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Mark Sanchez Makes Women Swoon with Super Bowl Ad

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez didn’t waste any time capturing the heart of the press and female population in New York during his rookie season. He further cemented his budding Joe Namath “Ladies Man” status with the ad he starred in for the Super Bowl. In case you missed it, Sanchez was in some sort of PSA called “CBS Cares.” Its objective was to raise awareness with women regarding heart conditions, from what I gathered. Anyway, here’s video of Mark Sanchez’s Super Bowl ad in case you missed it:

While Sanchez’s commercial didn’t touch into humor the way fellow quarterbacks Brett Favre and Tim Tebow did, Sanchez is already picking up brownie points with the ladies. Check out some of the following comments on YouTube:

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Mark Sanchez Gets the Last Word with Pete Carroll

Back in January, USC coach Pete Carroll had one of his worst moments as the coach of the Trojans, one that preceded several more of Carroll’s lowlights at USC. Carroll staunchly disagreed with quarterback Mark Sanchez’s decision to go the NFL and later backtracked after getting skewered for his lack of support. Now it’s almost a full year later and Mark Sanchez is the quarterback of a playoff team in the NFL, one that won it’s Wild Card game. Don’t think his chest wasn’t puffed out after getting the win over the Bengals — he used his place at the podium as an opportunity to get payback with Carroll:

Sanchez may think he got the last word because he won a playoff game but I’m adamant he’s still the weak link on that team. The Jets have the best defense and the best line in the league but they’re a good quarterback away from being a legit Super Bowl contender. Sanchez’s propensity for turning the ball over kills the Jets and that limits their offensive gameplan.

As far as the question regarding college coaches going pro (even if Sanchez was just joking), there will be a lot of talk about the failure most college coaches suffer when they go to the NFL. My answer to that is simple: where was Carroll before he went to USC? He was in the NFL as a head coach making him more of an NFL guy who went to college than the other way around. Seattle certainly is a project, but at least he picked the right division. If Kurt Warner retires, that puppy will be wide open and then Carroll may be laughing right there with Sanchez.

video via Black Sports Online

Mark Sanchez Completes 12 Passes, 4 to the Defense

Mark SanchezMark Sanchez and the Jets started off the year 3-0, with Sanchez looking like a polished, skilled quarterback. Because of the “poise” he displayed, he was crowned the “Sanchize” by the New York media. Of course that didn’t last much past September considering Sanchez had his first “let me remind you I’m a rookie” game in week four. Against the Saints, Sanchez had four turnovers including a fumble and interception returned for touchdowns. Mark had another clunker a month ago in a 16-13 loss to the Bills at the Meadowlands. Sanchez completed 15 passes in that one, unfortunately five went to the wrong team. He had an identical rate against the Patriots on Sunday, completing 12 passes — four to the defense. As if that wasn’t enough, Sanchez also fumbled. I’m not even exaggerating when I say that every time I looked up Sanchez was throwing a pick.

It doesn’t take an expert analyst to know that Sanchez needs to start throwing the ball away when nothing’s there instead of trying to force plays. He’s going through some serious growing pains and actually holding back a team that has a strong ground game, good offensive line, and solid defense. If there’s one thing Sanchez certainly isn’t short on it’s arm strength; the guy has a rocket and even chucked one around 70 yards on the final play of the game. Anyway, Sanchez now has 10 TDs against 16 interceptions on the season, not to mention three fumbles lost. While Pete Carroll’s words prior to Mark’s announcement appear to be prescient, it’s still Carroll who needed Sanchez much more than Sanchez needed USC. The Jets are the ones who have to deal with his development now.

Pictures: Mark Sanchez Wears Colorado Gear on Sidelines at Buffs Game

Trojan fans won’t be too happy to hear about their Rose Bowl winning quarterback decked out in another school’s gear this past weekend. Mark Sanchez made his way to Boulder and was spotted by TV cameras on the sidelines for the CU/Colorado State game Sunday. His choice of apparel was quite surprising:

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Since I was at work while the game was being played, I had the TV on mute and only caught the last few seconds of the explanation for Sanchez’s presence. From what I could gather, he was there supporting a friend of his. Whatever the reason, it’s quite a shocker to see him decked out in a school’s gear other than his own. I could understand a had or just a shirt maybe, but the whole package? That’s a little much. Maybe the whole rift with Pete Carroll still has some sting.

