The recent season ending foot injury to Santonio Holmes reeks of Shockey’s injury in 2007. Pain in the ass/diva offensive weapon goes down and QB forced to take full control of the offense without said weapon chirping in every huddle. That injury to the former New York Giant TE helped to propel Eli Manning into much of who he is today. I remember Amani Toomer coming out in 2007 and saying that Shockey used to pester Eli in the huddle every time he thought he was open and the ball didn’t end up in his hands…
Knowing the Jets well and watching Holmes play every week, I can almost guarantee that this same thing has been happening to Sanchez over the past couple of years. No more former Super Bowl MVP sulking every time a ball is overthrown or he isn’t Mark’s first read. If the Jets’ front office can hold off the Tebow pressure, they may actually get a chance to see what they have in Sanchez. This is the time to figure that out, as they will likely hold an early enough pick to draft a QB come April.
Is Mark Sanchez as good as Eli… No, I don’t think so. But the developmental parallels here are worth considering.
Theory dependent on Woody Johnson not pressuring Rex into starting Tebow to sell tickets (the most likely scenario)