Mark Sanchez And… The Bucs?September 5th, 2013
Joe knows favorite topics among Bucs fans are whining about how other people won’t spend their money so said Bucs fans can watch a Bucs game free in their living rooms, and Bucs franchise quarterback Josh Freeman.
Joe simply cannot remember a local athlete who had so many cheerleaders and detractors all at the same time. Both loyal to their causes to the point of near-civil unrest.
Joe just wonders if the same division among Bucs fans would exist if, three years ago, the Bucs drafted girlie-hairband-wearing Mark Sanchez?
It’s not as crazy as you may think. Consider what long-time Jets beat writer Rich Cimini, now working for BSPN, had to say about the goings-on in Jetsland in the spring of 2009.
First, a quick story about Freeman. The Jets’ scouts actually had him graded higher than Mark Sanchez before the ’09 draft, but they adjusted the grades after Sanchez’s personal workout and interviews. I wonder how things would’ve played out if the Jets had picked Freeman.
With Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik mandated to draft a franchise quarterback of the future, and Freeman off the board, would Dominik had pulled the trigger on Sanchez?
The Jets quarterback has his detractors. Many of them, in fact, hence why the Jets drafted Geno Smith, this Sunday’s starter. But Sanchez does have some major scoreboard over Freeman and that is Sanchez because led the Jets to two AFC championship games. Freeman has yet to lead the Bucs to one postseason appearance, and that is why many of his detractors have their panties all bunched up, and deservedly so.
Had Sanchez been with the Bucs, would he have guided the Bucs over the hump and into the playoffs in 2010, or led the Bucs down the stretch last season?
Only the zealots of the Mike Glennon Mob hate Freeman. Every Bucs partisan from Bryan and Joel Glazer on down to the loneliest Bucs fans living in China watching games online would love nothing more than for Freeman to rid himself of his non-playoff slump.