Mike Tannenbaum acknowledges Mark Sanchez “didn’t play well”

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The man who traded up in the 2009 NFL draft to select Mark Sanchez says it’s time for Sanchez to play better.

Jets G.M. Mike Tannenbaum was blunt in an interview with Mike Francesa on WFAN, saying Sanchez’s growth as a quarterback “isn’t where it needs to be” and adding, “No, he didn’t play well.”

However, Tannenbaum defended Sanchez as the right choice to lead the team going forward, noting that Sanchez has the right mentality, even if he hasn’t shown the right passing ability.

The thing that I am thrilled about Mark is his intangibles, and his work ethic, and his character,” Tannenbaum said, via Jenny Vrentas of the Star-Ledger. “And no one is more disappointed in the season than he is. I know we have the right person, I know he has the right traits and attributes, I know he is made for this market. He plays better in big games, and we have to cut down on his turnovers, and improve his footwork and decision-making and all the other fundamentals. But he’s the right guy, and I know we’ll see a better Mark out there next year.”

All the intangibles in the world don’t make up for the fact that Sanchez didn’t play well. But Tannenbaum still believes he made the right move to draft Sanchez fifth overall in 2009.

76 responses to “Mike Tannenbaum acknowledges Mark Sanchez “didn’t play well”

  1. They were supposed to “see a better Mark” THIS year.

    Sanchez,in his third year, has regressed, clearly, and he wasn’t THAT good to start with.

    Why do these people insist on sticking with a guy who keeps everyone on the edge of their seats because no one knows WHERE his next pass is going???

  2. On today’s episode of the ongoing saga,
    Implosion:Red Headed StepChildren.Escape from Florham Park,starring Ladian Tomlinson & Plaxico Burress. Don’t forget to kick the dog on your way out the door!

    This franchise has turned out to be the biggest embarrassment of the NFL season 2012.

    Must be another great day to be a jests fan!!!!!!

  3. This is another failure of the head coach. It is the coaches’ job to provide a solid footing for the players with proper game planning and play calling. The Jets organization wil need to do some real sole searching in the offseason to decide which players and coaches will return next season.

  4. considering the he posseses “the right traits and attributes”, and that “he is made for this market”, maybe he’d fare better in the advertising or modeling industry? Male Escort?

    Cause he just ain’t got what it takes to play with da big boys.

  5. “The thing that I am thrilled about Mark is his intangibles, and his work ethic, and his character,”

    Character? The guy is still banging chicks in high school.

  6. You have to sign Matt Flynn if you are the Jets. In his 1 start this season, he threw 6 td passes. That projects to 96 td passes in a 16 game season(108 td passes if the NFL expands to 18 games). How can you pass up an oppotunity to get a guy that is capable of throwing 96 td passes? He also projects to throwing for 7,680 yards based on his one start. Again, you can’t pass up a chance to sign Flynn if you’re the jets.

  7. “The thing that I am thrilled about Mark is his intangibles, and his work ethic, and his character,”

    Because nothing says “character” like a grown man sleeping with a 17 year old. “That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.”

  8. I don’t understand why the Jets don’t just cut their losses and move on from Sanchez. He is clearly not the answer at quarterback. In 3 seasons he has never exceeded a 80 passer rating, completed 60% of his passes or had more TDs than Turnovers (Fumbles Included).

    Move on, draft a new QB.

  9. Where would the media be without the Jets? It all starts with the head coach who is open and honest. He says what he feels always. He changed the culture of the team which used to be so secretive. Pro Football Talk has become Pro Football Thrash The Jets.

    Mark Sanchez has all the physical tools. Problem is that he has no situational awareness and has no anticipation on his throws. Rather than just throwing to the receiver who is open. He needs to be able to throw the ball before his receiver is open. At this point, Sanchez is just a barely average quarterback.

    Mike Tannenbaum needs to improve the weapons around Sanchez. Judging by what he and the Jets have been stating openly. Sounds like they are going to be bring in a viable starting option at the position next season. Perhaps someone like Jason Campbell.

  10. If this was any other team I would be annoyed by now with the non stop Jets bashing, but I seem to still have an appetite for more.

    This is what you get Rex, when you continually stand on the mountain top and pound your chest before doing it first on the field.

  11. Wonder what drama we will have today from Jetland? Oh yeah, Joe Namath does his weekly radio spot today.

  12. So the Jets stink. Why is this a big deal? Who cares? It’s nothing new. Why is it necessary to post articles about the Jets stinking any more the it’s important to post articles about the Seahawks stinking, or the Titans stinking, or even my beloved Dolphins stinking.