Thanks to the CMSB for the clearer picture

Lions, Jets Roll the Dice with Stafford and Sanchez, Worth the Gamble

Most of the Matthew Stafford reaction from Lions fans on my show Friday night was negative. Most Lions fans were scarred by the likes of Joey Harrington and all the other offensive skill position busts they’ve had recently and wanted to go with a safer pick. They wanted to build up the defense because it was so terrible last year. While I understand their concerns, here’s my argument in favor of Detroit’s pick and the Jets moving up to get Mark Sanchez: if you’re looking to achieve long-term success in the NFL (division titles, playoff appearances, double-digit wins, Super Bowl contention) year-in and year-out, you need a good quarterback. That may be understating things — you need a very good to great quarterback.

If you were a fan of the Packers under Favre, the Broncos under Elway, the Colts with Peyton Manning, and the Patriots with Brady, you can/could be confident that your team will be in the playoffs and threatening for the Super Bowl almost every year. That’s not to say that defense doesn’t win championships — it does, just look at Pittsburgh this year — but defensive-minded teams have off seasons more often than ones with excellent quarterbacks. If that weren’t the case, then Brian Billick wouldn’t have been fired by Baltimore. While Matthew Stafford or Mark Sanchez might not develop into stars, there’s no question in my mind that having a good quarterback is essential to building a franchise. Why do you think Bears fans were so elated to have Jay Cutler? Stafford and Sanchez might not be the guys, but they’re worth the gamble, especially for Detroit. Lions fans should be patient and be willing to live or die with Stafford. Going QB with the first pick was the right move.

Pete Carroll Backtracks on Mark Sanchez Trashing, Calls it a Test

I gave Pete Carroll the benefit of the doubt the first time around when he strongly disagreed with Mark Sanchez’s decision to leave school early for the NFL. I understood that Carroll was motivated by his desire to run a strong program and also his desire to see Sanchez develop more before going pro. I also speculated that the move could hurt Carroll in recruiting since recruits would see that Carroll doesn’t always support their decisions. That must be the case because Carroll looked like Deion Sanders backpedaling off his initial comments when he spoke at Sanchez’s pro day:

“He made a point to really go to bat for Sanchez,” a scout said. “You could tell he meant it.”

Carroll told the group that his public frosting of Sanchez — including the comment the player made a “bad choice” — was meant to test his resolve, to see if he truly had his heart set on turning pro right away or if he would waffle. Sanchez didn’t waver.

“He told us, ‘I challenged him. I wanted him to make the right decision,’ ” the scout said. “He said, ‘I love the kid. I support him. I think he’ll make a good pro.’ “

If there isn’t more of a b.s. line that the one where Carroll said he was testing Sanchez’s resolve, I don’t know what is. Carroll should have kept his feelings to himself from the start so as not to reflect poorly upon himself or Mark because he ended up making both look bad when he questioned the decision. Ultimately I don’t think Sanchez’s stock will be adversely impacted by the remarks. Clearly Carroll now realizes the error of his ways. That excuse was just too lame though — we could have done without it.

Will the Mark Sanchez Conference Cost Pete Carroll in Recruiting?

It’s really tough to judge Pete Carroll based on his answers to questions regarding Mark Sanchez’s decision to leave school early for the NFL draft. Carroll’s clearly motivated by his desire to run a strong program, and having Sanchez back for a 5th year would ostensibly put the team in its best position to win the Pac-10 and compete for a BCS title. At the same time, he recruits and coaches his players and develops strong relationships with them over the years. Wouldn’t he want the best for those players and want them to take his advice when he feels so strongly about a subject? Given the numbers and history of quarterbacks leaving school early, I understand why he advised Sanchez to return to USC, putting his own motivation aside. But I also understand why Sanchez left and can’t blame him for it.

Mark Sanchez had the game of his life in the Rose Bowl and really could not be leaving on much of a higher note. It’s not a guarantee that his stock will improve just by staying another year, especially considering the all-world performance he put on in Pasadena. Couple that closing note with Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford returning to school, and the choice to leave for the NFL seems like a logical one for me. If Sanchez’s goal is to get drafted as highly as possible and to make a lot of money, this is probably the right move. Furthermore, Sanchez is a senior in school standing, and if he’s really motivated to become a pro, who’s to say he won’t do well? And even if Carroll disagrees with the move, why tell the media?

I don’t understand how it helps Carroll to tell people that he disagrees with the move. What good does that do him or the program? Couldn’t that be used against him by other coaches in recruiting? Maybe potential recruits saw that and didn’t like it. That’s not to say that Carroll won’t be able to get great players — he still will — but that wasn’t a good sign. Though USC will still be strong next year, perhaps Carroll may be feeling some pressure from having coaches on his staff leave and one of his top players go pro. Look at Nebraska, Florida State, Tennessee, and Miami and some of the other dynasties of the past 15 years. You dominate for a good five years or so, then after that, things start going downhill. It’s inevitable, and this might mark the first step for USC.

If you haven’t seen video of the conference yet, here it is via Hot Clicks:

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