Not Just Swinging for the Fences

In case you missed it yesterday, Peter King had a section in his MMQB about Mark Sanchez and his sideline talk with Tony Sparano after his interception.

Sanchez looked disgusted with himself when Sparano found him.

“Listen son,” Sparano said, “you didn’t have to do that. You’d made six or seven positive plays in a row to get us there, and if you throw it away, it’s third down and you keep the drive going. It doesn’t have to be you winning the game by yourself. Cut your losses. Let your teammates help.”

Sparano told me last night: “It was an easy conversation to have. Mark’s a very good kid. He knew. Every play doesn’t have to be a home run.”

Some players — and maybe Sanchez last year — would have squeezed the football so tight on the next possession, and the next, and not been able to make winning plays. But on his next five drives, Sanchez went touchdown, touchdown, field goal, field goal, touchdown, with 266 yards of efficient, accurate drives. “Mark got the ball out on rhythm,” said Sparano. “That’s the way we’ve seen him play in practice. I think it was just a matter of getting all our receivers out there healthy and contributing as a unit.”