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Schotty Likes Jets’ Round 7 ‘Mac’ Attack

Posted by Eric Allen on May 11, 2011 – 2:15 pm

The Jets have their franchise signalcaller already in place, but that doesn’t mean they kept Mark Sanchez out of their mind once the 2011 NFL Draft reached its seventh and final round. They invested in quarterback insurance and got great value with the selection of Alabama’s Greg McElroy (No. 208 overall) and then they came back 19 selections later and grabbed one of Sanchez’s closest friends in ultra-productive Colorado WR Scotty McKnight.

McElroy, who wore No. 12 at ‘Bama in honor of his dad’s favorite player, also led the Tide to a national championship just as Jets great Joe Namath did. The 6’2”, 225-pounder started 27 games for the Crimson Tide, ranking third in school history with 39 touchdown passes, and his 1.52 interception percentage was the lowest in school annals.

Last season McElroy completed a sterling 71 percent of his passes for 2,987 yards and 20 touchdowns with just five interceptions. That followed an undefeated championship campaign as he threw for 2,508 yards and 17 TDs.

“That’s where the draft process is not perfect — we were definitely surprised he was there,” Schottenheimer said. “But you look at a guy who broke his thumb in the Senior Bowl and was not able to do many things in the offseason like the combine. Sometimes those guys fall through the cracks. It’s crazy to think of a guy that I think has lost maybe four games throughout his high school and college career falling through the cracks. We were thrilled when he was there and you can never have enough quarterbacks. The guy’s a winner. The guy’s extremely bright.”

Since seventh grade, McElroy owns a 40-3 mark as a starter and was 24-3 while leading the Tide. He completed his undergraduate degree in three years, posting a 3.86 grade-point average in business marketing. But the well-rounded McElroy, who threw for 56 touchdowns in his one year as a starter at Southlake Carroll HS in Dallas, has physical skills that shouldn’t be dismissed.

“He has great arm talent. I think the guy is extremely accurate. He has plenty of arm strength, arm velocity, throws the deep ball, throws the nine [go route] really well,” Schotty said. “He is maybe not as tall as you would like, like a guy 6’3”, 6’4”. But he knows how to move in the pocket and that’s what you need. It’s similar to the way we have it with Mark Sanchez — able to move around and find throwing lanes. The guy’s truly underrated when it comes to his physical ability because he has a lot of strong traits we’re excited to work with.”

McElroy also has worked under the same QB guru as Sanchez. Born in Los Angeles, McElroy began training with Mission Viejo head coach Bob Johnson in his pre-teen days.

“That should be an easy fit chemistry-wise and camaraderie-wise,” Schottenheimer said. “We think maybe we got an awfully good player to work with and develop over the years.”

While McElroy will compete behind Sanchez, McKnight hopes he’ll be in position to catch plenty of his passes from his childhood pal. The 5’11”, 185-pound McKnight, not invited to the combine, is the all-time Colorado leader in receptions (215) and receiving touchdowns (22). He was the 10th player in NCAA history to catch a pass in each game he appeared in and the Jets were quite aware of his receiving prowess.

“I remember I think it was our bye last year, Mark flew out to Colorado to watch him break the Colorado receiving record for the number of catches or yards,” said the Jets’ offensive mastermind. “You start taking notice of that. And then Mark goes out to help out with Colorado’s pro day.”

While the Buffaloes will transition from the Big 12 to the Pac-12 without McKnight, his elevation to the pros will be made easier by Sanchez.

“I think we’re getting an awfully good football player, a guy who can play in the slot and a guy who produced in a very good conference,” Schotty said. “We’re excited to add Scotty in there, and to know Mark and him will have that ‘me-to-you’ factor immediately is a benefit.”

