Mark Sanchez has faced criticism from just about everyone since the end of the 2011 season, so it’s about time that a punter got into the action.
Steve Weatherford, who’s currently the Giants’ punter and was the Jets’ punter during Sanchez’s first two seasons as the Jets’ quarterback, said on the Cover Two Podcast that he doesn’t think Sanchez has grown and matured as a player or as a leader the way a franchise quarterback should have by the end of his third NFL season.
“I like Mark, I think he’s a very talented quarterback, but from my standpoint I haven’t seen a lot of maturation,” Weatherford said. “When you’re a quarterback and you come in and you’re expected to be the face of the franchise and you’re expected to leader the team, that’s a lot to take on as a rookie. But as the years go on, I think you’re expected to mature skill-wise and mature as a leader, and to be honest with you, as much as I like the guy I just haven’t seen that.”
The questions about Sanchez’s ability to lead the Jets aren’t going away, especially not with people like Darrelle Revis talking up the leadership qualities of Tim Tebow. Weatherford is far from the first person to question Sanchez, and he won’t be the last.