Sanchez is acting like an SOB, and thatís good.
Harvinís acting like a child, and thatís not.
And Chad is Chad.
Thereís a lot of NFL insanity, "Schein 9" style.
1) The Sparanos
Something went noted talking to Mark Sanchez last week in Florham Park, N.J., at Jets mini-camp. He had an edge. He had an attitude. It was in a good way. It was totally different from any other conversation weíve had since Sanchez became a pro.
Sanchez knows the deal. He didnít play well last year during the Jets collapse. The Jets lacked chemistry. The whispers about Sanchezís leadership were spoken so frequently, they felt like a shout. The Jets smartly traded for Tim Tebow. It is easy, and accurate, to say he represents an upgrade over Brad Smith and Mark Brunell as a wildcat threat and backup quarterback. But this is Timothy Richard Tebow, with the hoopla and scrutiny that come with it.
Enter Tony Sparano.
Rex Ryan likes to say the Jets are a ground-and-pound team. Yet, he let former offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer ruin Christmas, chucking the ball over 60 times with Sanchez in a Christmas Eve loss to the Giants. Sparano shares Rexís vision. He will run, run, and run some more. He will run with the Jets' running backs and absolutely run with Tim Tebow. I asked Sanchez about the pressure and scrutiny of Tebow, especially when Mark throws that inevitable first pick.
Sanchez said: ďCoach Sparano has my back, and I lean on him. I love working with him.Ē
Sanchez has worked very hard this offseason. He has impressed with his leadership and his play. Sanchez hasnít said anything foolish. Itís early, but heís responded very well to the Tebow trade and Sparanoís coaching.
The Jets defense will be much better this year. If Sanchez can keep his focus and his wits about him, the Jets will bounce back and make the playoffs.