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Mark Sanchez on challenges Jets’ Zach Wilson is…

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Mark Sanchez in 2013 and Zach Wilson


Former Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez sounds like GM Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh when he talks about Zach Wilson.

“I gotta say, he’s one of the best off-script quarterbacks I’ve ever seen,” Sanchez told The Post. “It is incredible how special he looks at plays that are so difficult. He just blows your mind. Like wow, that is special. You’ve seen it enough to know like ‘Yeah, this is our guy, he’s gonna be all right, we just gotta get him some help.’ ”

Sanchez, now a Fox Sports NFL analyst, was not terribly surprised by Wilson’s early struggles.

“Every rookie tries to do too much,” Sanchez said, “and Zach was no different.”

Asked if he sees a bright future for Wilson, Sanchez said: “I’d like to think so. He’s got all the raw tools, and now he’s just learning the game. Learning to master these situations. Learning how to play. And knowing how to play is managing your misses. Processing it a little bit faster and then just cutting bait, move on with your life. That’s a part of knowing how to play. That’s the hardest thing. He’s such a competitor, right? There’s always a chance if he’s got the ball in his hand, that’s the way he feels, and that’s what you want.

Mark Sanchez in 2013 and Zach Wilson
Mark Sanchez in 2013 and Zach Wilson
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“And I’d rather say, ‘Whoa’ to a player than ‘Sic ’em.’ I’d rather pull the reins back than kick him in the [butt] to get him going. Now it’s managing the misses, understanding not just how you win games, but how not to lose ’em. And that’s the biggest thing that Mac Jones has done, because of the guy [Bill Belichick] coaching him. He’s like, ‘We’re not gonna win a single game if we don’t stop beating ourselves.’ ”

Wilson has handled the market seamlessly so far.

“He also had to learn some life stuff, just how different the world is in New York as opposed to Salt Lake,” Sanchez said. “It was a big jump for me, and I was probably the most prepared guy to make that jump.”

Sanchez, like Sam Darnold, played at USC. Wilson played at BYU. Sanchez has a piece of advice for Wilson when it comes to the searing New York microscope.

“Understanding exactly how much exposure you want and be comfortable with that, and the scrutiny you’re gonna receive for that. ’Cause you’re gonna get scrutiny either way,” Sanchez said. “I wish I had a better understanding of what that was, I would say. If you’re gonna go do stuff and present at the Tonys, just know what comes with that.”

Sanchez offers this message to Jets fans about Wilson: “Give him time to cook a little bit. He’s gotta marinate, he’s gotta cook, he’s gotta get the right temperature, and there’s gotta be a lot of help around him.”

https://nypost.com/2021/12/08/mark-sanchez-on-challenges-jets-zach-wilson-is-facing-as-rookie-qb/