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Sparano says he’s going “back to square one” with Sanchez

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New Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano seemed to confirm the reports that he plans to simplify the playbook for quarterback Mark Sanchez, saying Sanchez will benefit from taking a step back.

Sparano noted that in his last two coaching stints he has coached Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne, and he said that he believes in focusing on the fundamentals when working with a young quarterback.

“Get them back to Square 1 and break them back from a fundamental standpoint,” Sparano said, via the New York Times.

Sparano said he has a positive opinion of Sanchez based on his observations from coaching against the Jets over the last three years. He said he thinks Sanchez is a good athlete and a good arm, and he seemed to agree with head coach Rex Ryan’s defense of Sanchez, as well as with General Manager Mike Tannenbaum, who said, “He has all the attributes and traits we want.”

Still, it has to be a concern that Sanchez, after three seasons in the NFL, is the subject of all these questions about whether he has what it takes. When the Jets traded up to select Sanchez fifth overall in the 2009 NFL draft, they didn’t think they’d be going back to square one with him in 2012.

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  1. joetoronto says: Jan 14, 2012 7:19 AM

    How many 5 yard routes off bootlegs can you come up with, Tony?

    That’s the question.

  2. kingpel says: Jan 14, 2012 7:23 AM

    Sparano doesnt seem like the coddling type. During that HBO special it looked to me like Sanchez was babied a bit. He was always joking around and didnt seem to have any intensity. When I saw him on the bench in that last Miami game he just didnt seem to be to broken up about his poor play costing his team a playoff shot.

    Not sure if Sanchez has the testicular fortitude to be a QB in the NFL.

  3. finfan713 says: Jan 14, 2012 7:23 AM

    From “checkdown chad” to “short pass sanchez”…good luck jets fans I truly feel sorry for you.

  4. 6thsense79 says: Jan 14, 2012 7:24 AM

    That Sparano feels he has to get Sanchez “back to square one” after 3 seasons as a starting quarterback is an indictment on Sanchez, his quarterback coach, and his offensive coordinator for the past 3 seasons.

  5. gopats23 says: Jan 14, 2012 7:27 AM

    Sparano will make Sanchez a better QB. He just doesn’t have what it takes to become great though, no matter who the teacher is.

  6. philwauke says: Jan 14, 2012 7:28 AM

    So this will be his 4th year in the league and they are starting from scratch? Do they have time in a season for remedial work?

  7. FinFan68 says: Jan 14, 2012 7:29 AM

    It would seem that Sanchez doesn’t have far to go to get back to square one

  8. jmagnet28 says: Jan 14, 2012 7:33 AM

    Square zero seems more appropriate

  9. dylude says: Jan 14, 2012 7:35 AM

    Sanchez has heart but he isn’t a real leader on that team. Even Henne and Romo early on captivated the team when under center. Can “going back to square one” make him act like a football player 24/7 instead of a GQ model or little kid half the time? We saw what happened when Romo started making his off-field life a Jessica Simpson reality show…. Until Sanchez mans up and becomes a leader, he can get all the training Sparano can give him and still be the scapegoat when they fail.

    I’ll take Sanchez over Flacco though. At least Sanchez has heart and doesn’t have to hide behind a big arm to escape being a true QB like Flacco.

  10. clintonportisheadd says: Jan 14, 2012 7:38 AM

    Square one?

    Whats that say about Ryan’s and Schottenheimer’s ongoing spouting of the Jet’s company line about the “progress” and “maturity” Sanchez brought into the 2011 season?

    I’d say that Woody Johnson is going to dump the 3 of them (Sanchez, Ryan, and Tannenbaum) if 2012 looks anything like this year-especially the “going thru the motions” attitude the team often exhibited.

  11. anasdonuts says: Jan 14, 2012 7:40 AM

    This is about the one thing Dolphins fans can feel good about these days

  12. footballfundamentals says: Jan 14, 2012 7:40 AM

    Jets need a legit #1 receiver with the 16th pick, or even move up in the top ten for a stud. If Sanchez continues to play inconsistently, they will be picking in the top ten anyway and they can draft his replacement.