    They stink. They pulled out numerous, crazy, improbable wins over the past three years that made it seem like they don’t stink. But these things always even out. So they’ll keep the same cast of characters next year and they’ll stink again.

    But do we need to read every single person who has ever been associated with the Jets’ opinion as to why the stink?

  13. Sanchez seems like a nice guy, but I wondered if he’d make it as an elite quarterback during HBO’s “Hard Knocks” when I noticed that he was chewing on his fingernails in a number of scenes. That suggested to me that perhaps he didn’t have the confidence you’d have to have to be a QB in the New York market.

  14. It’s amazing how folks can create usernames like mrsryansfamoustoejam or whatever and not be embarrassed by how obsessed they are with hating another team, player or coach. Really…when you’re hating at that level, the list of deficiencies in your life is longer than the average Jets comment thread.

    Get a life, folks. Maybe if your bias wasn’t so clearly showing, I’d have a comment worth responding to in this thread.

  15. NFL doesn’t care if you do everything right, it’s results based league. The guy was asked to carry his share this year with all of the key departures from last year. Sanchez came up short. I’m sick of everyone saying he’s only 24 years old, he’s still young and will grow as long as you give him time. Age is not the number you should look at, it’s career starts. The guy has 53 career starts including the playoffs. You are, what you are after that many career starts.

  16. You know who else had a bad year? Mike Tannenbaum. Replacing Braylon Edwards, Brad Smith and Jericho Cotchery with Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason was a disaster. Where was the deteriorating offensive line’s help? Wayne Hunter was one of the worst offensive lineman in the league this year. And despite having Revis and Cromartie at corner, the Jets secondary was average at best, constantly getting torched by tight ends. Sanchez was awful this year, but he wasn’t the only one….

  17. Someone needs to tell him that fundamentals are a crutch for the talentless. Talentless people don’t last in the nfl. So therefore, the next logical step is that mark sanchez will not last. Get yourself a new coach, new qb, and some non felons on your roster. Only then will you be all set, mr. tenenbaum. If you don’t get fired first.

  18. A team with a defensive coach and a “ground & pound” mentality will most likely allways have QB issues. And Marty’s son is his position coach? LOL.

    As we’be seen with Alex Smith this season, coaching makes ALL the difference

  19. Everyone seems to see his lousy play except his fans who are apparently wearing blinders. He is not good enough to overcome the other jets short comings. Lower 2/3rds of all starting QB’s. I say like #25-28 or so of all starters.

  20. All of Mark’s stats were up this year. The guy accounted for 32 total TD’s this year and helped the Jets to the number 1 red zone offense in the league. No doubt he turns the ball over too much but this guy was under heat more times than not and didn’t have much time to make decisions. Clean up the offensive line and his numbers could be even better

  21. First off…Sanchez is poorly coached..Put him in NE, GB, or Philly, and @ least he’d be servicable. Right now, NE & GB have 3 QB’s each that are better than him.

    All of the NFL is thankful jets keeping sanchez…because if they do even get a little better…we’d have to listen to the parasites more.

    Right now, jets look like a 4th place team next year in AFC East.

    Happy 43rd anniversary jets fans..here comes 44

  22. typical gm talking up ‘his” pick, dude was surrounded by talent at usc, which covered his mediocre talent. looks like pete carroll was correct, dude should have stayed in college, because he’s gonna need that degree!!!!!!! does tannenbaum hire offensive co-ordinators also, because schottenheimer’s so called offense is offensive to the eyes!!!! tannenbaum should be fired for drafting the likes of shonne green, joe mcknight, not having a good backup qb in place and i can go on and on!!!! what the hell has mike tannenbaum ever done!!!!!!! east coast bias pumping up a mediocre roster that got hot at the right time the past two years.

  23. indywilson40 says:
    Jan 5, 2012 8:23 AM
    You have to sign Matt Flynn if you are the Jets. In his 1 start this season, he threw 6 td passes. That projects to 96 td passes in a 16 game season(108 td passes if the NFL expands to 18 games). How can you pass up an oppotunity to get a guy that is capable of throwing 96 td passes? He also projects to throwing for 7,680 yards based on his one start. Again, you can’t pass up a chance to sign Flynn if you’re the jets.

    Whoah, let’s slow down there buddy. If you are so high on Flynn after ONE start I shudder to think how high you were on Kolb

  24. Tannys just blowing smoke.
    He wants to keep Sanchez’s trade value as high as possible.Dont be suprised if the jets send their number 1 pick this year and another pick next year for Manning and trade Sanchez for a conditional 2nd or 3rd rounder.

