Ellen grills Kate Upton about dating Mark Sanchez (Video)

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A December report from the New York Post said that SI Swimsuit cover girl Kate Upton and Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez were seeing each other frequently. A source told them the two were just friends. That is a possibility given that Kate attends all the team’s games because her sister works for the organization. Plus, we all thought Mark was dating Hayden Panettiere once — which he denied — and it turned out he was actually telling the truth.

Even though there has been no official statements about Kate and Mark, people have concluded the two are dating. And that includes Ellen Degeneres.

Ellen interviewed Kate Thursday and treated her like a witness being cross-examined on the stand. Ellen referred to Mark as Kate’s “boyfriend” on three occasions. Kate never denied dating Mark, and she even admitted he was cute.

Yeah, I’d say Kate is a much more attractive Valentine than Santonio Holmes.

Mark Sanchez asks Santonio Holmes to be his Valentine with heart-shaped box of cookies (Picture)

How thoughtful. Mark Sanchez tweeted the above photo to Santonio Holmes on Tuesday, along with an accompanying message that read, “You want to be my Valentine?” Maybe this is a good place for Sanchez to start. He and Santonio don’t exactly have a strong chemistry, and with the Jets recently committing to Holmes for next season and beyond, it will be important that they build one.

We’re not saying this Valentine’s Day gift is better than the ones the Grizzlies were giving out, but it’s a great way for Mark and Santonio to begin building a new relationship. If one guy giving another guy a heart-shaped box of cookies can somehow help translate into wins, who are we to judge? If Holmes and Sanchez have a big season in 2012, this should go down as the defining moment of their offseason.

Woody Johnson, Derrick Mason Defend Mark Sanchez’s Work Ethic

Anonymous Jets sources ripped Mark Sanchez in a New York Daily News article published Wednesday. One of the notable criticisms of Sanchez was that he was “lazy.” Sanchez may not have grown as a quarterback, and he may be protected by the team from the media, but several Jets have disputed the accusation about his work ethic.

Center Nick Mangold says Sanchez puts in more work and more time than anybody else in the locker room. Team owner Woody Johnson said the same thing.

“He’s the first guy in the building every morning,” Johnson told MSNBC, “and the last guy to leave.”

Former Jets receiver Derrick Mason, who was traded to Houston in October, expressed similar support for Sanchez.

“I never seen the lack of effort [from Sanchez]. He worked extremely hard on the practice field. He studied his butt off and he’s a guy that wanted to get better each and every game,” Mason told FOX Sports Radio’s Andy Furman and Artrell Hawkins. “I just think he was inconsistent throughout the whole season last year.”

Mason didn’t have an explanation for Sanchez’s inconsistency, but he defended his work ethic.

If everyone says Sanchez is working hard, then why do people think he’s lazy? I think the issue is perception. When people see Sanchez posing in GQ spreads and hear him linked to women like Kate Upton, they immediately assume he’s just a partyer, even if he’s not. That’s why it’s best to wait until you’ve achieved high levels of success over several years in the NFL before you begin expanding your profile off the field.

Jets Sources Rip ‘Lazy’ Mark Sanchez, Say He’s Being Babied

The New York Daily News published a story citing several anonymous team sources that absolutely buries Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. In many senses you can say that the story is unfair; Aat least when Greg McElroy ripped the team, he did so on the record. In this situation, no names are attached to the quotes. But the quotes are out there, and they give you a sense of how at least a few members of the Jets organization feel about quarterback Mark Sanchez. The piece reminds me of the hit job on the Boston Red Sox following their collapse. There are many parallels too — a big-market team expected to do well collapses and gets buried by the press.

Below are the juiciest quotes from the story:

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Kris Jenkins Rips Mark Sanchez: He Needs to Grow a Pair and be a Team Leader

Kris Jenkins is the latest person to rip into the Jets and analyze their problems. A day after rookie quarterback Greg McElroy blasted the selfish attitude of certain Jets players, former Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins joined in. Jenkins believes McElroy took a leadership stance that starting quarterback Mark Sanchez should be assuming.

“The No. 1 quarterback should have said that a long time ago,” Jenkins said on The Mike Lupica Show. “It would have been all part of the process of him growing a pair and standing up and being a man. But the thing is, he lost his because he got caught up in the wash that is New York, the spotlight, taking pictures in the magazines and doing all that stuff. That’s just what everybody has seen with Mark Sanchez, they got tired of it.”

Jenkins is referring to the GQ photo shoot Sanchez did, one which fellow quarterback Aaron Rodgers called “embarrassing.” Jenkins said players get paid to be leaders, and his point was that Sanchez hasn’t been leading. Jenkins also feels Sanchez has the ability to be a good quarterback, but he feels like Sanchez doesn’t believe in himself.

We don’t think Sanchez is going to last long as the team’s starter. If he does, it will be costly for Rex Ryan. Sanchez somehow fooled the Jets into believing he was a top quarterback but they need to realize that’s not the case.

via Pro Football Talk

Mark Sanchez Spotted at Kate Upton’s Place Several Times

If the New York media had scripted a romance between two of the cities most eligible celebrities, they probably couldn’t have picked a better one than Mark Sanchez and Kate Upton. According to the New York Post, the two have been spending a lot of time together recently.

From the Post:

Sanchez has been paying frequent late-night visits to the Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model’s Flatiron apartment, we’re told. He’s been spotted several times at the voluptuous blonde’s pad since November, usually after games or before practices — sometimes as late as midnight — rolling up in his black chauffeur-driven Navigator.

Sanchez was even seen in Upton’s building lobby carrying gifts for her after he attended a charity event early last month. On another occasion, Sanchez was spotted coming into the building with bags a minute or two after Upton arrived.

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Jim Leonhard Unhappy with Jets Fans for Booing Mark Sanchez

Despite Rex Ryan vowing to stick with his starting quarterback as long as he is the Jets head coach, the fans in New York have grown tired of Mark Sanchez.  It is Sanchez’s third year as an NFL starter, and he has not taken significant strides toward proving he deserved to be selected in the top-5 picks of the draft.  Since Ryan has decided to ride it out with Sanchez under center, Jets fans have decided to let it be known that they don’t support the decision.  That’s why Sanchez was booed during the pregame on Sunday, which did not sit well with safety Jim Leonhard.

“I think we have a great crowd,” Leonhard told WFAN on Tuesday. “I think probably for one of the first times, I was kind of disappointed. Our starting quarterback gets booed in introductions…. That’s frustrating when … As players, you kind of turn to each other and say, ‘You know what? I guess we’re in this one today by ourselves.’ We can’t rely on the crowd to give us that energy because it’s already started off on a bad note. So I will say that this past weekend was really the first time that I’ve been kind of frustrated going into a game, which is bad.”

Leonard added that he understands where the fans are coming from and that the team is also frustrated with the results, but wishes they would have their back and give the benefit of the doubt.  As we all know, there is no benefit of the doubt with NFL fans.

Despite leading a comeback against the Bills and keeping the Jets playoffs hopes alive, Sanchez continued to struggle.  He threw a horrible interception from his own end zone and got away with at least two other passes that should have been picked off.  If he can’t stop making crucial mistakes like those, it will be difficult for the Jets to even reach the postseason, let alone match their success from the previous two years.