Oct 28, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets former player Joe Klecko before the game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Klecko Says New York Jets Going Nowhere with Mark Sanchez?


For the benefit of our younger readers, Joe Klecko, before he became an SNY broadcaster, was one of the best defensive linemen in team history. Arguably, he is one of the top linemen in league history, although he is not enshrined in Canton. He is the only player in league history to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl at all defensive line positions, DE, DT, and NT.

What Joe is NOT, however, is a Hall of Fame broadcaster. Sometimes, the things he says are a bit contradictory, or don’t make sense. He was on the radio yesterday with Brandon Tierney, and the topic of the day was of course, the quarterback situation. Joe Klecko’s quote was interesting, take a look:

“I just don’t think they’re going to go anywhere with Mark,” Klecko argues. “Because, first of all, now you have the number-one receiver saying, in his own theory, maybe won’t be able to play all year; he lost his go-to guy in Dustin Keller as a tight end. He doesn’t have a lot of options out there.”

Isn’t this statement a bit contradictory? He is saying that they can’t win with Mark, because he has no options to throw to? Wouldn’t that mean that they can’t win with any quarterback that they have? What does winning with Mark have to do with their being no options?

Forgetting the fact that some unexpected wide receivers are flashing some skills, by the way. Has Joe not noticed that Stephen Hill is not dropping passes this summer? What about the MVP of camp so far, Clyde Gates? Does he not count?

It just seems like he is more saying that the Jets haven’t provided a roster good enough to succeed on offense. Saying they can’t win with one of the quarterbacks on the roster, because of the weapons doesn’t make sense.

That’s why I preferred Klecko the player to Klecko the broadcaster.

Tags: Joe Klecko Mark Sanchez New York Jets

  • Yoshi

    Maybe he has some insight and means most QBs get to used to there go to guys and have just a good a chance as a new QB when it comes to throwing to recievers that aren’t good without a good QB they stand as good a chance as anyone

    • TheJetPress

      Could be, maybe he just didn’t word it well…hard to say…good thought.

      • Yoshi

        Yea but I agree with you just trying to give him the benefit of the doubt

  • matr dontelli iii

    though i don’t think joe was particularly gifted, cerebrally, his thought pattern may be compromised by taking too many head shots during his playing days. keller was a non factor last year due to his season-long injuries so mentioning him is pointless. they could seamlessly add toupee meyers and lupica to that show without compromising quality. i think marty has contributed so much more to the team after their playing days. it is a pleasure listening to bob and marty call the games as well as greg on the pre, post and halftime shows. unfortunately that means tuning to espn, the lesser of two evils when compared to the quality of the majority of the tv announcing teams. it is painful listening to the game on the espn feed while watching the video from the tv however that is better than hearing imbeciles with no insight calling the game for cbs. on the subject of greg, does he do any analysis or writing during the offseason? espn used to run a nightly ny football show with greg on their radio station during the preseason a few years back, but like anything else espn, a good idea needs to be replaced with something worthless.

    • TheJetPress

      Buttle, he might have something on the team website every once in a while, but that’s about it in the offseason. I agree that Klecko wasn’t, and isn’t , the most cerebral of guys as well.

  • Paul Newbold

    I loved Klecko when he was with the Jets. But ex players need to stay out of the media with such statements! They have as much inside information as we do, yet they feel the need to comment. Broadcasters need to stick to the facts, their opinions on topics they have no or little knowledge need to be left alone. I truly thought Klecko had more class…sadly that doesn’t appear to be true :(

    • TheJetPress

      so did I, but he is really poor broadcaster.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.willie.509 Joe Willie

    Joe is a ex football player/truck driver/ part time SNY Jet/ex-player analyst -he’s not as smooth or as good as phil simms– but he’s honest and seen enough of Mark Sanchez to know he’s a very bad NFL QB. Joe was just trying to backtrack and be nice to a current player who’s starting days are numbered. Klecko also knows a good QB makes everybody on the team better including receivers and the jet defense – Sanchez has the reverse effect —case in point look at the last 2 years –the 1st -2 yrs before that Sanchez tagged along with a good jet team who made up for his mistakes even then.
    Sanchez would screw up a wet dream class of HOF receivers, Jerry Rice Don Maynard and John Mackey. The pain is almost over thank GOD!
    Go Jets! Go Geno !

    • TheJetPress

      Very well might be over with Mark soon….tell us how you really feel? lol kidding…thanks for your thoughts as always