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Sanchez embraces leadership role

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Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez enters his third year with a franchise-record four playoff road wins.  As a result, he’s done more than enough in two seasons to command respect in the locker room.

For 2011, he plans to use it.

“No question, that’s [my] goal and it’s growing every day,” Sanchez told reporters Thursday regarding whether he is becoming in dominant personality on the team.  “I’m getting more and more comfortable each day, with each season.  Reads and progressions seem to come with ease [and] the game starts to slow down.  You really start to understand the dynamic of the locker room when it’s time to say something in front of the offense, when you need to grab a couple of guys on defense and [say], ‘Hey, talk to your guys about this,” when to pump somebody up or when to stay quiet, when to put your head down to work and lead by example.  It’s been something natural for me and it’s been a natural progression, but I think that’s the reason Rex [Ryan] made me captain early in the offseason, or as soon as we got back from [the] lockout, because he knew the kind of work I put in and he knew I was ready for that role.”

In Ryan’s mind, those four postseason road wins make Sanchez, yes, elite.

“That’s when I think we have, when you talk about elite quarterbacks, I think he’s an elite quarterback, because he wins the big games, and he’s a winner,” Ryan told reporters.  “That’s all I want him to do, just win.  Don’t worry about anything else, the stats will take care of themselves, let’s just go out and win.”

But Ryan wouldn’t put Sanchez on par with Tom Brady and Peyton Manning yet.  Ryan also opted to express an opinion on whether Eli Manning, who started this whole “elite quarterback” talk on Tuesday, belongs in that category.

“Those two have won Super Bowls,” Ryan said. “Peyton Manning’s won a Super Bowl and he’s won a zillion games, and in my opinion, the best quarterback in football.  And you have Tom Brady, who has only won three Super Bowls, been the MVP of the league probably three times.  We’re a ways from there.  There’s no doubt, but if we won a Super Bowl, like Eli’s saying, he can be in the conversation.

“I certainly understand where Eli’s coming from, he’s been there and done it, he’s won a Super Bowl.  He’s a great quarterback.  Now, is he Tom Brady and Peyton?  Probably not, but he’s pretty darn good, and I think Mark Sanchez is pretty darn good.”

Ryan is probably right.  But it won’t be enough for Sanchez to win a Super Bowl to join the Brady-Manning stratosphere.  As Sanchez has acknowledged, he needs to perform in the regular season as well as he does in the postseason.  If he can do that, and if he can win a Super Bowl, then Peyton and Tom will have company at the top.

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58 Responses to “Sanchez embraces leadership role”
  1. cubano76 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:37 PM

    Sanchez needs to embrace the fact that he’s a tool.

  2. bleedgreen4life says: Aug 18, 2011 10:39 PM

    Respect the confidence Mark, but your just an overrated quarterback on an overrated team. plain and simple.

  3. giorgiom3 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:40 PM

    Lol, even if he is the leader of the team it won’t make him the throw the ball any better. He’s got Plax, Santonio, Mason, Keller, a pro bowl offensive line and a solid running back crew, and yet he’ll still not put up good numbers. The Jets will win in spite of him like they have the past 2 years.

  4. sickpuppyz says: Aug 18, 2011 10:41 PM

    its too bad you can rate the article.
    -1 from me for the daily Jets BS blowhard update.

    Just as in the case of Eli and him talking about being elite. If Sanchez has to talk about being a leader than he isn’t.

  5. sickpuppyz says: Aug 18, 2011 10:42 PM

    meant to say “can NOT rate the article”

  6. larrydavidstern says: Aug 18, 2011 10:46 PM

    Man, I can’t wait for the Jets to fall flat this year. It’s gonna be fun to watch!

  7. dbellina says: Aug 18, 2011 10:51 PM

    Yeah but Tom Brady is dreamy.

  8. 1nyj says: Aug 18, 2011 10:53 PM

    here comes the hate…

  9. green41563 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:54 PM

    Sanchez started one year in college, left as a junior, and immediately became the starting quarterback on a pretty decent team in the media capital of the world.

