Rich Cimini of ESPN New York posted a piece on ESPN's Jets Blog with quotes from former Jets punter Steve Weatherford on an NFL.com podcast being critical of Mark Sanchez. The headline read, "Steve Weatherford rips Mark Sanchez."
Here are the quotes:
"I like Mark -- I think he's a very talented quarterback -- but from my standpoint, I haven't seen a lot of maturation," Weatherford said. "When you're a quarterback and you come in, and you're expected to be the face of the franchise, and you're expected to lead the team.
"That's a lot to take on as a rookie. But as the years go on, I think you're expected to mature, skill-wise, and also mature as a leader, and to be honest with you, as much as I like the guy, I just haven't seen that."
I'd hardly consider Weatherford "ripping" Sanchez with these comments, but that was the headline. And Weatherford, who won a Super Bowl last year with the Giants, apparently wasn't thrilled with the context.
"I think (Mark Sanchez) knows the truth. I would never "RIP" a former teammate.Marks a great competitor and close friend This is outta control," Weatherford tweeted Friday.
"I expected a little more out of (Cimini) but the article was totally one sided," he added. "I have alot of respect for Mark Sanchez"
This week, everything Tebow and Sanchez has been overblown and over-covered, which is why I've refrained from posting much, if anything, about it (and because I've just been too busy...). However, this was certainly noteworthy, as it provides a little balance.