  13. garyman1 says: Jan 14, 2012 7:41 AM

    Damn Mark…. “Back to square one”….”simplify offense”.

    If this doesn’t humble you and get you to work your butt off during the off-season, you are not going to last. Maybe a few less photo shoots and a lot more study/practice.

  14. duanethomas says: Jan 14, 2012 7:45 AM

    Square One? Is that a plaza in Tijuana? Seriously Mark wants to be Vinnie Chase with his southern Cal entourage hanging out in NYC. He wants all the fame but none of the responsibility that comes with that fame, such as winning. He wants to be Tom Brady, but without the work. Lazy bean eating Bum.

  15. IainRWB says: Jan 14, 2012 7:46 AM

    Sparano talks too much.

  16. conseannery says: Jan 14, 2012 7:46 AM

    Unfortunately, Sparano’s successor has to go “back to square one” with the Dolphins.

  17. contract says: Jan 14, 2012 7:50 AM

    There’s nothing wrong with simplifying a playbook to suit a QBs abilities. In fact, not doing so is a sign of poor coaching. Every starting NFL QB can’t be Peyton Manning or Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees.

  18. mrbigass says: Jan 14, 2012 7:52 AM

    Just get him a couple hot dogs and he’ll be fine…….

  19. cdngatorfan says: Jan 14, 2012 7:54 AM

    He yTony! Why bother? the jets are going to the superbowl next year for sure anyway. Just ask your boss!

  20. waltdawg says: Jan 14, 2012 7:55 AM

    Square One? Back to bottles and burping, then onto coloring books and name games….In a few years, Sanchized will be ready for “Big Boy School”….They should give up on him…

  21. lostsok says: Jan 14, 2012 7:57 AM

    “Here’s the key, Mark…I like field goals. There’s no shame in throwing a five yard pass on third and 15 when we’re down by four. I’ll fist pump the HECK out of that, son!”

  22. pftcensorssuck says: Jan 14, 2012 7:58 AM

    Son, THIS is a football ……..

    THAT is a receiver………

    Pathetic, dumb down the playbook and start at square 1…… after THREE YEARS in the league.

    Does anyone really believe this is the QB of the future for this team?

  23. jg725 says: Jan 14, 2012 8:00 AM

    Not quite sure if teaming up sanchez and sparano is a” winning” combination……..

  24. xtb3 says: Jan 14, 2012 8:01 AM

    Yeah right! How well did he do developing those Dolphins quarterbacks? Rex Ryan won’t last past next season.

  25. ezra954 says: Jan 14, 2012 8:04 AM

    There kicker better start working out his leg ASAP

  26. gavriloprincip33 says: Jan 14, 2012 8:06 AM

    With enough work Tony, you may even get Sanchize to be highly adequate –
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    as a back-up!

  27. 1historian says: Jan 14, 2012 8:24 AM

    Pete Carroll said publicly that he didn’t think Sanchez should have declared for the draft because he didn’t think Sanchez was ready for the NFL after just one season starting for USC. He was right.

  28. cliverush says: Jan 14, 2012 8:24 AM

    Would it be a good idea to have some running backs to back up the Square One Plan? What about your team Captain and fearless leader, Mr. Holmes. Who is going to give him a pacifier during the game?

  29. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Jan 14, 2012 8:31 AM

    Same magic he worked with Chad Henne

  30. rockyburnette says: Jan 14, 2012 8:43 AM

    It is all a bit silly, this Sanchez thing. Year 3 in NY and the press and fans were saying the same about Eli. now, not so much.
    Most QBs take a few years. I don’t think Mark is all that good. But it is hilarious watching the idiot NY sports press, same gang that referred to him as The Sanchise a year ago, pile on and attempt to run him out of town.
    I like Sparano, but he has neither the line nor the back to implement his offense. and the Jets do not have cap room to buy new toys. Barring an exceptional draft, it is highly likely Gang Green stumbles through another season.
    The positive coming out of this is the destruction of the big mouth lout jackass coaching model. There is a reason people do not hire clowns like the Ryan brothers to be the face of their billion dollar business. Woody is making that clear for the rest of the owners. Thanks for that WJ, but if you keep this foolishness up NY may make you an honorary Wilpon.

