Mark Sanchez- Feeling Unwanted And Unloved At Work He Is Not Alone


The moment the Jets drafted Geno Smith if Mark Sanchez did not see the writing on the wall then that would have explained why he threw so many interceptions the past two seasons—he could not see the field properly.  In hindsight when the Jets brought Tim Tebow onto the team last year that should have at least opened Sanchez’s eyes.

Moreover, when the Jets hired John Idzik if Sanchez did not listen closely to what Idzik was saying, that might also have explained the many miscommunications that Sanchez had on the field— as his hearing must have been impaired.  

Throughout the sham of training camp and all the pronouncements that the quarterback competition was open and would be fair, which bordered on the farcical at times, it was never in doubt that Smith was going to be the quarterback of the Jets. It was just a matter of when— not if.

And Rex Ryan seemed more than happy to speed up the process of the transition to Smith by inserting Sanchez into a meaningless game in the fourth quarter behind a slipshod offensive line.  Ryan’s decision defies reality and conventional wisdom and will go down as part of his folk lore resume when he departs.

Ryan has yet to date to provide the Jet public with a feasible explanation for his actions, which has only made him look more inept and not in charge. It has even spawned conspiracy theories about how the Jets were in cahoots to get Sanchez out and Smith in.

Poor Sanchez, the future seemed so bright when he was drafted out of USC after playing a handful of games in college. Handsome, personable he came into town on the stardust of Rex Ryan’s ascendance and the two seemed destined for mutual stardom as they had two cracks at the AFC championship.  Then it all fell apart.

Blame is something that spreads like a California wildfire when things go wrong.  In retrospect those that said Sanchez needed more time to play in college might have been correct.  It is also difficult to play for a number of different offensive coordinators, although were not Shottenheimer and Sanchez supposed to have been joined at the hip?

And of course it could have not helped Sanchez that Ryan only seemed to know the numbers and names of his defensive players.  Added to the fact that the Jets organization in toto failed to manage the offense in terms of bringing in talent –this too only further contributed to the downfall of Sanchez and the Jets.

It is no wonder that Sanchez sits like a wounded bird with a banged up shoulder feeling unwanted, unloved and wondering if his current bosses (think John Idzik) care at all about him.

With Ryan his past patron making statements supporting Smith suggesting this is his offense and team—if Sanchez does not feel unwanted then something would be wrong with him.  His downfall was not all his fault but he was a big part of the equation— as his numbers speak for themselves.

When new bosses are hired they are hired for many reasons in this case Idzik was hired to come in and clean up the mess that had become the NY Jets. And when new brooms come in they generally sweep clean.  And if Sanchez and all those in the Jets organization did not understand this—they were in denial.

I sit with people all the time who complain how when new supervisors, bosses etc. are hired, they talk about how they feel threatened and worried about their jobs and future within their organizations.  These feelings are only natural they are to be expected, as the stability that they experienced under the old regime is no longer.

Prior pecking order relationships are all up for grabs, and it has been my experience that there is often a rush to curry favor with the new boss—as others sense that those in previous positions of power may no longer have the say they once had.

Moreover, many seek reassurance and comfort from their immediate supervisors and their peers to help stabilize them during the tumultuous emotional transition they are experiencing.  And there is no doubt that Sanchez like the rest of us when our worlds are turned upside down, has been, and is continuously looking for some comfort from those within the organization that he is still relevant and wanted.

We all want to feel relevant and wanted especially when we have given many years of service and our hearts to our organizations and jobs and to be suddenly cast aside, demoted, or even let go is not only very hurtful— but can be emotionally crushing, with many going into deep depression.  It takes some a long time to recover and trust, as feelings of bitterness anger and hurt can linger.

Unfortunately at least in the public domain Sanchez is getting those vibes and feelings of not being wanted, and wondering what is going to happen to him and given the circumstances these feelings are quite valid.

However, Sanchez can take heart in the fact that the future is unknown and that so many in his position have made comebacks and experienced success.  At this point in time, Sanchez is being vilified and has become the repository for all of the ills that plague the Jets (along with Ryan) which is far from the case, but it provides an easy place for those that are angry to dump their frustrations.

And it may be that Sanchez’s well of good will with Jet fans has run its course and he needs to start over in a different venue.

But if perchance Sanchez should get another opportunity to thrive he can take comfort in the fact that fans are fickle and he will be re-embraced.  If not here with the Jets, perhaps in another place.

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