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Sanchez wants to bring back as many Jets as possible

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Last year, the New York Jets followed an AFC title game appearance with an influx of free agents.  This year, quarterback Mark Sanchez prefers to stand pat with the team that returned to the Super Bowl qualification round.

“Keeping as many guys as possible from last year’s team is the most important thing,” Sanchez told a certain Internet hack who was filling in for Dan Patrick on The Dan Patrick Show, via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger.  “We have a decided advantage against a lot of teams with new offensive or defensive systems, new coordinators, new quarterbacks, new coaches.  We have a good thing in place; we have a real good thing going, and and we’d love to just build on that.”

Sanchez specifically said that means he wants to see receivers Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes return, along with cornerback Antonio Cromartie.  All three men are due to become free agents.

The third-year quarterback lamented that the lockout is “really ruining our momentum,” but he offered a politically correct response when asked about a rookie wage scale, given that he received a top-five contract in 2009.

“I would not be surprised if the days of the $50 million rookie contract are over,” Sanchez said, without saying that he believes it should happen.  “I just think that’s the way things are headed.  There are veteran players that have proved themselves, and now. . . .   I’ve seen the kind of hard work and dedication that it takes, that these guys have put in.”

It was an enjoyable discussion with Sanchez, who called me at the top of the interview, “Mr. Florio.”  If I were a little faster on my feet, I would have said, “Wait, is this Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow?”

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  1. drgfri says: Jul 7, 2011 3:06 PM

    He must mean bring the back to the after Prom party….

  2. coutre says: Jul 7, 2011 3:09 PM

    Of course he wants them all back. He is mediocre w/out most of those guys and would be exposed w/out them.

  3. woodyg says: Jul 7, 2011 3:18 PM

    Sanchez is already one of the most over-rated QBs in the NFL ….. And for one reason & one reason only ….. He plays in NY ……..

  4. j3ts83 says: Jul 7, 2011 3:19 PM

    Sanchez 2 seasons 2 AFC Championship games. 4 road playoff games. 3-2 against the Pats and 1-0 against the great Brady in the postseason. Keep hating

  5. deanvernonwormer says: Jul 7, 2011 3:20 PM

    Can you blame the kid? they have a winning formula over there and if they get enough of their own players back this year they get over the hump.

    The Jets have to be one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl this season.

  6. damnsureis says: Jul 7, 2011 3:22 PM

    He’s respectful like that. In his last interview he kept saying Mr. Hansen after he was asked to have a seat in the kitchen. He never even complained about not getting the ice tea that his date said she was busy making.

  7. nyjalleffingday says: Jul 7, 2011 3:25 PM

    If the Jets want to win in the future they must continue developing Mark Sanchez and part of that is having a nice, consistent group that he’s got chemistry with. Bringing back as many offensive guys back as possible should be the priority since they addressed plenty of defensive needs through the draft.

  8. ny82jy says: Jul 7, 2011 3:26 PM

    Tired of talking about it. I want the lockout to be over and free agency to start so dam bad!! I doubt Holmes is going anywhere. As long as they resign him i could live with losing cromartie and or edwards.

  9. skimbell says: Jul 7, 2011 3:26 PM

    “The third-year quarterback lamented that the lockout is “really ruining our momentum,”
    Ahh Mark, I think Pittsburg kinda took care of your momentum last January.

  10. iflounder says: Jul 7, 2011 3:30 PM

    mark sanchez, tim teabow, i’m sure you would have gladly and eagerly taken either one in your mouth.

  11. schmitty2 says: Jul 7, 2011 3:34 PM

    He didn’t want Vernon Gholston back?

  12. richm2256 says: Jul 7, 2011 3:38 PM

    I can see where Sanchez is coming from ….. I mean, who would want to tamper with the roster of a two-time defending Super Bowl champ?

    Right?

    RIGHT ???

  13. citizenstrange says: Jul 7, 2011 3:40 PM

    …. If I were a little faster on my feet, I would have said, “Wait, is this Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow?”

    ZING!

