Jets tight end Dustin Keller joined NBC SportsTalk on Thursday night, and he addressed a variety of issues.
For starters, Keller addressed with Russ Thaler the ongoing criticism of quarterback Mark Sanchez. “Any time something breaks down offensively, immediately all the pressure goes on Mark Sanchez, Brian Schottenheimer, our offensive coordinator, and that’s absolutely not fair. You look at a lot of things and somebody sees an incomplete pass, automatically you think it must have been a bad ball by Mark. But you never know, maybe it’s a wrong route or a short route from the receiver. Maybe he’s rushed because of protection. One thing or another. Y ou can’t pull all this on him.”
Fine, but it’s for the quarterback to hold the players around him accountable, and to ensure that the other guys will do their jobs. The truly great quarterbacks make that happen, realizing that they’ll get the glory when everything works, and the blame when it doesn’t.
Keller also addressed the currently hot topic of touchdown celebrations (sparked by Stevie Johnson’s “shoot, fly, and roll” against the Jets), pointing out succinctly that “it’s not very smart.”
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