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Former 400-pound teammate questions Sanchez’s preparation

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Let the piling on begin.

Now benched by the New York Jets, quarterback Mark Sanchez is taking it from all angles, including from former teammates.

Former Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins was among the first to line up at the trough, saying Sanchez was more worried about off-field opportunities than getting himself ready to lead the team.

“[Sanchez] had a stellar offensive line,” Jenkins said on Showtime’s “Inside The NFL,” via Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star-Ledger. “He had running backs that kept the pressure off of him. He had the opportunity to grow and develop. What Sanchez has to take responsibility for is during the time that he could have gotten better he wanted to sit back. He wanted to pose for magazines, worry about his haircuts and do all of that stuff.

“I’m just saying, from what I saw him do, it was a lot better then what it is now. But he coasted. They coddled him. That was what was going on. This is a man’s profession. You have to man up at some point in time and take care.”

Yes, let’s question the offseason dedication of the first quarterback to pose for GQ (not even close). And if you spent your offseasons worrying about cheeseburgers and ballooning up to 400 pounds while skipping team conditioning workouts (as Jenkins did), you’re an even higher authority on preparation.

The issue isn’t anything in particular Jenkins is saying, as it’s far from the first time the budding television personality has made outrageous statements to try to get himself noticed.

The issue is the Sanchez has become an easy mark, and a red herring for the real issues the Jets have.

He’s far from an elite quarterback, but he’s proven himself to be sufficient to make playoff runs (two AFC Championship Games, four road playoff wins), when properly surrounded. The Jets failed to do that this year, lacking the kind of run game they needed or any downfield threats once Santonio Holmes was injured. And adding a sideshow in Tim Tebow only created more pressure for him to perform in an untenable situation, making things worse rather than better.

No amount of haircuts, or cheeseburgers, can change the fact Sanchez never had a chance this year.

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26 Responses to “Former 400-pound teammate questions Sanchez’s preparation”
  1. kh221 says: Dec 20, 2012 9:07 AM

    Sanchez is a terrible QB. His defense carried him to those championship games. Much like the Bears D carried Grossman to the Super Bowl.

    Jets are far better off without him.

  2. shackdelrio says: Dec 20, 2012 9:10 AM

    So you’re saying that while Sanchez was stuffing his face with Eva Longoria in the offseason, Jenkins was stuffing his face with Red Robin?

  3. alewatcher says: Dec 20, 2012 9:10 AM

    Let’s not forget that the first two years, Sanchez was playing with the team Mangini put together. It’s Rex Ryans guys now.

  4. deanmoriarity says: Dec 20, 2012 9:11 AM

    Here’s the thing I never understand about this (all too common) type of criticisms of critics: the author is bagging on Jenkins for criticizing Sanchez because Jenkins didn’t put in the same level of preparation that he demands of Sanchez.

    By that logic, what gives the author authority to defend Sanchez in this situation? Did he put in the preparation necessary to become an elite QB, so he is more qualified than Jenkins? IF the standard the demanded is that one who didn’t do what is necessary to prepare can not question another’s preparation, how can a writer ever criticize a professional athlete?

    My point is that you don’t have to be an elite QB to know what it takes to be an elite QB. The author’s defense of Sanchez is no more valid than Jenkins’ criticism, yet not only does the author give HIS opinion, he dismisses Jenkins’ opinion.

    Ridiculous.

  5. dbarnes79 says: Dec 20, 2012 9:11 AM

    Maybe not as severe as Jenkins says but where there is smoke there is fire. Sanchez has regressed since joining the NFL and that is a fact.

  6. ccjcsr says: Dec 20, 2012 9:12 AM

    People base assumptions on where he was drafted and what his contract states. Coming out of USC he was nothing more than then next california golden boy…ala Matt Leinart, Carson Palmer and now Matt Barkley..Perrenial Backups to say the least!

  7. nflsucker says: Dec 20, 2012 9:16 AM

    The problem I have with Jenkins’ comments is the way it implies he might be a pretty good QB if he just studied or practiced a little more. But look at how many passes sail high, or are thrown behind a receiver. They say he can “make the throws”, but half the time the throws are six or ten feet from where they should be.

    And how many times does Sanchez himself say, “I can’t do those stupid things”, and he goes out and does the same stupid things.

    Talent bust. Intelligence bust.

