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SHOES: Sanchez Gets a Boxing Lesson

Posted by jetsstaff on October 5, 2009 – 12:14 pm

Every quarterback is going to, for lack of a better phrase, get punched in the mouth at some point. For Mark Sanchez it wasn’t just one punch but a flurry of blows in New Orleans.

It came from a Saints defense that looks a lot like the Jets attack style we’ve seen give QBs with far more experience than Sanchez so much trouble in the first month of the season. Eight men on the line breathing fire, daring a rookie to do what Tom Brady and Kerry Collins couldn’t when the Jets sent the house over and over again.

And Sanchez not only took a pretty good beating, but he beat himself with some admittedly bad rookie mistakes that cost the Jets two defensive touchdowns and created a hole that was just too deep. It’s the NFL, it happens. And now we find out even more about the Jets’ prized rookie.

You get knocked down. Can you bounce back and get up?

They wouldn’t have drafted Sanchez if they didn’t have tremendous confidence that he’ll do just that. Because to listen to him after the Saints loss was to listen to a young man that seems wise far beyond his years and certainly far beyond the four games he’s now played in the NFL.

“If I have to take ownership of this loss, I’m willing to do that, because this team played well enough to win and it was my mistakes that cost us the game,” he said.

Sanchez wouldn’t talk about poor pass protection or play calls he may not have agreed with. He couldn’t say enough again about how well the Jets defense played. Basically he was the anti-T.O. He took the blame for the loss all on his own shoulders, and they seem like shoulders plenty wide enough to handle this defeat, learn from it and get right back on the horse against Miami.

Because in the end, looking at how difficult the Jets’ schedule was to start the year, 3-1 at the quarter pole is a heck of an accomplishment. And the way this defense is playing, there is no reason to think that there aren’t plenty more W’s on the schedule going forward.

The Saints were averaging 40 points per game. The Jets defense held them to 10. And they did that in the Saints’ house, on the lightning-fast artificial turf, in the controlled climate of the Superdome, which is exactly the type of environment this team is built for.

The Jets can play … and their quarterback has plenty of game as well. He had a bad day Sunday. They all do. Monday night in Miami, the education of Mark Sanchez will continue. Stay tuned.

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46 Responses to “SHOES: Sanchez Gets a Boxing Lesson”

  1. By JE on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    If Drew Brees never throw another TD but still win he’s fine with that remember with time left on the clock in the redzone we ran out the clock , JUST WIN BABY

  2. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    Great to read this defense of MS. He and the Jets are miles ahead of where anyone thought they’d be before draft day. And here’s the ultimate trump card: Early on Joe had plenty of five-pick games, failed to read D’s, was even accused of throwing the ball too hard for Maynard, Turner, Sauer, and Lammons to catch it. But that was before the need for instant gratification reared its very ugly head.

  3. By attackD on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    Why in the world was a pass play called when the Jets were backed up to their own goal line. MS did not not get the pass off in time, but he should not have been put in that position in the first place.

  4. By Viveca on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    Well, Sanchez was without a doubt the “goat” in this game, but there ‘s plenty of blame to go around on the offensive side. The o-line again was unable to open holes, and didn’t protect well.As far as recievers it’s obvious that we don’t have any one that scares other teams.Schotty does the best he can with a pedestrian group. Glad to see Greene finally getting a chance. Clowney?

  5. By TMac on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    The D is very very good. All Sanchez/Shotty have to do is “manage” the game. He threw a pick for a TD then he struggled with composure. All USC players are comfortable with a lead, but when adversary strikes they tend to shut down or go AWOL. It’s only one game, but if you put a halo on someone as the press has Sanchez, it’s tough to live up to the HYPE!!!! Play ball!

  6. By Drew on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    It was a good come-uppance game for Mark. We don’t need a QB who thinks he’s the holy grail of the NFL. Stay humble on and off the field. Hopefully coach emphasizes this.

  7. By pdubiuos on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    The D played great, Offense didn’t do much to help them out. Randy, How many third down conversions did we miss? I question a few of the play calls on 3rd and short situations. Two times on 3rd and 1 we throw. Man up and get a yard on the ground.

