Anonymous Jet Says Sanchez Should Be Benched
Here we go again...
Brace yourselves: The anonymous Jet has struck again. His target? Mark Sanchez.
CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman talked with yet another unnamed New York Jets player who told him this week, "Everyone on the team likes Mark personally but there's a general feeling among some of the players that maybe it's time to give someone else a chance."
The masked source estimated that 80 to 90 percent of the roster agrees. Naturally, none of the players have gone on record with that sentiment.
Sanchez struggled through a disastrous Wednesday practice lowlighted by three interceptions and general chaos, a display coach Rex Ryan classified as "unacceptable" and a "disappointment."
The miscues conjure up Sanchez's 52 turnovers over the past two seasons, a statistic tied to the quarterback's fierce tumble from grace in Florham Park. Granted, Sanchez was without wideouts Santonio Holmes or Stephen Hill on Wednesday, but so was rookie Geno Smith (who, if you're keeping score, threw one pick of his own on a day that saw neither passer flourish).
The Jets have spoken optimistically about wrapping up the team's quarterback competition prior to training camp. That won't come easy, because Sanchez -- to be fair -- is still learning the team's new West Coast attack while Smith is still learning where the breakroom is.
Sanchez would benefit from a fresh start, but it doesn't matter what his unnamed teammates think: New York isn't about to part ways with the veteran -- still guaranteed a bundlle of cash -- until they're certain Smith can steer them out of the abyss.