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53 Responses to “Schotty Likes Jets’ Round 7 ‘Mac’ Attack”

  1. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on May 11, 2011 | Reply

    Everybody knows I have problems with Schotty, but it’s nice to see him set the record straight on McElroy, particularly in the area of arm strength. Go on youtube and watch Sanchez throw at USC and McElroy throw at Alabama and tell me this guy couldn’t take the starting job in a few years if MS doesn’t step it up.

  2. By Taris on May 11, 2011 | Reply

    why did’nt the jets try to draft Noel
    Devine?

  3. By IRA on May 11, 2011 | Reply

    EA,McElroy was a steal in the 7th rd for sure. Once he learns the pro game he will be a solid b/u for years for Sanchez. Not too many teams right now have a real good quality b/u and McElroy has the potential to turn into one.

  4. By gmany3k on May 11, 2011 | Reply

    Agree Tom.

  5. By GaryC on May 11, 2011 | Reply

    just hope mcknight wasn’t drafted just because he and sanchez are buds.know he has had a lot of success at colorado but the defenses do lack in the big 12 with the offenses running a lot of spreads.McElroy’s success in the SEC is more to get excited about.

  6. By matt on May 11, 2011 | Reply

    Sanchez was also known as very accurate entering the pros. Schotty’s system is not QB-friendly.If McElroy could beat him out, he wouldn’t be a 7th rounder. Good 7th round pick and could be a good back up, which is just fine.

    McKnight probably could have been signed as a UDFA and we had already traded up for a slot receiver. But OK, maybe he can join Kerley on the receiver corps.

  7. By dougmc on May 11, 2011 | Reply

    Kellen Clemmons is on the way out. Ainge is gone. Brunnel is old. The McElroy pick is very smart and is full of intangibles. After watching the maturity of many QB’s around the league as well as Sanchez, our window of opportunity will begin to close unless Mark “steps up” as ’64 Tom points out.
    Hopefully McKnight becomes the next Wes Welker…Find a pass rusher and we’re golden…

  8. By Westcoast GangGreen on May 11, 2011 | Reply

    Ira nicely put about teams not having quality b/u qb’s. watching a you tube video when Sanchez was 19 or 20 yrs old doesn’t prove a thing. I stated before i was able to see the workouts at MV High school with a handful of fans . Sanchez arm strength look real good throwing pass routes including McElroy. Sanchez is not a skinny college kid anymore. His 3rd yr coming up, you can tell he’s done alot weight/arm strenghting, he has no more classes to attend, but his career / job of football!!! I stated before, his experience is going to start to show upon the field now. You’ll see guys, He’s the franchise QB baring injury, everyone just accept it, he’s here to stay Rex likes him alot and they are building something great itogether in..cont

  9. By Westcoast GangGreen on May 11, 2011 | Reply

    cont… Jet Nation. He’s not perfect, but, he’s getting better and improving year to year , and thats what you want. Im not going to keep kicking a dead horse on the subject of Sanchez. He can lead the team to a super bowl one day and he still will get ripped on. LIke i said Woody , Mike and Rex like him and that what counts the most… Go Jets..!

  10. By steven on May 11, 2011 | Reply

    McElroy is a necessity because quarterbacks get hurt. McElroy will be as good as Sanchez. He is another Dan Marino which is what the Jets need. The quarterback is supposed to throw short accurate passes and move the chains. The Jets haven’t had a Dan Marino but they have one now.

  11. By uncle joe on May 11, 2011 | Reply

    64 Tom,McElroy is NOT gonna replace Sanchez. Sanchez has the star quality IT FACTER that is Manditory to play in New York. He is a Seasoned Vet,Battle Tested (and passed with flying colors) in his TWO SEASONS in the NFL. I’m with you on Shotty 100%,if he takes the handcuffs off Sanchez the kid can be GREAT. Two seasons he won FOUR PLAYOFF GAMES,,,,,,,AWAY! and I can’t stress this enough,,,,He Is MONEY when the chips are stacked against him. He shows up in BIG Games.He is unquestionably the PERFECT FIT for us,and I have to say I WAS DEAD SET AGAINST DRAFTING HIM!

