Mark Sanchez has managed to thrive in New York for reasons unknown.
In a city known for vilifying players who don't meet expectations, Sanchez has managed to continue living on his potential.
National media markets report on Sanchez more than any other quarterback taken in the 2009 NFL Draft, by far.
What makes him overrated are the statistics. Only in New York does a player who has yet to complete more than 55 percent of his passes and has yet to have a quarterback rating of over 76 become the hottest quarterback in the league not named Brady, Rodgers, Vick or Brees.
Some would argue that Sanchez's team has reached the AFC Championship Game every year he has been the quarterback, thus justifying the media attention. What they leave out is the fact that the New York Jets defense was the driving force behind the Jets reaching that lofty plateau.
Perhaps, Sanchez will reach his potential this season, justifying the attention he receives. Maybe he won't.
Sam Bradford has been called the savior of St. Louis, and I am sure to receive a lot of flak from my fellow Rams fans for listing him in an article like this.
I feel justified however, because Bradford has, to this point, had one average season. Not great, not even good. Just average.
The argument for Bradford is that he was a rookie. Rookie quarterbacks don't have average seasons. They have terrible seasons. They make fans moan and sigh and say "We drafted THAT guy?!"
But it's time for a reality check for all Rams fans: Bradford hasn't proven anything yet! He had one average season, and the national media is anointing him the next great quarterback. He gets more attention than the statistics he put up justify, and clearly, his potential is the driving force behind that.
Make no mistake, I've been guilty of it myself. I too have said that Bradford may be the next great gunslinger. On the other hand, he could turn out to be the next Rick Mirer.
Let the kid prove himself!
Tim Tebow. Seriously, what has this guy done in the NFL to get the support that he has? I haven't seen him do anything of any significance.