  14. CKL says: Jul 7, 2011 3:42 PM

    j3ts83 says: Jul 7, 2011 3:19 PM

    Sanchez 2 seasons 2 AFC Championship games. 4 road playoff games. 3-2 against the Pats and 1-0 against the great Brady in the postseason. Keep hating
    _____________________________________
    I actually usually stick up for Sanchez’s QB ability on Pats boards but this one goes a little too far. He has played well in most of the postseason no doubt. It’s something to build on. But the reason you guys won that particular playoff game is your defense. Period. They completely took Brady out of the game and effed with his head. They did a fantastic job.

  15. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 7, 2011 3:45 PM

    It’s not all about what Sanchez Wants. It is what is best for the team.

  16. woodyg says: Jul 7, 2011 3:46 PM

    j3ts83 says:
    Jul 7, 2011 3:19 PM
    Sanchez 2 seasons 2 AFC Championship games. 4 road playoff games. 3-2 against the Pats and 1-0 against the great Brady in the postseason. Keep hating
    ____________

    Sanchez in his two years in the NFL …. 54% completion rate ……. 29 TD passes versus 33 Ints …… 70.2 QB rating ……

    Only in NY do the fans ignore the ‘real individual numbers’ ….. If Sanchez doesn’t improve in the next two years, he’ll be back in California riding the Raider bench ……

  17. bolt4life says: Jul 7, 2011 3:58 PM

    Not to mention according to ESPN Sanchez has the most dropped interceptions, so they named him the luckiest QB in the NFL for 2010.

    I find this article so useless. Of course a QB wants his team back…

  18. waldoampere says: Jul 7, 2011 4:00 PM

    Guys, he’s 24 years old and has only played two seasons in the league. Give him a break.

  19. btowngetsdown says: Jul 7, 2011 4:17 PM

    I hate to compare Sanchez to the two best quarterbacks in the league, but for starting fresh out of College and not playing his Senior year either, Sanchez is not doing too bad.

    First 2 Years in League QB Comparison:

    Sanchez:
    Wins % Yards TD’s Int’s Rating
    8 53.8 2444 12 20 63.0

    11 54.8 3291 17 13 75.3

    Brady: (not Mark’s fault Tom sat his 1st year):
    Wins % Yards TD’s Int’s Rating
    — 33.3 6 0 0 42.4

    11 63.9 2843 18 12 86.5

    Peyton Manning:
    Wins % Yards TD’s Int’s Rating
    3 56.7 3739 26 28 71.2
    13 62.1 4135 26 15 90.7

    Sanchez is trending upward (just like the other two), so I could see him turning into a good/great quarterback some day. Plus he’s way cooler than those other two. (sweet pony tail bro, sweet pony tail).

  20. brutus9448 says: Jul 7, 2011 4:23 PM

    why do they need everyone back. I thought they had already won the superbowl next year.

  21. heisthejuan says: Jul 7, 2011 4:51 PM

    @btowngetsdown Sanchez completion % goes up by a point and he’s trending upward? Man, by the time he’s a 9 year vet he’ll get to where Brady and Manning were.

    Also, I watched most of the Jets games last year and was astounded by how many times he hit a DB or LB in the hands and they dropped it.

    He looks the part, and acts the part, but doesn’t really play the part. Laughable that he was the 5th pick overall in the draft.

  22. zinn22 says: Jul 7, 2011 4:59 PM

    Sanchez is simply the worst starting QB in the league. The Jets win despite him by trying to protect the team from Sanchez losing the game.

    There is no QB in the NFL who consistently throws mroe times against defenses with 8-9 men int he box than Sanchez. Defenses dare him to pass and beat them and he simply cannot do it. So defenses just stack against the run. Imagine how bad he would be if defenses respected him and played to stop the pass.

    I hear fanboys with green goggles talk about 4 NY Jet playoff wins. Sanchez was terrible in the playoffs. The Jets won despite him.

    The Colts playofff game was one of the worst games I have ever seen a QB play. The Jets had to abandon the pass to win that game becauee of Sanchez’s poor play emphasized by his awful play on the last drive of the first half. He missed 4 wide open receivers for TDs.

    The Pats playoff game while statistically he looked good he was still awful. Throwing late and high, He was bailed out some great catches by Holmes, Tomlinson and Edwards along with a few great efforts by Edwards and Cotchery.