  12. By Earl on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    Wow, some jet fan u (jet fan since ’64) r, r u really doubting MS and want mcelroy to take the starting job? the guys only brought us to two AFC championships but of course thats not enough, and honestly i dont mean to go off on you, but a lotta jets fan i know want mcelroy to be the future starter, i mean r u guys serious? dont worry about the sanchize, he WILL continue to get better, he is the QB of this team, he is the future, get used to it, give him the respect he’s earned, its schottenheimer whos screwed up the last 2 AFC championships btw, not sanchez, kids passer rating is great in the postseason where it counts

  13. By KW65Fan on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    I can hear it now Tom…maybe not this year, but soon enough…”We want Mac”…We Want Mac” as Sanchez throws his second interception in the 4thgame with a record of 1-3…playing Miami. it will be ringing in the stadium. Especially i the kid out shines him in training camp…this year and next year. BUT, I do like Sanchez and hope they unleash him a bit…or actually Rex does by demanding to Schotty to open it up.
    Thats right Ira…keep saying that…wasn’t a few years ago the Patsies picked a 6 round QB and said he will be a solid b/u for Bledsoe for years to come. You never know what could transpire…we can only wish…or hope.

  14. By IRA on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    I just don’t understand some of you people. How can you not be happy with Sanchez. just because he doesn’t have a 65% comp % or whatever. Going into year #2 i thought he needed to flip flop his TD/INT ratio. Well he did that. Now maybe this year he makes the differential even more. Like say 24 TDs and 10 INT’s. All i know he has won 4 road playoff games and correct me if i am wrong. No other QB has done that in the history of the league? Maybe he will never be a high % passer. One thing he has proven he is a money player when the game is on the line and knows how to pull out games at the end. Will somebody repalce him someday? Sure but not for quite awhile.

  15. By IRA on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    And lets not forget his 4-2 PO record in only 2 years [with 1 real yr of college ball experience] his PO comp rate is 63% with 9 TD’s and 3 INT’s. To me those are All Pro #’s in the biggest games of the year. The year before he beat Palmer, Rivers and if not for the D beats Manning. This past year he beats Manning, Brady and loses to Big Ben because the D played a real bad 1st half and couldn’t stop them on the last drive.
    He will get them to a Super Bowl sometime soon.

  16. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    Earl, I want to win, wanted it since 1/13/69 but haven’t gotten it, and I don’t really care who we do it with. What I won’t do is buy into any unconditional loyalty to one player or another. Outgrew that as a kid when I watched my beloved Mantle, Ford, Berra and other “immortal” Yankees wear out just like we all do. Ira, it’s a Mark Twain thing, holding 2 contradictory ideas in your mind at the same time. Has Sanchez done well in some ways? Yes. Badly in some ways? Yes. The PIT loss perfectly illustrates that. Did he almost win us the game or almost lose us the game? The honest answer is a little of both. And uncle joe, star quality can be whipped up for our next Alabama QB overnight if need be, just like it was for not-yet-a-star Sanchez.

  17. By wayne on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    Ira, because Sanchez isn’t tall enough, probably will never have great stats, his slow starts, will probably never be ranked among the top 10 of his peers. Inconsistency. He’s the ugliest girl at a beauty pageant. One of these reasons will always be why he’s not fully accepted. Like Chad, Richard……Because he’s flawed….I think the Jets have an aversion to QBs over 6’2″. If they held their position the year they drafted Sanchez, they would have gotten a guy who at this point is ahead of him. A protype QB. A guy doing more with less. Sanchez is going to be judged by most, not by wins and loses, but for his stats and how he compares to his peers. And he’s coming up short right now. Not sure that will change. HE’S DOING LESS WITH MORE.

