ESPN’s Bruschi retracts Sanchez comments

FLORHAM PARK, NJ – ESPN analyst and former New England Patriot linebacker Tedy Bruschi had some strong words for the Jets second year quarterback when the two teams were preparing to face each other in September.

Bruschi called Mark Sanchez a “front-runner”, where he excels only when the team is executing. But when things aren’t going in their favor Bruschi believed Sanchez wouldn’t help pull his team out of the hole.

Each week Mark Sanchez has been shedding the label of "front-runner" given to him by ESPN and former Patriot Tedy Bruschi. Sanchez and the Jets will face the Patriots in Foxborough, MA on Monday night (JetsInsider.com Photo.)

“When things go bad he tanks it, and that’s not something you want at your quarterback position,” Bruschi said.

His words caused somewhat of a media stir in New York, as it garnered enough attention to have head coach Rex Ryan bring it up in a press conference that week.

“I think [Bruschi] would have a different opinion if he was out here every day,” Ryan said. “What he says about [Sanchez] when we get ahead, that’s how he is every day here on the practice field.”

Sanchez’s play against the Patriots that week (21-30, 220 yards, 3 TDs) put Bruschi’s foot in his mouth. With Sanchez leading the Jets to a 9-2 start and in to Gillette Stadium Monday Night, Bruschi has found it timely to remove that foot.

“Rex was right. I really have watched Mark Sanchez closely from that point on, and I was wrong about calling him a front-runner. I was wrong to put that label on him. I’ve watched him and the leader he’s become, and the plays he’s made for this 9-2 first-place Jets team.

“Early in the season, I thought this team would do well based on its running game and solid defense. But there is another aspect of this team that has developed – and that’s the leadership and play they’ve received from the quarterback position and Mark Sanchez. I think he is a legitimate leader on that team. My front-runner label was wrong.”

7 Responses to “ESPN’s Bruschi retracts Sanchez comments”

  1. heh.. Says:

    EAT IT, TED!!!

  2. WCO Says:

    Teddy’s dad is a long time friend of my family out here. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Ted. He didn’t mice words, and he gave me a renewed sense of appreciation for the Sanchize. Thanks for posting.

  3. Gustav Florio Says:

    You know what Ted is a real man and a real man always does the right thing. I am a long time Jets fan and i have so much more respect for the man that he was when he corrected that statement. Go Ted…..

  4. al spaulding Says:

    That shows the calibre of man he is to recognize when he is wrong. Sanchize has definitely silenced critics this year. He’ll do it again tonight. Go JETS!

  5. Patsfan123 Says:

    It seems Teddy should not have retracted his first statement

    EAT IT SANCHEZ

  6. Doug4Jets Says:

    Hey Patsfan123 ……… oh nevermind, I was going to say “show a little class” but I won’t waste my breath.

  7. GoPatriots Says:

    Seems maybe Ted was right after all. After they fell behind Monday night, the Sanchize threw three interceptions and put some other balls in less than ideal places for the receivers.

    Right or wrong, I give props to Bruschi for reevaluating his take on Sanchez. Bruschi is a class act. All of the Patriot haters could learn a lesson from him. Or you can continue to hate and look like fools when you crown the Jets as the new Kings of the AFC before they even take a division title home under Ryan.

    Doug4Jets, really? A Jets fan requesting class be shown from another team’s fan? Really? Did you read the first post? Please, keep it real…