year of college experience. He’s not very accurate, and he sometimes struggles with his confidence, but he’s already shown flashes of greatness, and if you’ve ever read interviews of him, his drive to be a great QB is incredible. He’s nothing special now, but he’s only 24, don’t sleep on Sanchez.

  25. lazershow15 says: May 9, 2011 3:19 PM

    ny82jy says:
    May 9, 2011 2:50 PM

    Are you kidding me? You must not have watched alot of jets games this yr. Try watching Sanchez in the houston game where he singlehandedly led them from behind to win that game in the fourth. Also watch the games vs cleveland and detroit. Against cleveland he Played great and had the gw td pass to holmes in o.t. Vs detroit he led them down the field in o.t too to lead them to the win . Also check out his stats in the Playoffs this yr especially vs indy and vs the pats he outplayed brady by alot. He is so far ahead of freeman at this point its not even close. Sanchez gets NO credit and its not right. People hate ryan so therefore they unfairly judge sanchez. Everyone wants to look at stats but ill take the winning qb anyday. Sanchez has guts and he has proven time and time again already that he is clutch for the jets. If you dont believe me just youtube sanchez 2010 highlights and you will see what im talking about. I like freeman and take nothing away from him. It just bothers me how sanchez gets no credit when hes lead his team further than freeman flacco and ryan and in back to back years.

    ————————————

    If the Sanchise is so great then they shouldn’t have been losing to any one of those teams. Then again Houston, Cleveland, and Detroit win their respective divisions almost annually, right?

  26. jonkybon says: May 9, 2011 3:20 PM

    This Jet fan is very happy the Buc fans like their QB. We like ours. Sanchez has forgotten more about maturity and leadership then Freeman will ever know.

    Yes Freeman can throw the ball deeper. If thats what your offense requires, JF is for you. The Jets require a better leader and someone that could handle the NY media. The NY press would eat Freeman up and crap him out.

    Be happy with who you have, because Jet fans are very happy with two Championship games in two years. Third time is the charm. Time will tell which of the two wins more Super Bowls. I’ll bet its Sanchez.

  27. nyjalleffingday says: May 9, 2011 3:24 PM

    @lazershow15

    The Patriots lost to Cleveland, and the Bills gave them a run for their money. I’d hope you’d agree with me that the Patriots and Tom Brady are both great.

    The beautiful thing about the NFL is that anyone can win on any given Sunday.

  28. citizenstrange says: May 9, 2011 3:26 PM

    You only need a couple of receivers to throw the ball to. I commend Josh Freeman on taking care of business and not turning his workout into a circus.

  29. kevinfromphilly says: May 9, 2011 3:27 PM

    Those guys weren’t there to catch passes. They were just in line behind him waiting for the payoffs from USC boosters.

  30. benh999 says: May 9, 2011 3:27 PM

    “Sanchez has forgotten more about maturity and leadership then Freeman will ever know.”

    Nothing says mature like tagging underage girls. Good for him, but seriously… mature?

  31. koch23jk says: May 9, 2011 3:28 PM

    ny82jy says:
    May 9, 2011 2:50 PM
    wenwon says:
    May 9, 2011 2:04 PM
    they’re both good players. nothing against sanchez but freeman makes plays in the fourth quarter and he wins games all on his own. i’m not a bucs fan but just watching how josh interacts with his team mates; it doesn’t look like he has any issues getting respect from the people around him.
    ————————————

    Are you kidding me? You must not have watched alot of jets games this yr. Try watching Sanchez in the houston game where he singlehandedly led them from behind to win that game in the fourth. Also watch the games vs cleveland and detroit. Against cleveland he Played great and had the gw td pass to holmes in o.t. Vs detroit he led them down the field in o.t too to lead them to the win . Also check out his stats in the Playoffs this yr especially vs indy and vs the pats he outplayed brady by alot. He is so far ahead of freeman at this point its not even close. Sanchez gets NO credit and its not right. People hate ryan so therefore they unfairly judge sanchez. Everyone wants to look at stats but ill take the winning qb anyday. Sanchez has guts and he has proven time and time again already that he is clutch for the jets. If you dont believe me just youtube sanchez 2010 highlights and you will see what im talking about. I like freeman and take nothing away from him. It just bothers me how sanchez gets no credit when hes lead his team further than freeman flacco and ryan and in back to back years.