    Sanchez is terrible in almost every facet of the game. He is amazingly inaccurate. He makes a huge amount of mistakes. His stats of 17 TD and 13 Ints looked improved last year but he lead the league in dropped INTs. He does not see the field and makes poor decisions. He has happy feet in the pocket. He is at the bottom of almost every statistic. When the game is on the line or in close situations his QB rating is at the bottom of the league.

    What has bailed Sanchez out is the Jets protect him like no other team protects a QB. Atlanta and Balt. are close. The Jets Run the ball more than another team. Defenses consistently play 8-9 men in the box daring Sanchez to throw and beat them. But he cannot do it. Even look at 3 pass drive at the end of the Colts playoff game where Braylon bailed him out with 2 great catches. The Colts were still protecting against the run with 40 seconds left because they felt Sanchez could not beat them.

    The Jets do not put Sanchez in bad situations because when teams know he has to throw his stats are terrible. In passing situations 3rd and 5 and above he is the worst in the league. They protect him and the team by taking the ball out of hands. No QB in the league has it easier than Sanchez thanks to the Jets running game, playcalling and defense.

    He is hands down the worst starting QB in the league. Put him on an average team where he would be forced to throw against defenses playing him honestly and he would be on the bench if not out of the league. Give the Jets a bad or average QB like Henne, Firzpatrick or Alex Smith and they immediately become a much better team.

    All that being said I hope he improves as he seems like a good guy. But given his innacuracy I don’t see how he can ever improve much even if his decision making improves. Imagine if he does improve defenses may actually gameplan and design to beat him rather than simply just stop the run and ignore Sanchez. Meaning if he improves defenses will just adjust.

    His ceiling is likely being a game manager type QB who lacks accuracy. A very bad combination. If hedoes not improve greatly this year it is likely his last chance before the Jets bring in competition. Remember the Ravens won the SB with Trent Dilfer but sadly Sanchez is no Trent Dilfer.

    If the Jets want to immediately upgrade their team all they have to do is sign any run of the mill QB. Absent a trip to the SB next year, the Jets will likely be looking for that upgrade in 2012. I guess the question is when do the Jet fans start to turn against Sanchez. It has happened with every Jets QB I have seen play, Todd, Robinson, O’Brien, Vinnie and Pennington. it is just a matter of time.

  23. ampats says: Jul 7, 2011 5:06 PM

    2011 Salary Cap projected to be $120 Mill.

    It was also reported the jets are currently 1.5 over. Tanny will have have to work his magic.

    2012 “Cap” $ 120
    Mevis$ 16

    Balance $104 mill

    Holmes will be the most sought after WR on the free agent market.

    Jets fans, do the numbers Holmes will be difficult to keep and I wonder if he isn’t a little pissed at how he was portrayed in Rex’s book?

    Hopefully we will find out soon.

  24. xsorethumbx says: Jul 7, 2011 5:20 PM

    Sanchez 2 seasons 2 AFC Championship games. 4 road playoff games. 3-2 against the Pats and 1-0 against the great Brady in the postseason. Keep hating

    ________________

    when did losing AFC Championships become a great accomplishment?

  25. krow101 says: Jul 7, 2011 5:35 PM

    The Jets win the Superbowl every year. Just ask them.

  26. footballfan80 says: Jul 7, 2011 5:57 PM

    zinn22:

    Next time watch the playoff games instead of trying to guess what happened. Sanchez was not great in the playoff game against the Colts but he still led a game winning 2 minute drive in the 4th quarter to win the game. Not to mention he was lights out in his playoff games against the Pats, Steelers, Bengals, and Colts. How do you like them apples?

    Also loser, if you want to comment on someone’s performances maybe at least just look at the box score. The jets win playoff games in spite of Sanchez? Right, maybe they do in the regular season but how do you win playoff games in spite of a QB who has a 9-3 TD-INT ratio and nearly a 95 QB Rating, which happens to be 5th best in NFL HISTORY!

  27. footballfan80 says: Jul 7, 2011 6:01 PM

    When the game is on the line or in close situations his QB rating is at the bottom of the league.

    zinn22:
    Dont make ridiculous statements that you cant even back up if you even tried. I dont know what it is, but his QB rating when the game is on the line or in close situations has to be one of the best in the league considering he had 6 (maybe 7, dont remember exactly) game winning drives in the 4th quarter or OT this past season. How many QB’s had that many last season?

