The consensus among players who spoke to the Daily News was that, at the very least, the Jets must sign a legitimate veteran backup to push their young quarterback.
“We have to bring in another quarterback that will make him work at practice,” said one player. “He’s lazy and content because he knows he’s not going to be benched.”
His inconsistent play has teammates wondering if the Jets can upgrade. Several players and members of the organization were asked if the Jets should make a play for Peyton Manning if the Colts, who are expected to select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick in the draft, release him.
“Come on. That’s a no-brainer,” a Jets source said. “If you have a chance to get a healthy 36-year-old Peyton Manning and you don’t do it, then you’re stupid. If I could get a healthy 36-year-old Peyton Manning, then, hell yeah, I would trade Sanchez.”
Sanchez’s teammates didn’t hesitate when asked if the Jets should pursue Manning if he is medically cleared after his recent neck surgeries. They believed that the presence of consultant Tom Moore, who was Manning’s offensive coordinator and mentor during their decade-long run together in Indianapolis, would be a bonus to lure Manning to New York.
“We already have his coach — Tom Moore,” one well-respected player said. “Plus, he’s a field general and will get everyone lined up. He will get his playmakers the ball. We can win a Super Bowl with Peyton.”
But can the Jets hoist the Lombardi Trophy with Sanchez?
“How can we when he’s not improving at all?” one of Sanchez’s teammates said. “He thinks he is, but he’s not. He has shown us what he’s capable of.”
“At one point, he was looking at the (pass) rush and wasn’t seeing the receivers,” a team source said. “I think that’s a lack of confidence in what we’re doing. I think that's a lack of confidence in how we’re protecting him... When you get hit the way that he got hit, there were some quarterbacks that wouldn’t have made it through the season.”
Some of Sanchez’s teammates thought it was unfair to pin a lost season all on their young quarterback.
“Everybody got down on the quarterback,” a Jets source said. “But they weren’t looking at the situations we were putting him in. I don’t think he’s as bad as people are making him out to be. When the ---- started snowballing and he lost confidence, he never recovered. Then, you saw him making one stupid throw and one stupid mistake after another.”
The complex game plans didn't help matters, according to several people. Sanchez had difficulty absorbing the weekly wrinkles and changes, teammates said.
“So many games, he looked defeated before he ever took the field,” a team source said. “He didn’t have much confidence in what he was about to go do. You could tell throughout the week in practice. He never felt comfortable with some of the things we were doing. It was too much for him.”
A couple weeks ago, Sanchez dismissed a report that he was being coddled. His teammates disagreed.
“They don’t want to be truthful with him,” one prominent player said of the way that the organization has handled Sanchez. “They treat him like a baby instead of a man. He goes in a hole when someone tells him the truth.”
A Jets spokesman declined to make Sanchez available for this story. A source close to the team pointed out that Sanchez’s inability to handle mounting criticism prompted him to unfollow every Jets beat writer on Twitter earlier this season.
“So that should tell you everything,” the source said. “He just doesn’t have the mental toughness to be great... especially in New York.”
Some in the organization told The News that many of Sanchez’s teammates have grown resentful for myriad reasons.
“They see the organization babying him,” said a Jets source. “They see him with a sense of entitlement. He’s been given all this and hasn’t done anything. They call him ‘San-chise.’ They make him the face of the organization. They gave him the captain tag. He’s not a captain. He should have never been a captain.”
I think Sanchez basically sucks, but Jesus Christ, what kind of punk ass teammate says that kind of stuff? At least let them print your name Santonio.
Last edited by InspiredLebowski : 01-11-2012 at 10:52 AM.
He was the 5th overall pick... I hope he's better then 13 other QB's in that draft. Not to mention he was babied and had a great supporting cast for his first 2 seasons..
I've been hearing this crap for a week about being babied what the hell does that mean? How was he babied?
What does a supporting cast have to do with anything? He had solid players around him. A great oline for 2 years. Does that mean he is suppose to be great right out the shoot? He started 1 year at USC.
I dont think he is the QB of the future for my own reasons but most people criticize in generalities are pretty lame.
What makes the Jets think they are in play for Peyton if he's healthy? Let's go through some things.
-He's played his whole career indoors, and his neck is messed up and he's old. He wants to come to a cold weather stadium?
-The Jets have been openly disrespectful toward the Giants. He wants to come to Eli's city, to overshadow him with the enemy team? Remember, his main advisors are his brother and his father and Eli.
-The Jets were in shambles at the end of the year. Players are throwing each other, the coaches, and their QB under the bus. Rex came off like a buffoon.
-The Jets weren't exactly that great toward Indy the two years they made runs. Remember Peyton? "I play, i don't talk."
The Jets, their fans, talk like Peyton no brainer would accept them. It's just a matter of getting him. I find that hilarious. Keep dreaming.