New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has Mike Holmgren on his side. Holmgren, the former Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks head coach, has always been a fan on Mark Sanchez and believes that he and Mary Mornhinweg will be a good fit. Mike Holmgren coached Marty Mornhinweg in high school, with Mornhinweg eventually joining his staff in Green Bay as an assistant coach.
New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is looking to bounce back from two consecutive poor seasons and save his career with the Jets. The selection of Geno Smith has turned up the heat and shown the franchise's willingness to accept that things might not work out with Mark Sanchez at quarterback long term. Still, Mike Holmgren sees light at the end of the tunnel for Mark Sanchez. Marty Mornhinweg is part of that.
"I actually think he's going to have a fine year," Holmgren told 950 KJR-AM in Seattle.
That statement alone might not hold much weight, but Mike Holmgren went on to say that he has always liked Mark Sanchez's mechanics. He even said that if he were still coaching, Mark Sanchez is one of the players he would like to coach. With some of the distractions removed from the equation, Holmgren believes he can pull it together this season.
"Marty [Mornhinweg] played the position of quarterback. He knows quarterback play, he's an excellent coach, and that's going to help. That's going to help [Mark] Sanchez a lot in my opinion."
That kind of positive statement from a coach who has been around some great quarterbacks, like future Hall of Famer Brett Favre, has to be comforting to Jets fans. While it's certainly understandable that some might still be wary of the past two seasons with Mark Sanchez at quarterback, there's still a bit of hope left. Despite the constant railing on the lack of talent on the team, the talent around him has improved this offseason, with the only exception being the tight end position if Kellen Winslow, Jr. doesn't prove to be the player he once was.
Lots of positive talk, now we have to wait and see how it all plays out this season. What led into the discussion with Mike Holmgren about Mark Sanchez was a statement from the host that playing quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys is the most pressure-packed position in the game. Mike Holmgren countered by saying that no one in the NFL is facing the kind of pressure that Mark Sanchez is this season.