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May 9, 2011 @ 11:21 am
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Why The Jets Took Sanchez Over Freeman

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In Sports Illustrated's Monday Morning Quarterback Column, Peter King writes about why the New York Jets drafted quarterback Mark Sanchez instead of Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman. King pulls the explanation from the new book out by Jets head coach Rex Ryan.
Ryan tells an interesting story in the book about pursuing a franchise quarterback once he got the Jets job. The choice came down to USC's Mark Sanchez and Kansas State's Josh Freeman. "We sent both of them a mini-playbook and asked them to learn what they could from it before they met with us,'' Ryan told me. "They both blew the doors off us when we got them in a room. We'd ask about out formations and bam-bam-bam, they knew it all quick. Both very, very sharp guys.''

But in telling the story in the book, Ryan says one of the factors that swayed the Jets was how Sanchez was regarded by his peers. He said 24 high school and college mates showed up to catch balls for Sanchez. When they'd been to Kansas State to work out Freeman, two of his receivers showed up. "Honestly,'' Ryan told me, "that might have been what separated them -- the immense respect we sensed from the people who played with Mark and knew him so well.''

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    Things have worked out well for both the Jets and Bucs with their young signal callers so in hindsight you couldn't go wrong with selecting Sanchez or Freeman. New York has been to the past two AFC Championship Games, so obviously Sanchez has been helped by a much better supporting cast. In fact the Jets defense and running game has carried him through some games of bad performances and growing pains. Freeman has not had that luxury and he has been the one that has bailed out underperforming teammates or units. Freeman has outperformed Sanchez individually. Freeman has thrown for more touchdowns with less interceptions and completed a higher percentage of his passes. Plus Freeman has been more effective in contributing with mobility and running with the ball. Freeman's quarterback rating was 20 points higher than Sanchez's last season. Regarding Ryan's feeling that Sanchez could get players to rally to him more than Freeman, perhaps Freeman thought that he only needed a couple of players to run routes for him so why spend the time to lobby guys to turn out. Perhaps Freeman used that time to study the mini-playbook more. At the end of the day both franchises appear to be set with quality quarterbacks for years to come.