    ————————————————

    The examples you gave are not very good ones. Houston had one of the worst defenses in the league last year and the other 2 examples you gave were of Cleveland and Detroit. Those are games they are SUPPOSED to win and shouldn’t be trailing in the 4th qtr anyway…

  32. Land Snark says: May 9, 2011 3:31 PM

    @jonkybon

    I’ll bet it’s neither because they’re both dysfunctional franchises, but at least the Bucs have the sense to wait till they’ve done something to talk smack.

  33. endzonezombie says: May 9, 2011 3:39 PM

    There is a big difference between playing under the pressure of the NY and national media gaze and playing in….where?….Tampa? The Bucs media is just happy to have a winning record and the hope for the future. They cut the Bucs slack for playing in a very tough NFC South. The NY media expects the playoffs and a Superbowl appearance every year. There is immense pressure to play QB in the NY market – just ask Eli.

  34. commentcentral says: May 9, 2011 3:44 PM

    I think they’re both pretty average Quarterbacks capable of winning some gams for you, and losing them as well.

    I mean the Bengals beat the Bucs last year if Carson Palmer doesn’t start mistaking Bucs defenders for his receivers.

  35. bucjordan says: May 9, 2011 3:44 PM

    Last I checked, wins, including playoff wins, are a team stat. Otherwise Dan Marino was a hack. Look at what Freeman has to work with vs. what Sanchez has to work with, and it’s easy to see who the better QB is. Freeman has something like 8 4th quarter comebacks, and he would have a couple more if our defense was anywhere near the Jets’.

    As far as leadership, that’s a comment from someone who has never watched Freeman play. He is absolutely the leader of this offense, and you can already see the confidence he has in calling his audibles. In the huddle, where it matters, everyone’s eyes are on Josh Freeman.

  36. bucjordan says: May 9, 2011 3:49 PM

    endzonezombie says:
    May 9, 2011 3:39 PM
    There is a big difference between playing under the pressure of the NY and national media gaze and playing in….where?….Tampa? The Bucs media is just happy to have a winning record and the hope for the future. They cut the Bucs slack for playing in a very tough NFC South. The NY media expects the playoffs and a Superbowl appearance every year. There is immense pressure to play QB in the NY market – just ask Eli.
    ——————————————-
    All this media talk is a bunch of garbage. These are grown men playing football. They are used to high pressure situations and having huge expectations. They probably expect more out of themselves than we or the media do. A few hardball questions doesn’t affect them when they’re on the football field. Plus, let the record show that Freeman’s best football is played in the highest pressure situations.

    I swear, first measuring a PLAYER’S success in wins, then using the big, bad media as an excuse. These Jet’s fans will come up with anything.

  37. benh999 says: May 9, 2011 3:59 PM

    @endzonezombie,
    Pssst. It’s the team’s HC putting SB pressure on them, not the nefarious NY sports media.

  38. marinofreakout says: May 9, 2011 4:03 PM

    hahahaha those that think sanchez “led” the jets to the afc championship are sorely mistaken. More like- hes the reason why they didnt win the afc east or get a bye.

    thats really not knockin on the jets—thats me honestly saying that with freeman in the qb spot the jets would have had enough pieces in place to have a better shot at the superbowl the last two years.

  39. ohkhan says: May 9, 2011 4:11 PM

    lazershow15 says:
    May 9, 2011 3:19 PM
    If the Sanchise is so great then they shouldn’t have been losing to any one of those teams. Then again Houston, Cleveland, and Detroit win their respective divisions almost annually, right?

    do you realize that the only team josh freeman beat with a winning record last year was the saints in week 17, when they rested their starters for the most part because they had the #1 seed…
    i understand why people hate the jets, but at least understand what you are arguing about. Josh freeman has never made the playoffs, sanchez has done it twice in 2 years, making 2 afc championship games. im not taking anything away from freeman, but the jets schedule was leaps and bounds more difficult than the bucs and the jets had 11 wins with sanchez. i think they’re both great qbs and id be happy to have either, but before we crown freeman, lets see him beat a team like the patriots twice in a season (they had 3 losses including playoffs, 2 to the jets), hell lets see him do it once…not to mention sanchez beating the colts and steelers among others

  40. Patskrieg dot com says: May 9, 2011 4:11 PM

    Mike Tannenbaum went through the arduous task of cross referencing the AOL draft board with the TMZ Hunkiest Rookie QB poll to land Sanchez.