  18. By Tom Spicer on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    Mark is the QB period end of story he had 3,300 yards, 20 TD’S & only 13 picks in 15 games. This was with no Holmes for 4 games & no Cothcery for 2 games. He also played even better in the playoffs. This year with a full year of Holmes, Braylon & Cotchery unless he gets hurt he will have 3,700 to 4,000 yards & 24 to 30 TD’S. He is our QB for at least the next 3 years.

  19. By wayne on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    That being said, I believe that Sanchez is enough to win a Superbowl. At this point in life my girl doesn’t have to be the best looker at the ball. Just as long as I don’t have to put a bag over her head, I’m good.

  20. By Tom Spicer on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    Mcelroy, Is the 3rd QB at best this year. He will be the #2 in 2012 & 2013 at best. Also for all of those talking about him vs Mark let me tell you this. Mcelroy had MUCH more talent around him than Mark did mark carried USC on his back. Mcelroy had Mark Ingram & a better running game. Who was Mark’s running back? exactly. Mcelroy had better guys to throw to Julio Jones anyone! Who was Marks WR’S? exactly. Mcelroy had a better O line than Mark. The only thing Mark had better than Mcelroy was his D & even that is up for debate. Everyone other thing is not even close SO LETS STOP WITH THE Mcelroy STUFF!

  21. By jeremy on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    I say mcelroy is a good pick. Our offense is now set.I hope we can revive that 2009 jets ol again. We have sanchez at qb and conner at fb and our 4 rbs running all game , holmes and edwards split out and kerley and mcknight in the slot. Good offense but I wish Schotty can open it more with some spread sets. With the OL of the Jets and WRs and RBs in a spread is scary. Also I wish the Jets can Pick up Manny Lawson from the 49ers who is a free agent. he plays olb, and runs 4.4 40
    .He can be the answer to the pass rushing problem.And I say lets leave pool and leonhard at safety.

  22. By Scott T on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    Ira

    I agree with what you had to say about Sanchez. He is a great QB. I think anyone wanting us to change QB’s is crazy. People need to get past the completion percentage, that is a MISLEADING STAT I also think its crazy for people to be upset with us picking up the Alabama QB. He is a great pick to land in the 7th round, and any team that wants to win a superbowl needs depth at the QB position. If Sanchez gets hurt anyone really want KC behind center? And you can say we have mark brunell but he is over 40. He could easily get hurt to, then what??? Tannebaum has stated in multiple articles he learned from his mentors that you need depth at the QB position. He has even stated that he plans on drafting a QB every draft

  23. By uncle joe on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    I can’t believe we are having this conversation!

  24. By matt on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    There’s nothing wrong with the running game, which is coordinated by Callahan. There is something wrong with the passing game and the play calling which is orchestrated by Schottenheimer. In his 5 years here, which is a long time, the Jet offense has an average ranking of 20th in the NFL. That is less than mediocre. What other OC in the league has those kind of numbers and still is employed by the same team after 5 years?

    Sometimes the answers are obvious. The problem isn’t Sanchez, who will lead this team to multiple SB trophies. In fact, he is the perfect QB for a Rex Ryan team.

  25. By GaryC on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    Tom Spicer, ray malaluga, clay matthews,sedrick ellis,deuce lutai,Jarrett, williams,just to name a few, to say that sanchez carried usc while pete carroll was there is ridiculous, they were never wanting for talent, just ask tom64.

  26. By GaryC on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    lendale white, reggie bush, ryan knight,stanley havili,just a few of the backs that sanchez had at usc.

  27. By IRA on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    Here is another stat that shows Sanchez is a lot better than a lot of people give him credit for. In TD to INT ratio when blitzed P.manning had threw 13 Td’s and only 3 INT’s. He was tied for 1st place with none other than Sanchez who matched those #’s. They were followed by Flacco 12-4 and Ryan 14-5.

  28. By SGM on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    Not only is he a 3rd year quarterback but =he has also seen two lenthy post seasons wich is like have a 4th year quarterback…

  29. By Howie D on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    Fact: Sanchez is a winner, and we need BETTER depth at QB. McElroy appears to be a good investment. No need to debate at this point, let nature takes its course.

