Found June 08, 2013 on Turn On The Jets:
Turn On The Jets is happy to welcome our newest writer Daniel Marcus. Make sure to give him a follow on Twitter.  Jets fans, it’s time to have a talk, a heart-to-heart so to speak. It occurred to me the other day that there has not been a New York Jet in recent memory that sparks such (in my opinion) undue animosity than beleaguered soon-to-be former Starting Quarterback, Mark Sanchez. I can understand why you would want to see him quartered and hung for the mind-boggling decisions he often makes on the field but there have been litany of terrible Jets QB’s in the past that have not received anything that resembles the treatment Sanchez has experienced during his tenure as the Jets signal-caller. Think about it, the guy has the most playoff wins in team history and has the second-most road playoff wins in NFL history and yet, after only his first losing season in Green and White, most fans and pundits alike are ready to ride him out on a rail spike. Although I am historically a Sanchez apologist, his play over the last two seasons and the seeming regression and degradation in terms of growth has made him virtually indefensible. That said, I just don’t understand why he seems to be so universally hated both within the market and around the league. Think about all the less-than-wholesome characters around the league and even on the team that receive much less flack. Sanchez has never been accused of murder like Ray Lewis, has never run a dog-fighting ring out of his house like Michael Vick, has never had a DUI like countless other NFL players, and has never bad-mouthed anyone in the media or via social media and yet he inspires an A-Rod-eqsque rage. In fact, I think Alex Rodriguez is the perfect parallel to Sanchez as both of them provoke immense amounts of criticism and animosity despite seemingly saying and doing all of the right things. However, even the A-Rod comparison isn’t exactly an apples-to-apples comparison as Sanchez has never once cheated the game nor is he the same caliber of player that Rodriguez is in his sport. Nevertheless, the two of them are among the most hated figures in the New York sports arena. Unfortunately for A-Rod his image and reputation are seemingly irreparable but there is still a sliver of hope for Sanchez as he has somehow maintained a hold on the Starting Quarterback job despite the fact that he has played more like a back-up for the past two seasons. There are some images that will never fade in the minds of Jets fans, with the “Butt-Fumble” being the most prominent among them but with an inside track on being the Week One starter, he has a chance to endear himself to fans once again. If he can hold off Geno Smith long enough to retain the starting job, I can think of no better way to erase the seemingly indelible images of 2012 than by planting his flag on Revis Island in Week One and doing the same in Foxboro the following Thursday. Admittedly the odds of that happening don’t appear likely but in 2013. redemption thy name is Sanchez. Or not.

Turn On The Jets 12 Pack – New York Jets Big Uglies Edition

The Turn On The Jets 12 pack is back with an all New York Jets offensive line edition. This year’s group has the potential to be the deepest and most productive offensive line the Jets have put together in a few seasons. The big uglies never get enough love or recognition so this 12 pack is for you.  1. Nick Mangold - Great Beard, yes. On the field Mangold was arguably the best...

Mark Sanchez likely to start Week 1 for Jets?

That sound you hear is New York Jets fans collectively groaning. According to ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini, second-round pick Geno Smith has not blown anyone away in the Jets’ team activities thus far. As a result, Cimini says it is likely that Mark Sanchez ends up starting Week 1 for the team. Cimini does [...]

Geno Smith reportedly hasn’t blown anyone away so far

According to Rich Cimini of, the New York Jets haven’t been very impressed with rookie quarterback Geno Smith so far this spring. Listen to Rex Ryan, and you come away with the impression he’d rather crochet a sweater than start Mark Sanchez at quarterback. Ryan’s tone has been, um, less than enthusiastic. But guess what? He might have little choice. Judging...

New York Jets: 10 Things We Learned From OTAs

The New York Jets have completed the draft, rookie camp and now OTAs. It is hard to define any of the completed ventures as successful. There has never been a vacuum of information coming from the Jets' sideline. Are the Jets rebuilding? Is there any reason for the Jets or their fan-base to have any reason for optimism? Will Fireman Ed make a comeback?Some answers are easier...

Jets giving Winslow tryout

Veteran tight end Kellen Winslow, Jr. will get a tryout with the New York Jets on Tuesday during their minicamp. Winslow barely played last season, making just one reception for New England in one game. He spent his first four seasons in Cleveland, making the Pro Bowl in 2007. Winslow then joined Tampa Bay for three seasons. He could fill a void at the position for the Jets, who...

Jets Players go Paintball Shooting to Improve Team Chemistry (Video)

  If the New York Jets want to be a better football team instead of going paintball shooting, they could simply just exercise better focus and discipline and stop running into each others behinds. According to Busted Coverage, the players decided to skip the last day of OTAs and go to a secret location to engage in some activities that will improve team chemistry. I hope that works...

Jets are in trouble at QB position according to reports

Uh oh. Here we go again. It's my distinct pleasure to report this evening that the Jets are without a good option at quarterback -- again, and help is not on the way. Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports that the New York Jets aren't impressed with what they're seeing from rookie quarterback Geno Smith. "Judging from what I've seen and heard, rookie Geno...

Jets invite TE Kellen Winslow, Jr. to try-out at mini-camp

Jeff Cumberland and Hayden Smith not doing it for you? Well welcome Kellen Winslow Jr., for a try-out, anyway. J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!!! — Kellen Winslow Jr. (@KellenWinslowJr) June 8, 2013 Free-agent tight end Kellen Winslow is invited to the Jets mini camp next week on tryout basis. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 8, 2013 Winslow was drafted...

Santonio Holmes is mentoring Stephen Hill

As we all know by now, New York Jets’ receiver Santonio Holmes is recovering from a foot surgery and will not be ready for the start of training camp. That, however, doesn’t mean Holmes hasn’t found a way to help out. According to Brian Costello of the, Holmes has been mentoring second year receiver Stephen Hill. According to the receiver coach Sanjay Lal, Holmes...

Jets Already Giving Up On 2013, Skip Practice For Paintball

The New York Jets are likely to be a terrible football team this season. Faced with quarterback options like Mark Sanche…

NYJ OTA's Overview

We've pulled together some of the key takeaways from OTA's for your New York Jets! (May take a second to load) [View the story "NYJ OTA's" on Storify]

Jets giving Kellen Winslow Jr. a tryout

The New York Jets have brought in former-Pro Bowl tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. for a tryout after losing Dustin Keller to the Miami Dolphins via free agency. The move is interesting because Winslow Jr. was at one point looking like one of the better tight ends in the NFL — where his best season was in 2007, with the Cleveland Browns, where he caught 82 balls for 1,107 receiving...

Mark Sanchez Calls Jets’ Quarterback Competition ‘Awesome Situation,’ Likely to Start Week 1

Mark Sanchez has some competition for the Jets’ starting quarterback job yet again this offseason, but this time he seems pretty stoked about it. The Tim Tebow experiment backfired miserably on both Sanchez and the Jets in 2012, but the competition with rookie Geno Smith appears to be having a positive effect on Sanchez. “I’m having a great time,” Sanchez said in an interview...

Mark Sanchez Doesn’t Know Names of His Receivers at Jets OTAs

With wide receivers Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley all recovering from injuries, Mark Sanchez doesn’t know much about the receivers he’s been throwing to at Jets OTAs. He might start by learning their names. Sanchez has been throwing passes to five entirely new receivers during organized team activities over the past few weeks, and he doesn’t even know their...
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.