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Sanchez thinks he can be a top-10 quarterback

Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow AP

A year after Giants quarterback Eli Manning said he’s an elite quarterback and then went out and proved it in a big way, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez says he can be a top-1o quarterback.

Oh sure,” Sanchez said, via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News.

Though we didn’t see his demeanor when he said it, the words “oh sure” seem more perfunctory than aspirational.  It’s the short version of, “What the hell else am I supposed to say?” (Which, to be clear, Sanchez didn’t say . . . and now only 13.2 percent of you will think he said it.)

“You gotta think that,” Sanchez said.  “You gotta play like that.  As soon as you step on the field, you gotta be the baddest guy out there.  The toughest, the best, the most accurate.  And you gotta win.”

He’s right.  Confidence is critical to any starting quarterback.

Which is why it’s important for a team to put complete trust in the starting quarterback.  By, you know, getting him a backup and not a potential replacement in backup’s clothing (shirt optional).  By not periodically pulling the starting quarterback off the field with a gimmick offense that hopefully will force opposing teams to spend less time preparing to stop the starting quarterback, in an artificial attempt to help the starter play better.  By not talking openly about how the team would have drafted a young gun like Colin Kaepernick last year if it could have.

In this complex psychological dance playing out in New York, the Jets are trying to awaken the badass in Sanchez by slapping him in the face, repeatedly.  Maybe it will work.  Maybe it won’t.  But the journey will be anything but boring.

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42 Responses to “Sanchez thinks he can be a top-10 quarterback”
  1. sanityinsd says: Aug 16, 2012 1:14 PM

    Provided that 15 other QBs retire?

  2. AlohaMrHand says: Aug 16, 2012 1:18 PM

    Well the QB pool in the nfl isn’t exactly setting the league on fire so maybe he is top ten.

  3. steeelfann says: Aug 16, 2012 1:22 PM

    Top 10 in what? Interceptions, least worst int/td ration, dumb plays? Fur jackets? High School age girlfriends? Really? I don’t think so, and neither do the Jets.

  4. nickster31 says: Aug 16, 2012 1:24 PM

    Top 10? Way to set your goals high!

  5. grogansheroes says: Aug 16, 2012 1:25 PM

    Sanchize wouldn’t be a top ten QB in college.

  6. bucrightoff says: Aug 16, 2012 1:25 PM

    Absolutely he can…

    Remember there is also a top-10 worst QBs in the league list.

  7. kdish87 says: Aug 16, 2012 1:27 PM

    What’s with all these “Top QB” proclamations from subpar quarterbacks? So far it’s been Flacco (“the best”), Freeman (top 5), Matt Ryan (top 10), and now Sanchez (top 10). Also can’t forget Vick calling his 70th best player ranking a “joke”.

  8. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Aug 16, 2012 1:28 PM

    if I was an nfl player I wouldn’t worry about these articles. sounds like a reach of an idea at this point. do you (insert qb name here) think you’re a top 10 qb? jeez leave the dead horse alone

  9. stonecoldsaidso says: Aug 16, 2012 1:28 PM

    Top 10 NFL Quarterbacks 2012
    1. Robert Griffin III
    2. Aaron Rodgers
    3. Matt Stafford
    4. Peyton Manning
    5. Tom Brady
    6. Drew Brees
    7. Phillip Rivers
    8. Ben Roethlisberger
    9. Jay Cutler
    10. Matt Ryan

  10. flowadelph says: Aug 16, 2012 1:34 PM

    This is gonna get good.

  11. jaysam23 says: Aug 16, 2012 1:34 PM

    Top 10 quarterbacks, already know they are top 10 quarterbacks, Eli Manning’s declaration last year was followed by a solidified season, we somehow forget he had already won a Super Bowl ring when he said what he said. The best quarterbacks in the league have won a Super Bowl and are extremely careful when it comes to the football.

  12. 49ers4ever says: Aug 16, 2012 1:35 PM

    He’s wrong.

  13. omegalh says: Aug 16, 2012 1:36 PM

    Sanchez produced the 6th most TDs among QBs last year.

  14. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Aug 16, 2012 1:37 PM

    Please! QBs don’t “become” a top 10 if they don’t have that potential by the time they get there. All the top QBs were predicted to be such when they were graduating from college.

    Now, that’s not to say he can’t improve some by not throwing bad picks at the wrong time etc, but top 10, I don’t think so.

  15. thelastpieceofcheese says: Aug 16, 2012 1:40 PM

    Mark Sanchez is a future hall of fame quarterback.

