A lot of noise is being made about Mark Sanchez this offseason, but perhaps none bigger than his comments made about wanting to punch Coach Rex Ryan during last season. He created even more media than normally surrounds the New York Jets, and now it is time for him to live up to they hype.
I think a lot of Sanchez's motives for these comments were to show toughness and resiliency. Whether the Jets' quarterback wanted to fight Ryan is beyond the point, I think it was to show his team the commitment he has to playing and playing well.
Sanchez has been fully backed by his team throughout most of his young career, but the one time that he was questioned he felt the necessity to fight back and voice his feelings. I cannot say whether this is a positive or a negative in regards to the team.
Players want a quarterback who wants to be on the field, and a quarterback controversy is usually a recipe for disaster (just ask the Broncos). However, you do not want a quarterback who is scared of competition and a challenge, or wants to fight his head coach every time he sets up a challenge against his starter.
I think Sanchez's words are to show his team and reassure himself that he is willing to fight for every start and every snap. He will use his feelings as motivation for this season, just as he did at the end of last year. He has now voiced his feelings and brought a lot of attention onto himself and his play, and it is time to see whether or not he can back up his words.
So what can we expect from Sanchez this year? I think this is the year where he takes a huge step forward. He has learned a lot from his coach, and even though he has learned to sometimes run his mouth, I think he can finally back it up with his play on the field.
The quarterback has shown a lot more dedication than he has in his first few seasons. He scheduled workouts to get in shape and in rhythm with his teammates, and with added weapons like Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason (along with resigning Santonio Holmes), he has everything he needs to break out.
While he will take a step forward, Sanchez should try to use his actions on the field more than his words in the press. Rex Ryan talks enough for every member of the Jets organization, and the team has enough media coverage and controversy as is.
They are already under heavy scrutiny from fans and media, so they do not need any extra ammunition coming from Sanchez's mouth. Expect him to have much improved numbers this year and lead the Jets into the playoffs. Just hope that he can do it on the field instead of talking his way into another playoff defeat.