    That’s not easy.

    Has he set the world on fire statistically in his first two years? No, but he’s a kid about to begin his third season. How many quarterbacks are great out of the box? Marino? Manning? Not too many. Aaron Rodgers hadn’t even started an NFL game through his first three seasons.

  10. richm2256 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:58 PM

    ” I think he’s an elite quarterback, because he wins the big games, and he’s a winner,”
    ——————————————————

    “Big games”…… like in “AFC Championship” big…? cause he lost BOTH of the ones he’s been lucky enough to land in. So I’m just wondering WHAT “big games” he’s actually, you know, WON???

  11. ocgunslinger says: Aug 18, 2011 11:00 PM

    I have to sit down. I actually agree 100% with what Rex has to say in this article.

  12. makavelidafins says: Aug 18, 2011 11:02 PM

    Still suck

  13. hobartbaker says: Aug 18, 2011 11:03 PM

    Sanchez embraced it, rubbed his crotch suggestively against it through his tight white jeans, raised his muscle shirt to show his flat abs, and asked it how badly it wanted him.

  14. herlies says: Aug 18, 2011 11:06 PM

    So now Mark Sanchez is an elite QB?

    That makes what, about 25 elite NFL QBs?

    Rex Ryan does realize that this is a guy with more career turnovers than touchdowns, right?

  15. drgfri says: Aug 18, 2011 11:08 PM

    And….

    Sanchez embraces teenage girls from NJ,

    Cromartie embraces any woman capable of producing a child,

    Rex Ryan embraces lots of pizza, coke, and ice cream.

  16. ny82jy says: Aug 18, 2011 11:09 PM

    Sanchez is going to shut alot of people up this year. He cares too much and works to hard. The article also left out how they got in at 5 am from their preseason game. Sanchez, mcelroy and holmes took a nap on the plane ride home and worked out at 5am at the team facility when they got back to get extra work in. Thats dedication say what you want but how many qbs are willing to do that when they dont have to?

  17. oscojoe says: Aug 18, 2011 11:12 PM

    Sanchez is and always will be a middle of the road QB in the NFL.

    Let’s settle this “Elite” talk that has been going on all week.

    It is pretty simple.

    Are you a sure bet to be in the Hall Of Fame?

    If the answer is Yes then you are a “Elite Player” at your position.

    End of discusion!!!

  18. stoutfiles says: Aug 18, 2011 11:16 PM

    Sanchez has never won a championship. Not in the AFC, not even in his division. How is that elite? He has more career INTs than TDs! How is that elite!?

  19. BTC says: Aug 18, 2011 11:21 PM

    Really? Because the world needed this fifth Jets story in 10 hours?

  20. trbowman says: Aug 18, 2011 11:21 PM

    Jets fans hope Sanchez embraces accuracy.

  21. herlies says: Aug 18, 2011 11:24 PM

    “It is pretty simple. Are you a sure bet to be in the Hall Of Fame? If the answer is Yes then you are a “Elite Player” at your position. End of discusion!!!”

    The discussion is not over.

    Rex Ryan thinks Sanchez is elite and this clown thinks that you need to be a HoF’er to be elite.

    Both arguments are asinine.

  22. blackbug99 says: Aug 18, 2011 11:25 PM

    Sanchez is the Romo of the AFC….pretty girls, lots of publicity…Yet to deliver!!

  23. jaypace says: Aug 18, 2011 11:36 PM

    If the jets had Eli they may have won two chips already. Mark Sanchez or “sanchise” that always makes me laugh. If a victim of a great circumstance. The jets have put weapons around him yet he can’t win. They will continue to do that and he still won’t win. Here’s why, if the jets don’t win the division they will never go on the road and beat in back to back weeks teams like new England then Baltimore or Pittsburgh. They may beat one but they ain’t winning both. Which will always have them flaming out in the afc championship. Because the d can only take that team so far. He is a bum, and if you have to blow yourself telling everyone how great a leader you are, you’re probably not. If he were some body else would be saying this in an article. So in summation mark sanchez sucks and if by some fluke he does win a chip it won’t be because of him. Now he’ll win one because I said he wouldn’t, great.