  25. Pete Carroll was correct. Mark was not ready for the NFL. He was not mature enough and then he got Rex as his mentor who probably permanently set him back. I’m not saying he would have definitely been good otherwise, but the team treats him like a kid and he acts likes one.

  26. This talk of dumping Sanchez is typical New York media-driven nonsense. The Jets made it to the AFC Championship Game in each of Sanchez’ first two seasons. What does a guy have to do to prove he can play in the NFL?

    It’s like the Tebow thing. It’s fine to say a guy sucks and they should get rid of him. But what’s Plan B? Who’s going to step in and be so much better?

  27. I’m not a fan of Sanchez, even a little bit. But the FO and Ryan erred in what they gave him to work with this year. I saw it coming before the season even started and commented on it then. To let Edwards and Cotchery go and replace them with Burress and Mason and then give Holmes the kind of contract they did were mistakes. Now they’re stuck with Mason and have to replace Mason and Buress again. Running game dropped off considerably from their two playoff wins. LT is done and Greene is not a lead back. Adress the running game, find two different weapons at WR and shore up the OL again and I think Sanchez will be better. I don’t believe they will a championship with him but he’s better than what he showed this year.

  28. Get this man tenure at Stanford and a research grant. Such genius cannot be stifled!

  29. I don’t think that Mark Sanchez is a bad QB, he just doesn’t look comfortable in the pocket. As a midwest guy without Sunday Ticket the jets are usually crammed down my throat on most Sunday afternoons. I actually like watching them play but they seem like they are turning into the Cowboys this year, the players just weren’t as good as the hype.

    I think the hype gets in Sanchez’s head. He left USC after one great year and the Jets traded up to get him at 5. There were even people out their who thought he was better than Stafford. Puts a lot of pressure on a guy. Especially in that city. Its New York now you gotta perform. He just hasn’t done that when other teams stop the run.

  30. Tannenbaum will also hold another press conference announcing that the sun will rise tomorrow, and that puppies are cute.

    Stealing some of Rex Ryan’s thunder, he will also announce that the Jets are the favorites to win their fourth consecutive Super Bowl.

  31. @ampats

    Yea enjoy the jets miserable end to the season and enjoy your two wins vs the jets this year to. But do you relize your pats haven’t beat a team with a winning record all year? The pats will lose in the playoffs again this year. You played a soft schedule this year and got by with a crap defense, better yet awful defense. Thats not gonna cut it when you play the good teams buddy. So when the pats get knocked out this year don’t be surprised.

  32. “The thing that I am thrilled about Mark is his intangibles”.
    “He didn’t play well”, but your thrilled about his “intangibles”?
    This may be the stupidest statement about a struggling quarterback I have ever read in my life.
    They bled out.

  33. craggt:

    LOL. You mean this season dumbo? He had more TD’s than turnovers this season. 32 total TD’s and (26 passing, 6 rushing) and 22 turnovers (18 INT’s, 4 lost fumbles).

    It would be more understandable if you were blatantly wrong about a season a while ago, but it was THIS SEASON!!!! Get a clue.

  34. thewizardofbs:

    Comparing Sanchez to Dolphins QB’s eh? Well lest compare then:

    In 6 playoff starts Sanchez is 4-2 all on the road, 9TD’s and 3-INT’s, 60% completion, and a 94+ QB rating which ranks 6th in NFL PLAYOFF HISTORY.

    Now for The Dolhpins, oh wait, they havent even won a playofff game in over a freakin decade!!!!! Sounds like the Fins would actually kill for that kind of production in important games.

    Its one thing for the Jets to be called out on these boards by Steelers, Packers, Patriots, Ravens, and Saints fans. But Dolphins fans? Really????????

  35. otis52gs:

    I dont think Sanchez is any good. But 25-28th in the league? Do you know who the other QB’s even are in the league? There are more than 10-12 atrocious ones, which Sanchez is significantly better than. Better to post after you look up who the other starting Qb’s are in the NFL before posting a statement like that.

    You ever hear of Freeman, Fitzpatrick, Grossman, Tebow, Kolb, T. Jackson, Ponder, Orton, Palmer, Mccoy, Gabbert, or Orlovsky? I didnt think so.

  36. His pass comp % is horrific. He’s like 55-56% for his career.

    This is his problem more than anything else.

  37. austrianpanther, what do you expect Tannenbaum to say? That McElroy is right on? How would that make Tannenbaum look? Like the i-d-i-o-t he is?

  38. Sanchez will be replaced by the end of next year, possibly sooner. His ceiling is a backup, and we all know that.

    If the Jets are smart, they bring in another body to compete in camp.

