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STEVE-O: Sanchez and the Day That Was

Posted by jetsstaff on April 26, 2009 – 9:08 am

Draft, day one … short and sweet. I can’t believe I bought a PSP to kill time for what was sure to be a long day. I didn’t even get to create my own player on MLB The Show before we started hearing rumblings the Jets were moving up in the draft.

At first, we heard it was a deal with the Jags at eight if Mark Sanchez was there. But because that was so public, the Redskins could’ve jumped in front of the Jets to take him if they wanted to mortgage their future. But just as I was complimenting Daily News Jets beatwriter Rich Cimini for predicting three of the top four picks correct, the buzz surrounding the Browns making a trade with the Jets started.

It escalated quickly. I mean, within a matter of 30 seconds from the time a trade was reported, cameraman Mike Kenney and I busted out of the press room running to the auditorium. Woody Johnson was about announce the pick to an audience of suite holders and club seat owners in the new stadium before the commish read it to the world.

We arrived just before the Jets owner and just in time to get the shot of the fans explosion when he made the call. This might be bigger than Brett Favre. You knew Favre was only going to be a one-year addition. This is a franchise QB the Jets believed in from the first time they saw him.

All of a sudden, the Jets season just got a lot more interesting. Remember when the Browns drafted Brady Quinn? Derek Anderson blew up that year and gave that team a great problem to have. Who knows? Maybe everything clicks for Kellen Clemens this year and he lights it up, never giving Sanchez a chance to start.

Funny thing is, Jets fans can thank Eric Mangini for this deal. Had he not been fired and taken the job at Cleveland, the Jets might not have gotten Sanchez. They were perfect trade partners because Mangini needed certain players familiar with the 3-4 defense he and Rob Ryan (Rex’s brother) are going to run.

The Jets swap players for the pick, the Browns get players familiar with the defense and the Jets get a franchise QB … who will be making a ton of money.

I asked Calvin Pace how the California Kid with the big paychecks ahead would be welcomed. He joked that he expects the rookie to buy dinner for the entire team … on every road trip!

I expect day two to be just as fun. We’ll be out there early in the morning and I promise to update my Twitter page often … http://twitter.com/snysteve.


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23 Responses to “STEVE-O: Sanchez and the Day That Was”

  1. By The Rick on Apr 26, 2009 | Reply

    Sanchez!! Hip hip horrrraaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyy!!. Finally, we have a QB. Thank you Mr. T. J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets,Jets.

  2. By Drew on Apr 26, 2009 | Reply

    The kid has the it factor which will really work here in NY. He has the skills to be a franchise QB but not sure if he has them today…. He is going to get thrown intot he fire.Lets hope this workks out better than I intially thought…It dosent matter if you like the player or not the trade was a stroke of genius… We save a 3rd and 6th by trading spare parts to Mangini. Big day today!!

  3. By Frank on Apr 26, 2009 | Reply

    Drew you are dilusional as usual we gave up 5 players and 30 Million guaranteed for an unproven rookie QB who has a 50% chance of being a total bust this is not only idiotic it is insane. Sorry Ira but Mayock is the best in the business and he didn’t like any of the QB’s in this draft. This is the type of move that can set the organization back several years. We need a GM period end of story.

  4. By Frank on Apr 26, 2009 | Reply

    The bottom line is you trade 5 guys for Cutler not Sanchez and you save significant money doing so that is the comparison that is too be made for eternity. I can’t stand watching Tanwoody mortgage our future over and over we are rapidly turning into “Snyder lite” and you don’t win championships this way. You can’t keep giving away players and draft picks like this without it catching up to you.

  5. By wayne on Apr 26, 2009 | Reply

    There are GMs making far fewer headlines and producing far better results.THIS ONE BETTER WORK OR MIKE TANNENBAUM SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO MAKE ANYMORE HEADLINES.

  6. By Tom Spicer "The Draft Guru" on Apr 26, 2009 | Reply

    For all the guys saying the Jets gave up to much. We gave up 3 backups Elam Leonhard was starting over him & Elam cant cover the pass. Ratliff a undrafted QB another backup. Coleman a free agent signing bust who would lose his job to Douglas this year & we are taking his $3 mi, off the books. AGAIN 3 BACKUPS so we gave a 2nd round pick for a franchise QB that sounds like a good deal to me.

  7. By Tom Spicer on Apr 26, 2009 | Reply

    Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, Cris Carter, Trent Dilfer, Mike Maycock, Tom Wadell & Mike Lombardi all said this was a great trade for the Jets so let me guess you guess know more about football than them. PLEASE do half of you even watch college football we jus got our franchise QB

  8. By Tom Spicer on Apr 26, 2009 | Reply

    Frank, Denver 1 was not traing Cutler to a AFC team 2 They gave 2 1st round picks, a 3rd round pick & a starting QB for Cutler. We gave 3 backups who nobody but Mangini wanted & our 1st & 2nd for the 5th pick.

