Mark Sanchez: Jets Teammates Right to Criticize Sanchez

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 11, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 24: Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets talks on the bench during the second half against the New York Giants on December 24, 2011 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
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Despite all of Mark Sanchez's struggles since 2009, Rex Ryan has never wavered in his support of the young quarterback.

Ryan has gone so far as to say Sanchez will be the New York Jets' starting quarterback as long as he's the head coach.

Well, after a disappointing finish this season, perhaps Sanchez isn't the long-term solution, and maybe Ryan needs to head out the door with Sanchez if that's what it takes.

According to the New York Daily News, several of Sanchez's teammates have now come out and said they are basically done with Sanchez.

Said one teammate, via the Daily News:

We have to bring in another quarterback that will make him work at practice. He’s lazy and content because he knows he’s not going to be benched.

When asked if the Jets could win the Super Bowl with Sanchez, one teammate said:

How can we when he’s not improving at all? He thinks he is, but he’s not. He has shown us what he’s capable of.


Ryan is not going to back down from his bromance with Sanchez, that much is clear. But when general manager Mike Tannenbaum says, according to the Daily News, that Sanchez’s “rate of growth isn’t where it needs to be," maybe it shouldn't matter what the Jets' headstrong coach says.

It's worth noting that Sanchez has only been playing in the NFL for three years, so maybe people are jumping the gun. But it's also worth noting that he hasn't appeared to progress much, and that is what is the most concerning.

The latest comments by his teammates also show that he's lost part of the team, and that's an entirely different thing altogether. When you start losing your team, the entire team suffers.

Some may say Sanchez threw the most touchdowns in his career this season, which is accurate because he threw a career-high 26 touchdowns. But he also committed a career-high 26 turnovers (18 interceptions, eight lost fumbles).

On top of that, in a winnable game against the Miami Dolphins in Week 17 with the Jets' playoff hopes on the line, Sanchez threw three interceptions in their 19-17 loss.

The truth is, as some of Sanchez's teammates have pointed out, Sanchez hasn't done enough to earn the "franchise quarterback" tag in New York. Some, including myself, feel like he shouldn't even be the starting quarterback for the Jets.

The least the Jets could do is find someone to put pressure on Sanchez that could possibly be the Jets' next starting quarterback.

The unconditional love exhibited by Rex Ryan has just become too much and, frankly, illogical.

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