It is time for the Week 6 Jets mailbag. Here are some emails I received during the week leading up to the Jets vs. Colts game.
Don't you think that Sanchez is held to a different standard than the rest of his team? Won't that cause resentment? Plain and simple, these guys have the talent, but they don't have a leader who inspires them to use it.
I can understand where that line of thinking comes from, especially with the narrative you hear on television. However, if you watch the games and follow the conversations that come out of Jets camp throughout the season and offseason, that narrative could not be further from the truth.
Sanchez has the complete support of his teammates—as he has for the past three years—and is often praised for being one of the hardest workers on the team. The criticism of Sanchez's leadership was inevitable with the Tim Tebow narrative coming to New York.
If you buy into the Tebow hype, nobody else can look good by comparison. However, Sanchez has by all objective respects displayed the qualities you want in a quarterback and a leader.
When asked if Sanchez is still his quarterback this past week, head coach Rex Ryan replied, "Yeah, no question. I’m not going to get into the what-ifs." As fun as quarterback controversies are to talk about, there has not been any real competition at the quarterback position this year for the Jets.
To quote Sanchez's star left tackle teammate D'Brickashaw Ferguson:
I think Mark is a great leader. I follow Mark. Any guy who can play that quarterback role has to be, and I think he demonstrates a lot of great qualities.
Often in the NFL—and especially in New York—the narrative that draws ratings is not identical with the truth.
Why do Jets fans talk about Hill coming back? Jason Hill is garbage, it's not like he's going to ever score a for them.
When Jets fans talk about the return of Hill, they are most likely talking about rookie second-round pick Stephen Hill. Hill is a raw receiving talent but is also one of the most physically gifted wide in the NFL.
Funnily enough, both Stephen Hill and Jason Hill caught touchdown passes in Sunday's game. Mark Sanchez has done an admirable job of meshing with all of these obscure wide receiver replacements who are being signed, including Jason Hill and Clyde Gates.
Did you think Reggie Bush was taking a personal swipe at Revis with his comments? It seemed like it was directed at the management of the Jets for the comments about the hot sauce and possibly bad karma on them.
I do not think that Bush was taking an entirely direct shot at Revis as a person. I think he felt angry at the New York Jets as a team after the loss and the bruising he took. I think he directed that anger at the target that presented itself, which was Revis.
Revis has generally been soft-spoken throughout his career, so I do not expect much of a response from him. However, I would not be surprised to see some other members of the Jets defense hitting Bush a bit harder than necessary in Week 8.
As a general rule of thumb, nothing good can come from making a negative statement about a player who just suffered a season-ending and career-altering injury. It is a clear example of a keep-your-mouth-shut situation.