    Fast forward 2 years: Freeman has put up better numbers and shown more promise with considerably less to work with, Sanchez remains the most coddled excuse-ridden QB in the league, and I’m sitting here reading an article about how the Jets made the right choice.

    Sure.

  41. nahcouldntbethat says: May 9, 2011 4:14 PM

    They’re both good QB’s. The logical proposition you face with Sanchez is either that he’s a phenomenally good money QB for his age and experience or the Jets have been one of the greatest teams of all time the last couple of years to get to the AFC Championship game with him.

    Watching the Jets over the two seasons I can absolutely guarantee you that they’re not one of the greatest teams of all time, not even close to it.

  42. harleyrider1973 says: May 9, 2011 4:18 PM

    I heard Rex say that Sanchez has great “feet”

  43. capslockkey says: May 9, 2011 4:20 PM

    So he drafted Sanchez (and traded up for him) over Freeman because he has a bigger entourage? Makes sense.

  44. kev86 says: May 9, 2011 4:24 PM

    “The NY media expects the playoffs and a Superbowl appearance every year.”

    From the Jets??? I live in New York and can give a non-rex liek guarantee that is not the case.

    The jets and super bowl expectations??? too funny.

  45. beastofeden says: May 9, 2011 4:34 PM

    JaMARKus Sanchez does a lot of things better than Josh Freeman:

    Over throwing
    Interceptions

    Freeman has more TD’s and less INT’s with a weaker gorp of receivers and an inferior O-Line.
    Freeman is the truth. JaMARKus is just another Matt Lienart, Todd Marinivich, CArson Palmer, Matt Cassell etc etc

  46. lgbarn says: May 9, 2011 4:39 PM

    Freeman has the better arm, accuracy and poise.

    The guy knows when to pull the ball down and run or throw it away. Only 6 ints last year…Sanchez will never in his life come close to that.

  47. firstroyal says: May 9, 2011 4:47 PM

    Above all else Ryan said he loved Sanchez feet

  48. aquanorange says: May 9, 2011 4:47 PM

    The Jets have had outstanding personnel on both sides of the ball the past couple of years. Best center in the game(sorry Maurkice) anchors one of the best O-Lines, where games are won and lost. Best CB in the NFL allows them to throw numbers at you in various blitz packages. Loads of experience and very good role players. This was an ideal spot for a young QB to step into without needing to lead.

    The Bucs probably have slightly below average personnel, a dynamic young coach, and a ton of heart. Wins are a team statistic. Freeman is a stud.

  49. goawayeverybody says: May 9, 2011 5:09 PM

    Did you know that Josh Freeman was the 7th ranked QB in fantasy last season? He was really wonderful. Mark Sanchez was less wonderful.

    Do you know who was way less wonderful than both of them? Chad Henne.

  50. coqui4 says: May 9, 2011 5:11 PM

    This is all just a waste of a article. What else do you expect Rex Ryan to say to the media? “Oh looking back on it now, I would have drafted Freeman.” Sanchez is his first round (first ever) pick. Ryan placed Sanchez as the face of the franchise and has no other choice but to stick by him. So to say anything other than “he’s my guy” wouldn’t help him, Sanchez or the franchise.

  51. raiderfankirk says: May 9, 2011 5:13 PM

    Rex just thought Mark had pretty feet, and a willingness to fill one of those wholes…LMAO!!! Freeman is the best young QB in the league. IMO.

  52. ilpackerbacker says: May 9, 2011 5:15 PM

    Perhaps Ryan should explain why he didn’t want Howard Green – the nose tackle who he deemed wasn’t even good enough for the practice squad.

    Packers picked him up and he proceeded to be a great run stuffer and then knocked Big Ben’s arm to force a pick-six for Nick Collins in the Super Bowl. Green has a Super Bowl ring coming because he is a Packer and not a Jet, LOL.

  53. joshbreal says: May 9, 2011 5:31 PM

    The problem with judging Josh by the number of guys that showed up, is that Coach Snyder probably only ALLOWED 2 guys to show. The others needed to be working for Coach, not the NFL scouts. As far as high school guys? With Coach Snyder in control of the facilities? C’mon man!

  54. jonkybon says: May 9, 2011 5:43 PM

    benh999 says:
    May 9, 2011 3:27 PM
    “Sanchez has forgotten more about maturity and leadership then Freeman will ever know.”

    Nothing says mature like tagging underage girls. Good for him, but seriously… mature?