  8. By NYJT on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    This loss was disappointing but Bob is right. The Jets are 3-1. Thats excellent for the tough schedule so far. D played great and the O needs work. But I have confidence they’ll bounce back. Sanchez is still a rookie but he shows great leadership and athletic skill. This team shows resilience. great team attitude, never give up attitude. Jenks had words for sanchez. bet they were positve!

  9. By Sanchez on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    Shonn Greene may be the answer. A running game puts lets pressure on the QB. The 2nd receiver also needs to be of some use, Stuckey/Smith are unreliable and does not have any speed. Give Clowney a chance. If he doesn’t work we have to shop for a 2nd. Perhaps as the season goes on a QB will go down and we can trade one of ours for a 2nd caliber receiver.

  10. By Ablity on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    if u saw the first drive we had, it only work because the saints wasn’t ready for all the slants that Jacco was running a it work. the quick 3 step throw, but as the game went on we starting doing thought quick throws too much, the corners jobs got easy. if a defense is playing a safty in the box, hello take a shot down the feel. make them back up. it was a bad offensive gameplan that game

  11. By russ on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    If all our losses are limited to non-conference games we will always be in good shape. That being said Mark must grow up a little and respect the fact that not protecting the ball is a major felony in quarterbacking and getting ball stripped in end zone demoralizes your team and your fans….And stop the off tackle runs on first down for one yard it gets monotonous and much too predictable…..

  12. By Ablity on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    all those years we said we could go down the fleid pass because pennington didn’t have a arm, now we got david C and we got mark who went to USC so he has to have a arm. Jocco can run deep routes too. im saying this because some people this the saints just play good defense or Mark just had a bad game. there is a big issue than that here, we are going to see 8 in the box all season if we dont pass

  13. By ablity on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    the ball deep down feild. now there is allot of things that goes into that. the first is the oline blocking. how can the online really block is there are 4 people out on routes and 7 bliters and 5 fat linemen. lets do wat the chargers do. 2 tightends and max protection. and three people out on route, and one deep route. it breaks my heart too see the defense play their hearts out and have to lose

  14. By marco on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    What a difference Shonn Greene made in attacking the line. Maybe it’s not the o line that is lacking, but the two starting running backs. Where is Clowney. The Jets need a deep threat. Without it, the opposing defense will stack the line.

  15. By Jeremy on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    We should all be happy that the D is as good as advertised. Sanchez will learn and get better-no question about that! Nice to see Greene get touches finally-he deserved them! Where is Clowney? Clowney needs to get some catches. Greene needs more reps and Shotty needs to man up and run the ball on 3rd & 1. Playcalling again is very poor on 3rd down!! 3 & 1 after the tough schedule is a great start!

  16. By davetharave on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    16 – 0 would be nice but unrealistic. Let’s learn from this one and go forward. The defense continues to be awesome and that was without 2 starters in the secondary, and now we get Pace back. Our QB is gonna make some mistakes, better if they’re all in the same game !! I love Shonn Greene, gotta use him more and Brad Smith is getting more time as well. Need some Wildcat with him tossing the rock.

  17. By Anthony on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    Shonne Greene is our power back put him in. Jones is only as good as his line is in games. It has been proven throughout his career. I like him but he has to learn how to push a pile. IMPOSE HIS WILL on THE RUN. Look to hurt the defense not just beat them. Otherwise Sanchise I have a lot of respect for the kid took his beaten and got up. And took responsibility. Now abuse the Fins. Jets…

  18. By joe b on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    How long will it take before the J*E*T*S realize they don’t have a #1 receiver. Cotchh is a top #2. Stuckey is a #3 at best. As long as we don’t have a #1 WR who can stretch the defense teams will play 8 in the box. Sanchez threw too many short slants yesterday. That only plays into a stack D. They need to widen the playing field. On the 1st int if Keller went to the outside corner it’s a TD.

  19. By cliff on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    Shonne needs to get the ball more as does Leon. T.J just hasn’t got it any more. Shonne looks fresh and ready to rumble. We NEED Clowny in more too. All that said, Our defense was good again but odds are N.O woulda scored anyway even had Sanch not fumbled in the endzone cause they were punting from way back.

