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Sanchez steps up, says Jets have to be smarter than to fight

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Training camp fights happen in every training camp. But the reactions to them can be more instructive than any of the punches thrown.

After a melee broke out in Jets practice this morning, quarterback Mark Sanchez stood up and said the team has to be smarter.

“Tempers flare, that stuff happens,” Sanchez said, via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger. “There’s no excuse for it. There’s no throwing a ball at a teammate. There’s no shoving a guy out of bounds into the signs.

“One, it doesn’t look good. And two, it sends the wrong message to our team. We want to take care of our guys.”

Sanchez said he’d let coach Rex Ryan say more, but pointed out: “I don’t see how that makes us any better.”

He also mentioned that throwing a ball at an opponent in a game is a 15-yard penalty (at least, if the replacement refs are paying attention), saying “I don’t know if that’s a great habit to get into.”

In a subtle way, taking control of the situation like he did speaks volumes about the job Sanchez is trying to do.

While Tim Tebow has generated all the attention, the Jets have made sure to say Sanchez was still the guy. Stepping up the way he did in the aftermath of what’s frankly a routine camp event shows he’s taking seriously the challenge of leading this dysfunctional bunch.

Honestly, Tebow’s limitations as a passer will do more to secure Sanchez’s spot than any speech he can give. But showing leadership (the not-so-subtle knock on Sanchez when people compare him to Tebow) is only going to help him down the line.

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14 Responses to “Sanchez steps up, says Jets have to be smarter than to fight”
  1. dogman9 says: Aug 6, 2012 3:52 PM

    This team sorely needs leadership on offensive side of the ball.

    Now if Mark Sanchez can just back up his words with strong QB play, hmmmm…. maybe we’ve got something good this year.

  2. norseyapper says: Aug 6, 2012 3:55 PM

    Spoken like a team leader. Of course if he really wants to be respected by his team his performance will have to rise to the next level. Then the Jets might have a fighting chance!

  3. jmagnet28 says: Aug 6, 2012 3:59 PM

    Non-story. But because its the Jets….

    Fights during camp are really common. The heat is blistering, guys are not in game shape, roster spost are being fought for. It happens. Just so long as no one gets injured from the fight, the coaches don’t mind it. They probably appreciate it at this point in the season.

    Moving on….

  4. nflsucker says: Aug 6, 2012 4:00 PM

    It’s a good thing if Sanchez’ mouth utters accurate words. And it would be a much better thing if his arm started to launch more accurate passes (to fellow Jets, not the other guys).

  5. mike bonserio says: Aug 6, 2012 4:07 PM

    If sanchez cuts down on the pics and fumbles, he will have a nice season ahead of him. Being a leader is just icing on the cake for him.

  6. NoHomeTeam says: Aug 6, 2012 4:40 PM

    “Honestly, Tebow’s limitations as a passer will do more to secure Sanchez’s spot than any speech he can give. But showing leadership (the not-so-subtle knock on Sanchez when people compare him to Tebow) is only going to help him down the line.”

    It’s only “leadership” if the players buy into it. Otherwise, it’s just the teacher’s pet reciting the script.

  7. 315judman says: Aug 6, 2012 4:43 PM

    I wonder how Tebow would have handled himself in this situation if he was given the chance.

  8. buffalobills2012 says: Aug 6, 2012 4:53 PM

    This team is hilarious. From the top down to the bottom….cant wait til week 1 when they are exposed by Buff……Oh look! Jets cam on the oprah network!!!

  9. milehighsalutebroncos says: Aug 6, 2012 4:54 PM

    ….can’t we all just get along???

  10. iainrwb says: Aug 6, 2012 5:03 PM

    Tebow was in the scrum looking out for his guys from the offense.

  11. fdugrad says: Aug 6, 2012 6:29 PM

    ” There’s no excuse for it,there’s no throwing a ball or shoving a teammate, it doesn’t look good, it sends the wrong message, I don’t see how this makes us any better.” Well…he seems to be a master of the obvious, or is it the oblivious? Where in the bleep have you been the last three years? You’re just noticing your mate’s highjinks NOW?!

  12. jr507 says: Aug 6, 2012 6:56 PM

    @buffalobills2012 – you guys have lost 7 out of the last 8 to the Jets and haven’t sniffed the playoffs in years, but go ahead -and talk trash, you’ve clearly earned it.

  13. peepeetoucher says: Aug 6, 2012 7:13 PM

    buffalobills2012 says: Aug 6, 2012 4:53 PM

    This team is hilarious. From the top down to the bottom….cant wait til week 1 when they are exposed by Buff……Oh look! Jets cam on the oprah network!!!

    The Bills haven’t exposed anybody since 1999, the last time they made the playoffs. If only Doug Flutie wasn’t benched for Rob Johnson, what might have been during that last appearance.

  14. kappy32 says: Aug 6, 2012 10:07 PM

    I’m always the first one to blast Sanchez for just about everything, so I guess it is only right to give him props when he deserves it. That was a good job by Mark to step up. The Jets have absolutely no leadership in the locker room, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Sanchez is going into his 4th year & it’s the right time for him to take a leadership role. However, he doesn’t need to take a cue from his dumb head coach & talk to the media about what he does as a leader & what he is going to do; just do it! Instead, he should take a look at the leader of his team’s big brother, Eli Manning. Eli doesn’t talk about leading, he just does it. Eli leads by example & instills confidence in his teammates. Rex Ryan has gone so far out of his way to make it appear publicly that he is in control of his team & actually being a leader & a boss, not every player’s best friend that it is getting funny. The prime example was the whole Cromartie-WR situation. Was there really a necessity for Rex to point out to the media that he was “going to take care of it” & that he had a “feel for the locker room”? Absolutely not. Address the player, keep your mouth shut, end of story. As for Sanchez, the biggest test of his leadership will be when, not if, Holmes starts acting like a teenage girl again. If he stands up to Holmes & puts him in his place then he can be called a leader. Publicly calling out your 3rd string RB & an undrafted rookie FA CB doesn’t automatically make him a leader; it’s a step in the right direction, but he needs to do more to put some function in the NFL’s most dysfunctional locker room.

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