  16. ezdoesit209 says: Aug 16, 2012 1:44 PM

    When asked what is he supposed to say? No I don’t think I can be a top 10 quarterback?? Last year they were picking on Eli for saying the same thing and now all those critics are eating crow. Give it break already! smh

  17. fumbleroski says: Aug 16, 2012 1:47 PM

    if he joins the UFL

  18. packerbackernj says: Aug 16, 2012 1:50 PM

    Dirty sanchez’s stats for his second and third years are comparable to eli’s second and third tears. Just sayin.

  19. ghjjf says: Aug 16, 2012 1:51 PM

    Top 10 QB busts!!

  20. bluvayner says: Aug 16, 2012 1:59 PM

    The great thing about the NFL is that there are 10 “top 5″ quarterbacks, 20 “top 10″ quarterbacks, 10 “top 5″ coaches, and 15 defenses that claim to be in the top 5.

    Then you wonder why salaries keep escalating.

  21. bucrightoff says: Aug 16, 2012 2:04 PM

    To be fair to my man Josh Freeman, he didn’t say he was top-5, Vincent Jackson did. Still wasn’t a very smart thing to say though.

  22. billsfan1 says: Aug 16, 2012 2:07 PM

    not really a fan of Sanchez but Rex Ryan has his priorities mixed all up…

    He is too busy laying claim to saing Aaron Maybin and his 6 sacks, instead he should have been developing his first round qb whom he drafted. Good coaches help develop their qb. Maybe sanches fails regardless but you still give him every opportunity to succeed

  23. scoobaj says: Aug 16, 2012 2:08 PM

    what’s wrong with being just a good QB in this league, just cuz he’s no Brady or Brees doesn’t make him a bust people

  24. zeke2517 says: Aug 16, 2012 2:10 PM

    Haters.

  25. tmac4454 says: Aug 16, 2012 2:17 PM

    Man please…

  26. elmaxoh says: Aug 16, 2012 2:36 PM

    Yeah sure … every QB is a top 10 or a top 5 QB right now ….

  27. acdc363 says: Aug 16, 2012 2:38 PM

    @steeelfann

    that was seriously fantastic man LMAO

  28. covercorner says: Aug 16, 2012 2:39 PM

    Top 10 1st round draft qbs that were busts.

  29. grandpoopah says: Aug 16, 2012 2:42 PM

    I don’t.

  30. splatfest says: Aug 16, 2012 2:42 PM

    He’s top 10 if there are only 10 teams in the NFL; otherwise, dream on.

  31. nyjalleffingday says: Aug 16, 2012 3:00 PM

    The hilarious part about this is that all the negative comments about Sanchez here are pretty much stolen from circa-2007 Giants websites about Eli Manning and changed to fix the context.

    Do I have to spell it out for you morons? You don’t give up on a QB after three years, especially when the quarterback in question spent all three years under a terrible OC with no deep threat, unless you want to count Braylon or maybe Plax. Especially when that quarterback has 4 playoff victories under his belt. Especially when that quarterback started only one year in college. Especially when that quarterback is 3.3% more completions away from 60%, 526 yards from 4K, 6 TD’s away from 40 total and 6 less interceptions away from 12.

    Maybe it won’t be with the Jets, but Mark Sanchez WILL be a viable NFL quarterback. Whether your anti-green glasses will let you see this is up to you.

  32. trollhammer20 says: Aug 16, 2012 3:06 PM

    Serious question.

    You’re starting an expansion team, and you have two available options at QB.

    The first is Mark Sanchez.

    The second is Tavaris Jackson.

    Thumbs up if you’d take Sanchez.

    Thumbs down if you’d take Jackson.

    Go.

  33. davekva72 says: Aug 16, 2012 3:36 PM

    He’s not even one of the top 10 QB’s in Jersey.

  34. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 16, 2012 4:03 PM

    I’ve watched the Steelers win two out of three Super Bowls with Ben Roethlisberger. I also watched Sanchez outplay Roethlisberger in the 2008 AFC title game. All of that supports my claim that TEAMS, not quartebacks, win championships…
    The Jets most definitely can win a Super Bowl with Sanchez, so long as his defense does most of the heavy lifting, which has been the case in Pittsburgh the past eight seasons. Sanchez does not have to be a top-10 quarterback to be on a Super Bowl-winning team.
    Hey, it’s football.
    The Ultimate Team sport.

