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Bills prefer switch to Sanchez

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2012 – 12:34 pm

Talking to the Bills in the locker room just moments after it was learned that Mark Sanchez is starting at quarterback instead of Greg McElroy, who revealed he was having concussion-like symptoms, the defenders in Buffalo’s locker room seemed to prefer Sanchez over Tebow.

“It makes it a little easier because there’s a lot more film on Mark Sanchez than there is on McElroy,” said Bryan Scott. “I don’t think they’re going to change too much offensively than they would have with Tebow. We’re still going to prepare for Tebow in case we see him some with the option type stuff.

“We’ve played against Sanchez multiple time so we’re all a bit more knowlegeable about his game and what he’ll likely do out there in certain situations.”

Sanchez had one of his best games this season against the Bills in Week 1 when he went 19-27 passing for 266 yards with 3 touchdowns and an INT with a 123.4 passer rating.

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Jets switch to Sanchez as starter Sunday

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2012 – 12:29 pm

After Rex Ryan announced on his conference call with the Buffalo media that he was going to start Greg McElroy at quarterback Sunday against the Bills, he had to reverse his course and announce he’s startin Mark Sanchez.

Ryan in his Thursday press conference said McElroy revealed to the medical staff that he was experiencing concussion-like symptoms after being sacked 11 times in last week’s loss to San Diego.

“Mark has had success earlier in the season against Buffalo,” Ryan said. “He’s very familiar with them. That’s the reason I’m going with Mark. I had the conversation with both Mark and Tim…. about what I was going to do. Obviously, Tim’s not happy with that. That’s what you expect.”

The New York Daily News is reporting that Ryan said the need to make a quick call on the change, prompted him to lean toward Sanchez, rather than Tebow with Ryan indicating with just Thursday and Friday practice before Sunday’s game that they might not be able to get Tebow up to speed in time rep-wise.

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Sanchez won’t play long

Posted by Chris Brown on December 31, 2010 – 2:27 pm

Jets starting QB Mark Sanchez was limited in practice on Friday, but is listed as probable for Sunday’s game and expected to start. How long he’ll be in the lineup however, is another matter.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan gave a strong indication Friday that Sanchez won’t play very much.

“We’ll see how it goes,” said Ryan. “I just want to get him out there and keep him in that routine and the preparation and all that kind of stuff and get him out there and get the blood flowing. But I don’t believe it will be long.”

Mark Brunell is expected to take over after Sanchez leaves the game.

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Ryan changes mind on Sanchez

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2010 – 11:49 am

After initially learning his team was in the playoffs after the Jets’ loss to Chicago last Sunday, Jets head coach Rex Ryan said he’d probably rest QB Mark Sanchez and his sore throwing shoulder in their season finale against the Bills. Now after further thought, he’s leaning toward playing him.

On a conference call Monday, Ryan explained his thinking.

“Here’s what I’m looking at: Obviously, his health is the No. 1 priority, [but] the fact that he is in such a groove right now . . . we have to look at it as the week goes on. It’s kind of a fine line because he’s hot right now,” Ryan added. “We can’t afford for him to take a dip. We need him to stay at this level. Those are things we’ll definitely consider. I don’t want to say 100 percent he’s out or he’s in, to be honest with you. That’s what I’m weighing right now.”

Ryan also left the door open to only play him a part of the game, as he wouldn’t specify if it would be a quarter or a half or more. What he did make clear is that having lost three of their last four, the Jets do want to win on Sunday even though they’ve clinched a Wild Card playoff berth.

“I want to win this game,” said Ryan. “I think it can really help us. Winning 11 games in the regular season would be an outstanding regular season for us. That’s the goal. You want to go in [to the playoffs] with a win. That’s really what we want to do. I want to win this game.”

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Half a hundred?

Posted by Chris Brown on October 3, 2010 – 11:28 pm

Jets QB Mark Sanchez was understandably feeling good about his team’s offensive performance, which included three touchdown passes on his part in their 38-14 win over the Bills. But when asked if the Bills’ comments about Sanchez’s five INT game last year fired him up, Sanchez expressed some confidence that New York could’ve had more than the 38 they put on the board Sunday.

