Sanchez on His Sunday Presser
Posted on November 19th, 2009 by Bassett
Sanchez apologized for his Jaguars postgame presser yesterday to the New York media, chalking it up to youthful inexperience and an eagerness to credit his teammates and take the blame for the loss.
If we’ve seen anything, it’s that Sanchez is a quick study.
“Once I got up there, I kind of got rolling with it and kept going,” he said. “I won’t do that again.”
The awkward moment rubbed some in the media the wrong way as Sanchez was criticized for appearing immature, disrespectful and unprofessional. After thinking about it, Sanchez said he was wrong to have a prepared statement.
“I answer the questions and you guys ask the questions,” he said. “That’s the rule. I’m not here to do your job, just like you’re not here to do mine. That wasn’t the most respectful thing to you guys and ladies. As much as I anticipate the questions and want to have an idea of what’s coming my way, it’s not my job to say, ‘All right, the press conference is over.’”
I don’t know how most of the press felt about it at the time, but it was mentioned enough by enough people last weekend that folks clearly thought it was a strange way to start the presser.
In theory, I don’t have a problem with Mark’s prepared words … Rex Ryan does it everytime he’s up there. When players are signed or drafted, they generally have some prepared statements. That’s not the problem with what he did. Where eyebrows were raised was when (1) it seemed out of character and disjointed for Sanchez, and (2) in some ways, dictatorial.
I think Mark hit it on the head by saying that “I answer the questions and you guys ask the questions.” Still, it sounds like the intent was nothing more than wanting to credit his teammates for their actions, and point out his own mistakes. It’s not a big deal, he’s learned his lesson, and I don’t see it as something worth dwelling on.
Moving along …