  31. Scott says: Jan 14, 2012 8:55 AM

    As a Fin fan, I almost feel sorry for the Jets. Tony is going to Make Sanchez so worried about throwing interceptions, that he is going be reluctant to throw at all. Sanchez will regress more in 2012. Sparano is not the answer for you guys. He is a nice guy and maybe a good oline coach, but I see this as a bad bad move by the Jets.

  32. nesuperfan says: Jan 14, 2012 8:57 AM

    “going ‘back to square one’ with Sanchez”

    I suggest diapers.

  33. angrycorgi says: Jan 14, 2012 9:00 AM

    Back to square one? I’m pretty sure Scamchez never got past square one!

  34. aharris230 says: Jan 14, 2012 9:00 AM

    “Here’s the key, Mark…I like field goals. There’s no shame in throwing a five yard pass on third and 15 when we’re down by four. I’ll fist pump the HECK out of that, son!”
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    That joke is old. And it’s not even funny to start.

  35. ezra954 says: Jan 14, 2012 9:01 AM

    The only place Sanchez wants to back to is high school to pick up girls

  36. AlanSaysYo says: Jan 14, 2012 9:05 AM

    Rex is really going to get fired after next season.

  37. monropoobah says: Jan 14, 2012 9:07 AM

    kingpel says:
    Jan 14, 2012 7:23 AM
    Sparano doesnt seem like the coddling type. During that HBO special it looked to me like Sanchez was babied a bit. He was always joking around and didnt seem to have any intensity. When I saw him on the bench in that last Miami game he just didnt seem to be to broken up about his poor play costing his team a playoff shot.

    —————————————
    in the shade. looked like he was waiting for somebody to bring him am umbrella drink. something has definitely been wrong there. in the beginning, i remember thinking when you saw him on the sideline after a bad play he would be hanging out by himself. any other qb would’ve been getting ‘coached up’. someone had to be there to help him learn from a mistake.
    seems like a lot of negatives here and elsewhere on sparano (but EVERYTHING is negative here). hopefully the combinations will be better with sparano having better support. what about qb coach cavanaugh? shouldn’t he be gone? if anyone goes, shouldn’t he part of that?

  38. tombrookshire says: Jan 14, 2012 9:11 AM

    Wow, there are two high flying names in the QB world! Where’s Henne now and Romo is the new Mr. Choke since Donovan McNabb left the NFL. Sanchez could benefit from working with Sporano because he sure seems to have jumped the shark already in a young career.

  39. promin1 says: Jan 14, 2012 9:13 AM

    Nothing like spending a top 5 pick on someone you have to go back to square one with in year 4. Break out the crayons for El taco bell. In true Jet fashion, they screw the pooch again.

  40. joetoronto says: Jan 14, 2012 9:20 AM

    1historian says:
    Jan 14, 2012 8:24 AM
    Pete Carroll said publicly that he didn’t think Sanchez should have declared for the draft because he didn’t think Sanchez was ready for the NFL after just one season starting for USC. He was right.
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    What he said implies that Sanchez just needed more time, so he’s wrong yet again.

    Why anybody listens to what Carroll says anymore, or even respects that douche, is beyond me.

  41. abninf says: Jan 14, 2012 9:27 AM

    Sanches will have the playbook simplified for him in his fourth year in the league. That says it all.

  42. ranoversquarells says: Jan 14, 2012 9:29 AM

    Brian Urlacher thinks Sanchez is a good Towel Boy.