“I just told (Jairus) Byrd after the game, I said, ‘Heyman, you’re no longer my favorite target. I’m sorry,'” said Sanchez. “We laughed about it, but this is the way we wanted to play, and I still think we were pretty close to putting half a 100 on them if we are really sharp in the first half. We had the fumble, we left probably 11 points on the board.”

I really hope the Bills remember this comment come the season finale on Jan. 2.

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Sanchez looks good to go

Posted by Chris Brown on December 2, 2009 – 9:26 am

Jets QB Mark Sanchez had a scare with his knee in last week’s game, but all indications are he’ll be fine for Thursday night’s game in Toronto.

“He’s fine,” said Jets head coach Rex Ryan. “He’s just fine right now. He practiced fully (Tuesday). He just kind of tweaked the knee, it was a little sore, but I think he’s right around 100 percent.”

Sanchez briefly left last week’s game against Carolina, but re-entered and finished.

When asked by the New York media if Sanchez will start Thursday night, Ryan offered the following.

“Yes, absolutely.”

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Sanchez knee injury not serious

Posted by Chris Brown on November 30, 2009 – 10:18 am

Jets QB Mark Sanchez left Sunday’s game against Carolina after suffering an apparent knee injury. But he returned a short time later and his left knee is fine by all accounts.

Sanchez twisted the knee on an 8-yard scramble in the second half, but returned on the Jets next possession after team doctors examined him.

“It just felt a little funny and I wanted to be smart about it, so I went over to the trainers and they checked it out,” Sanchez said after the game. “They said it looked pretty good and we’re all good.”


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Cutler trade increase value of Bills’ pick?

Posted by Chris Brown on April 3, 2009 – 2:19 pm

With Jay Cutler now traded to the Chicago Bears, could the trade value of Buffalo’s 11th pick now increase knowing the Broncos, who pick 12th, will be looking to add a quarterback?

If Mark Sanchez gets by San Francisco at 10, the Bills could be fielding a bunch of calls from teams that might be interested in trading up to 11 to leapfrog Denver to make sure they get Sanchez.

Getting a potential franchise quarterback is monumental stuff so NFL clubs are usually willing to pay a little more. Here is a list of teams, and where they pick, who might consider moving up to beat Denver to Sanchez.

NY Jets – 17th pick
Likelihood of Jets trading up is minimal especially with a division rival. With only six picks in the draft this year they don’t have much to offer either.

Tampa Bay – 19th pick
There’s no secret that the Bucs need a signal caller big time. But will defensive-minded head coach Raheem Morris make a bold move? Tampa has 8 picks, but no second rounder.

Detroit – 20th pick
In all likelihood the Lions will take Matt Stafford number one, making the need to move up to 11 moot to land Sanchez. But if they take an OT first like Baylor’s Jason Smith, this could be a possibility.

Minnesota – 22nd pick
Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels are the only answers you need here, but the Vikings don’t have a ton to work with either with just six picks, two of which are in the 7th.

Carolina – 59th pick
The Panthers could use a replacment for Jake Delhomme, but they just don’t have the ammo with no first round pick and only 5 picks total. They’d have to throw in picks from 2010 or include players.

Denver could also be included in this conversation. If Sanchez is on the board with the Bills on the clock, they might get so spooked that another team is trying to leapfrog them for the QB (the media backlash on the heels of Cutler debacle would be terrible) they might do a deal with Buffalo just to move up one spot to 11.

I’ll admit I’d be surprised if such a move happens, but it only takes one team to be enamored with a quarterback for it to take place, so if Sanchez doesn’t go in the top 10, Buffalo could make an advantageous trade come draft weekend.

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Sanchez on my plane

Posted by Chris Brown on February 22, 2009 – 11:28 pm

Heading home from the Combine in Indy early this evening, I noticed USC QB Mark Sanchez was on my connecting flight to Chicago.