  35. jimjets says: Aug 16, 2012 4:48 PM

    good point Bobzilla….

    you guys know i bleed green….I know he’s no brady and all that….BUT he did go up there two years ago and beat brady in the playoffs…the week after he beat manning in his house…in the playoffs….he’s had his moments. (3-2 against brady the first 5 games)

    he had a bad year last year, the team did and rex did….but we’ll see. Eli had a bad 3rd year then won everything in his fourth year

    i’m not saying the jets are going all the way, i’m just saying he could improve greatly this year,..he threw 26 td’s last year and that ain’t bad….even the hardest jets haters would have to admit that. the problem of course is the turn overs…..if he throws 25, 26 td this years and even cuts the turnovers in half, the way the defense is looking this year, i think we could win 10 or 11….

    anyway….sure cant wait for the season to start!

  36. green41563 says: Aug 16, 2012 6:22 PM

    BobPanz
    Mark Sanchez has started 47 games in his career. Here is a comparison between Sanchez’s numbers through his first 47 starts and Eli Manning’s numbers through his first 47 starts.

    Manning
    855/1550 (55.1% comp.) for 9803 yards (6.32 YPA) 68TD 55 INT and 74.2 rating

    Sanchez
    782/1414 (55.3% comp) for 9209 (6.51 YPA) 55 TD 51 INT and 73.2. rating

    So the numbers are virtually identical. And when one considers that (1) Sanchez had to start from day one; and (2) that Manning has played with better skill-position players, the numbers favor Sanchez.

  37. seano13 says: Aug 16, 2012 9:20 PM

    I love how people defend Sanchez

    He sucks

    Don’t tell me HE won 4 playoff games. I watched those games.

    One of the highest qb’s yet one of the lowest qb rating

  38. richc111 says: Aug 16, 2012 11:29 PM

    Sure in the AFC East , hell I would even say he might be in the top 5

  39. schilhater says: Aug 17, 2012 9:15 AM

    green41563 says:
    Aug 16, 2012 6:22 PM
    BobPanz
    Mark Sanchez has started 47 games in his career. Here is a comparison between Sanchez’s numbers through his first 47 starts and Eli Manning’s numbers through his first 47 starts.

    Manning
    855/1550 (55.1% comp.) for 9803 yards (6.32 YPA) 68TD 55 INT and 74.2 rating

    Sanchez
    782/1414 (55.3% comp) for 9209 (6.51 YPA) 55 TD 51 INT and 73.2. rating

    So the numbers are virtually identical. And when one considers that (1) Sanchez had to start from day one; and (2) that Manning has played with better skill-position players, the numbers favor Sanchez.

    ————————————————–

    Really 13 more touchdown passes and 600 more yards is “virtually identical”. I wouldn’t go that far, their numbers are close but not “vitrually identical”. you know what numbers are not close 2 Super Bowls to ZERO!

    Shancez is Trent Dilfer like, they both had great defense and weren’t asked to do to much. But when Shancez has been asked to do to much he hasn’t, it’s that simple. He is no where near a top 10 qb.

    Name me one top 10 qb who will be replaced during the game for different game situations. I be Eli nevern comes out of a game unless he his injured. You don’t take a top 10 qb of the line up for any reason

  40. mensamember says: Aug 17, 2012 10:47 AM

    seano13 says:Aug 16, 2012 9:20 PM

    I love how people defend Sanchez

    He sucks

    Don’t tell me HE won 4 playoff games. I watched those games.

    One of the highest qb’s yet one of the lowest qb rating

    Perhaps you dont know what you are talking about 013.
    All time post season ratings for QB’s based on a minimum of 150 passing attempts shows Mr. Sanchez in 6th place with a rating of 94.3. Right behind 5th place Montana and ahead of the likes of both Mannings, Marino,Aikman, Kelly and on and on and on.
    While he has only 6 post season games so far what makes these stats impressive is that they are ALL ON THE ROAD AND ACCOMPLISHED IN HIS FIRST 2 YEARS IN THE LEAGUE!!

  41. mensamember says: Aug 17, 2012 10:49 AM

    green41563 says:
    Aug 16, 2012 6:22 PM
    BobPanz
    Mark Sanchez has started 47 games in his career. Here is a comparison between Sanchez’s numbers through his first 47 starts and Eli Manning’s numbers through his first 47 starts.

    Manning
    855/1550 (55.1% comp.) for 9803 yards (6.32 YPA) 68TD 55 INT and 74.2 rating

    Sanchez
    782/1414 (55.3% comp) for 9209 (6.51 YPA) 55 TD 51 INT and 73.2. rating

    So the numbers are virtually identical. And when one considers that (1) Sanchez had to start from day one; and (2) that Manning has played with better skill-position players, the numbers favor Sanchez

    You are leaving out his 6 playoff games. Add them in and his stats are better than Eli’s

  42. pisano says: Aug 18, 2012 1:12 AM

    Sanchez is a legend in his own mind.

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