Why Freeman Is Not A New York JetMay 9th, 2011
It seems Rex Ryan has written a book devoid of feet-orgy stories but filled with interesting football nuggets.
Sports Illustrated scribe Peter King, who recently insulted Team Glazer publicly, tells a story from Ryan’s book about the Jets’ decision to draft Mark Sanchez over Josh Freeman. It appears today in King’s popular Monday Morning Quarterback column on SI.com.
Ryan tells an interesting story in the book about pursuing a franchise quarterback once he got the Jets job. The choice came down to USC’s Mark Sanchez and Kansas State’s Josh Freeman. “We sent both of them a mini-playbook and asked them to learn what they could from it before they met with us,” Ryan told me. “They both blew the doors off us when we got them in a room. We’d ask about out formations and bam-bam-bam, they knew it all quick. Both very, very sharp guys.”
But in telling the story in the book, Ryan says one of the factors that swayed the Jets was how Sanchez was regarded by his peers. He said 24 high school and college mates showed up to catch balls for Sanchez. When they’d been to Kansas State to work out Freeman, two of his receivers showed up. “Honestly,” Ryan told me, “that might have been what separated them — the immense respect we sensed from the people who played with Mark and knew him so well.”
While Joe gets Ryan’s logic, perhaps Freeman wasn’t interested in bringing a mountain of people out to his workout? It’s not a popularity contest; it’s a workout with an NFL team.
Given recent news accounts of Sanchez, it’s no surprise the high schoolers were out there in full force.
Thankfully, the Bucs got the better quarterback.