by Terry McCormick
January 11, 02012
In a story using anonymous quotes from teammates, several New York Jets players teed off on quarterback Mark Sanchez in a New York Daily News article.
“We have to bring in another quarterback that will make him work at practice,” said one Jets player. “He’s lazy and content because he knows he’s not going to be benched.”
The question was also posed about the Jets potentially bringing in Peyton Manning if he is healthy and winds up being let go by the Indianapolis Colts.
“Come on. That’s a no-brainer,” a Jets source said. “If you have a chance to get a healthy 36-year-old Peyton Manning and you don’t do it, then you’re stupid. If I could get a healthy 36-year-old Peyton Manning, then, hell yeah, I would trade Sanchez.”
That answer isn't really news, because 25 or so other NFL teams would respond the same way when asked if they'd like to have a healthy Peyton Manning, even at age 36, running their offense.
And in regards to the Jets, Manning, even in the late stages of his career, would probably be better than anyone who ever took a snap at quarterback for the Jets, except for maybe Joe Namath from about 1965-69.
The real news here is what Jets players think of Sanchez, and it isn't good right now.
“How can we when he’s not improving at all?” one teammate said. “He thinks he is, but he’s not. He has shown us what he’s capable of.”
Said another in the organization, “So many games, he looked defeated before he ever took the field,” a team source said. “He didn’t have much confidence in what he was about to go do. You could tell throughout the week in practice. He never felt comfortable with some of the things we were doing. It was too much for him.”
The Jets are a mess on so many levels right now, and much of that culpability falls on head coach Rex Ryan, whose bravado might have masked problems when things were going well, but now they have begun to slip, it exposes just what a house of cards the Jets were in 2011.
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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com