He’s got a connection back to L.A.

I just feel good that I’ve got a better seat than that guy. The future millionaire is in the back of the plane and I’m one row behind first class!

Too bad it was a short flight. That’s the last time that’s going to happen!

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QB 40 times

Posted by Chris Brown on February 22, 2009 – 4:50 pm

USC QB Mark Sanchez ran a 4.88 40-time, while Georgia’s Matt Stafford ran a 4.84.

W. Virginia QB Pat White ran a 4.5 which will help his stock since some NFL teams are looking at him as a receiver prospect.

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Stafford not throwing

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2009 – 5:54 pm

Georgia QB Matt Stafford said he’s not going to be throwing here at the combine. He’s also not going to do the bench press, but plans to do everything else.

USC QB Mark Sanchez and Kansas St. QB Josh Freeman both said they would be throwing.

“Throwing is one of my strengths so I’m going to show it,” said Freeman.

The one QB that probably can afford not to throw is Stafford. Sanchez and Freeman have a lot more to prove with less time on the job.

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Enormous draft pressure on Jets with Favre retirement

Posted by Chris Brown on February 11, 2009 – 3:50 pm

With Brett Favre reportedly retiring (for now), the Jets will be facing an awful lot of pressure come draft time if they choose not to sign a veteran QB in free agency. Knowing they’ll be moving into a new stadium in 2010 and the need for a marquee name the pressure to draft a QB will be huge.

At pick 17 they may be lucky and have Sanchez fall to them, but that’s unlikely. If they’re desperate enough to land one of the top two QBs they may be compelled to trade up and would have to give up a lot to do it.

They may elect to try to grab a QB later in the draft, like the Dolphins did when they passed on Matt Ryan and took Chad Henne in round two, but in New York where the Jets are often second best to the Giants, they need to make a splash. Be interesting to see what they do.

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Where Kiper and Mayock differ

Posted by Chris Brown on January 22, 2009 – 3:06 pm

While Mel Kiper has released his mock draft, in which he has the Bills taking Oklahoma St. TE Brandon Pettigrew, who has been tearing it up at the Senior Bowl incidentally, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock differs with him when it comes to the top two quarterbacks in the draft this year.

Kiper has Stafford going to Detroit at #1 and Mark Sanchez #3 to Kansas City. While I don’t question for a second that both teams sorely need a franchise QB, Mayock makes a very good point with respect to both QBs being far less experienced than the fifth-year senior QBs that came out last year in Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan and enjoyed great success as rookies.

“My concern with the underclassmen this year with Sanchez in particular was 16 starts,” said Mayock. “He can make every throw and I’m totally impressed with his arm strength, athletic ability, and toughness. Is he a talent that is starting quarterback worthy? Absolutely.

“My problem with he and Stafford is I don’t think they’ll be ready in the immediate future,” Mayock said. “I think 13 or 14 more starts would have helped Mark become a better quarterback. His pocket awareness and presence I would question for him and Stafford. Whether they can stand in an NFL pocket and keep their eyes downfield and make NFL throws and get rid of the football on time. I look at Ryan and Flacco and they are amazing talents, but they also had an emotional maturity and toughness about them. For Sanchez and Stafford I think they’re a bit of a project because they need more time.”

Due to their lack of experience on the college level, Mayock wonders if either are worthy of taking even in the top 10.

“I don’t know where he’s going to go and where Stafford is going to go,” Mayock said. “It’s way too early in the process. If you’re going to draft a quarterback high he’s got to play immediately and I don’t know that either are ready to step in immediately. That’s the first question I ask immediately. I’m not sure I’m taking (either of them) in the top 10 if they’re going to sit for a year or two.”

I tend to agree with Mayock. Ryan and Flacco’s success was based in part on their vast experience at the college level. Their greatest qualities were their ability to handle pressure in the pocket, make plays and not get rattled. You have to wonder if Stafford and Sanchez will be able to do the same. I think the odds are certainly lower that they will if thrust into the starting lineup right away.

But a desperate team like Detroit may not have a choice.

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