Tag:Mark Sanchez GQ Interview
Posted on: September 7, 2011 2:33 pm

Rodgers on Sanchez' GQ spread: 'Embarrassing'

Posted by Will Brinson

This offseason, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez posed for an, um, interesting photo shoot for GQ. The juiciest news that came from his feature piece was that he "wanted to fight" coach Rex Ryan.

Well, unless you count the photos themselves, anyway. Those were -- according to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers -- "embarrassing."

"I mean look at this -- that's embarrassing," Rodgers said on the "The Aaron Rodgers Show" with Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee. "Page 94 of the GQ thing here, that's terrible."

Page 94, for those interested, looks like ... this:

"This is not really my style," Rodgers said. "I like my anonymity. I like my privacy. I like to be the quarterback during the week and during the offseason be able to do what I want to do and not be in the public eye."

That's totally fair for Rodgers to say (re: style; embarrassing might be a different story) and it's his prerogative on how he wants to dress when being photographed and whether he wants to pose for magazine shoots.

I wouldn't do what Sanchez did either, but the gig in New York and the gig in Green Bay are two completely different ballgames. If you're the quarterback in the Big Apple and you try to avoid the press, you'll get more press. If you're the quarterback in Green Bay you can do whatever you want as long as you have success on the field.

In short, it's just a different world, and it's not how Rodgers rolls.

"When you hang out with 'Hollywood' people, those people are able to stay in that moment and stay in their Hollywood fame, and it's absolutely ridiculous," Rodgers said. "They never come out of that mode -- that 'We're famous' mode. You can't have a normal conversation."

Yes, but in place of that "normal conversation" is "aggressive bathtub frolicking," so it's really a toss-up.

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Posted on: August 15, 2011 11:02 am
Edited on: August 15, 2011 12:24 pm

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

Posted by Will Brinson

If there's one thing we know about the NFL, it's that the New York Jets need more drama. So it's refreshing to hear that when Rex Ryan benched Mark Sanchez during the 2010 season, the young quarterback "wanted to fight" Rex, as that's unlikely to provoke any headlines or questions or noise surrounding the team.

Fortunately, that is what Sanchez said in a GQ interview that'll run this month. As you may recall, late last year with Sanchez struggling, Ryan wanted to give Mark Brunell extra reps in practice. This didn't go over well with Sanchez.

"I wanted to fight him," Sanchez said of the incident. "I was really mad."

Sanchez, who I have to suspect wasn't telling this story to create drama, also details what happened on the field when he pushed Brunell away because Rex didn't directly inform Sanchez that the veteran would see extra snaps.

"I was like, '[Rex] can come tell me,' " Sanchez says. "And [offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer] is like, 'Come on, man, don't do that.'"
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Sanchez was, understandably, not too thrilled about being passive-aggressively benched. Ryan didn't come straight to him and inform him of the decision and even gave the press a heads-up that Sanchez might get benched before he talked to his franchise quarterback.

"Rex is super honest," Sanchez told GQ. "I wish he wasn't that honest at times, especially to say that."

"That" = "Yes" when Rex was asked if he'd consider benching Sanchez. Which is understandable -- I don't want my boss going out and complaining about me on Twitter before telling me about the problems with my work. (Of course, as you all know, there are less of those than Sanchez interceptions, obviously.)

But here's my prediction: Then when Sanchez is asked about how things went down, he'll say that the words he used were a bit misconstrued. Or that there's nothing wrong with wanting to fight your coach. (There isn't by the way, especially if it's Ryan.)

And then someone will ask Rex about this interview, and he'll say "Good! I like his attitude!"

Or something much funnier.

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