CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Who said Eli Manning is the least talked about quarterback in New York?
In speaking with reporters following Monday morning’s practice, New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez had high praise for the Giants two-time Super Bowl winning signal caller.
“I looked into and seen how successful he’s been and seen how he’s really weathered the storm and played really well,” remarked Sanchez. “His game is unbelievable, he’s doing a great job.”
This upcoming season Sanchez is looking to limit his mistakes, much like Manning did during the Giants' conquest of the Lombardi Trophy back in 2007.
“That fourth year he threw one pick in the playoffs when they won that Super Bowl and I think he threw 20 during the regular season,” said Sanchez of Manning’s championship season. “You see the margin for error in this league is so small. Once the quarterback, the offense and the coordinator really realize that and take advantage of that and show that on the field you can win a lot of games and have success on the field.”
Sanchez steered clear of any Super Bowl guarantees, but his head coach Rex Ryan is urging his players to capture the moment and not take anything for granted.
“He’s really made a point to hold everyone accountable,” said Sanchez of Ryan’s message during training camp. “To not let anything slip through the cracks. This is our one shot. Who knows how long we’ll play this game? Who knows how long we’ll play together? So this is our shot and to takr advantage of it.”
The Jets are trying to wash away the bitter memories from last season with an infusion of rookie and free agent talent, a revamped coaching staff and the world’s most famous backup quarterback in Tim Tebow. Gang Green is looking for a bounce-back year with Sanchez and company demonstrating a renewed sense of urgency and purpose this time around.
“After having two successful years, making the playoffs and giving ourselves a chance, not having that is like not even swinging the bat when you’re up at the plate,” Sanchez said. “It’s like watching three strikes go by, you don’t give yourself a chance to get in the tournament and Rex doesn’t want us to miss that opportunity.”
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.com
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