Sanchez on Sitting

A disappointed Mark Sanchez discusses the choice to sit him due to injury – via Star-Ledger

On his reaction to Coach Ryan’s decision not to start him this week…
It was disappointing. I’m pretty upset about it. I understand he wants to make the right decision for me, but it’s just a frustrating part of this game. I asked him if I could try to practice tomorrow. He said no way. He said, “I know if you practice tomorrow you’re going to play and we don’t want to run any risk of further injury.” It’s difficult to handle, but I’m excited for Kellen (Clemens). I’m backing him 100 percent. I think he’s going to do really well. I understand why he did it this early. At first, I guess, I was upset that he wouldn’t give me a chance to practice and try and wait until the last second. But at the same time I understand that Kellen needs all the reps possible if he is going to start this week. That is totally fair to him and I understand where Rex is coming from. It doesn’t mean that I necessarily agree or am happy about it. I support the team and I support Kellen.

On if he feels that he could play Sunday…

I would like to think so. Everyday has gotten a lot better. It’s been great compared to other injuries. The doctors stressed that in my position it is different than running down on kickoffs, not that there is one better. I am not saying that. I’m saying that the kind of motion you use, the steps you use, the kind of planting and force that goes into the ground is a lot different at quarterback than it is at a different position. That’s why when people say it’s just a pain tolerance thing, it’s not necessarily the case. They want me to be 100 percent and not worried about somebody coming after it or me having any second thoughts when I’m in the pocket. When I’m on the field I don’t want to feel like that anyway. I’d love to play. If this were the Super Bowl I would definitely be playing.

On what he is feeling in his knee…
It’s just not 100 percent. That’s really all I can say about it.

On if he realizes that not playing might be better for him…
I probably won’t realize that for a while. I just need to be prepared to support the team this week and be ready to play the next week.

On if he felt optimistic that he would play on Sunday…
I was planning on playing.

On when he found out he would not play…
Today. After practice.

On when the injury happened…
It’s hard to say. I don’t know. I didn’t feel the injury right away. It could have been when I got up from diving or it could have been the play before. I have no idea.

On if this makes him think about sliding…
I just need to be smart and protect myself when I can. That is really the message. I felt like in the situation the other day I am (diving) for a first down and I really (avoided the hit), I felt like. Obviously that wasn’t the case. We’ll reevaluate it later. When I come back I’ll be ready to throw the ball away or get out of bounds.

On if he thinks this is punitive…
It’s Rex’s decision right now. I’d love to play. I’d love to help the team, but that’s just not what the team needs right now. We’ll go on from there.

On if he thinks Coach Ryan is trying to teach him a lesson…
I don’t know about that. You’d have to ask Rex.

On if he is “mad as a hornet” at Coach Ryan…
Sounds about right (laughing).

On if it is frustrating that he won’t be able to travel with the team…
The last time I felt like this I was a redshirt freshman. You don’t travel to the game. It’s a weird feeling. I want to be there to support them, but I also understand those two days that I would be traveling and gone, I could be getting valuable treatment that will help me get back for Atlanta. That’s my timetable. Support the heck out of these guys, support them like I always do and trust in Kellen that he is going to do well like we know he is and be ready for Atlanta. That’s the goal.

On if there is any doubt in him playing next week…
I would say no doubt at all. I’d love to be out on the field and I’ll be pushing like crazy. The doctors have been just ecstatic about my progress. They say usually this thing swells like a balloon. That’s where you really miss time, when this thing swells up like crazy and you can’t bend it all the way. I’m doing a lot better than a lot of people. Like I said, it’s a different injury. A lot of guys put a brace on and hobble down the field. I’m not in that position right now. I need to be effective.

On wearing two knee braces…
I don’t know. We’ll see, when the time comes, what feels comfortable and what I need for protection. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

On if he will ever get rid of the other brace…
I don’t know. I’ll think about it.




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