Romance with Eva Longoria Won't Be Distraction for Embattled Mark Sanchez

Tim KeeneyContributor ISeptember 3, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 26:   Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets passes as Austin Howard #77 of the New York Jets covers  Charles Johnson #95 of the Carolina Panthers during their preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 26, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Eva Longoria may be the most beautiful thing this side of the Mississippi, but New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez won't let her affect his play on the field. 

The news of Sanchez's newest relationship, with Tony Parker's former wifey, comes from the New York Post's Selim Algar:

A beaming Eva Longoria appears to be one of Gang Green’s few satisfied customers as she heads out for a night on the town with new beau Mark Sanchez.

Wearing a lace top that offered even less resistance than the Jets’ offensive line, the actress strutted her way to an evening of entertainment that included a viewing of the Broadway hit “Rock of Ages” followed by a romantic dinner at the Japanese hot spot Nobu.

Uh-oh. I see where this is going. 

The Sanchize, along with the rest of the New York Jets offense, had an atrocious preseason, and the upcoming season looks very bleak. If I know the media's focus on the Jets, though, Longoria won't just be a simple girlfriend. She'll be the reason for every Jets loss, every missed read, overthrown ball and sack taken by the 25-year-old QB.

She'll be the reason why Sanchez has yet another mediocre season. 

To the inevitable Mark Sanchez/Eva Longoria-Tony Romo/Jessica Simpson comparisons, I have one simple response.

Please don't do it. 

If Sanchez can survive the summer with ESPN and every outlet in the world asking him about what Tim Tebow had for brunch—Tim Tebow definitely eats brunch—I'm pretty sure he can play through 16 NFL games with a smart, gorgeous actress supporting him and cheering him on. 

Not only is she not a distraction, but she's probably a positive influence, if nothing else. 

To be fair, I'm jumping the gun here. No one has called Longoria a distraction, but if the last few months are any indication, someone is going to do it. Most likely Skip Bayless. But like a nasty flu, I'm just trying to nip this in the bud before it gets out of control. 

When Mark Sanchez plays bad, it will be because of his mediocre accuracy (55.3 percent for his career). It will be because of an offensive line incapable of giving him time to set his feet, although Wayne Hunter is gone, which is addition by subtraction. It will be because of his wide receivers not getting open or dropping catchable balls. 

It won't be because of Eva Longoria. 

The news of Sanchez and Longoria is inevitably going to cause quite a stir, but as much as Jets fans want a distraction, for the love of overreactions, let's keep it football related.