Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 5/16/13
Steve Smith remains as honest and outspoken as ever. The longtime Carolina Panthers wide receiver was co-hosting The Drive on WFNZ 610-AM in Charlotte on Thursday when he bashed Mark Sanchez. “He sucks,” Smith said simply. “I wouldn’t let Mark Sanchez throw me a paper bag sandwich,” he joked. (audio here) When asked about Smith’s remarks, Sanchez said, “I wish him and his team a healthy, successful season.” Smith’s comments came up in the context of a debate about NFL quarterback rankings. CBS Sports’ Will Brinson listed the Jets quarterbacks (Sanchez and Geno Smith) 30th out of 32 in his rankings, below even Blaine Gabbert (something I would dispute). Smith must have agreed in some shape, because he doesn’t think very much of Sanchez. We’ve long been down on Sanchez as a quarterback. I give credit to Sanchez for playing well in the playoffs his first two seasons which helped his team reach the AFC Championship Game twice, but the reality is the Jets made the postseason because they had a stellar defense, excellent offensive line, and great running game. When the line and running game weakened and they tried going to a pass-heavy attack the past few years, the results were poor. Sanchez will be lucky to start another 16 games combined during the rest of his career. Helmet smack to Pro Football Talk

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