Tony Sparano on Board with Starting Mark Sanchez and Other AFC East News

Erik FrenzSenior Writer IDecember 7, 2012

June 14, 2012; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano speaks while quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) looks on during minicamp at the Atlantic Health Training Center.  Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Not everyone is in full support of the decision for the New York Jets to start Mark Sanchez at quarterback against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Tony Sparano is not one of those people. The Jets offensive coordinator said he supports the move, and that benching a player is never an easy thing for either party involved.

"He understands the magnitude of what happened,'' Sparano said (via Newsday). "All that being said, has he approached practice differently? No, he's approached practice as a professional every single day that he's been in this building. I say that in all honesty."

The question is whether that professionalism pays off with a win, and with enough solid performances that the Jets can justify keeping him as their starting quarterback going forward.

Considering the strength of their remaining schedule (the use of the word "strength" here is rather ironic), it shouldn't be difficult for Sanchez to do just that.

Here's some more news from around the AFC East.


Miami Dolphins

Bleacher Report's Dolphins featured columnist Alex Miglio delivers a 2013 three-round Dolphins mock draft.

According to Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald, the Dolphins are probably not making a change at general manager or head coach this year.


New England Patriots

B/R's Patriots featured columnist Mike Dussault delivers his 10 keys to a Patriots victory over the Texans.

According to Christopher Price of, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady would like to have Wes Welker—who he calls a "quarterback's dream"—back in 2013.

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston delivers the thoughts of ESPN analyst Jon Gruden as the two preview the Patriots and Texans showdown.


New York Jets

Joe Caporoso of and the rest of TOJ team up to deliver a roundtable preview of the Jets upcoming game against the Jaguars.

Mike Vorkunov of the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger says the Jets are not ready to rule out tight end Dustin Keller for this week's game, because his ankle injury is improving.


Buffalo Bills

Tim Graham of The Buffalo News quantifies C.J. Spiller's impact, both good and bad, with stats from around the web.

Howard Simon of WGR 550 Sportsradio thinks that this year's Bills squad is better than last year's despite another losing record.


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand or via team press releases.