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Jets could scale back playbook for Mark Sanchez

Posted on: January 12, 2012 8:00 pm
 
Sanchez -- and maybe Rex Ryan -- will be out of excuses if he struggles in 2012. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

It's been a rough week for quarterback Mark Sanchez, which is saying something because the Jets' season ended ingloriously in South Beach 11 days ago. A quick recap:

* Wide receiver Santonio Holmes quits on team during loss to Dolphins;
* Former Jets player Kris Jenkins says mean things about Sanchez;
* Unnamed players rip Sanchez as "lazy;"
* Jets center Nick Mangold rips unnamed players, supports his quarterback.

And then on Thursday, team owner Woody Johnson, who must feel at times like he's the proprietor of a traveling circus, said that he's never heard Sanchez described as lazy.

Nightmare in New York
“He’s the first guy in the building every morning and the last guy to leave. So, the last thing he is is lazy," Johnson said during an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." … "He’s an NFL quarterback. That’s what you expect from an NFL quarterback….I think everybody is a little frustrated.”

Johnson was also asked how the Jets could un-derail the train.

“How do you correct that? That’s alchemy," he said. "Inside the locker room is one of those things that every year is a little different. Thirty percent new players. The fact that we didn’t go to Cortland maybe hurt us… Every team didn’t have an offseason. So maybe it hurt us a little more than some others."

Maybe that's the problem: Johnson thinks sorcery will solve the Jets' locker room issues. That, and doing away with captains should fix everything. But the owner explains that the salary cap and personnel evaluations also play a key role.

“I think the money and rules… The rules prevent you from stocking players and recruiting players the way you can do in some of the college systems,” Johnson said. “Everybody has the same amount of money to spend . So, there’s a certain accountant factor of being a good NFL owner or manager or coach. There’s a risk-reward you have to look at very carefully.”

So while players not willing to go on record are happy to point out that Sanchez is a shiftless layabout, he has the support of his center and his owner.

And now that the metaphorical albatross from around his neck has been removed (at least that's the hope; if Sanchez struggles next season then the Jets will be out of excuses), the plan is to simplify the playbook.

It'll be one of new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano's first acts. ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini explains:

“Look for Sparano to scale back the playbook. Schottenheimer ran a high-volume offense and it overwhelmed Sanchez at times. Sanchez also needs a quarterback coach who can help him better understand pass coverages. Too often he doesn’t know how to react when his first read is covered.”

Maybe that's the problem: Sanchez isn't lazy, he just had trouble understanding what Schottenheimer was trying to do. Sparano, no doubt, will solve everything.

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Since: Jun 29, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:33 pm
 

Jets could scale back playbook for Mark Sanchez

Why? If anything the Jets' offensive playbook should be EXPANDED, or more importantly, re-edited to fit the QB that Mark Sanchez is, not the QB that Brian Schottenheimer wished that he was. Brian Schottenheimer is gone because he fell into the classic OC trap of thinking of the Jets' offensive playbook as an expression of his own personal creativity, rather that a strategic and tactical plan meant to be executed by the players on the field
I disagree. I think that the Jets should use Sadchize as an option quarterback in the wishbone formation. Brian Schottenheimer is gone because he could not turn chop meat into the filet mignon that Rex Cryan promised. having said that, if the jets can obtain 3 star offensive linemen, a star running back, a fullback, a tight end and 3 all star wide receivers, there is no reason why the Jets can not win the super bowl next year as promised. Also, the jets just need 3 defensive linemen, a linebacker and 2 safties, and the Jets can easily have the best defense in the league. With all of this, Sadchize can remain at quarterback and Sparano can utilize the wishbone to perfection!!!!!



Since: Jan 14, 2012
Posted on: January 14, 2012 4:17 pm
 

Jets could scale back playbook for Mark Sanchez

Why? If anything the Jets' offensive playbook should be EXPANDED, or more importantly, re-edited to fit the QB that Mark Sanchez is, not the QB that Brian Schottenheimer wished that he was. Brian Schottenheimer is gone because he fell into the classic OC trap of thinking of the Jets' offensive playbook as an expression of his own personal creativity, rather that a strategic and tactical plan meant to be executed by the players on the field. Mark Sanchez is a roll-out, bootleg QB, who makes his best and biggest plays from outside of the pocket. He makes his best downfield reads "in space", where he can communicate more effectively with his receivers. Mr. Schottenheimer was fired because even a casual examination of Jets game video will show that during this season, Mark Sanchez was not allowed, or even called upon, to do the things that he does best. Frankly, I think that Sanchez and the Jets' offense suffered significantly this season from the absence of Braylon Edwards (QB/WR chemistry) and Brad Smith (field position). Having a competent back-up at center would have helped too.

As for Santonio Holmes: Shut up and catch the damned ball...



