From the FanPosts. -Chris
The science of pressure is amazing. Pressure can turn a lump of coal in to a diamond, and it can turn a quarterback in to a lump of coal.
I am a Southern California native and have been a Trojan fan my entire life. I never miss a single play of ANY game, period. I re-watch most Trojan games over and over again. My friends and family talk Trojan football everyday, all year long. Allow me to share two tidbits of information we have agreed on all season; This years Trojan defense was the best in the Pete Carroll era and Mark Sanchez is masquerading as an all-star college quarterback.
I have read throughout the Arrowhead Pride comments about using the #3 pick to grab Sanchez assuming Stafford goes to the Lions. Being a SoCal local with great knowledge of Mark Sanchez I wanted to take a minute to try and completely strike the idea from anyone’s mind. Let’s take a break from the “should we take a QB, LB, OL, etc” argument and simply discuss Mark Sanchez. The easiest way to do this would be to compare Mark Sanchez situation at USC with Joe Flacco’s situation in Baltimore.
Everybody seems to have fallen in love with both of them. We hear about Sanchez’s numbers this season and his big Rose bowl performance. We hear about how Flacco is a rookie leading his team deep in to the playoffs. What is lost in both accounts is how neither of these quarterbacks have had the kind of pressure put on them that absolutely defines an all-star quarterback, except of course Sanchez in the Oregon State debacle.
Thanks to the Trojan defense…
USC enjoyed a lead at half time in every game this season except one. USC’s offense never had to overcome a deficit larger than 7 points in any game this season except one. USC’s offense never had to put together a fourth quarter drive to keep their hopes of winning alive in any game this season except one. Mark Sanchez never had to worry about an interception costing his team the game in any game this season except one. If you want to see the real Mark Sanchez, go back and watch this game. You can change “Trojan” to “Raven” and it almost perfectly describes this season for Joe Flacco as well. Well, almost throw me a bone here.
I know what the loyal to Mark Sanchez folks are all simultaneously screaming at this point, “THAT WAS ONLY ONE GAME”. So was the Rose bowl. We only have ONE season of Mark Sanchez by which to judge him as the #3 overall pick and as it turns out the Oregon State game was the most important game of the season for USC. Whether we trade down or trade up my friends, if we get Sanchez we will still be using the #3 pick or spending resources (I.E. trade) to do it.
I am giddy with excitement about the new Kansas City Chiefs. We WILL be competitive. We WILL be a force to be reckoned with for many years to come. We WILL make the playoffs. How big of a heart breaker is it going to be when this happens and the real Mark Sanchez shows up when the game is on the line?
Because I am a Trojan fan let me close by saying how happy I am for Mark Sanchez, his stock is WAY up and he is going to have a big payday because of it. He is definitely making the right decision coming out now, If he did stay another year at USC and come out in next years draft with Tebow, Bradford, and McCoy, we would all be calling Mark Sanchez what he really is; a 5th round pick just like John David Booty was.