Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 5/19/12

You know things are really tough when a guy who comes on to the field maybe half a dozen downs a game starts questioning the "maturation" of another team's quarterback.

That's exactly what punter Steve Weatherford suggested while speaking on an NFL.com podcast yesterday. Weatherford— who was last seen flaunting his new New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI ring— was a teammate of New York Jets Mark Sanchez in 2009 and 2010 feels the Jets signal-caller hasn't made any advancement as a leader since reaching the AFC Championship game both of those years.

"I like Mark— I think he's a very talented quarterback. But from my standpoint, I haven't seen a lot of maturation," the punter said. "When you're a quarterback and you come in, and you're expected to be the face of the franchise, and you're expected to lead the team, that's a lot to take on as a rookie."

"But as the years go on, I think you're expected to mature, skill-wise, and also mature as a leader. . . as much as I like the guy, I haven't seen that."

Wow! It sounds like Weatherford and Darrelle Revis have been eating at the same lunch table as Tim Tebow.



After Weatherford made his comments, he quickly went to Twitter to diffuse a potential war of words if they ever encounter each other in a Manhattan hotspot.

"Dear bloggers, Mark Sanchez will make people forget about Tim Tebow, but the competition will sharpen him. He has what it takes to be great," he tweeted.

Later, he wrote: "They definitely took it out of context. I have a lot of respect for Mark Sanchez."

He also mentioned that he spoke with Sanchez to clear the air.

First, Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora takes back his mean tweet wishing LeSean McCoy a "Happy Mother's Day," now Weatherford whiffs on a verbal punt. Hey guys, don't say it if you don't mean it.


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