  30. By 38 year fan on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    Wondering how Ainge is doing ? He looked great back there in the pre seasons …

  31. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    Spicer, as GaryC alludes to, when Sanchez played for USC they were commonly called the 33rd team in the NFL. Now sure, McElroy played with a great team, too — and he led it to a national championship in his junior yr. I’m happy with what MS has done so far but he needs do more, “doing more with less” as wayne insightfully points out won’t hold up for 10 yrs and isn’t quite what I’d want for my $50 mil. The timing on the McElroy pick is good, by the time MS has played out that 5-yr contract, we’ll have the answers to any questions about him whether he’s won a SB for us or not. It’s rare that anybody makes the same mistakes at QB for 5 yrs and then becomes great. As for Schotty, I’m with Matt on his inflated rep and his mediocre performance.

  32. By KW65Fan on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    Wait and see Ol’ loyal Jet Fans…it will happen….later..if not sooner. Richard Todd heard it with Matt Robinson….Ken O’Brien heard it with Pat Ryan…and it will go on and on. Here the kid hasn’t even taken a snap and we are going back and forth with it. It will happen. We, the fans will make it happen…our patience will run thin like it always does. I’ve seen a coach get fired because of the fans wanting it. It will happen. We are picky Jet fans…have seen a lot of dismal play up until recently when Rex took over. We voiced our opinion here…there and everywhere. It will happen. there will be a QB controversey…in year 2013. It will happen.

  33. By Tom Spicer on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    Gary C, Ray Malaluga, Clay Matthews & Sedrick Ellis all were on D? I think I said he had a better D didnt I? Jarrett, Williams, White & Bush when all of them played he was either a freshman or not even on the team yet. McKnight did well the year after he left. Who did he have the 1 year that he played that was a significant player on O? If you can name 1 congrats they are not even close to the top 5 pick of Julio Jones & the heisman winner Mark Ingram. Bama had 5 first round picks this year. Marks year he had 1 the talent around the 2 were not even close on the O side of the ball.

  34. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    Spicer, it’s not just about who you have on O or D, it’s about how strong your team is as a whole and how that can make your job easier. We saw that last yr with NE whereby their mediocre and in some ways pitiful D was constantly covered for by their superior O. (We exposed ‘em when it counted, though.) That USC D put Sanchez in position to win a lot of games by throwing weak and wobbly passes. He’s gotten rid of the wobbly part but he’s still plenty inaccurate at times. When the Jets took McElroy and they showed a clip of him throwing a TD over the middle by perfectly spotting the ball high and away from two defenders, I said to Arte over the phone, “Right, that’s the throw Sanchez still can’t make.” Sure, I was partly joking, but still…

  35. By Row on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    Spice, Sanchez was a victim of a perfectly schemed gimmick college offense over teams picked by the coaches and AD’s. There are actually two named players, Patrick Turner (6’5 220 on our roster), and Damian Williams who is now a Titan. The golden boy has had a top rushing attack, and two of the best WR’s in football and managed to not lose games for us in playoff situations.Truth is, we backed our way into playoffs the last two years. New England didn’t think he could beat them. His inability to do anything vs Pittsburg lost the game, fumbling on his side of the field to lose was a terrible way to go out. Truth is, he’s the over hyped Rex Grossman posterboy for the Jets on a much better team than the 2005 Bears. Rex was right. Go Jets

  36. By GaryC on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    Julio Jones shouldn’t have been a top 10 pick, just because Atlanta was that dumb to trade all those picks for him doesn’t make him a elite receiver.does not play to his speed and has stone hands, we will see how big an impact he makes on Atlanta even with Matt Ryan as his qb.these combine workouts sway everyone into thinking a player will be great, yeah, golston.

