Braylon on quarterbacks and accountability

November, 4, 2010
11/04/10
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Say this for Mark Sanchez: He never criticizes his teammates. After Sunday's 9-0 loss to the Green Bay Packers, a game in which his receivers dropped six passes, Sanchez didn't point fingers, putting most of the blame on himself.

It raises an interesting topic, the delicate balance a quarterback always faces: When to accept blame and when to be critical of others.

Jets WR Braylon Edwards discussed the topic Thursday with reporters. In an earlier version of this post, it may have appeared that Edwards was directly criticizing Sanchez. While the general conversation was about Sanchez, the question that elicited the following response pertained to quarterbacks in general.

"Once a quarterback gets to a certain point, where his mistakes are far and few between ... it's hard to be that (critical) when your mistakes are at a substantial level," Edwards said. "That happens with more experience. That happens with more consistency. Then you get that respect when it becomes second nature.

"Hey, a guy drops a pass, (you say), 'You gotta catch that for me.' It's the same when a guy runs the wrong route or gets the wrong depth or a lineman jumps offsides. Then, that's when it's, 'Hey, man, I need you. You can't be doing that stuff.' The Peyton Mannings of the world (can say that). It takes consistency."

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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