Mark Sanchez doesn't know Rod Strickland so one has to assume that he learned how to eat a hot dog on the sidelines from Jamarcus Russell. The Jets were playing the Raiders and Russell has been known to tackle several Denny's Beer Barrel Busters while on the bench. One can only imagine what he's eating now that he's been permanently benched.
Sanchez is taking lessons in other areas as well. Yankees manager Joe Girardi stopped by the Jets training facility to talk to the team and give Sanchez sliding lessons.
"I’ve never really been a slider. In baseball, I slid head first. In football, I’ve done the same thing, or tried to get out of bounds or throw the ball away. It’s something that you need to learn at this level. Once you get the first down or as many yards as you need, just protect yourself and protect the ball and give yourself a chance to play."That should take care of the interceptions and bad decisions. Jeff George would have been a better teacher. He could have shown Sanchez what diving, sorry sliding is about. It works best when you're in the pocket and have good protection. More room to dive.
Sanchez and coach Rex Ryan might need a more sensitive approach. Ryan probably cried while looking at Girardi's World Series gear. New York Magazine reported that Sanchez broke down while watching The Blind Side. Hopefully he doesn't do that every time he sees a lineman of Michael Oher's size bearing down on him. If Ryan was going to call in a baseball player, he should have looked to Bronson Arroyo. His sliding lessons would be more their speed.
Hold me closer, Tiny Trojan.