  43. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 14, 2012 9:30 AM

    Suckchez will remain a black hole of suck most of the time, with occasional flashes of minimal competence.

  44. 6thsense79 says: Jan 14, 2012 9:30 AM

    1historian says:Jan 14, 2012 8:24 AM

    Pete Carroll said publicly that he didn’t think Sanchez should have declared for the draft because he didn’t think Sanchez was ready for the NFL after just one season starting for USC. He was right.
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    Didn’t Matt Leinart stay all 4 seasons and started 3 of those seasons at USC? How much did that prepare him for the NFL? Sanchez made the right decision for him at the time. How about John David Booty? In fact Sanchez was at USC for 4 years and got more playing time than Matt Cassell (Who stayed all 4 years but never played because he sat behind Carson Palmer and Leinart). Yet Matt Cassell despite not starting or playing much has had a better career so far than Matt Leinart and a statistically better career than Sanchez.

  45. drkknght2000 says: Jan 14, 2012 9:37 AM

    Can you say Chad Henne will be playing for the Jets next year. Wow looks like the Jets are stuck in reverse. Is Sanchez going to kick field goals so Tony can continue is overzealous fist pumps.

  46. edrooney says: Jan 14, 2012 9:39 AM

    “finfan713 says:Jan 14, 2012 7:23 AM

    From “checkdown chad” to “short pass sanchez”…good luck jets fans I truly feel sorry for you.”

    You’re a better man than me finfan713. If I had a list of things I wanted to see happen this NFL season, a Jets meltdown would have been #2, only behind another title for the Patriots.

  47. reelfinfan says: Jan 14, 2012 9:40 AM

    Bet the Jets’ field goal kicker to make the Pro Bowl next year…

  48. ampats says: Jan 14, 2012 9:40 AM

    And in today’s episode of “As the jets Implode” new OC Tony Sparano gives Mark Sanchez his reading assignment for training camp, “Football for Dummies”. Upon completion Mark will move onto coloring books with the help of his tutor from Greenwich High School where Mark spends a good deal of his time.

    And for my good friend nyjalleffinday,

    Happy upcoming 44th jet fans!

  49. cletusvandam says: Jan 14, 2012 9:43 AM

    The good news for Sanchez? Sparano’s offense only has 1 square.

  50. 6ball says: Jan 14, 2012 9:44 AM

    .

    Square One = Pre “chiuahua eyes ”

    .

  51. johnnyjagfan says: Jan 14, 2012 9:49 AM

    You people crack me up. Kid’s been to 2 AFC Championship games and y’all talk about him like he’s Kyle Boller or something.

  52. 6thsense79 says: Jan 14, 2012 10:02 AM

    johnnyjagfan says:Jan 14, 2012 9:49 AM

    You people crack me up. Kid’s been to 2 AFC Championship games and y’all talk about him like he’s Kyle Boller or something.
    ————————————————
    Rex Grossman and Jake Delhome both made it to Superbowls, Trent Dilfer won a Super bowl….what’s your point? You can be a sub par quarterback on a good team that wins.

    Perhaps if the Jets had better play at quarterback they would have played in 2 Superbowls instead of merely making it to two AFC title games. They certainly had a strong enough running game and championship calibar defense during those seasons.

  53. themonster49 says: Jan 14, 2012 10:12 AM

    Mike McCarthy does this with Aaron Rodgers and did so with all of his past quarterbacks every single year. Day 1 This is huttle, this is where you stand in the huttle, this is how you look them in the eyes, this is how you speak in the huttle. Day 2, this is a snap, this is how you stand, this is how you grab the ball, etc. Every Year. Even after a Superbowl victory.

    It sounds like Sanchez can benefit from practicing the basics.

  54. cubancigar10 says: Jan 14, 2012 10:25 AM

    Tony is going to teach Sanchez to kick field goals?

  55. tomservo24 says: Jan 14, 2012 10:31 AM

    Pretty sad when you have a system that’s based on “Red Light!, Green Light!” and you still feel like you have to dumb it down a little.

