Slide Mark Sanchez Slide

David WyattAnalyst IDecember 4, 2009

TORONTO - DECEMBER 3: Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets gestures on the field against the Buffalo Bills at Rogers Centre on December 3, 2009 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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I'm not sure what the rest of you were thinking last night as Sanchez dived head first between two Bills players, smashed his knee on the ground, and two plays later left the game visibly shaken.

Knucklehead was pretty close for me.

"I love the kid, but he's got to grow up and understand he represents our entire organization," Ryan said. "We want what's best for him."
When Jets%29&utm_content=Twitter" target="_blank">Gary Myers asked Rex what he thought Giradi would be thinking after seeing the dive, he replied:
"He's probably calling him a knucklehead or something like that," he said. "He's our knucklehead and we love him."

A few weeks ago, several members here were showing their frustration that through all the struggles, Sanchez was seemingly still making the same mistakes. Personally, I think it is harder to correct forcing the ball mistakes than it is the sliding one.

This week Joe Giradi, manager of the 2009 World Series champion New York Yankees, came to advise Mark on the best way to slide to avoid injury and we were told how quickly he picked it up and how confident he was now. Game time came around, and we were left scratching our head. Did Sanchez just forget everything he was taught? Was it just instinct taking over?

However, for the first time, Rex was notably irritated by Sanchez's lack of learning and who can blame him. He represents our best chance to win and after a week of being told not to do something, he goes out and does it anyway,very frustrating.

Let me just say that I understand completely that he was in the heat of the moment and sometimes in those situations, logic doesn't prevail. One first down here or going against what I was taught, may not be the smartest course of action.

Rex tonight said that he was confident that Sanchez will be out there when the Jets take on the Bucs, but if that game was today, then there would be no chance. Seems quite obvious really, but at the same time, there needs to come a time where he can control his actions on the field.

I love competitive spirit, I really do. I love that he did it to try and keep the chains moving, but you don't see someone like Peyton do that or Brees do it, and they have just as much competitive spirit in them. They just realize and understand the bigger picture: My health is more important to my team than getting this first down.

So Mark, after a week where specialist help was brought in to try and get you to slide, please for the sake of your legs and our hearts, slide, slide, and slide some more.