With Training Camp right around the corner, the New York Jets are being talked about in the media for a story that is not about the 2015 Jets. Stop if you have ever heard that before. With all of the optimism and positive energy surrounding the Jets, it has not taken long for controversy.
Darrelle Revis recreated the infamous Sports Illustrated Cover of Joe Namath in July 1956, and portions of the interview were released to the public, in which Revis talks about coming so close with the Jets in 2009 and 2010 and Revis says “We almost made it [in 2009 and ’10], and we didn’t have a quarterback,” “Mark was solid. He wasn’t elite.”
Every New York media outlet is going to take this (if they have not done so already) and run with it and talk about how Revis is taking shots at Sanchez and how Revis is telling people how he really felt and is voicing his true opinion of Sanchez. Well did anyone ever stop and think that this is not necessarily a shot at Mark Sanchez but a fact?
While Sanchez struggled as a regular season quarterback, he was much better in the postseason going 4-2 in 2009 and 2010. While Sanchez was good, look at who he was matched up against.
In 2009, he went up against Carson Palmer, Phillip Rivers, and Peyton Manning. All of those quarterbacks are eons better than Sanchez and yet he still beat Palmer and Rivers and gave Manning a run for his money in the AFC Championship game.
In 2010, Sanchez went up against Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Ben Roethlisberger. Again, all of those quarterbacks are so much better than Sanchez, and yet he beat Manning and Brady, and nearly pulled off a comeback against Roethlisberger.
What Revis is saying is that Sanchez and the Jets went up against elite, legendary quarterbacks (with the exception of Carson Palmer) and the Jets won 4 out of 6 games, when Sanchez was nowhere near an elite quarterback. But of course, the media is spinning it to where Revis is taking shots at Sanchez.
With his return to New York, and the promise of the 2015 Jets season, why would Revis want to take a shot at Mark Sanchez, when Sanchez has been gone for over a year now from the Jets? If Revis said “Yeah that Mark Sanchez he really sucked and he was the reason we didn’t make a Super Bowl”, then that is taking a shot.
Simply pointing out how Sanchez was outclassed by each of the five quarterbacks that the Jets faced in the 2009 and 2010 postseasons is not taking a shot, it is telling the truth.