  24. melonnhead says: Aug 18, 2011 11:39 PM

    Sanchez is the Romo of the AFC….pretty girls, lots of publicity…Yet to deliver!!

    ——————————————————–

    Sanchez isn’t even in Romo’s area code. The Jets win in spite of him, not because of him.

  25. dawgpaddlez says: Aug 18, 2011 11:40 PM

    how many playoff games has romo won exactly?

  26. progman4all says: Aug 18, 2011 11:41 PM

    Odd he wasn’t mentioned when they were slurping on Freeman, Kolb (who’s really done dick), Stafford, and Bradford during the Steelers game.

  27. oscojoe says: Aug 18, 2011 11:55 PM

    herlies says:
    Aug 18, 2011 11:24 PM
    “It is pretty simple. Are you a sure bet to be in the Hall Of Fame? If the answer is Yes then you are a “Elite Player” at your position. End of discusion!!!”

    The discussion is not over.

    Rex Ryan thinks Sanchez is elite and this clown thinks that you need to be a HoF’er to be elite.

    Both arguments are asinine.

    Asinine?

    Clown?

    That describes a Yet’s Fan.

    Elite players make the Hall of Fame.

  28. tunescribe says: Aug 19, 2011 12:59 AM

    So, fat daddy Wrecks took it upon himself to designate Li’l Marky a captain. The questions is: would his teammates have done the same?

  29. green41563 says: Aug 19, 2011 1:04 AM

    blackbug99 says: Aug 18, 2011 11:25 PM

    Sanchez is the Romo of the AFC….pretty girls, lots of publicity…Yet to deliver!!
    _____________________________________

    That’s a really great comparison because Romo is 31 and Sanchez is 24.

    Sharp.

  30. norespect4jets says: Aug 19, 2011 1:14 AM

    why is everyone so jealous of the jets… reading about how theyre gonna fall flat on their face and are gonna be so bad this year… read the SAME EXACT THING last year. sorry that a loud, bold team is good and better than your team. sanchez made major strides last year, just look at his late game heroics against the lions, texans, browns, and broncos. give credit where its due and stop crying. he isnt gonna be like peyton manning, but the jets dont need him to be. as long as he continues to grow and become better, he is fine and the jets r fine. Theyre gonna have a hell of a team for years to come. watch out.

  31. zinn22 says: Aug 19, 2011 1:47 AM

    ny82jy says: Aug 18, 2011 11:09 PM

    Sanchez is going to shut alot of people up this year. He cares too much and works to hard. The article also left out how they got in at 5 am from their preseason game. Sanchez, mcelroy and holmes took a nap on the plane ride home and worked out at 5am at the team facility when they got back to get extra work in. Thats dedication say what you want but how many qbs are willing to do that when they dont have to?

    —————————————————————

    It does not matter how hard he works. He still lacks accuracy. He still lacks touch on the football, he still lacks pocket awareness and he still lacks the ability to see the field.

    I watched McElroy against Houston and even though he looked overwhelmed at times and he lacked arm strength he possessed so so many qualities Sanchez lacked. Finally we saw a Jet QB sit comfortable in the pocket and watch down the field rather than Sanchez’s nervous happy feet. we saw a QB with touch rather than Sanchez’s one speed pass, we saw a QB understand where to fit a ball between defenders rather than throwing as hard as he can and hoping ti goes to the receiver.