    _______________________________

    For the slower posters here…she wasn’t underage. She was legal in 42 of the 50 states including the one she was from that they hooked up in.

    Nothing like getting a hot model pregnant and dumping her for a richer model. Ask LadyBrady about that class move. Or cheating on your wife with a married woman to break both marriages up. SONY Belichick wrote that book.

  55. lazershow15 says: May 9, 2011 5:45 PM

    nyjalleffingday says: May 9, 2011 3:24 PM

    @lazershow15

    The Patriots lost to Cleveland, and the Bills gave them a run for their money. I’d hope you’d agree with me that the Patriots and Tom Brady are both great.

    The beautiful thing about the NFL is that anyone can win on any given Sunday.

    ——————————————-

    Valid point. I agree with the mindset of “any given Sunday” being that I’m a Bills fan and therefore a glutton for pain. My point though was that people are lauding Sanchez for engineering comebacks against a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs since ’99(Detroit), another that hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2002(Cleveland), and, despite a very short history, a team that has never made the playoffs…ever(Houston).

  56. lazershow15 says: May 9, 2011 5:50 PM

    ohkhan says: May 9, 2011 4:11 PM

    lazershow15 says:
    May 9, 2011 3:19 PM
    If the Sanchise is so great then they shouldn’t have been losing to any one of those teams. Then again Houston, Cleveland, and Detroit win their respective divisions almost annually, right?

    do you realize that the only team josh freeman beat with a winning record last year was the saints in week 17, when they rested their starters for the most part because they had the #1 seed…
    i understand why people hate the jets, but at least understand what you are arguing about. Josh freeman has never made the playoffs, sanchez has done it twice in 2 years, making 2 afc championship games. im not taking anything away from freeman, but the jets schedule was leaps and bounds more difficult than the bucs and the jets had 11 wins with sanchez. i think they’re both great qbs and id be happy to have either, but before we crown freeman, lets see him beat a team like the patriots twice in a season (they had 3 losses including playoffs, 2 to the jets), hell lets see him do it once…not to mention sanchez beating the colts and steelers among others

    ————————————————

    I think even I could quarterback that Jets team with that defense and running game to at least a 10-6 record and maybe even win a playoff game.

  57. vertekal says: May 9, 2011 6:07 PM

    mvp43 says:
    May 9, 2011 1:58 PM
    Freeman has a better arm, but Sanchez has better feet….

    ************
    I see what you did there …

  58. bucjordan says: May 9, 2011 6:22 PM

    P.S. Seriously, all your doubters go look up some Freeman 2010 highlights. The guy is a monster.

  59. ampats says: May 9, 2011 7:36 PM

    jonkeybon,

    If you are going to post try to get your facts straight but then again being a jests fan we can’t expect much more. Keep being proud of your QB who needs to date high school juniors as opposed to women of a legal age. When they go out does Mark order her a Shirley Temple?

    rangenius is another jets joker, so HAPPY you made it to the AFC Championship the past two years only to lose? Three is a charm? HAHAHAHA

    Your team traded up for Sanchez over Freemna who is and will be a much better Pro QB once he has the team around him like Sanchez does

    The jets have not won the AFC East more than two times over the past twenty years.

    Always the red headed football team, your Newark Jets.

    1969, Happy 42nd Jets fans ! 40% of your starting roster are FA’s.

  60. ny82jy says: May 9, 2011 7:57 PM

    Some of you haters are idiots. I could make 10 good points about good things sanchez has done and you guys would still make negative comments. So since cleveland houston and detroit werent great last yr i guess those comebacks count for nothing. Haters will be haters i give up with some of you guys.

  61. ny82jy says: May 9, 2011 8:01 PM

    And sanchez had nothing to do with the playoff wins vs ne and indy too right. It was all because of the rest of the team and not sanchez. You haters are sickening i dont even know why i waste my time fighting with some of you idiots who know nothing about football.

