NYP Costello: Theismann: Sanchez too nice
Former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann is sick of the nice guy routine from Mark Sanchez when it comes to Tim Tebow’s presence on the Jets.
Theismann told WFAN Friday it’s time for Sanchez to stand up for himself.
“This strikes at the heart of Mark Sanchez’s pride,” Theismann said. “He’s going to get booed. He’s going to get thrown under the bus. And I want to see what kind of cojones he’s got. That’s what I’m looking for. … I’m sick and tired of hearing this nice-guy stuff: ‘Oh, Timmy’s a nice guy. Oh, Mark’s a nice [guy].’ ”
Sanchez has said all the right things about Tebow since the Jets swung the stunning trade for the backup quarterback in March, but Theismann said he’s tired of it.
“Hey, if I’m Mark Sanchez, ‘I’m the starting quarterback and it’s great to have Tim here to help us win football games.’ That’s the statement. It’s time for somebody to stand up believe in themselves if you’re a Jet,” Theismann said.
“Enough of this nicey two-shoe garbage. Stand up for what you believe in. You’re the starting quarterback. This guy’s not. That’s the way it is. Deal with it.”
NT Sione Po’uha (back) and WR Chaz Schilens (ankle) returned to practice after missing most of training camp. RB Joe McKnight injured his hamstring in Thursday night’s game and was working with the trainers at the start of practice when the media were permitted to watch. Also out: RG Brandon Moore (undisclosed) LB Bryan Thomas (undisclosed), LB David Harris (ankle), TE Dustin Keller (hamstring), LB Nick Bellore (shoulder), S Eric Smith (hip/knee), LB Ricky Sapp (ankle), S Josh Bush (slight concussion) and WR Royce Pollard (shoulder).
The Jets cut their roster to 53 players Friday night.
The team waived three of their draft picks from April: sixth-round RB Terrance Ganaway, sixth-round OT Robert T. Griffin and seventh-round WR Jordan White. The biggest surprise was their decision to keep undrafted free agent NT Damon Harrison, though he could be cut this weekend if they want to add someone off waivers.
The other cuts: OT Paul Cornick, WR Royce Pollard, CB Donnie Fletcher, LB Ricky Sapp, TE Hayden Smith, WR Joseph Collins, LB Marcus Dowtin, G Fred Koluto, G Matt Kroul, P Spencer Lanning, CB LeQuan Lewis, TE Tarren Lloyd, S D’Anton Lynn, CB Julian Posey, DE Jay Richardson, WR Eron Riley, LB Brett Roy (injury settlement), QB Matt Simms and NT Martin Tevaseu.
Joey T is probably right. However, by reading what Sanchez is doing AND saying to teammates this past month I think he's become less "nice" and more of "this is my team". He's calling guys out when they make a mistake, (especially dumb mental ones) and trying to get everyone on the same page..