    Sanchez does well on slants. It is pretty much the only ball he can throw. Becaus its a simple read 1-2 step drop and he can gun it. But when he has to throw different speeds or uses touch he cannot do it. A prime example is the TD to LT against NE in the playoffs. It was a 3-4 yard pass into flat. He just had to toss it and its a TD. Sanchez gunned and overthrew it. It almost Took LT’s head off. A great catch by LT got the Jets a TD. In Fact if you look at the three Jets TD in the Pats game they were all exceptional efforts by the receivers.

    Sanchez may be a good guy and works hard but he is bad QB. He plays in the most QB friendly offense in the league. No other QB is put into less passing situations then Sanchez. No QB throws into 8-9 fronts more than Sanchez, defenses dare him to throw and he cannot beat them. He is simply a hardworking nice guy very bad QB.

  32. bigwaz says: Aug 19, 2011 1:57 AM

    Hello… Why isn’t Aaron Rodgers regarded as an “Elite” quarterback yet?

  33. suchajoke says: Aug 19, 2011 1:58 AM

    It’s really sad how some of you sit on here and post 24/7 yet still don’t understand basic concepts of football

    Sanchez is a 24 year old QB who started ONE year at college and was immediately placed into the Fire of New York from day 1

    Has he been amazing? No, but what QB is amazing his first 2 years in the NFL?? Not many

    How many rookie and 2nd year QB’s bring their teams to back-to-back Conference championship games? How many win FOUR playoff games on the road?

    Sanchez is not even close to being the QB he can be one day, and is not even close to reaching his prime and full potential…..

    As a Jets fan, I’m extremely happy I get to watch Sanchez calling the signals for my team for atleast the next 10 years……He’s going to be great, and works way too hard not to be.

    OH AND BTW…..As long as Rex is still the coach of the NYJ, and last time I checked he still is, the Jets as a team will continue to be the most physical team on the field…….Every time your team is up against the Jets they better be ready for a dogfight for 60 minutes…..You can try to “predict” how the Jets are finally going to fail this season, but it won’t do you any good in the long run

    J-E-T-S!!!!

  34. richm2256 says: Aug 19, 2011 2:01 AM

    ny82jy says:
    how many qbs are willing to do that when they dont have to?
    ——————————————————–

    Pretty much most of them, to be honest. Nothing special there.

    herlies says:
    Rex Ryan thinks Sanchez is elite and this clown thinks that you need to be a HoF’er to be elite.

    Both arguments are asinine.
    ——————————————————-

    If an “Elite” player isn’t a Hall of Fame player, then I don’t know what the hell “Elite” means to you. “Pretty darn good”??? Sanchez isn’t even THAT yet.

    By the way, I’d have to agree; I don’t know how a guy with more INT’s than TD’s is honestly considered “Elite”

  35. rectumnearlykilledem says: Aug 19, 2011 2:02 AM

    A leader? A drunk wouldn’t follow him to a liquor store. The only thing we’ve learned is that he can lead the cops to his dorm after getting arrested for sexual assault at USC and lead the high school girls back to his place in the offseason. The guy is an embarrassment and a below average QB. Sorry kids, facts are facts.

  36. naldin77 says: Aug 19, 2011 2:38 AM

    Sanchez and ryan are butt pirates. Well rex ever shut up. Just because mark sanchez was alright at usc dosen’t mean he’ll ever be able to be an elite player in the nfl. The jets need to get off there high horse and face the fact that no matter how much you take a good game you’ll never play the game like bill and the patriots.

  37. nekelund says: Aug 19, 2011 3:01 AM

    All you haters don’t understand that just airing the ball out there with little regard for where it lands or what colour uniform the guy catching it has is the surest path to the Hall of Fame. Just let it fly, Sanchez; just let it fly.

    I’m Brett Favre, and I approved this message.

  38. monropoobah says: Aug 19, 2011 4:02 AM

    BTC says:
    Aug 18, 2011 11:21 PM
    Really? Because the world needed this fifth Jets story in 10 hours?
    ———————————————-
    you came to a jets blog and complain about the # of jets ‘stories’?