  28. hawkeye6 says: Jul 7, 2011 6:02 PM

    If Sanchez wants those 3 guys back, he’ll need to restructure is contract which is almost 18$ million in 2011.

  29. heisthejuan says: Jul 7, 2011 6:28 PM

    I remember in Hard Knocks when Namath was concerned that Sanchez doesn’t even take a snap from center correctly.

    It’s a shame for Jets fans that the organization wasted the talented teams they had the last two years by just giving Sanchize the job without facing competition. You guys could be celebrating SB wins the way you do AFC Championship losses.

    What’s worse, I think Tanny was banking on the salary cap going up from the 09 level, not down. Could be a rough adjustment.

  30. 808raiderinparadise says: Jul 7, 2011 7:26 PM

    I’m cool with Mark, and I grew up hating USC, but the guy is very likeable, humble, impressive leader, but to honestly review his QB skills in the NFL he is bad to mediocre. Jason Cambpell has a higher career QB rating playing with absoloute dirt around him. That Defenese is SuperBowl winning, its him holding back that whole team. Anyone that can’t see that is dillusional, he is barely average QB … Chad Henne, Jason Campbell, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Garrard, Alex Smith, could all just as well if not better with that team, they may have won one of those self-proclaimed superbowls already. Now the talent will fade away and the window will close and Sanchez will be doomed in NY media when no one wants to play with him or Rex’s fat mouth.

  31. ny82jy says: Jul 7, 2011 7:59 PM

    @woodyg

    Check out his playoff numbers the last two years. We dont ignore that.

  32. Spencer says: Jul 7, 2011 8:00 PM

    Just remember, the Jets could have had Josh Freeman…

  33. waldoampere says: Jul 7, 2011 8:10 PM

    You can accuse Sanchez of being inexperienced. You can accuse him of being inconsistent. But to say, after only two seasons and playing excellent football in the playoffs against very good teams and all on the road, that he has little talent or is a bad QB is ridiculous. Based on his playoff performance there’s no reason to think he won’t continue to improve. I realize that some of you hate Rex and all things Jets but try to be objective.

  34. revischrist says: Jul 7, 2011 8:25 PM

    Lifetime post season passer ratings
    Brady 85.7
    Manning 88.4
    Sanchez 94.3
    After only his second year in the NFL with one season of starting exp. in college the kid plays his best in big games. I’ll take him.( Just using the passer ratings to illustrate a point. No, I don’t think he’s better than Manning or Brady-yet)

  35. 72Perfection says: Jul 7, 2011 8:26 PM

    But…hey guys…wait a minute….Hasn’t Sanchez already won 2 Super Bowls back to back?? I mean he was the MVP 2 times….right?

    Nice kid…average QB…needs a GREAT TEAM with a GREAT COACH around him to win it all. The JETS have NEITHER!!

    They have a decent team and an overrated loud mouth buffoon for a coach. He should stick to what he knows defensive teams with Ray Lewis…jeez Bozo coulda coached that team to greatness….and sucking toes!!!

  36. j3ts83 says: Jul 7, 2011 9:01 PM

    xsorethumbx says:
    Jul 7, 2011 5:20 PM
    Sanchez 2 seasons 2 AFC Championship games. 4 road playoff games. 3-2 against the Pats and 1-0 against the great Brady in the postseason. Keep hating

    ________________

    when did losing AFC Championships become a great accomplishment?

    1410 

    Maybe when you’re a rookie QB with a rookie head coach and you reach the AFC championship twice when no one expected you to? Not to mention playing great in the playoffs and winning 4 road playoff games, you moron. But don’t let the facts get in your way

  37. emmonsh says: Jul 7, 2011 9:07 PM

    lol sure the hell tell who lives in ny. sanchez is consodered 1 of the worst qbs in the league. defense and running game won the games. most analysts have the jets sinking like a rock this year

  38. zinn22 says: Jul 7, 2011 9:11 PM

    When the game is on the line or in close situations his QB rating is at the bottom of the league.

    zinn22:
    Dont make ridiculous statements that you cant even back up if you even tried. I dont know what it is, but his QB rating when the game is on the line or in close situations has to be one of the best in the league considering he had 6 (maybe 7, dont remember exactly) game winning drives in the 4th quarter or OT this past season. How many QB’s had that many last season?

