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Sanchez becoming 'unquestioned team leader'

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07:46 AM ET 08.05 | Mark Sanchez is ready to take over. Four days into training camp, it's impossible not to notice Sanchez's transformation from unsure rookie to unquestioned team leader. From his improved hard cadence at the line of scrimmage to his willingness to accept ownership for his mistakes, Sanchez resembles a 10-year veteran more than a second-year signal-caller. "This is my team," Sanchez said after the morning practice Wednesday. "This is my offense. You need to own it....When you walk in a room, people should know: That's the quarterback. That's our guy." ... In many ways, it's been natural. He hasn't shied away from the spotlight even after subpar performances such as Wednesday morning when he went 8 of 17 with two interceptions in 11-on-11 team drills.

New York Daily News

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August 5, 2010  07:54 AM ET

Wow, now the whole team will be going to Broadway shows in white tuxes. Cool.

August 5, 2010  08:01 AM ET

He's the QB... He is supposed to be the team leader. Good for him, but wait until they implode.

August 5, 2010  08:03 AM ET

It's way too early to bust on him too hard for going 8-17 with 2 INTs, but just the same I'd be very glad to have a defense and a running game if I were a Jets fan.

August 5, 2010  08:07 AM ET

That defense and running game makes him much more confident. I'd also say the acquisition of Santonio Holmes ain't too shabby either. Jets are going to be very, very good this year.

August 5, 2010  08:09 AM ET

It seems that everyday there is at least one Jets thread. That is his job. I guess we should praise him for doing his job.

August 5, 2010  08:18 AM ET

Throwing interceptions at practice when Revis isn't even there. I know the Jets have a good defense but I thought this article was about Sanchez improving. It almost seems like the Jets are Super Bowl or bust and while Sanchez did alright as a rookie, he didn't shoulder too heavy of a load. Ultimately if the Jets are going to live up to he hype Sanchez needs to improve more than any other area of the team.

August 5, 2010  08:23 AM ET

Who cares?

August 5, 2010  08:26 AM ET

Fine...be the unquestioned leader of a team going nowhere. Yippeeeeee!

August 5, 2010  08:28 AM ET

Remember, last year he started as a rookie. That in itself is a pretty big accomplishment. He wasn't a superstar, but he didn't F up much, which is more than you can say for a lot of veterans out there. His team made the playoffs, too. Yeah, the D helped a lot.

The Jets are dangerous, but it remains to be seen whether they're dangerous to the rest of the league, or only to themselves. Time will tell, sports fans, time will tell. Fortunately, they open against the Ravens, and then play the Pats and the Fish, which should give us a good idea about this team and the AFC East in general.

August 5, 2010  08:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Remember, last year he started as a rookie. That in itself is a pretty big accomplishment. He wasn't a superstar, but he didn't F up much, which is more than you can say for a lot of veterans out there. His team made the playoffs, too. Yeah, the D helped a lot.The Jets are dangerous, but it remains to be seen whether they're dangerous to the rest of the league, or only to themselves. Time will tell, sports fans, time will tell. Fortunately, they open against the Ravens, and then play the Pats and the Fish, which should give us a good idea about this team and the AFC East in general.

It's hard to buy into the coach when he "acts stupidly" so often.

August 5, 2010  08:31 AM ET

It's good to see he is willing to take ownership for his mistakes - there will be a lot of them...

August 5, 2010  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Remember, last year he started as a rookie. That in itself is a pretty big accomplishment. He wasn't a superstar, but he didn't F up much, which is more than you can say for a lot of veterans out there. His team made the playoffs, too. Yeah, the D helped a lot.The Jets are dangerous, but it remains to be seen whether they're dangerous to the rest of the league, or only to themselves. Time will tell, sports fans, time will tell. Fortunately, they open against the Ravens, and then play the Pats and the Fish, which should give us a good idea about this team and the AFC East in general.

Word!

August 5, 2010  08:43 AM ET

Alrightee Sanchez. Go ahead and start owning those INTs then too.

August 5, 2010  08:47 AM ET

Let's see... 2nd year at qb, this is SI dot com... hmmm, me sees a jinx coming...

August 5, 2010  08:49 AM ET

"This is my offense. You need to own it, especially when you start throwing a lot interceptions like I tend to."

August 5, 2010  08:51 AM ET

" ... When you walk in a room, people should know: That's the quarterback ... "

Was he walking into rooms and having people mistake him for a janitor?

August 5, 2010  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wow, now the whole team will be going to Broadway shows in white tuxes. Cool.

My lasting image also, DD!

August 5, 2010  09:02 AM ET

This guy is a goober. Dirty Sanchez.

August 5, 2010  09:31 AM ET

I still think NE is the team to beat in the afc east....yesterday on mike and mike they said NE 8-8 and 9-7 I gotta disagree with that NE 11-5 NYJ 10-6

 
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