  56. ksfinfan says: Jan 14, 2012 10:32 AM

    As a Fin fan this was the best off season move so far. It was fun watching the Jets implode, now this. Henne is a better QB than Sanchize, and look at that. Sparano as the OC. Lol!! A word of advice for you Jets…… Draft a good kicker in round 1 and a punter in round 2. Lol!

  57. backindasaddle says: Jan 14, 2012 10:40 AM

    Blah Blah Blah…..just a bunch of spin. In the end, Sanchez is a bust.

  58. caseyanthonymunoz says: Jan 14, 2012 10:47 AM

    Sanchez is already dating high school girls. How much do you want to regress with this guy?

  59. punish22 says: Jan 14, 2012 10:50 AM

    Oh boy…he’s going to square one! Maybe he should have done that with Henne cause he BLOWS!

    Shoela knows all!

  60. finfan83 says: Jan 14, 2012 11:07 AM

    @themonster49: McCarthy does that with his quarterbacks because his quarterbacks are winners and he needs to make sure that they don’t get too full of themselves and under-perform.

    As for everyone talking the trash about Sparano not being able to coach up Sanchez because “look at Chad Henne”, I have this for you….

    Chad Henne in ’09-’11:
    33 games played
    639 Completions
    1053 Attempts
    59.7 Completion percentage
    7047 Yards
    2349 Yards per season
    6.95 Average per attempt
    31 Touchdowns
    37 Interceptions
    3 Fumbles
    67 Yards longest completion
    76.5 Quarterback rating

    Mark Sanchez in ’09-’11:
    47 Games Played
    782 Completions
    1414 Attempts
    55.3 Completion percentage
    9209 Yards
    3070 Yards per season
    6.51 Average per attempt
    55 Touchdowns
    51 Interceptions
    17 Fumbles
    74 Yards longest completion
    73.2 Quarterback rating

    So, in 14 more games played, Sanchez has thrown for 14 more interceptions than Henne, and fumbled 14 more times than Henne. I know Henne started playing a year before Sanchez, but he only saw time for mop-up duty in a blowout loss to the Cardinals and didn’t really do much of anything. And also remember that he missed more than half of this season, so some of his overall numbers are lower. But still, looking at the lack of talent that Chad Henne has had around him over the last three years compared to what Sanchez has had, and seeing that Henne has had the better overall career numbers, I would much rather have Sparano coaching Henne with those tight ends, receivers, and running backs In New York than Ryan coaching Sanchez.

  61. packerfanfordecades says: Jan 14, 2012 11:27 AM

    Green Bay players have two attributes that enable Packer coaches to be more effective: humility and work ethic. The team drafts for that foundation and develops from there.

    There’s nothing more gratifying for a GBay fan to see than a young talent gradually advance through the depth chart to the playing field. That feels terrific.

    I noticed undrafted rookie Vic So’oto in the pre-season exhibition game with KCity and have been rooting for him since. He’s started to get some playing time just recently. My hunch: Vic’s humility and hard work is going to end up in a couple big play surprises against Green Bay’s next three opponents. Then he’ll be heads-down studying and training all off season and come back as a star next year.

    .

  62. f16fighterjet says: Jan 14, 2012 1:33 PM

    The Jets should have never started him so soon. They were trying to make a big splash with their #5 pick. He was 21 years old when he became the starter for a pro football team. IMO he hasn’t matured on many levels yet. That’s not to say he will be a bust, but he definitely needed to be humbled/ grounded in order for his head/ego to restart at square one. So maybe he needed a bad season, at this stage, to work harder.

  63. bsizemore68 says: Jan 14, 2012 3:45 PM

    Its good to see the problems that the jets seems to be dealing with, we can hope that Miami can work out a trade with the Rams for the 2nd pick, if not we can go with our QB and go for a wide receiver or a right side tackle on O, on the D side a free safety or pass rusher would help. Bill

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