Why Wayne Hunter Had to Be Benched:The Mental Side

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July 28, 2012; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) jumps into teammate New York Jets tackle Wayne Hunter (78) after practice as the New York Jets practice during day 2 of training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE

On it’s face, the title seems very obvious. I know. We all have watched Wayne Hunter play, both last year, and in the Giants game last weekend. The poor play was clear, and wasn’t getting any better. Whether he was hurt, as I talked about earlier in the week, or his play just deteriorated, he had to be taken out of the lineup. For Mark Sanchez’s and Tim Tebow’s safety, he had to come out.

But, there is another side to why Hunter had to be benched. Athletes play badly, it happens all the time. Wayne Hunter is far from the first guy ever to have a bad day/night. The key is the confidence that you have to bounce back. Your belief in yourself is what brings you back.

Wayne Hunter has no such confidence. He is a beaten man, and a beaten man HAS to come out. With no confidence, he won’t get any better. Take a look at what he had to say, and you’ll see.

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