New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez continues to take a beating, this time from teammates quoted anonymously in Wednesday’s edition of the New York Daily News.
“We have to bring in another player that will make him work at practice,” one unidentified Jets player was quoted as saying. “He’s lazy and content because he knows he’s not going to be benched.”
Another unidentified teammate told the Daily News the club could not win a Super Bowl with Sanchez as its starter, adding it was a “no-brainer” and that the team was “stupid” if they didn’t try to replace Sanchez with Colts’ QB Peyton Manning.
“If you have a chance to get a healthy 36-year-old Peyton Manning and you don’t do it, then you’re stupid,” the anonymous player explained when asked if the Jets organization should make a move to acquire Manning once he is healthy. “If I could get a healthy 36-year-old Peyton Manning, then, hell yeah, I would trade Sanchez.”
Since entering the league in 2009, Sanchez has thrown for the second-most interceptions (51) and committed the second-most turnovers (63) in the NFL.
Noting Mark’s horrible numbers and the fact that the Jets finished the season ranked 25th in total offense, one of the most scathing comments was that Sanchez has been coddled and can’t handle criticism.
“They don’t want to be truthful with him,” one prominent player told the paper. “They treat him like a baby instead of a man. He goes in a hole when someone tells him the truth.”
Mark Sanchez has two years remaining on his rookie contract, but the players the paper talked to painted a picture that makes it hard to imagine the team moving forward with him at the helm.
“How can we when he’s not improving at all?” a player reportedly told the Daily. “He thinks he is, but he’s not. He has shown us what he’s capable of.”
Check out the following clip in which Jets’ linebacker Damien Woody responds to the criticisms of Mark Sanchez:
via Sporting News