Time for the New York Jets to Drop the Charade Regarding Mark Sanchez

Aug 29, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John O

John Idzik and the New York Jets’ are trying very hard to control the amount of information coming out to the media. This is the team’s right, and in many ways is smart. The flow of information prior to Idzik’s arrival was something akin to the free flow of morning bowel movements. It was too much.

For the most part, the change has worked. Moves have not been confirmed until the team has released them. We are not certain of the roster until the team announces it. As we know, this is a major change from the Tannenbaum era.

But, as far as the quarterback situation is going, enough is enough. It’s time to drop this charade. We know that Mark Sanchez is not healthy enough to play on Sunday, just announce it already, name Geno Smith your starter, and move on. To be this secretive is just silly.

We all know the answer anyway.

It’s time to stop deflecting the question, as Rex Ryan did yesterday when asked if the acquisition of Brady Quinn means that Mark isn’t going to be ready for Sunday:

You can look at a lot of different things. (You) try to build the best team you can have. We might be heavy in some positions, (but) we’re obviously light in other positions. Just looking at them from a numbers standpoint, I can understand where you’re coming from, but when you look at them, you just try to get the best 53 that you can find that’s out there to help your team. That’s what we’re trying to do. When you look at our situation, I think we only had three outside linebackers. There are some spots we’re extremely heavy at and there are others where I think we’re a little light by traditional NFL numbers. Again, we’re focused on trying to put the best group that we can out there and fielding the best team we can. Could that change? Absolutely, it can change. But that’s really how we’re approaching this football team.

Just answer the questions, rather than reading from the media bridges the team was given out, ie “I can understand where you’re coming from…”. It just creates undue medial attention. Besides, all the team is doing is window dressing. They know what is going on.

First of all, Mark Sanchez has not practiced since he sustained the injury against the New York Giants. The team has not had him throw since. Rex can talk as much as he wants about how Sanchez has been in the classroom, and taken part in walk-throughs. Nothing is a substitute for being on the field. If Mark Sanchez is not on the field implementing the game plan for Sunday, he will not be on the field Sunday. Period. Unless your name is Brady, Manning, Rodgers, or a few others, you must practice in order to play.

Secondly, not only are the Jets dead set on carrying four quarterbacks, they are almost desperate to. They are so sure they need four QBs, they ran out and signed Brady Quinn yesterday. Brady Quinn. He has shown flashes, but has never been good for a stretch of time. Despite the fact that they won’t answer the questions, if Mark Sanchez was truly “day-to-day”, the Jets would not have run so fast to claim one of the last few QBs available.

They would have continued to look, and had Mark Sanchez listed on depth chart as 3rd string for Sunday. They haven’t done that. They ran out to bring in Brady Quinn, but aren’t willing to admit (yet) that Mark is hurt.

Stevie Wonder knows it. What are the Jets trying to prove?

It’s not a huge competitive advantage to keep the QB secret. Maybe it would be a decent secret if it wasn’t so obvious. But everyone knows he isn’t playing. The Bucs are likely preparing not to face Sanchez anyway, just tell the fans that Geno Smith is the starter.

Secrecy and limiting the media’s knowledge is one thing. If you insult fans’ intelligence, it will grow old really fast. Especially with New York Jets’ fans.

Topics: New York Jets

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  • Apple Cross

    Sanchez is not hurt. He is hit 10 times worse every game and the xrays are negative. They are looking to trade him.

    • Alan Schechter

      You think so? I guess that is possible, it just seems hard to believe that anyone will take on that contract.

    • Paul Newbold

      Even the Bills wouldn’t take Sanchez, and they have no healthy QB! Nobody is going to take over that contract!!

      • Frank Antonelli

        Don’t be so sure, the Bills stupidity is legendary and knows no bounds.

        • Paul Newbold

          Hey if they can find a trade partner, I say go for it! But shopping him injured and with his salary, good luck! Some reports had them shopping him during the off season, no takers! It might be nice if the Pats picked him up, the interceptions would help us not hurt us! Lmao

      • Frank Antonelli

        Also, if the Pats pick him up in the off season you’ll hear about how great a move it was and how Belacheat will get the most out of him. I still would take the feet over the cheat any day. The only reason the cheat has had any success is because he cheats and Tom Brady.

