Saturday, January 15, 2011
Steve Young says Jets can't hide Sanchez
By Tim Graham
On a recent "SportsCenter" appearance, Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young gave his take on how the New York Jets must use Mark Sanchez to beat the New England Patriots on Sunday.
Young wasn't concerned with Sanchez's shoulder injury, but he's not sure how much -- or how early in the game -- the Jets will rely on him.
"It's feast or famine recently with him," Young said. "Do [the Jets] hold him back and try to run the football and stay close and have him make some plays in the fourth quarter, which they did a few weeks on the road in mid-season?"
Young insisted the Jets can't afford to camouflage Sanchez with a ground-and-pound attack and still hope to win.
"What I thought was nice last week," Young said, "if you watched the Ravens game with Joe Flacco, what they did with him was they were careful, yet they let him expand inside the numbers, throw to tight ends, play-action, nice, safe but crisp passes that loosened up the defense.
"That's what [the Jets] have to do. They cannot just go in there and run the football against the Patriots, shorten the game and win. It's not going to work.
"Mark Sanchez is going to have to do significant things to beat the Patriots, but they can't put him out front."