  20. By Luis from Olathe KS on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    Shonn Greene looked like a lightning coming from the backfield, he needs to get more snaps. Jones has an excellent carrier but the coach should try to remember what happen to New Engalnd when a rookie Brady replace Bleadsoe. Even Woodehead can be a good alternative. JETS!!!!!!.

  21. By Bob Kole on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    Look had you told me in June that we would be 3-1 after the first 4 games I would have been estatic.. I still am. And we won the game that mattered most N.E

  22. By Fadj on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    If the Jets got anything good from this game it’s that they now know their defense can stop anybody. Next week we get Calvin Pace back and our secondary should be healthier not that the secondary was much of a problem this game anyway. We knew this was going to happen sooner or later with Sanchez but I’m still convinced he’s the real deal and have faith in him and the rest of the team.

  23. By Jim on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    Even though Sanchez has been flagged on two seperate occasions in two different games for illegal blocks, I think he shows a lot of poise and I’d rather he protect himself in situations than put himself at risk.

  24. By serge on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    what the heck was shotty thinking? The ownness of this loss is all shotty. Why wasn’t there more screens, swing and cross patterns to slow down the blits, why wasn’t greene and leon used more, and when would we have clown sighting. I might be wrong but shotty is not that good of a coordinator. This is the reason he is not a HC, I think he is a QB coach at best

  25. By pdubious on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    Leon had a total of eight touches all game (4 rush, 4 rec) for a combined 41 yrds. Those numbers are low for our best offensive play maker. Give credit to the saints for shutting him down and limiting his opportunities, But, he should have had more touches. At least 15 per game. Good start so far, Pace should be hungry, We need lito and strick back.

  26. By scjoe on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    I think we have a “good” O line, not a great one. I didn’t think it was good enough to withstand the amount of rookie mistakes MS made yesterday. The run D? It allowed over 150 yds for the second consecutive week. I’m not saying the D in general is lacking, I am saying they better make some adjustments going in to this game with Miami, or we may be in trouble.

  27. By Andrew O neill on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    The D looked great. Sanchez is a rookie but he is going to learn. I agree with everyone here, Where the heck is clowney lets get him some plays, this is a typical jets mistake, They always ignore talent. We need a deep threat. I also think that schotty needs to step up the play calling a little I think he is good butg when the game is on the line he always finds a way to mess it up.

  28. By 1 on 1 on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    defense was ok to good not great. lots of missed tackles leonhard was bad to ok in this game, he is usually an A+ player, he should have been limited. The offense play calling was horrible, because the offensive playing calling was horrible the o-line was horrible. As an o-coordinator you must know how to use your players. The tightends weren’t use effectively greene wasn’t used enought and so on

  29. By shrekjet on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    we will have to fight hard to beat the best teams since we elected to put Sanchez at the helm. We will make the playoffs…….Patience.

  30. By scjoe on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    For the fourth consecutive week opposing Ds have stacked the line with 8 and 9 in the box. It should not be that easy to disrupt an offense continuously, there has to be changes in philosophy or proper adjustments made. The one obvious one? A speed receiver who can open it up. We have one, he is sitting on the bench and has been for all four games. Why? I wish I knew. How can he hurt?

  31. By Tom Spicer on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    Is it me or did the Saints run right at Gholston all day I am so happy that Pace is back cause Gholston is a BUST! Westerman & Murrell are better than him PERIOD!

  32. By Christopher on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    The D had a huge goal line stand, and 2 plays later they got their TD anyway, with a rookie QB, you run the ball 3 times then punt and hope your D can get you better field position next time, why risk it down by 10? Then those 3rd and shorts, the first time we try a quick slant, easily defended, the second time, we shoulda learned and gone with the seminole that was working so well earlier.

  33. By Honkers 755 on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    Am I missing something, or did anyone see Reggie Bush catch that bounce pass that the tip of the ball was literally on the ground, and the play was on a second and long deep in their own territory when the Saints were ahead 17-10. The play went for about 7 yards, and the next play was the critical third and long to the tight end that kept the final touchdown drive going. What gives?