    —————————————————————

    There have been 2 good articles int he last year detailing QB ratings in pressure situations. They looked at QB ratings in the 4th quarter in close games and Sanchez in all studies was either last or at the bottom.

    Another article analyzed every QB throw over the last year and looked at the good throws poor throws etc. Sanchez mistakes and poor throws were one of the highest in the league. His bad throw percentage was double that of Chad Henne. But where Sanchez benefited the most was in luck where he led the league in dropped INTs.

    Someone else mentioned Sanchez winning the Colt playoff game. He made three passes on that drive. A 4 yard slant to Edwards which was a terrible throw and required quite a nice catch by Edwards. A 5 yard pass to to the left side to an uncovered Holmes and the Jump ball amazing Catch by Edwards. Sanchez did nothing on that drive or any part of the game to win the game. If the Jets had any other QB they would have been up by 20-30 points and would have won easily.

    I would love to see the Jets succeed and I like Sanchez. He seems like a good guy. But he is horribly inaccurate and right now he has the easiest situation int he NFL. The Jets do not pout him in bad situations. Defenses sell out on the run and dare Sanchez to pass. He constantly has 8-9 men in the box. Put any mediocre QB in his situation and he would have Peyton Manning numbers. Imagine if Sanchez was on a bad team and had to throw the ball and defenses know he was going to throw the ball he might put out Ryan Leaf like numbers. QBs like Fitzpatrick and Henne because they play from behind have it so much worse than Sanchez.

    Like I said I would love to see him succeed but he is without a doubt the worst QB in the league. Sign any retired or has been QB and its an upgrade for the Jets.

  39. heisthejuan says: Jul 7, 2011 9:57 PM

    Maybe when you’re a rookie QB with a rookie head coach and you reach the AFC championship twice when no one expected you to? Not to mention playing great in the playoffs and winning 4 road playoff games, you moron. But don’t let the facts get in your way
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    This is the line that kills me, “you reach the AFC championship twice when no one expected you to”. Dude, your coach and entire team was talking about how they’d win the Super Bowl.

    Get a grip, Donovan McNabb has lost a bunch of conference title games too.

  40. newyorkgmen says: Jul 7, 2011 10:01 PM

    “Sanchez is already one of the most over-rated QBs in the NFL ….. And for one reason & one reason only ….. He plays in NY ……..”

    If that’s the case, then why is Eli Manning ripped apart year in and year out after clearly out performing most QBs in the NFL on top of being victorious against one of the best teams in NFL history in Super Bowl XLII?

  41. nahcouldntbethat says: Jul 7, 2011 10:47 PM

    I’ve been a Jet fan for 40 years now and Sanchez is already third on the list of guys I’ve enjoyed watching over that span behind only Joe Willie and Vinny Testaverde.

    He’s more of a natural than Ken O’Brien was and he takes hits better. O’Brien was a good QB but I never saw him as a guy who could outduel Dan Marino. I’ve already seen Sanchez beat Brady three times now and I don’t care if it’s the defense, because nobody on the Jets was beating Brady before Sanchez showed up.

    He’s got more talent than Chad Pennington had and he’s not afraid to try to fit the ball in tight spaces in the red zone which is something Chad never was able to do. He’s nowhere near as polished as Chad was but then again it’s very hard to be as polished as a guy who didn’t play until his third year in the league and then defined his game as throwing inside 15 yards of the line of scrimmage. No knock on Chad, he’s good at what he’s good at, but Sanchez is already a better option in the fourth quarter down a score than Chad was after 5 years as the starting QB.

    I have no clue if Sanchez is going to be a great QB but it’s a no-brainer that he’s going to be a good NFL starting QB and probably one of the better post-season QB’s in recent memory. You don’t luck in the kind of stats he;s put up when the defenses get tougher and the losers go home. Those lines are fully earned.