  9. By Jeff on Apr 26, 2009 | Reply

    There is no delusional factor involved with this decision, the 30 mil and backup players were a good deal for a number 5 pick. The QB challenge has now begun in NY for the first time in a while, both Clemens and Sanchez have yet to entirely prove themselves and they will now have little star power “Favre” in the way to distract from the real issue, lack of offensive leadership.

  10. By Mike Jet Vet on Apr 26, 2009 | Reply

    Ira .I know some say they would like you to be the voice of jet fans..I enjoy your insight once in awhile.Problem is you need to be more consistent on opinions1 day you say this next you say that then we make the moves & you give us all the reasons why it was right move even if the comment you made the day be4 was contrary to what we did ..Which ever way the wind blows comes to mind Bud

  11. By Mike Jet Vet on Apr 26, 2009 | Reply

    I like the pick S-Greene..We only gave up our last 3 picks to get another unproven rookie ..So let me understand our whole draft is over for 2 rookies with the chance of both being a bust ..well at least I know jets 4 life fan & Ira will find a way to love this move .. Now I know why teams like NE Dallas & the Browns get 11or 12 picks from idiots moves like the jets make constinly

  12. By Anonymous on Apr 26, 2009 | Reply

    Frank go to sleep, besides abe elam a hard hitting DB what did we give up? Brett Rattliff the last time a checked didnt even crack second string until Brett Favre left and Kenyon Coleman was decent at times at best. A second round pick was all that the jets gave up really to get at QB that most people had as their number 1 QB in the draft up until 4pm yesterday, one word STEAL!

  13. By Drew on Apr 26, 2009 | Reply

    Frank….The 3 players mean zero… Also your boy Mayock who is the best in the business loved the trade. So I’m not sure what your talking about?? Again… I dont love Sanchez but if they think that Sanchez in the future then the trade was a sound one.

  14. By Mike Jet Vet on Apr 26, 2009 | Reply

    Ok we took S-Greene in the third round & gave away the rest of our picks yes that’s right the third round ..Hmm Lets see Imagine if we didn’t trade up & took J- Ringer from Michigan State or at least 1 of the big TE’s left & kept the 3 picks we had that wouldn’t make any sence I know .Like to know who will fill the other TE spot maybe Bubba comes back hope it don’t backfire on us

  15. By wayne on Apr 26, 2009 | Reply

    If Clemens is worth his salt, he should do everything in his powers to keep this kid on the bench: PRODUCE…..MAKE PLAYS….THEY CAN’T SIT YOU IF YOU PRODUCE.

  16. By Frank on Apr 26, 2009 | Reply

    Drew you don’t know what you are talking about. Mayock said there were no Franchise QB’s in this draft. I am know hearing Sanchez wants 40 mil guaranteed this is laughable. While all the great organizations are running away from the top 10 picks because of this insanity the Jets just might have ruined there salary structure for years to come. He is short, weak armed and a west coast guy not good

  17. By wayne on Apr 26, 2009 | Reply

    Can’t call this trade a stroke of genius until we can evaluation the result. If it turns out this kid isn’t equipped to lead an NFL team, Jets’ll be set back another 4 or 5 years minimum and Mikey T will be reassigned(the boss likes him too much for me to believe that he’d be fired).

  18. By Anonymous on Apr 26, 2009 | Reply

    mike jet vet, how did you become such a negative, hateful person?

  19. By Steve on Apr 26, 2009 | Reply

    Hey Jet fans, the draft is pretty much over for us and like it or not, it’s time to support the team and move forward. The qb competition is going to be fun to watch and we have a big, bruising back which we haven’t seen the likes of in awhile. Sit back and enjoy what’s upcoming this season!

  20. By MIKE on Apr 26, 2009 | Reply

    To all Mark Sanchez haters: Woody obviously wanted a frachise QB, something the Jets haven’t had in a long time. Sanchez was the best in this years draft and has more potential that alot of starters out there. We basically gave up 3 b/u players and a 2nd round pick for him. And I would imagine that when TJ is dealt we’ll get a couple of 2010 picks or a good player in return.

  21. By Drew on Apr 26, 2009 | Reply

    Wanye….the player is not the point of the trade being a great trade….We should have given our 3rd and 6th (point system) along with the #17&52. We traded spare parts to move up. The player is who they wanted. Frank my boy… Mayock loved the trade. What do you want me to tell you?? I know what he said 2 months ago but he loved the trade. ..point blank!!

  22. By Mike Jet Vet on Apr 26, 2009 | Reply

    Anonymous.. the answer to your question is being a long time jet fan is the reason watching the same mistakes year in & year out .. I use to be positive but that’s not possible being a jet fan .. Last season only convinces me & now give our entire draft away for 2 rookies your kidding right ?

  23. By 36 year fan on Apr 26, 2009 | Reply

    I was opposed to Sanchez.But now, I am no longer. I am 100 % behind him. He looked like it was the best day in his life when the jets selected him. Woody and Rex are really rolling the dice, I like their style. But be aware Bellichek , and Parcells must be lickin’ their chops lookin’ at the rookie. They’ll be lookin’ to kill ‘em.

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