  62. westcoastbucsfan says: May 9, 2011 8:30 PM

    The only people who doubt Freeman are people who have yet to see him. He is the definition of a playmaker. He is the lone person that made this team what it was last year. Say what you want about beating teams with losing records but the Bucs were coming off a 3-13 record in 2009 and was expected to lose to everybody. We had a couple of extremely close losses to the Falcons and were flat out robbed by officials in the Lions game. ( http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/12/23/nfl-apologizes-to-bucs-for-kellen-winslow-td-that-didnt-count/ ) Had we won that game then the Bucs make the playoffs and the Packers stay home. Freeman is legit and everybody will see this season. (If there is one)

  63. aquanorange says: May 9, 2011 11:40 PM

    Some of the Jets fans on here just refuse to take a compliment on their team. When fans of other teams admit that they’ve got a loaded roster, and 2 of their starting 22 are THE best at their position in the NFL, they refuse to accept the compliment graciously, and describe those who don’t think Sanchez is very good as “haters”. Sanchez does some nice ad-libbing in big moments, I’ll grant you that. But accurate he is not, and he does not throw a good deep ball. Do you see the fanbase of any other team as disliked as yours is? Well, maybe Philly. As a Fins fan, I’ve enjoyed our rivalry for more than 30 years, but some of you guys act like the NFL started when Rex came to town. There’s been a lot of losing in Gang Green’s team’s history. Get some perspective.

  64. tbmvp03 says: May 10, 2011 1:40 AM

    Why the assumption that Freeman would get swallowed up by the New York media? What character trait of his suggests that? That is a bad reach. Sanchez is underperforming given the talent that is around him. He worked with 3 veteran receivers who have recorded thousand yard seasons, a speedy first round tight end, a solid 1-2 punch in the backfield (that includes a great pass catcher in LT), and a mostly great offensive line. All that and he couldn’t even complete 55% of his throws. His QB rating was in the mid-70′s. I’m tired of hearing that he only had 16 (?) collegiate starts. He also played in a pro-style offense (Freeman in a spread) and started 18 games as a rookie. He’s the one who should have had the amazing year two leap, not the guy on the second youngest team in football. Don’t want to hear the dropped balls excuse either because he also led the league in opponent’s dropped interceptions.

  65. elevando1 says: May 10, 2011 9:33 AM

    May 9, 2011 6:07 PM

    mvp43 says:
    May 9, 2011 1:58 PM
    Freeman has a better arm, but Sanchez has better feet….

    ************
    I see what you did there …

    ————————————-

    ??? ..don’t get it. We have a bunch of Einsteins posting on this blog. I need to locate out my super decoder ring. Be sure to drink your Ovaltine.

  66. benh999 says: May 10, 2011 10:25 AM

    @jonkybon,
    Clearly I am not as well-versed as you on age of consent laws, but she was a 17-year old high school student.

    By the way, if you are going to call other people slow, why not learn to form a proper sentence first?

  67. chippmix says: May 11, 2011 2:30 PM

    To all those people who discredit Mark on his game winning drives and 4th quarter comebacks because he played “lower echelon teams” PLEASE! Look at Freeman’s GWD and comebacks. AZ,CIN,CLE,STL,Was? And you’re saying Sanchez had less tough opponents. Go to pro-football-reference.com and see Freeman’s stinky comebacks. Freeman wouldn’t last 1 year in the AFC. Pitt would swallow him. He could never win against the patriots or any other afc team. Mark can read defenses very well. Even though Sanchez lost to Chicago via interception. He Carved there defense up. Freeman cant carve a Turkey. In addition Freeman throws dink and dunk passes 2 yards. Sanchez thaws the ball further down the field therefore more chance of getting interceptions. He takes chances and wins because of it. Freeman is a kitty kat. To all the Jets haters, keep on hating. Next year the Buccs will be out of the playoffs Jets will be in and you’ll still be complain about Sanchez.

  68. bucsballer says: May 12, 2011 11:28 AM

    Really knock on Freeman??? The bucs d is bad that’s y we don’t win as much as the jets. But come on!!!! Miami pretty much shut down dirty sanchez… I mean Miami!!!! Plus how’s sanchez chocking in the playoffs 2 years in a row goin for ya?Freemans shown he is captain clutch. So sanchez go back to ur 17 year old girl

  69. bucemdown says: May 12, 2011 2:39 PM

    rangenius says:
    May 9, 2011 2:49 PM
    Sanchez 4 playoff wins

    Freeman hasn’t even made the playoffs, piss poor leader.

    Sanchez will be a hall of famer, Freeman

    LMAO, this guy is nuts! the jets went to afc championship game inspite of sanchez, BUCS went 10-6 because of freeman. Who has more 4th quarter comebacks between the two, I think there is no comparison. Even people who aren’t fan’s of either team recognize that freeman is the better player to this point, 25 td’s to 6 ints, not bad considering how young the team is with no real veteran’s other that ronde who’s best days are behind him!

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