This week ESPN’s Sports Center featured New York rookie QB Mark Sanchez in its Sunday Conversation. The segment was very interesting and a great opportunity for Jets fans to gain some insight into the young man.
Some key points hit upon during the interview:
- The pressure of performing in New York as a rookie QB.
- What his relationship is like with a defensive minded head coach, in Rex Ryan.
- The importance of winning that first game of the season.
- The importance of his Mexican-American heritage.
I love how relaxed Sanchez comes across. He looks every bit like a guy who understands the pressure he is under and can handle it. He gives me confidence in his ability to put the loss to New Orleans and all those awful mistakes behind him. I see him, I hear him and I believe he will persevere.
Expect to see ‘Sanchize’ elevate his game against the AFC East rival Miami Dolphins in tonight’s MNF match up. With the addition of a Pro Bowl caliber wide receiver in Braylon Edwards, the running game should get a little more breathing room and Jets tight end Dustin Keller should be able to wreck havoc across the middle against a Miami defense that has been very weak against opposing tight ends.
With less eight and nine man fronts attacking the QB, the Jets offensive line should be able to give Sanchez more time in the pocket to make better decisions. Of course, like most Jets fans, I am hoping he has learned to NOT hang on to the ball too long. We have all seen the disaster this can lead too.