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:33 pm
 

Jets could scale back playbook for Mark Sanchez

I will trade you Rex Grossman, Beck and the ghost of Clinton Portis straight up for Sanchez!! Now your QB doesn't sound so bad. NYJ needs to pull your head out of your @@@, you guys just went to 2 AFCCG and now your ready to blow everything up. You guys are better off than half the NFL so stop crying.



Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 13, 2012 5:15 pm
 

Jets could scale back playbook for Mark Sanchez

What is wrong with you people? Sanchez started one year in college, jumped to the NFL, and started from the first game on.  No, I'm not comparing Mark sanchez to Aaron Rodgers, but where was Rodgers during hie first couple of years in the NFL?  Oh, that's right, he was getting coffee for Bret farve, learning from him and shadowing Farve's every move. Who is Sanchez learning from?  Mark Brunell?  The Jets should have picked Chad Pennington back up and Sanchez's progress would be greater.  But let us not forget that sanchez is a proven winner--clutch.  The facts do not lie.  In the 4th quarter with the game on the line, during the season and especially in the playoffs, he goes from a below average NFL quarterback, to an above average and clutch NFL QB.  What was Alex Smith his first five years in the NFL? Keep rivers and all his lofty stats and yeards and TD's and LOSER.  I will take a winner.  Mostly in a young kid with plenty more upside.  As an example, play to his strenghts, like roll outs.  Schotty never did this.  After three years, with what he has shown at this point, it would be smart to be sold on mark Sanchez.     



Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2012 2:13 pm
 

Jets could scale back playbook for Mark Sanchez

Get rid of that bum and start over. He is not just that good of a qb. 



Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 2:03 pm
 

Jets could scale back playbook for Mark Sanchez

Nevermind, I was thinking of Spagnuolo, who was a DC. Sparano is an OC, although you would never know it from this past season...



Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:54 pm
 

Jets could scale back playbook for Mark Sanchez

Brees was the biggest ofender during the lockouts when he organized "unorganized" practives which went against the spirit of the lockout.
What "spirit of the lockout"? If the "organized" Saints win it all, doesn't the entire team get a bonus of $25,000 each? Sounds like they had their sh*t together from the start....In reference to scaling back the playbook, wasn't Sparano a defensive coordinator with the G-men? He is the one who needs the playbook shortened in order to understand it, but if Sanchez hasn't grasped it yet, he ain't gonna ever get it...



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:56 am
 

Jets could scale back playbook for Mark Sanchez

Scale back the playbook for a QB entering his 4th year in the league?  Would they seriously have to do that?  If so, they should just start over and kick Sanchez to the curb.  While the team has achieved a lot during his tenure, at least during his first two years, his performance has been underwhelming.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 6:59 am
 

Jets could scale back playbook for Mark Sanchez

 At Stanford Harbaugh coached Andrew Luck into a "can't miss prospect" that is suppose to be better than Peyton Manning could ever be".
Good lord Lumpoco -- You talk like Luck came out of high school as a nobody.  He was the #4 QB in the country coming out of high school and had put up 10,000 yards of offense in HIGH SCHOOL.

The best part about your comment is -- saying he is supposed to better than Manning could ever be -- yet when he gets drafted by the Colts, he will sit on the sideline for 3-4 years, as he will be playing BEHIND peyton manning.  the kid hasn't thrown a pass in the NFL and you are already insinuating he is going to be better than one of the best QBs in our generation.

The reason Smith has been successful this year is simple.  Harbaugh isn't asking him to win games for the 49ers, he just doesn't want him to lose the games.  That is why he is ranks in the bottom half of every major category for QBs with the exception of interceptions and also the reason Smith ranks at the top for most times sacked. 

For crying out loud -- Smith ATTEMPTED less passes than Drew Brees COMPLETED on the year.  The 49ers won this year, not because of Alex Smith, but because of a solid running game and the best defense in the NFL.  So stop talking like the Harbaugh turned Alex Smith into some savior.  SF had the luxury of playing the worst division in all of football -- They now get the chance to play NO.  Let's see if Alex Smith can score points along side Drew Brees. 



Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 3:42 am
 

Jets could scale back playbook for Mark Sanchez

My prediction:

Rex Ryan will be fired before the Jets ever make the playoffs again. They had their window of opportunity, and they weren't able to pull through. Sanchez is a decent QB, but he's no Super Bowl QB, and the rest of the team isn't headed in the right direction either. Receivers? Not where they were a few years ago. RB? Shonn Greene hasn't become the stud they hoped, and LT is done. Defense? Look at the stats from this season. It makes no sense whatsoever, but the facts don't lie.

Sorry Rexy, you'll likely have to go back to making home videos. Who knows, with the modern "industries" out there, you'll likely make more with a home webcam, than you did as an NFL coach.  


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