  34. By Steve on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    In defense of Mark Sanchez, that fumble in the end zone was not entirely his fault. Dbrick missed the block on his man, who ended up making the sack on MC. Even though the D gave up a lot of yds rushing, they still played well enough to win the game. (stuffed NO w/ 4th and goal and also a 4th and one). Offense was infective most of the day. I’d like to see more of S. Greene on first down.

  35. By attackD on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    Christopher nailed it. Why call a pass when you’re backed up to your end zone? The Jets run when they should pass and pass when they should run, and usually telegraph both. The o-coordinator needs to know offense as well as Ryan/Pettine know defense.

  36. By James on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    Favre threw horrible interceptions and played very poorly when we had the playoffs in sight and made excuses 8 months later, Sanchez stood up and took responsibility..he’s a winner and will definitely bounce back

  37. By randy on Oct 5, 2009 | Reply

    What a bunch of $%%565p MS was lousy and no-one wants to admit it.
    He lost the game not shotty or the Oline same old junk except now that you all loved this kid instead of KC you will see USC has no hope in QBs under pressure.anybody remenber NO Oline and you blamed it all on KC. cant wait to hear you all cry give CLEMENS a chance to rescue us. Trade KC PLEASE

  38. By GBGREEN on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    Good thing this young QB we have is a smart one. He knows he will lose a few. There are soooo many really good teams this year so far. You can’t just step on the field and win one. It’s gonna be great…GO JETS!!!!!

  39. By 36 year fan on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    Jets fan 64 . I totally agree. This young kid ,Sanchez has done exceptional so far. And yes, he had a bad day . But who out there has not had a bad day at the office. It’s not if you get knocked down. It’s do I get back up and keep fighting ? And the answer is yes. We keep fighting. We are in this for the Distance.

  40. By 36 year fan on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    We got our #@$%&^ kicked. But sometimes that’s the best thing that could happen. Because think of the postives. #1) We learn from our mistakes. #2) Think of the revenge factor if we meet in the Superbowl. #3) You cant appreciate the highest peaks till you’ve seen the lowest valleys. #4) We could have started the season 0-4 . #5) We are finished with our hard part of the schedule.

  41. By Refayel on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    Sanchez did lose this game but i’m not about to excuse Schotty either. He’s the experienced one between him & Sanchez. He’s got to know he can’t call a traditional drop back & pass that deep in the red zone. They should’ve just pounded the ball or throw a quick slant just to get it out to the 10 yard line at least. Sanchez should’ve known but it’s Schotty’s responsibility to make sure.

  42. By Ray on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    randy I agree with one thing you said, the last sentence. “Trade KC PLEASE”! If I were crying to give anyone a chance it will be Ainge. Nobody is saying MS doesn’t share the blame for that loss. But how could you watch that game and not wonder about the play calling or why can’t we run the ball with this great O line we supposedly have? It was one game, let’s not panic yet.

  43. By Row on Oct 6, 2009 | Reply

    I am not all on MS because he hasn’t been that great even to this point. He’s yet to go one game without a turnover, or even a fumble. Favre looked horrible at times with this offense. There is a reason he didn’t want to come back here. It’s time we run all over the Dolphins if we have to punt all game. I want to see 200+ yards rushing. We were supposed to be a running team Schotty get the memo!

  44. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Oct 7, 2009 | Reply

    attackD’s got it right, Schotty’s got some weird ideas about play-calling and with which players and it ain’t working. Thanks, 36 year fan, everybody on this site knows about 3 yrs to make a WR so why expect QB MS to be perfect in half of 1? Randy, MS could throw three more games away and still be yrs ahead of KC. I’m with you on EA, Ray, and Row, MS is still way ahead of Ryan and Flacco in 2008.

  45. By trayallday on Oct 7, 2009 | Reply


  46. By JTSFAN CT on Oct 7, 2009 | Reply

    Sanchez has a good head on his shoulders. It almost was removed and left behind in Louisiana, but, he seems to get the idea that confidence and willingness to learn is important. A bonus is that he takes responsibility for his actions(and doesn’t slam others who should). I can see another star Jet here-“Broadway Mark”!

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