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SHOES: For Mark, Jets, This Could Be Fun

Posted by jetsstaff on September 11, 2009 – 6:14 pm

There will be a learning curve, no question about it. But for the Jets, there’s a very good chance that Mark Sanchez taking over at quarterback now is the best thing that could have happened for this franchise … and not just in the long term.

Make no mistake, just because Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan did what they did last year in no way guarantees any similar success for Sanchez this year. But if you’re looking for all the attributes that made those two successful, especially from an intangibles standpoint, Sanchez has the same qualities.

He’s a natural leader, he comes from a very solid family background, and he’s become an overnight millionaire and still has stayed grounded and focused and humble. He gives credit to his teammates first, is very quick to talk about what a great job his offensive line did in front of him, how his receivers worked to get open, etc., etc.

The entire Jets locker room knows that Sanchez is the future star (Bart Scott has already taken to calling him “Sanchize”), but they already seem to be rallying around him because he does nothing to put himself on a pedestal. And for a rookie, that makes a huge difference.

Also, the irony of replacing a sure-shot Hall of Famer in Brett Favre with a completely untested rookie is that, at least from a game-planning standpoint, the Jets will be back to playing the way they’ve wanted to play all along. Brian Schottenheimer’s offense is based on presnap confusion, motioning across the ball, shifting with many interchangeable personnel groupings.

The Jets want to use all these shifts to not only confuse a defense and get them moving, but in causing that motion on the defensive side of the ball, maybe the quarterback will see some keys in the alignment and maybe a defense will give away its intentions presnap.

Favre wanted none of that. He wanted base personnel, wide receiver to each side of the field, everyone stand still until the snap and he’d take care of the rest. And to his credit, the Jets produced a lot of points at times doing it just that way. They also turned it over at an alarming rate, at times because Favre would make decisions he might not have made had he had a presnap look at what a defense was going to do.

But Sanchez will play Schottenheimer’s way. And by all accounts he has the mental acuity to handle it. The question will be how he responds, especially early in the year, when he suffers a body blow of an interception or takes a literal body blow from the countless blitzes he’s sure to see. And in the process, is he smart enough with the ball early on to make sure the turnovers that so often killed the Jets down the stretch last year are minimized?

Because even if Flacco became a darling of the NFL last year, he still threw one TD pass and seven interceptions in the Ravens’ first five games … and the Ravens used their incredible defense and run game to manage to win two of those games. They didn’t bury themselves as Flacco was going through his growing pains.

If the Jets can do the same for Sanchez, this year could be a lot of fun. Based on what he could be in the long term, the master’s degree he’ll earn playing quarterback this year could be the foundation for what Jets fans have been waiting years to enjoy.


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28 Responses to “SHOES: For Mark, Jets, This Could Be Fun”

  1. By tom again from bricktown on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    Leon is going to look great in a Redskins uniform in 2010. he’ll look like a Fla. ST
    Seminole somewhat. Thanks for the memories Leon. Nice job Tennenbaum
    Fordham , Rutgers and Buffalo St. have some replacements. JEts ,jets Jets oh forget it

  2. By scjoe on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    I guess that time will answer a lot of the big questions we all have, the HC, the QB, the defense, the punter! Let us all remember that even by some small chance the Jets lose the first game at Houston, that it is not the end of the world, or even the season for that matter. I for one, have my sights on the home opener against you know who. That, is the one I want most.

  3. By Jay on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    Please let this kid turn out to be a star because “Sanchize” is the greatest nickname ever and will infuriate Patsies and Fish Stix fans. If the secondary is as good as they could be – and Lito still has some of those pro bowl years in him, we will go wild on sunday. Give MS the security of a ‘3 and out’ defense , lots of possessions- he will become a star.

  4. By Ira on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    Bob, I couldn’t agree with you more. Sanchez is the future and it all starts this week.

  5. By cmc77jets on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    i belive in sanchez all the way and with the wepons we have on THE o-line
    and the weppons we have on the d-line,with rex running the d and shott on offense i have good fealings about this year and im excited to see what happens this …GO JETS!!!!!!

  6. By #1dolphinsfans on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    fish stix??? instead of sanchize im pretty sure we’ll be calling him sackchez haha!! my predicton texans 28 jets 3 and falcons 3 dolphins 28 GOFINS!!!!