  37. By uncle joe on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    I’M SORRY, HAS THIS MCELROY KID PLAYED A DOWN IN THE NFL YET? 7 Rounds passed and NO ONE noticed this GEM,,,The Next DAN MARINO someone said here! You People Are CRAZY I’ll Go as FAR as to say,Barring Injury,,,SANCHEZ WILL BE A HALL OF FAME QB when it is all said and done! The amount of pressure put on this KID in TWO seasons is unreal,and he has responded ABOVE and BEHOND!!!

  38. By uncle joe on May 12, 2011 | Reply

    I have said it a hundred times already,,,if David Harris doesn’t miss his bump at the line and get burned across the field at the end of that Steeler Game,Sanchez gets the ball back and in his second season wins the game AGAINST THE STEELER DEFENSE IN THEIR HOUSE!,,,,100%

  39. By Tom Spicer on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    Row, Pat Turner was cut by the Miami & is our 5th string WR, Damian Williams is the 4th WR on the Titans at best. Mark had a top rushing attack as a rookie not even close last year. Yes he has 2 great WR’S 1 of which missed 4 games or a quarter of the season. With that said he still had 3,300 yards & 20 TD’S in 15 games. Against the Bills a team we blew out Burnell & Kellen combined for 3 TD’S I have to think Mark would have had at least 300 yards & 3 TD’S that game & his final numbers would have been 3,600 yards & 23 TD’S. With Holmes out 4 games & Cotchery out 2 games. I dont know about you but to me with a full year of Holmes, Braylon & Cothcery in year 3 that smells like 3,800 to 4,000 yards & 27 to 30 TD’S. We did not back into the

  40. By Tom Spicer on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    playoffs we were 11 & 5. 4 out of our 5 loses were to playoff teams. We lost by 1 point to the Ravens (Keller catches a pass on the 1 it would have been first & goal but it got called back), 4 points to the Bears (we score 34 but the D got shred for 38), 4 points to Miami (Holmes drops a TD that hits him in the chest with no one near him that would have won the game). This is a team that was inches from being 13 & 3 or 14 & 2. There was no backing in Rex had a bullsize on our back from day 1. Mark managed not to lose playoff games for us REALLY? His best games were in the playoffs on the road vs the 14 & 2 Pats (the Pats never lose at home) 127 rating 64 % completions 3 TD’S & ZERO picks. At Pitt we rushed for a whopping 68 yards the

  41. By Tom Spicer on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    passing game was our O. At Pitt in minus 5 degrees Mark had a 102 rating 60% completions 2 TD’S & ZERO picks. Most QBS would have folded this kid steps up in the big game!

  42. By uncle joe on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah Spicer, set these people straight. And Row blamed the fumble against the Steelers on Sanchez! Row,you sure that wasn’t Ferguson’s fault? I think I remember two Steelers coming at D’Brick and he managed to block neither! He did nothing in the first half of that game because Shotty wouldn’t let him!

  43. By uncle joe on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    And speaking of Reggie Bush, I used to always compare him & Leon Washington being they were in the same draft. Everyone wanted us to trade up and get Bush. Instead we took Ferguson,Mangold,Clemens,B.Smith & Leon. I think that worked out rather well for us,two ProBowl O-linemen with picks that would’ve been used for Bush, a shame Leon got hurt,he was(during his time here)GREAT

  44. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    Spicer and uncle joe, hopes and predictions are nice but results are all that matter. Right now we’ve got an underperforming O that has a cast of stars, a ton of hype, yet it can’t score a TD in the first half of most games. We skated on thin ice over that problem all last yr and then paid the price vs. PIT. This will either get corrected or it won’t. I don’t like Rex’s constant predictions of SB victories but I have no doubt that he’s serious about them. So he’ll either get the results he wants or he won’t and then make changes accordingly. Sanchez gets his five-yr-deal to become an elite QB and then he’s in for a serious re-evaluation. That’s why I’m glad we picked McElroy, who I like better coming out of college than I did MS.