    The comparison I make is not to Brady or Manning, because those guys are all-time greats and he’s not in that class at this point. The guys he reminds me of a bit are John Elway, Terry Bradshaw and Drew Brees. The guys who came into the locker room and tried to lead and made lots of mistakes along the way. They also got lots of chances to win big games even with all the mistakes and mostly got better in those chances.

  42. footballfan80 says: Jul 7, 2011 11:03 PM

    zinn22:

    Your last post had three fatal flaws in it.

    1. Opposing defenses stacking the box- I watched the Jets every game this year and I have no idea what you are talking about when you say defenses constantly stack the box with 8-9 guys. They did on ocassion with 8 but so does every other team in the league, their opponents didnt do it anymore than other teams. It would be virtually impossible to have a top 5 rushing offense (the Jets did) if you were constantly facing 8 and 9 in the box, regardless of how good you are running the ball.

    2. You critisize Sanchez because his receivers (Braylon and Homles) make nice catches. Who has receivers that don’t? Every QB in the league has their receivers make nice catches. You dont think Wayne makes Manning look good on certain throws, or A. Johson makes Schaub look good etc.

    A. Pass to Braylon to win the game against the colts- it was a nice catch, but it was also a perfect throw. Just because someone makes a nice catch doesnt mean the possiblity of a good throw on the play is negated. Where should he have thrown the ball? He let Braylon go up top for it because he had a huge size advantage on the corner.

    B. You mentioned in another post that Holmes made some nice catches in the playoffs to bail sanchez out? Really? You mean the clincher against the Pats? Great catch by holmes, no doubt about it. But it might have even been a better throw, absolutely no other place to complete the pass in bounds. Where did you want him to throw it? Out of bounds, into the defender’s chest?

    3. I keep hearing about this dropped INT’s stat. Dont you realize in of itself it has absolutely no signficance whatsoever.? An infant can tell you that. Maybe coupled with other stats it could be important, like actual interceptions combined with dropped int’s. Otherwise you are saying that if a guy has 5 int’s and 7 dropped int’s that is worse than a guy who has 50 int’s and 5 dropped int’s, just because he has more dropped int’s. Do dropped int’s matter so much in this case? Eli Manning had like twice as many ACTUAL int’s.

  43. footballfan80 says: Jul 7, 2011 11:09 PM

    72Perfection:

    I am okay with hearing trash talk from Steelers fans, Patriots fans, Packers fans etc. But from a Dolphins fan, really?

    All you talk about is 1969, like other other posters said 72 is pretty close to that.

    And what about the relevant stuff, like recent team success? The dolphins have not won ANY PLAYOFF GAMES IN 11 FRICKIN YEARS.

  44. nahcouldntbethat says: Jul 7, 2011 11:18 PM

    You’d have to figure out why an interception was dropped in order to measure it’s actual relevance to a QB’s ability.

    My feeling his first year, in 2009, was that Sanchez had a fair number of dropped interceptions (and dropped passes by his receivers) due to the velocity he put on the ball. Particularly after his interception string began he was throwing the ball really hard and trying to force it in to the receivers and nobody could handle it well.

    Last year I think the drops were partly based on that but also partly based on his timing and the positions he threw from. He has a tendency to throw the ball pretty quickly and I think he had a bunch of incompletions and drops, interceptions and otherwise, because the ball got there before the players were ready for it.

    He also scrambles a lot and makes a fair number of throws from outside the pocket, particularly to his left. More often than not he has just two people in the area he is throwing too, with a late-arriving safety joining the party. Lots of drops in that situation also as he tends to throw high in the one-on-ones and it’s easy for any of the players to get a hand on the ball but hard for anybody but Braylon Edwards to bring it down.

  45. footballfan80 says: Jul 7, 2011 11:43 PM

    808raiderinparadise
    Are you really comparing Sanchez to Cambell, Garrad, smith, Henne, Fitzpatrick?

    How many playoff games have those QB’s won combined in their entire careers? Maybe 1 I think with Garrad.

    Sanchez has 4 playoff wins all on the road in his 1st 2 years in the league.

    And dont even try the crap the Jets win those games in spite of Sanchez.

    In the playoffs he has 9 td’s, 3 int’s, and nearly a 95 QB rating, which happens to be 5th best in NFL history.

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