  7. By TOM FROM BRICK NJ AGAIN on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

    Ira Hi, I go back to Shea and that, I would love to meet ya , Is it ever going to happen, Denver 10-0 with 11;00 minutes to go in the 3rd . I was numb thinking
    Maybe. Fireman ED was hugging his buddies, Get back to me PLEASE

  8. By tonybjets on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    I’m getting psyched! Go JETS!!

  9. By Ira on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    tom,
    Leon is going nowhere. Come man this will work its self out and Leon will be a Jet for a long time. Everybody enjoy the game and GO JETS!!!!.

  10. By Jesse on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Man, that was a real great post. It’s like the calm before the storm. I’m ready for some football! Go Jets!!!!!!

  11. By Mike Jet Vet on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Off topic but it has to be said & no 1 will give me an answer,, Hoping Roger Goodell will clarify it for me ,, Why is Kevin & Pat Williams of the Vikings getting a pass for the last 2 seasons for the very same violation Pace is being suspended 4 games & please don’t tell me its because they filed a city or state court appeal this is a violation of NFL rules not local or state What gives ?

  12. By Roger on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    not too many mistakes run the ball & take chances !!!!= JETS IN PLAYOFF!!
    GO JETS!!!!!

  13. By Rik on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    The difference is the supplement they took did not list the diuretic that was banned in the ingredients list so there is no way they could have known.

  14. By JetLife on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    As a lifetime Jet fan dating to 1966 & excited every pre-season with the prospect of a new year, I will say this about where we are today…
    From gut and observation I believe that this is the most exciting fresh set of ingredients since 1968 and Bob, your article has summed it up so eloquently! Just wanted to share all that & say J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!

  15. By russ on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    6 wins with a new quarterback is average..8 wins is very good and 10 is phenomenal so lets keep it real this year and enjoy the learning curve together…we’re still tied for first place!!!

  16. By OWEY on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    can,t wait 4 kickoff. please o-line protect Mr. Sanchize, r future and lets go JETS

  17. By MIKE on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    8 wins tops for these guys and that is good enough for our rookie QB. Sanchez is the real deal. And we only gave up backup players for him. Thinkin that there will more of a passing game than most people think. Keller 11 rec 113 yards and 1 TD. Sanchez 1 TD 0 INT. Go Jets

  18. By Gary C on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    All I ask is that the jets are still in playoff hunt come out here in december and kick the colts out of playoff race with a win and send all the fair weather colt fans home and we celebrate on their turf with playoffs assured.

  19. By Robbie on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    I cant wait to see what Matt Mulligan has to offer. To all you life long jet fans…he will be something to experience.

  20. By Tom Spicer on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    “Sanchize” I love it ! I cant wait for Sunday we have a good shot to win this one & if we had Ellis & Pace I would say it was a lock. With our number 1 & 2 sack guys from last year ( Ellis 8 & Pace 7) out I think it is going to be tuff but hey you never know thats why they play the games right?

  21. By Joe Cannella on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    The best time of year is now over for Jet fans. Now comes reality. And i’m a huge Jet fan

  22. By eyeh8dapats on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    I like the fact that the Jets are going back to alot of motion before the snap. This is going to be an exciting year. I cannot wait for kick-off! Go Jets!
    J!-E!-T!-S! JETS! JETS! JETS!

  23. By Harv on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Sign leon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please!!!!!!!

  24. By Mike Jet Vet on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    Rik… right that’s what they say if you believe that 1 I have a bridge for sale

  25. By Gregg from CA on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Hey Randy, wasn’t there a vote last year to ban a certain aquatic mammal lover from posting on here? If not, there should be. (Yer killin’ me, Shep… Mrs. Paul is rolling in her grave )

  26. By Bob Wischusen on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    Gregg, I did ask if we wanted to keep the fans of other teams off the radar. The sense I got was that they shouldn’t be banned. But of course what happens after they post will be up to you.

  27. By ajjjjj on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    mark sanchez looks great i say the jets r gonna win 28 to 14 his has a good arm and he throws very accurate to all his players on the jets

  28. By markscuzvickie on Sep 21, 2009 | Reply

    WE RE PROUD OF YOU MARK. THANK YOU TIA OLGA FOR AN AWSOME
    JOB YOU DONE

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