    Bust

  8. pisano says: Dec 20, 2012 9:21 AM

    There’s been thousand of college QB’s that have failed in the NFL, and he’s one of them. The problem for the Jets is what to do with him. I don’t see any teams that would want him, so the Jets are on the hook for millions, do they cut him? or will he be the most costly back up QB in the NFL? The Jets have created this problem, and whoever is responsible for Sanchez contract extension should be fired immediately.

  9. NakedCowboy! says: Dec 20, 2012 9:24 AM

    The most depressing thing about sanchez is lack of growth as player… i haven’t seen any improvement at all since he came into the league… first few years he has a good team arousal him and they made the run… but now the personnel are weak and they need a QB who can make that sorry bunch better… but he has shown no growth at all…

  10. electionconfidential says: Dec 20, 2012 9:25 AM

    We have more Jets stories now that they are eliminated than when they were in the hunt. If the statements made by a former player are worthless then why repeat them?

    The Broncos just moved up to number one in the SI power rankings, the single season receiving, rushing and sack records are in danger of being broken and we’ve got about 6 Jets stories in 24 hours…

  11. charlutes says: Dec 20, 2012 9:28 AM

    Never had a chance? Wake up the guy stinks, always has.

  12. polegojim says: Dec 20, 2012 9:30 AM

    Instead of whining or worrying about criticism… one person has the ability to stop it… Sanchez.

    Much of his horrible play on Monday had little to do with the offensive line… it was just BAD football. It was the first MNF game I shut off early. Just too bad to even finish watching that game.

    The Jets need a change, and Sanchez needs some reeducation and training to attempt to regain what he had earlier on. It’s in the guys head, and his team has given up on him.

  13. dxa5053 says: Dec 20, 2012 9:31 AM

    Darin must be a Jets fan. I would take the word of a man who was in the locker room with Sanchez over a sports writer anyday. The Jets have a top 10 defense and a good offensive line. Like stated above, Sanchez has just regressed.

  14. canesgiants says: Dec 20, 2012 9:35 AM

    i would hardly call this an outrageous statement. this pretty much has been known since sanchez got here. lazy lazy. this is the first off season where he actually worked.

  15. peytonwantsaflag says: Dec 20, 2012 9:46 AM

    Yeah I saw that last night too – I also saw the look on Collinsworth’s face every time this guy (Jenkins) opened his mouth. Don’t know how they found somebody even more obnoxious than Sapp but they did.

  16. hisgirlgotburrelled says: Dec 20, 2012 9:51 AM

    Eating is preparation for a NT that’s supposed to be a giant body in the middle of the line. So, yeah, it is different.

    There is no bigger issue with the Jets than Sanchez. There is no way you can say he’s not the biggest problem.

  17. cobibones13 says: Dec 20, 2012 10:05 AM

    What did Jenkins say that is an outrageous statement? Jenkins is paid to give his opinion and he actually was on a team with Sanchez so his opinion > some geek writer’s opinion.

    Seems like the writer of this story has a man-crush on Sanchez.

  18. eatitfanboy says: Dec 20, 2012 10:13 AM

    I don’t think Sanchez has the emotional make up to be a successful NFL QB. I remember during Hard Knocks a couple of years ago when the coaches asked him what he thought was wrong with the offense and he said “I stink”.

    Not in a “I’m taking responsibility” type of way, more in a “I’m really not sure I am good enough” type of way.

    That always stayed with me. I just can’t imagine Brady, Brees, Rodgers, or certainly any of the past greats saying something like that.

  19. mjsweentraining says: Dec 20, 2012 10:29 AM

    Kris Jenkins preaching from the pulpit about preparation is like getting dieting advice from Honey Boo Boo.

    As far as Sanchez goes, he’s just not a very good quarterback and probably won’t ever be. After 4 years, his best completion percentage is 56.7% (30 quarterbacks have a better completion percentage this year than Sanchez). He has a 1:1 touchdown to interception ratio (again, 30 quarterbacks have better ratios this season). He already ranks in the top 175 in NFL history for fumbles after only 4 seasons.

    On the bright side, he was at the controls when they went to 2 AFC Championship games. But let’s face reality, that was more about defense than Sanchez.

    No one blames Tom Brady when he gets the new do or man purse, or when Peyton appears in a new commercial, so let’s not argue about that. Instead, I would just prefer to look at Sanchez for what he is: a mediocre starting NFL quarterback, at best.

