Nov 2, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez (3) throws a touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. The Eagles defeated the Texans 31-21. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
If you have read my columns for a long time, you had to know that I would find a way to write about Mark Sanchez again, somehow!
The Mark Sanchez era has begun in Philadelphia, as Nick Foles is set to miss several weeks with a broken collarbone. Mark responded by leading his Eagles to a 31-21 win. Ironically, it was Drew Bledsoe that was as happy for him as anybody.
Bledsoe and Sanchez do follow ironic parallels in their respective careers. Both were looked at as the savior of their respective franchises, had early success, and ended up being replaced by young quarterbacks. OK, one was replaced by Geno Smith, the other by Tom Brady. I didn’t say they were EXACTLY the same. But the situations are eerily similar.
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So, Mark Sanchez was among the topics of conversation when Bledsoe appeared on the Colin Cowherd show. Bledsoe talked about being happy for Sanchez, but also made an interesting analogy when talking about what it is like to be a Jets quarterback:
“You know, I’m just so damn happy for Mark Sanchez,” Bledsoe told Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio. “I mean, going to play quarterback for the Jets, it’s kind of like you know when they used to like take the pretty young virgin up to the edge of the volcano and just throw ’em in? That’s kind of what it is when you play quarterback for the Jets. It just feels bad.
Interesting to listen to Bledsoe make that type of analogy since he never actually played for us. But, the scary part is, he is right, in many ways. It’s probably the toughest place in the league to play the toughest position in the sport. The Jets have always been subject to more scrutiny than most. The Jets don’t actually have a history of setting quarterbacks up for success, as not one as been named an All-Pro since Joe Namath hung up his cleats.
That is what Bledsoe was alluding to.