  39. I only read the title line and not the story why? I think Mark Sanchez played well for Mark Sanchez.
    I do not think compared to other QB’s in the league he played well. In other words, I don’t he is very good on his best days. His arm is spaghetti strength.
    His best season was when he had two very good running backs to carry the load, ditto at USC.
    Bottom line the Jets go nowhere with Sanchez and I think they know that now after three years.

  40. “The thing that I am thrilled about Mark is his intangibles, and his work ethic, and his character,”

    Sounds like another crappy quarterback now starting in Denver.

  41. ny82jy says:
    Jan 5, 2012 10:06 AM
    @ampats

    Yea enjoy the jets miserable end to the season and enjoy your two wins vs the jets this year to. But do you relize your pats haven’t beat a team with a winning record all year? The pats will lose in the playoffs again this year. You played a soft schedule this year and got by with a crap defense, better yet awful defense. Thats not gonna cut it when you play the good teams buddy. So when the pats get knocked out this year don’t be surprised.
    __________________________________
    Yes we realize it. Some of us are concerned with it, and some aren’t. Pats aren’t quite ready this year to get to the SB IMO, so I’d be happy with getting a couple playoff wins. They MIGHT have enough to get to the SB (due to other AFC teams being just as flawed) but I don’t see them beating whoever the NFC rep is.

    But do YOU realize that in points allowed (the most important stat), the Pats had a better defense than your NYJ? 🙂

  42. @ckl: you do realize that points allowed isn’t all actually against the D, when you have the pick sixes and returned fumbles, right? and that a bad QB gave opponents a shorter field. and that points against is an easy stat to have effected by a few bad plays over the course of a season, right?

    You need one stop to save your life: Jets defense or Pats defense? And no, “I’m dead either way,” is not acceptable. 😉

  43. @ckl

    all pats fans hang their hats on that one stat on their d. Points allowed, i attribute that to one thing. The pats have destroyed alot of teams this year and have had alot of huge leads. They give up alot of yards and not points because when teams are getting down in the redzone they arent going for 3 pts they are going for 7 and not always getting it. I respect you opinions usually on what i see you write in but please dont honestly sit there and tell me the pats had a better d than the jets cause thats asinine

  44. Oh but let’s not forget that he and Josh Freeman are the two best qb’s from the 09′ draft class with Matthew Stafford trailing at a distant third.

  45. @ckl

    Careful how you word your posts. It is completely inaccurate to say the Patriots defense gave up less points than the Jets defense this year. And that is eaxctly what you said and it is completely false. If you were to say the Patriots as a team gave up less points than the Jets that would be true. The Jets offense gave up I believe 8 TD’s, that is 56 points not on the defense.

  46. I’m sick of crappy quarterbacks and their so called intangibles. It’s to the point that it’s like saying I’m not book smart I’m street smart. Everybody knows that’s just another way of saying I’m an idiot.

  47. At his next press conference, Mike Tannenbaum will acknowledge that the sun rose in the morning.

    Hey, isn’t the song “O Tannenbaum” the German version of “Oh Christmas Tree”?

    Last week I said Kyle Orton=Steve DeBerg. Keeping with that “I’m old” theme, Mark Sanchez=Marc Wilson.

  48. ampats says:
    Jan 5, 2012 8:06 AM
    On today’s episode of the ongoing saga,
    Implosion:Red Headed StepChildren.Escape from Florham Park,starring Ladian Tomlinson & Plaxico Burress. Don’t forget to kick the dog on your way out the door!

    This franchise has turned out to be the biggest embarrassment of the NFL season 2012.

    Must be another great day to be a jests fan!!!!!!

    ———————————————-
    another great day to be a pathetic sad sack loser who has nothing better to do than come on a jets blog to ‘pile on’ and ridicule another team. pft puts out stories just for ‘you’ because they know you can’t help yourself.

  49. @ NYJ fans who called me out on PA…it’s actually one of my pet peeves that PA and PF count what the other side did poorly or didn’t do at all against the side that’s “innocent”. I would prefer if they did it your way and broke out TD by what side actually scored them or gave them up, including ST. That said, the way the stat is kept, technically it’s true. 😀

    If you asked me about the NYJ defense in 2009 or 2010, I would say they have a 100% chance of doing everything better than this Pats defense (or any Pats defense since maybe 06). But as horrible as this Pats D is in giving up yards, they’ve made a lot more plays and stops when it really counts than any Pats defense in years. They’re VERY hard to watch especially early in games when they get bowled over for about a quarter, but they usually play shut down football for at least 2 Q. So I might call it even this year or give a slight edge to the Pats.

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