  20. daddyb1gdrawz says: Dec 20, 2012 10:44 AM

    I am not a big fan of articles like this because the messenger often gets hammered regardless of him having a point. Kris Jenkins weight has nothing to do with his point. He said Sanchez did not prepare and the organization let him coast. That is the point in all of this, not the weight of the messenger. I have said all along that Sanchez and Henne were similar. The difference is Sanchez was selected in the first round. That is the only reason he was afforded more time. Great point Kris.

  21. liltifer says: Dec 20, 2012 11:14 AM

    Somewhere, Trent Dilfer is muttering “But, but, but… he’s an Alpha Dog. He’s going to be a great quarterback. Why can’t anyone see that but me? Am I taking crazy pills?!”

  22. salmen76 says: Dec 20, 2012 11:17 AM

    Bill Parcels says “once a QB goes ‘Hollywood’, he’s done”! Romo went Hollywood, and he has zero Championships. Sanchez went ‘Hollywood’, and he has zero championships. I think when Bill says they go Hollywood what he means is, the QB is more concerned with himself, his image, his marketability, his me-me-me attitude. I’m a Saints fan and i can tell ya, Drew went ‘Hollywood’ this season and his performance stinks. He’s on so many commercials they run back to back sometimes. All his radio shows and appearances for stuff that don’t have nothing to do with football keeps him from preparing the way he should. And it ain’t cuz coach is gone. The colts lost their coach and they have 9 wins with a rookie QB. And i haven’t seen Luck in any commercials or all over the news like football is his side job. Playing QB for the Saints seems like a side-job for Drew Brees to me. because, “he went ‘Hollywood’! Geaux Saints!

  23. eezyxyz says: Dec 20, 2012 11:25 AM

    “The issue is the Sanchez has become an easy mark, and a red herring for the real issues the Jets have.”

    I don’t know, I think the playoff wins his first two years were the “red herring”. I’ll give Sanchez credit for playing some good football in the playoffs, but he has never been that good and the Jets were lucky to even be in the playoffs both his first two years (2009 Colts and Bengals both rested starters the final two weeks, 2010 Sanchez led the league in dropped INTs and could have had way worse numbers) Sanchez’s play is definitely one of the real issues the Jets have.

  24. CKL says: Dec 20, 2012 11:28 AM

    Let me just say, DG has a lot better of a read on Jenkins than some people here may realize. Fact is, Jenkins’ former team had most of its best seasons without him (minus 03 when he was still a great player). Jenkins needed a change of scenery. I did find it a little surprising that he seemed to like playing for Mangini over Fox. He never seemed the type to embrace a strict type HC and I would say that though both were no nonsense type guys, Mangini was much more restrictive than Fox. Weird.

    I agree that whoever picks players for the NYJ is the most to blame. They mangled their receiver corps pretty badly and they handed out some bad contracts, both of which hindered Sanchez who is at best likely a “win with him not more because of him” type QB. I’ve never understood the whole” if a guy isn’t a great QB we shouldn’t get any talent around him to help him” thing. Talent helps your team regardless of who the QB is. And once you find that top level guy, it will help him even more. Look at the Pats when TB went down. They had Moss, Welker, Gaffney and a team willing to fit the O to his skills. Think that didn’t help Cassel, who is a similar type of player to Sanchez?

  25. randomguy9999 says: Dec 20, 2012 11:41 AM

    all I know is that when you watch the Mannings, Brady, Brees, Rodgers, etc…. anyone who is a bonafide franchise QB…. they are working on something almost every second of the game….

    they are looking at play sheets, or talking to coaches, or working things with the O line, or jazzing up the WRs, or talking blocking over with the line coach, or working on throwing motion… something….

    when the cam is on Sanchez on the sideline… even when they are down by 7 with 2 minutes left…. he is always joking, smiling, and sitting on the bench waiting for the next series… and he’s almost always alone….

    that speaks volumes…… Sanchez was never the guy… but Rexxy had to marry him…..

  26. realfootballfan says: Dec 20, 2012 12:40 PM

    Jenkins hasn’t been shy about his criticism in the past, so I don’t think this is piling on. Both he and Damien Woody have said Sanchez wasn’t dedicated enough way before this latest failing.

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