It has been nearly a decade because the former New York Jets face of the franchise, Mark Sanchez, took a snap underneath heart in inexperienced and white.
Sanchez’s profession by no means materialized after its sizzling begin in 2009 and 2010. The Jets made the AFC Championship sport throughout the quarterback’s rookie and sophomore campaigns underneath Rex Ryan, however issues went downhill from there.
Later, after brief stints with the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Soccer Group, the quarterback previously referred to as “the Sanchize” retired after 10 seasons within the league.
The ex-Jet signal-caller landed on his toes fairly shortly, taking a job as an ESPN college football analyst alongside Jonathan Vilma. Now it seems Sanchez might be in line for a promotion, however he’s received some stiff competitors for the job.
Sanchez Auditions for CBS Sales space
Andrew Marchand of the New York Publish reported that Sanchez was one among 4 analysts to audition for a broadcasting role with CBS. The gig could be changing former CBS commentator Wealthy Gannon, whose contract was not too long ago not renewed.
The opposite contenders are fellow ESPN analyst and former huge receiver Joey Galloway, current Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee, and 2020 AP Comeback Player of the Year and fellow quarterback Alex Smith.
All 4 are former gamers, however Galloway has been away from the sport the longest, whereas the opposite three all competed within the NFL inside the final 5 years.
After all, Sanchez and Galloway each have extra skilled expertise outdoors of the league, being that they’ve been working at ESPN. Regardless of that, Smith might already be the favourite for the position. Marchand wrote that “one one who noticed Smith’s audition thought he had ‘No. 2 or 3 sport analyst’ potential if he’s into it.”
To be truthful, it appeared like Sanchez may need impressed CBS as properly. Marchand mentioned that one govt liked the previous Jets’ “persona” and thought it would assist him “excel within the sales space.”
That very same persona was at all times beloved by the Jets fanbase, and nonetheless is most often. Charisma, seems to be, character, Sanchez had all of the defining traits of the face of a franchise. Now add that analyst-Mark is assured, well-spoken and educated and the mixture types a reasonably stable candidate.
Similarities Between Zach Wilson & Sanchez Eras
Whether or not Jets followers are pulling for Sanchez to land the job or not, it might be type of cool to listen to the previous Gang Inexperienced quarterback name a sport that has Zach Wilson main the Jets offense.
There are already just a few similarities between Wilson and Sanchez, not essentially by way of type of play however environment and public opinion.
First off, each quarterbacks have that franchise QB “look.” Joe Namath had it too, and the New York Metropolis media eats it up. Each additionally got here from the west coast, as did Sam Darnold (USC along with Sanchez). Wilson performed for BYU as a Utah native.
Extra essential than all of that, the optimism surrounding the Robert Saleh takeover is eerily much like the 2009 season underneath Coach Ryan. Rex and Sanchez began their Jets careers collectively, identical to Saleh and Wilson will in 2021, an intense defensive mastermind with a promising young quarterback.
The Jets additionally had an impressive offensive line when Sanchez was on the helm, with Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson of their prime. They’re a bit youthful, however Alijah Vera-Tucker and Mekhi Becton might make a fearsome duo within the current day, with Connor McGovern as a really serviceable heart alongside them.
The present Jets roster is certainly youthful defensively, however former Baltimore Ravens linebackers Bart Scott and C.J. Mosley draw some correct comparisons. Free-agent Jarrad Davis simply must play like David Harris to make that one stick.
Clearly, Jets followers will hope that the Wilson period ends in another way than the Sanchize one, however the trip wasn’t all that dangerous. One request, let’s get to a Tremendous Bowl this time round.