Vinny Testaverde achieved his greatest success as a pro with the New York Jets. He, like Sanchez, led the Jets to the AFC Championship game. He never had to deal with the type of situation that Sanchez does, but he weighed in about it Thursday:
“In my opinion, it’s going to be up to the coaching staff and how they handle the offense and their philosophy. But the other part to that is Mark Sanchez and how he handles things.” Testaverde said. “I don’t care who you are at quarterback, and how great you played, you always go through some controversy. And when it happens, Mark Sanchez is going to have to stay positive, stay focused and not let anything get to him so that he can have success.”
He added this regarding the pressure Mark will be facing:
“And Mark, I think, understands that there’s some people who are going to want to see Tim Tebow in there at the quarterback position. I think if the coaching staff handles it in the proper fashion the team can be very successful. And that’s the bottom line: it’s winning games, being successful and trying to win a championship.”
Testaverde makes total sense. The coaches do have a tough job here, they have to find the right balance and this CAN work. If Sanchez falls under the pressure, it’s over. He must stay positive.