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It’s taken me a couple of days to digest how I really feel about the Jets move to grab Sanchez. Originally I was dead set against it and here’s why.

#1. He only started 16 games in college all of which came against mid tier defensive competition.

#2. As a highly rated high school QB, he stepped into the USC locker room and was beat out for the starting job by Matt Leinart & John David Booty.

#3. The asking price to move up into the top 8 picks would surely cost an arm and a leg while the Jets still have depth needs at RB, WR, QB, and O-Line.

#4. They pulled a stunt last year to sell PSL’s for with the new stadium, and wound up leading the league in INTs, while Pennington kick our ass.

With that said, I’ve had a chance to go back and watch Sanchez games at USC and his workout at the Combine and I’m starting to think the Jets made a good move and here’s why.

Pete Carroll rarely will give the reigns to a young guy. Sanchez paid his dues and was way better than the two aforementioned USC gunners this past season. Plus the word out of USC is that he is the best QB they’ve had since Palmer.

Regardless of the competition he faced, he still delivered in a pro style offense. I don’t think the Jets will make him throw too often which should allow him the opportunity to learn. Plus, it seems like Clemens will get the reigns for at least a brief amount of time.

As far as the price paid for this move, I was convinced we would need to give up a 1st round pick next year to move, especially being the whole league knew Tannenbaum wanted too. Luckily our boy Mangini threw us a bone and we came out of this thing with no future damage. The Coleman move will need to be addressed, but I think that can happen.

The depth was filled at all the positions except for WR. In a run first, that need becomes less valuable. I still think they’ll bring in a WR & a blocking TE too so Keller can be an option in the air. The Jets did pickup, J’Nathan Bullock, a basketball player out of Cleveland State to try at TE, so maybe there’s some potential in him.

The Shonn Green move was the best thing they could’ve done on draft day. I’ve said in previous posts that Green is the guy we NEED. The Jets have been lacking that pile pusher for a while. Green is a Jersey kid that will flourish behind the bruisers in front. Whether it was the Big Ben Steelers or Flacco’s Ravens, each had 3 change of pace backs to take the pressure off the young QB.

O-Line was then addressed as well with one of Callahan’s boys, Matt Slauson… well done.



The bottom line on Sanchez is he is gym rat and will hopefully live up to all our expectations. He’s done and said all the right things so far. I’m buying in… good things to come!  

Side Note: The Jets FINALLY released Brett Favre. Minnesota… let the bidding begin! 

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  • Tom

    If you want to see Sanchez’ potential, take a look at how he carved up Penn State in the Rose Bowl. (Amazon has the DVD.) USC used the whole play book and his throws, runs, laterals, etc. were perfect. He had over 400 yards in passing and some of the incompletions should have been caught. He’s the real deal.

  • Rick

    #1. He only started 16 games in college all of which came against mid tier defensive competition.

    #2. As a highly rated high school QB, he stepped into the USC locker room and was beat out for the starting job by Matt Leinart & John David Booty.

    Ohio State and Penn State were not mid tier defensive competition. Neither was Oregon either year, to be fair.

    #2 makes no sense… Sanchez was beat out by John David Booty, who was 2 years older than him and won two Rose Bowls, and Matt Leinart, who won two national championships, the Heisman Trophy, and was four years older than him. Uh… so?



  • bradcotter


    #1… let’s be real, there is no defense in the Pac-10 or Big 10 that can hold the jock of the SEC defenses that Matthew Stafford faced since day 1 his freshman year.

    As for the Leinart and Booty comment… Stafford came in as a blue chipper and started right away for a powerhouse in the SEC. Regardless of age and experience, talent usually wins out… i.e. Terrell Pryor and another USC Quarterback… Carson Palmer who started as a freshman!

    What even makes me more worried is how Sanchez played on the road… with only 30-40K people in the stands at Oregon and Oregon St.

    As for USC’s defense, yes they are good, but when you’re in practice, your not getting beat up. It’s hands off on the QB. But your right, his own team was the best defense he’s seen, and they couldn’t touch him. Believe me, I’ll be rooting for him, but Mel Kiper compared his arm to Pennington coming out of college. I’ve watched plenty of tape on him and I hope he succeeds. There’s just a lot of red flags that the regular fan doesn’t want to admit.

    My Sanchez Jersey is on order, don’t get me wrong. But you guys really need to take a step back and look at this objectively before making a decision. I understand everyone wants to fall in love, including me, but as a realist all the reasons I gave are absolutely solid. I understand when fans don’t want to look at reality though.

    Believe me, after scouts said JaMarcus Russell had the best pro day since John Elway, I told Raider fans to temper their expectations for plenty of reasons. While I think he’s getting better, for inexperienced college QB’s with question marks, it takes time. That’s all. I do think Sanchez is in the right spot, he would’ve crumbled in Detroit, but the Jets have the supporting cast to let him develop. Clemens should start the season regardless while Sanchez learns, which is a good thing.

  • bradcotter


    Really? Do you really think I wasn’t watching the Rose Bowl? Do you think I haven’t gone back and watched a bunch of Sanchez since the pick? Yes, he was on fire against Penn St. who’s secondary is dreadful in what was virtually a home game for USC. Maybe the AFC East will start drafting secondary from the Big 10 and we’ll be good to go. Look, Sanchez wasn’t pressured at all in that game and delievered. I think he’s a great talent and a great kid. He’s saying all the right things and I hope he continues to grow without Jet Fans expecting too much too early. I hope it’s not guys like you all that when he fails the first few years wants him gone, a la Pennington.

  • bradcotter

    All in all, we’re in the same boat… I’m just busting your guys chops right back. I hope you guys know I’ll be right next to you in the stands cheering like hell… but as a long time fan of this team and this organization, you can understand why my glass is usually half empty… After the stunt they pulled with Favre last year, I’m just hoping to move forward. I think we have a chance to do some special things with Sanchez and Greene! I can’t wait!!!