  39. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Aug 19, 2011 4:43 AM

    hobartbaker says:
    Aug 18, 2011 11:03 PM
    Sanchez embraced it, rubbed his crotch suggestively against it through his tight white jeans, raised his muscle shirt to show his flat abs, and asked it how badly it wanted him.

    —————————————

    You may need to up your dosage…

  40. jetfanfolife says: Aug 19, 2011 4:56 AM

    a lot of haters commenting are getting more thumbs down than ups…HA!

    You know why, because you did NOT read the entire article, just the headline.

  41. peanutbutter&jelly says: Aug 19, 2011 5:19 AM

    mark sanchez is a qb entering his third season in the nfl and has more int’s than td’s never won his divison let alone a superbowl.but the worst part to me is opposing defenses all around the league dare this guy to throw on them every sunday they stack the box and say there you go sanchez pick us apart if you can and if it weren’t for the jets d and run game he would have cost this team to many games to count. but he’s elite right? jamarcus russle would have better stats than sanchez if he were the jets qb and we all know how great his work ethic was

  42. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Aug 19, 2011 5:36 AM

    suchajoke says:
    Aug 19, 2011 1:58 AM

    OH AND BTW…..As long as Rex is still the coach of the NYJ, and last time I checked he still is, the Jets as a team will continue to be the most physical team on the field…….Every time your team is up against the Jets they better be ready for a dogfight for 60 minutes…..You can try to “predict” how the Jets are finally going to fail this season, but it won’t do you any good in the long run

    ——————

    Your id says it all…

  43. martinsec339 says: Aug 19, 2011 6:40 AM

    You all are a bunch of haters. You all are bashing a guy who has done nothing but win in his football career. He won in high school he won in the short time he was in college and he is winning now in the NFL. He may not be doing it pretty and he may have a good defense behind him for support, so you’re all going to say that Manning or Brady don’t have good teams around them? Brady and Manning have both played with HOF caliber WR, how many has Sanchez played with? 0 thats how many. Success is not just handed to someone, you have to earn it with hard work and determination and that is exactly what Sanchez is doing. He is in his 3rd year in the NFL and for everyone to bash him like this is pathetic. You guys are bashing him, meanwhile about 90% of you people on here couldn’t throw a football 40 yards.

  44. mhs8031 says: Aug 19, 2011 7:02 AM

    Ways Sanchez leads:

    Designated driver, Woodland High School 2010-11 Prom.

    First in line at opening of latest Harry Potter movie.

    Seriously, a very overrated QB whose success is based on his supporting cast.

  45. tatum064 says: Aug 19, 2011 7:13 AM

    cubano76 says:
    Aug 18, 2011 10:37 PM
    Sanchez needs to embrace the fact that he’s a tool.
    ====================================

    Two seasons. Two AFC Championship appearances. Who’s the tool again?

  46. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Aug 19, 2011 7:48 AM

    Everyone covers up how mediocre Sanchez really is. I actually feel bad for Eli because he’s better and gets completely S’d on by New York media and the rest of the league.

  47. edukator4 says: Aug 19, 2011 7:57 AM

    its not that manning and brady played with hof receivers its that they make guys look like hof wrs. harrison/wayne would put up good numbers without manning, but with manning they are great stats wise. brady had 1 hof receiver for 3 years and did all of his sb winnin with marginal guys.
    manning and brady do have company at the top, names like drew and aaron.

  48. dolphinsrule65 says: Aug 19, 2011 8:01 AM

    HATERS? HOW ABOUT SOME FACTS:
    He is no better the Henne!

    Henne’s passing yards: 6,179. Sanchez: 5,735.

    Henne’s touchdowns: 27. Sanchez: 29.

    Henne’s completion percentage: 61.1 percent. Sanchez: 54.4.

    Henne’s interceptions: 33. Sanchez: 33.

    Henne’s quarterback rating: 75.3. Sanchez: 70.2

    Henne’s fumbles: three. Sanchez: 13.