      • matr dontelli iii

        If the raiders would sign sparano as well as all the other senseless moves they’ve made over the years, I think Sanchez would be right up their alley! I’d push for a second rounder for him!

        • Paul Newbold

          Matr, I’d love nothing more then a second rounder for Sanchez! But let’s be realistic, his reputation around the league is shot, he’s injured and will cost someone near 12 million dollars. If they were to cut him 8.5 million against next year’s cap! Another year on that damn contract, after the season they can either shop him or cut him without the cap hit. If someone offers a #2 to the Jets and pay Sanchez, they’d be nuts to turn it down! I don’t see it happening though :(

          • matr dontelli iii

            It’s not like I expect it to happen but if someone were to give up anything for him it would be Oakland, and lets face it, they’ve done dumber things than that!

  • Steven Psargias

    It’s good the Jets Brass is giving some of the beat writers’ own medicine back to them.Why shouldn’t they?When the “Jets” media ls mostly interested in writing about wive’s foot fetishes and tattoo’s,instead of about the team!! .Maybe the Jets’ Brass will answer questions of that nature.It’s worth a try.Maybe they’ll get some answers so they can write about something everyday.

    • Alan Schechter

      Good points.

  • Frank Antonelli

    Let Rex have some fun with the media. GIVE THEM NOTHING. I love it!

    • Alan Schechter

      I hear ya Frank!

  • Paul Newbold

    4 Qb”s Sanchez #1, Sanchez#2, Sanchez #3 and Matt Siims. Tough choice!! :)

    • TheJetPress

      lol

  • Dustin Schrank

    I think Idzik plans on ending the circus that is the media, if every press confrerence you DON’T give them what they want ever, they will stop asking! its an end to an era the information will come out wed. when its mandated it come out by the NFL, not by the media. Thats the way its gonna be, and should be in NY. Here media you want to make a joke of us? We are giving you the least info possible at the last moment possible, write about that. Embrace it.

    • TheJetPress

      I agree with that Dustin. I just think with this obvious stuff, it’s weird. We all know what’s going on just tell us already.

      • Dustin Schrank

        I understand what your sayin, but its a principle thing, its the standard now, the jets will dictate to the media what and when info comes out including the obvlous. I see it as taking a stand and I like it. when rex does come out wed. with the report its gonna be vague, whatever the medical staff said rex is just gonna regurgitate, I hope they call it a shoulder injury no matter what it is.
        when they ask who the starting qb is gonna be? I can’t wait for “we’ll have to wait and see.”

        • TheJetPress

          OK fair enough.

  • matr dontelli iii

    When rex started here the press loved him. he made their jobs easier. he got results on the field. his job has gotten tougher over the last couple years and the press have turned on him. The treatment the jets, in general, and Rex, in particular have received over the years warrants any type of mistreatment the team wants to give out, misinformation, bad food at press conferences etc. Rex has recently taken to doing informative little film sessions in his pressers which have been met with ridicule. The press has shown they are more interested in being the class clown than learning and reporting on what the team is doing and trying to do. what the press do to this team is preposterous and they honestly should be embarrassed by what they write. Mehta, serby, cimini and Meyers are the Oakland Raiders of the media. I doubt any of them wash their hands after using the bathroom! I can picture them sitting side by side at the pressers picking their respective noses and covertly wiping it on each other’s pants while acting like they’re trying to get each others attention while whispering another sophomoric joke about Rex’s wife’s feet. They’ve made their bed now they can sleep in it. As for the fans, well if they think the quarterback’s injury is a cheerable event then I guess all’s fair there as well.

    • TheJetPress

      I would hope the injury is not a “cheerable event” but I see what you are saying.

  • matr dontelli iii

    As if I didn’t already write enough on this subject, I disagree regarding markie’s need for practice. I think he should be able to mismanage the clock, throw interceptions to defensive linemen, fumble snaps and act completely ambivalent about the loose football, call timeouts on the first offensive play of the game as well as eat on the sidelines with a minimum of practice time. But what do I know?

    • TheJetPress

      You are a meany head when you want to be Matr….but a funny one so we’ll keep you LOL

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