EAST RUTHERFORD NJ - OCTOBER 11: Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets stands behind the line of scrimmage against the Minnesota Vikings at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11 2010 in East Rutherford New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mark Sanchez
Well Plaxico continues to look for a new team, I think he wanted to go back to the Giants and then to the Eagles and now I think he'll go anywhere he can get a job. However that hasn't stopped him making a pit stop on ESPN's first take, where he has several things to say on his former employees and their number 6:
"He definitely has enough arm," Burress said on WFAN Radio. "He was battling some injuries last year, shoulder-wise that a lot of people didn’t know about . . . different things like that. But I think he really turned a corner"
I really don't think that it is any secret that Sanchez battled with a few injuries last season, and we perhaps didn't understand or appreciate how significant they were. In the heat of a race for the post-season with a backup quarterback the wrong side of 40, we couldn't afford to sit Sanchez and give him time to recover. However I don't think we can blame the injuries for everything. Especially the 31.4% completion performance against Baltimore early in the season.
I do think Sanchez has made some improvements and it's going to be interesting to see if he does make the jump in 2012 now that he has had time to fully heel. Although with Wayne Hunter still slotted to start at right tackle, how long Sanche remains healthy is anyones guess. I did read an interview with Sanchez from June, where he stated that one of his main goals for the upcoming season was to avoid pressure. I think it goes back to an article that John wrote a while ago about Sanchez seeming to run into pressure coming from his left and the sack being attributred to Ferguson where it really wasn't his fault.
One aspect that could help Sanchez improve, is having a Quarterback behind him who can push him. Something Sanchez has never really had in New York. Tebow is hardly Peyton Manning, but he wins football games and he is at least athletic.
Appearing earlier on ESPN's "First Take," Burress, who has yet to sign with a new team, said Tebow could push for the starting job.
"It’s a possibility, you can’t rule it out," he said. "I mean, they did bring him in for a reason. I think he’s going to make Mark Sanchez a better quarterback.
"When they bring in somebody at your position, he’s going to compete for it."
I don't want to rehash the whole Mark Sanchez v Tim Tebow debate again, especially this close to training camp when everyone should be rowing in the same direction. However I really believe that having a Quarterback who has so many good qualities can only be a good thing to push our #1. He has had three years in the NFL now, he has had over 50 games and like Eli several years ago, now he has to prove he belongs. Lets hope he does belong.