I was expecting a quiet week in hopes the media frenzy was to die down after Monday’s flurry of fluster at Florham Park. But, in traditional Jets fashion, it has not. This week’s focus is on our STARTING QUARTERBACK Mark Sanchez. Jets Owner Woody Johnson has made it clear bringing Tim Tebow aboard was the right decision, and that he WILL NOT be replacing Mark in any way, shape, or form.
A quote from WFAN has Johnson stating, “You have to have confidence in your starter. You just don’t take guys in and out.” Rex Ryan announced using Tebow for twenty plus plays per game. He was not specific as to the position(s) he would be used for. To me, the coaching staff’s plans for Tebow contradict each other. If you do not take guys in and out, does that mean Mark will, in fact, remain at the quarterback position, and Tebow will not replace him AT ALL, and play other positions a la Smith/Kerley style?
Rex has also made it clear that Mark is not the General Manager and does not call the shots. Wow, where did that come from? Did Mark ever declare that he is making executive decisions for the team? If he did, then I missed it. Mark the Marionette, allow me to introduce to you, the Vengeance of Ventriloquism.
It seems as though many people are trying to speak on Mark’s behalf. Well, actually, let me re-phrase that. People are documenting Mark’s physical behavior and tone of speech, all the while taking his words and dissecting and translating them into media-savvy lingo. It is a good thing he addressed beat writers on Monday, right? Mark clearly stated he would do anything it takes for the team to win, even if the rotation of positions came into play.
The rest of the world begs to differ.
Seriously folks, do you expect Mark, the leader of the New York Jets, the “Sanchise,” to rant and rave and vent to the public his unhappiness with the Jets employment process and his position with the team? I could not even begin to imagine what would happen if Mark lashed out and fed into the media frenzy. He is being smart, saying the right things, and addressing the public in a professional manner. Mark’s toned down reactions are the perfect balance to the coaching staff’s popularity contest and push to make headlines.
Why isn’t Mark being a leader and taking matters into his own hands? Because he knows what he has to do to be a successful quarterback. To me, Mark IS, in fact, demonstrating leadership qualities.
The same rules apply with any corporation, and they are very simple. If an employee were to badmouth his/her place of employment, he/she would be looked down upon in a negative manner, and punished accordingly. The employee should take up any and all concerns with management BEHIND closed doors. The only difference, in this case, is that Mark’s situation is broadcasted to the world, and the world is definitely tuned in.
Words will be exchanged, and thoughts will be skewed. But, always remember, actions speak louder than words.