  45. By KW65Fan on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    Like i said…2013…going to save this blog….It will be October 2013…Fans calling for Sanchez head….and who will be right there..Spicer and Uncle Joe.
    “We want mac”…We want Mac”….It is inevitiable…it will happen. I hope Sanchez goes on to win 5 Super Bowls…MVP of the league….would love to see it. Hey, we are N.Y. FANS…N.Y. Jet Fans. We have done it before….we will do it again. 64 Tom has been there…seen it too. And you know you started it all a couple of Blogs ago…LOL. Just sitting back with a smirk on your face reading all this. It will happen….”We want Mac”

  46. By Russell on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    Stop worrying about McElroy and McKnight. I’m sure they’ll make decent contributors once they get into camp, learn the playbook and then gain some experience. My first question is, when will this lockout nonsense end? You can’t tell me that the owners and players are unable to decide on how to divide what, 9 billion dollars in revenue a season. Then there is the free agency issue. Between Cromartie, Edwards, Holmes, Pool, B.Smith, Hunter, which of our own free agents will the Jets resign? Next, the Jets still need an outside linebacker who can rush the passer. This issue wasn’t addressed at the draft and the idea of another season of Pace and B.Thomas as OLB’s doesn’t really sit well with me.

  47. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    KW65, you’re absolutely right. I remember actually not knowing who would start, Joe, Huarte, or Taliaferro. I remember wondering if Robinson would ever really beat out Todd once and for all, and then wondering who would replace them. I remember being amazed when we got Vinny not once but twice. I remember thinking we finally had the smart, solid franchise QB in Chad and then thinking we were snakebit when injuries ruined his career. The QB game takes bounces as funny as the game of football itself and thus makes fools of us all, so I try not to overly predict anything. Did any of you guys ever think a yr ago that Tom ’64 would ever switch from “Holmes is God” to “Let ‘im go if he doesn’t really wanna be a Jet”? I sure as hell didn’t!

  48. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    P.S. And I remember thinking O’Brien wasn’t good enough — and then wishing we could get a QB that good again!

  49. By Tom Spicer on May 14, 2011 | Reply

    KW65Fan, If Mark does not start having 3,800 passing yards, 25 TD’S & at least 57% completions going forward every year YEA your right. But I just dont agree with the guys taking shots saying a kid is a bust at QB when he has only been in the game for 2 years. For any position but QB & WR I am fine with that but it takes time to be a good QB in the NFL.

  50. By KW65Fan on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    I agree 100% Tom…and like i said, I hope Sanchez wins…MVP…Super Bowls and so on…beextablished for the next 10 years as we gat spoiled with winning.
    but you know as well as I do..as soon as this kid looks great in the pre-season this year (if there is a pre-season) and next year continues on…it will be like how we talked about Ainge. And as ZI said previously…everyone wanting robinson instead of Todd….everyone wanting Ryan instead of O’Brien. Not wishing any hard luck on Mark…I want to see him succeed..(with a different OC). We have to be more imaginative on offense as we all know. i love the gound and pound especially with what we have in RB’s. But lets try some passes on 1st down…open it up. Need to score more 1st

  51. By jeremy on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    Mark only started his senior year at usc because of his injuries.Reggie Bush left before he even started.When reggie was at his prime at usc it was Lienart at QB.

  52. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on May 16, 2011 | Reply

    Spicer, only Row at his most rabid seems to come close to calling Sanchez a bust. I just say when you pay $50 mil for what’s supposed to be the franchise QB, that’s what he’d better start looking like three or four years in. And if he doesn’t look like it, I have no problem with letting the highly-touted backup, if that’s what McElroy turns out to be , compete for the job. Five years is a LONG time in the NFL these days.

  53. By Dug on May 16, 2011 | Reply

    ’64 Tom — who’s this Tom ’64 you’re talking about ?
    hope things are going well for you out there !

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