December 12, 2009
T.J. Simers credits Chris Dufresne as the master prognosticator who foresaw the demise of the 2009 USC football season even before it started. However, I think the real Nostradamus award should go to none other than Pete Carroll himself, who saw this coming way back on Jan. 15, the day Mark Sanchez decided to turn pro. Now we know why he was so angry. Ken Swift Tustin I never thought I would be saying this about Pete Carroll, but USC's failures this season can be placed squarely on the shoulders of the coach.
April 21, 2009 |
Even though USC quarterback Mark Sanchez probably won't be the first player selected Saturday in the NFL draft, he could have the biggest influence on the opening round. With so many teams in the market for a quarterback -- Jacksonville, San Francisco, Denver, Washington, the New York Jets and Tampa Bay among them -- Sanchez could inspire one of them to trade into the top five to pick him. It looks as if the Detroit Lions will select Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford with the No.
January 15, 2010 |
Breaking down the San Diego-New York Jets matchup in the AFC divisional playoffs: No-fly zone This game pits San Diego's outstanding pass offense and New York's smothering pass defense. A matchup to watch is Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis on 6-foot-5 Vincent Jackson , who's six inches taller. But Jackson is quick to say that height differential between receivers and defensive backs is often an exaggerated edge. He says he can count on one hand the number of jump-ball fades the Chargers have thrown in recent years, passes that can take advantage of those size mismatches.
October 5, 2012 |
Their passes might sail high, but three NFL quarterbacks have landed far short of expectations. Kansas City's Matt Cassel, Seattle's Russell Wilson, and the New York Jets' Mark Sanchez aren't the only starting quarterbacks who are struggling - there are several - but they're the ones inching ever closer to the bench. Through four games, the three have combined for 14 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, and each plays for a team in danger of falling behind early in their respective division races.
August 24, 2009 |
USC receiver Damian Williams could have run an escape route. When former quarterback Mark Sanchez left USC for the NFL last January, the Trojans' top receiver almost followed. "He was one of my best friends," Williams said recently. "Not only that, the quarterback is leaving. You didn't quite know who was going to be the next guy. I can't lie and say I didn't think about it." The Trojans are happy that Williams came back. The fourth-year junior was USC's most dependable receiver last season, catching a team-high 58 passes for 869 yards and nine touchdowns.
August 17, 2009 |
Quarterback Mark Sanchez , coming off an impressive NFL debut, will start the New York Jets' preseason game at Baltimore next week. Coach Rex Ryan announced Sunday that Sanchez, a rookie from USC, would open under center against the Ravens in the nationally televised game on Aug. 24. Ryan previously determined that Kellen Clemens would start the preseason opener against St. Louis on Friday and the two would flip-flop against Baltimore....
March 27, 2009 |
Pete Carroll preaches that USC football is all about competition. But when it comes to quarterbacks, the reality has mostly been succession. Matt Leinart passed the torch, as expected, to John David Booty. Mark Sanchez took over, to the surprise of few, from Booty. However, Sanchez's early departure for the NFL broke the line. For the first time in six years, there is no obvious heir apparent.
April 2, 2009 |
The most convincing case for Mark Sanchez wasn't made on the practice field Wednesday, but in a nearby auditorium a half-hour before USC's pro day even began. There, Coach Pete Carroll gathered all the NFL coaches, executives and scouts in attendance and gave his thoughts on each of the school's prospects. He saved his best pitch for Sanchez, to whom he gave the Siberian-cold shoulder two months ago when the quarterback announced he was leaving early for the pros.
August 16, 2009 |
Mark Sanchez already knows the New York Jets' offense like the back of his hand. That assumes, of course, the back of his hand still looks the way it did last weekend, tattooed with ballpoint notations and reminders to help him through a morning of training camp. "Just different plays, different checks," he said, turning over his hand to show the cryptic markings. "Because I didn't have a wristband with a clear sleeve, so I just wrote it down on my hand. I just wanted to make sure I was solid with these two run checks."
January 10, 2010 |
With the kind of bravado only his father, Buddy Ryan, has matched over the last two-plus decades, Coach Rex Ryan said his team should be favorites throughout the playoffs and then handed his players itineraries for the next month with plans that culminate in a parade Feb. 9, two days after Super Bowl XLIV. Then, the New York Jets went out Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium and did something the elder Ryan never accomplished as a coach -- win a postseason game. The rookie coach with rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez outclassed the Cincinnati Bengals, 24-14, in an AFC wild-card meeting to advance to the divisional round.