Keller says criticism of Sanchez is unfair

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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.”

It wouldn’t be very smart for you to not watch Keller’s comments from NBC SportsTalk.

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13 responses to “Keller says criticism of Sanchez is unfair

  1. “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.”
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    I thought that was the coaches job?

    Furthermore, is it the QB’s job to throw his guys under the bus? Sanchez shoulders the blame publicly every time. Never points a finger, always points the thumb.

    Pretty telling that no WR/TE/RB/Olineman on this team has pointed to Sanchez as a problem. A lot of fingers points at Shotty and the Oline though.

  2. In Lafayette, IN. Where Keller went to high school a few blocks from here and I’m about to go see his Jersey at B-Dubbs. It’s still Drew Brees country here

  3. Me hates da Jets, but give credit where its due…Sanchez is 4-2 in the playoffs, all on the road. And he’s easily the best pressure situation QB NY has ever had; make a mistake late in the game and Sanchez will bury you.

    Hopefully the Jets will not be playing any meaningful games in January…they be too dangerous.

  4. Sanchez sucks, plain and simple…..keeping sticking up for him Keller……..btw….you are having a stellar year with that QB throwing to you. I’m thinking with a couple more starts that Tyler Plako is a better QB than Mark Sanchez.

  5. In a way, I see Sanchez like Peyton Manning…

    Peyton Manning’s play covers up the problems with the O-Line, the Defense, and the Running game.

    Sanchez’s play is covered up by the O-Line, Running game, and Defense…

  6. Welcome to NFL football! The QB tends gets the blame/credit for how well the team does. Look at Alex Smith for example, last year he was a ‘horrible’ QB and now the talking head lavish praise. With Vick just reverse the order.

    The same will happen to Sanchez if next year goes better than this one. The overpaid folks on ESPN need something to talk about…

  7. Sanchez may be 4-2 in the playoffs, but the two losses could have gotten him to the superbowl. I see the Jets as the Eagles of the early 2000s. What are conference championship games without superbowl appearances?

  8. gonna be a lonely opinion but i’m saying it’s too soon to give up on sanchez. the guy has some skills and may still mature into the spot. he will never be brady. but he’s pretty clutch and can learn and grow. he can win in the nfl; that’s already established.
    as a long time jet fan i’m more worried about rex ryan. he brought something special that helped to kill the old phrase ‘same old jets’ by fielding some pretty good football. but you can only promise the stars so many times before you start to lose the motivation that helped you move forward.

  9. Keller, “But you never know, maybe it’s a wrong route or a short route from the receiver. ”

    I’m sure a couple of lays were like that, and I am sure even that happens with the Packers, but there is a thing called OPTIONS also…

    I seen a lot of over/under throws and low to the gound and 2′ above the head of the receiver throws.

    It was you, the WRs, and the running backs who performed well…Sanchez played bad that game and even he admitted it, so do us Jet fans a favor, instead of complaining we’re unfair, how bout you have a heart to heart talk w/ Sanchez and point out his faults so he can perform better. He likes you so I am sure he’ll listen.

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