  49. ny82jy says: Aug 19, 2011 8:29 AM

    Its just amazing to me how many people are jealous of this kid. It is so obvious by some of these stupid comments.

    @richm2256
    If you think all qbs and players have that work ethic your crazy. All players do not work out at 5 am.

    @zinn22
    “it doesnt matter how hard he works out”
    O really? I didnt know putting in hard work working out and spending hours watching video room doesnt improve players at all. So you honestly think that Sanchez going into his third year after playing two full seasons and in 6 big playoff games has no room for improvement? He has only scratched the surface with his ability. He will only get better. You are one of those jealous haters i was talking about. Getting better is all about your work ethic and how much time these guys put in.

  50. drunkendegenerate says: Aug 19, 2011 8:36 AM

    zinn22

    You have absolutely no clue what you are talking about, my friend. None.

    And as for the rest of you Sanchez bashers, 90% of you clowns are Pats fans and it’s wishful thinking on your part hoping Sanchez will be a bust. Not happening. 5% of the bashing is from Dolphins fans who really should just keep quiet for obvious reasons. STFU.

  51. ny82jy says: Aug 19, 2011 8:37 AM

    @ dolphinsrule65

    Your a joke to even compare the two.
    How bout Hennes 0 playoff wins to Sanchezs’ 4 already in less time.
    How bout Henne can barley win the starting job and your fans cheer we want Orton? That would NEVER happen here with Sanchez. The difference is we know Sanchez is our guy and we trust and have faith in him. Im really sure you guys can say that about Henne in Miami. Hell didnt Moore outplay him in the first preseason game lol.

  52. drunkendegenerate says: Aug 19, 2011 9:01 AM

    Henne sucks and Pats fans swallow. The Patriots cheated. It’s a documented FACT!

  53. ampats says: Aug 19, 2011 9:10 AM

    As a Pats fan, I can truly say that I hope Taco remains the jets QB for the next decade !

    Does anyone besides jets fans think he is anything other than a mediocre QB?

    Can’t wait till week #5 !

  54. akulabug says: Aug 19, 2011 9:24 AM

    Once more for review. There are four Elite QB’s in the league.

    1. Brady
    2. Manning
    3. Rodgers
    4. Brees
    (Not in any order so relax.)

    Can we please stop with the party crashers

  55. ytsejamer1 says: Aug 19, 2011 9:33 AM

    Elite to me means that the QB can make the other guys around him better. I mean…look at what Manning and Brady do to guys that seemingly could just as easily been out of the league. Branch was a bust without Brady. Brady went to the AFC championship with Jabar Gaffney, Reche Caldwell, and an aging Troy Brown as his top wideouts. He won superbowls with guys like Brown, Branch, Givens, Patten, etc.

    Manning makes lemonade out of lemons (Reggie Wayne aside) week in and week out.

    Can you say Eli or Sanchez makes guys better? I don’t think so. Not yet. Eli and Sanchez won some games based on the fact that they had a stellar defense.

  56. pfii63 says: Aug 19, 2011 10:01 AM

    drgfri says:
    Aug 18, 2011 11:08 PM
    And….

    Sanchez embraces teenage girls from NJ,

    Cromartie embraces any woman capable of producing a child,

    Rex Ryan embraces lots of pizza, coke, and ice cream.

    ————————————————-

    And TOES… Rex Ryan embraces TOES.

  57. brutus9448 says: Aug 19, 2011 10:02 AM

    jets winning playoff games has nothing to do with sanchez. Its their defense!!
    Sanchez didn’t win those games. He just didn’t lose them. They won because of good defense.

  58. redbear18 says: Aug 19, 2011 10:43 AM

    Wow, for once, Rex Ryan says something I can agree with. My only disagreements with that are these: I think Brady is better than Manning, and I didn’t see anything about Drew Brees, Phillip Rivers, and Aaron Rodgers, who I think are the next tier behind Brady and Manning. Just saying.

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