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    The real reason Buddy Ryan's fat son's chose of Sanchez over Freeman is because Sanchez offered up 48 young and supple feet for pervert Rex to fawn over while Freeman only brought four. He didn't think Freeman cared enough about his little fetish. Why would anyone bring 24 people (entourage) to that setting? Is it work or a picnic? Rex, it just shows what an egomaniac you are with that type of thinking. Like someone said, at USC the players all have new cars. Maybe Josh could only get two guys in his used beater.
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    Well Thanks Coach Ryan and the Jets. I think one of the receievers why all of them showed for Sanchez and Not Freeman is that the receievers wanted to showcase there own talent's and not all the receievers were not too thrill for some un for seen reasons. But that's ok! I'll pick freeman over any young QB in the game with the same amount experience. Freeman will be a bigger Impact than The QB with Lions, Rams, Skins, Jets and all these rookies that were drafted this year. Iam very please that what I have seen from Day one. If Freeman has the year that he had last year HE WILL GO TO THE PROBOWL and guide Tampa Bay back in the playoffs and get to the second round if they play this year. GO BUCS
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    If the Jets had gotten Freeman they could be admiring their Super Bowl Rings about now, and Rex would be an even more aggressive EGO MANIAC than he already is. Sanchez self destructed under the heavy pressure. Freeman thrives on that same pressure, which is why he wins so many come back victories in the fourth quarter. We got the real deal, and the Jets got the CHOKE QUEEN. Who says there is not justice in this world. Ha.
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    No problem. I'll take our guy ...
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    Thanks rex!! And thank you Mangini!!! That idiot had the sanchez pick and traded it to the jets AND then had the freeman pick and traded it to the bucs!!!
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    I think the Bucs are happy with the Jets' decision.
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    HAHA! I bet ol Rexy regrets that one.
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    This is why the BUCS will win a super bowl before the jets! Thanks rex. You idit! BUCS not buccs.
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    I heard the real reason was Mark Sanchez had prettier feet. :) Besides, Sanchez had a lot more time to make friends when he was sitting on the bench for 3 years at USC. Freeman started as a true freshman. USC also had 12 guys invited to the NFL combine that year, so that was the pro-day for 11 guys besides Mark Sanchez. K-State only had a couple of receivers with any chance of making the NFL. Oh well. Their loss...
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    Ok, I had to call this out cause it was so stupid BSPHENOM I hope you are joking when you said "that Sanchez had more time to make friends because he was on the bench and Freeman was a Starter since he was a freshman" I sincerly hope you are joking because that has to be the stupidest thing I think I have ever heard and that is saying something.
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    jongruden: your comment is the stupidest thing i've heard. BSphenom was obviously joking. idiot....
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    Did the smiley-face in the post not make it obvious enough? Lighten up chuckie...
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    LMAO that has got to be the dumbest reason for selecting somebody over somebody else. So many variables could of played out for why that happened Heres a good one, Sanchez went to USC, maybe most of those players showed up for there own benefit like getting more exposure for scouts, it might of had nothing to do with Sanchez... all i can say is thanks Rex for picking the wrong guy.
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    Wow so does that mean that all of the fans that were upset that the Buccs traded up to get Freeman are having a second helping of CROW? The Jets either considered making Freeman a top five pick or trading down to take Freeman as a steal over Sanchez. Heck I bet Detroit would like a do over on that draft with Freeman being considered for the first overall pick. Great job by Dom and Raheem to get us a franchise QB in the second half of the first round --- GO BUCCS. Question: Have any of you attended the open training camp practices over the last two years, and if so how was it? I am considering making the trip from California this year, thats if we have a season.
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    Sanchez Sucks... Thank god the Jets took him instead of Freeman. I would've probably been less of a Bucs fan if they had taken "Dirty Sanchez". So thanks fat boy (Rex Ryan) for allowing the best QB in the draft to fall to us. Go Bucs!
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    Thank you Rex, keep making those kind of decisions. Let's keep in touch so we can pick the player that you don't want because not enough supporters showed up. Hey Rex we need a CB. How about we trade you Talib for Reavis and we will send along a gun collection for you and Talib. You can never have enough guns on you in New York. Also you and Talib could go to the same anger management classes together; hey maybe some other supporters will show up for both of you guys. AlsoRex, you can teach Talib how to be "a toe man".
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    Why didn't Ryan just ask freeman about why 2 receivers showed for his pro day?
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    lol so popularity over a better arm/better mobility. Great drafting, Rex. Thanks for no drafting our boy, Free. He's going to end up being more popular than Sanchez in the longrun anyways...for being one of the best QB's in the NFL.
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    I can understand R. Ryan's line of thinking when he made that decision. It just didn't work out despite all the angles he took into consideration in making the decision. Taking any player, especially QB's in the draft is an inexact science and this is a prime example of it. Like PR pointed out after the draft, people are going to be comparing the picks of Clayborn and C. Jordan 3 years from now. I definitely would have taken Clayborn over Jordan if nothing else for the same reason...my perception of Clayborn having better leadership skills. I also think he plays the run better and is just as good of a pass rusher as Jordan, but we'll see...
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    Thank you Rex. It shows that USC players get PAID better!!
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    Thank you REX!!!!!!!!!!!! You are an idiot.
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    Thankyou Rex for not taking Freeman. Sanchez has alot of heart and moxy but Freeman has that and tremendous size and talent that can't be matched.
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    Oh Boy! This is easier than why did the chicken cross the street. Because the Jets wanted the Bucs to have the best QB in the league. Period!
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    PR. I think you're bieng nice soooo..... I will say what you thought when you first read Mr. King article. "Ha. If Josh Freeman went to the Jets they'd have at least one Superbowl win already." "Mark is good enough to START but Freeman is a FAAARRRR better finisher" end thought! The 1st team Josh inherited would have crippled Mark Sanchez, because he clearly needs more development. Josh Freeman would have had a long heart to heart with stone hands WR Edwards.
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    Ryan's explanation is absurd.
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