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02-15-2009, 10:55 PM
NFL draft: The Mark Sanchez interview (http://usc.freedomblogging.com/2009/02/13/nfl-draft-the-mark-sanchez-interview-part-2-of-3/10261/)

February 13th, 2009, 7:00 am ∑ 10 Comments ∑ posted by Michael Lev, staff writer

Four weeks after Mark Sanchezís emotional and awkward departure from USC, we had a chance to catch up with the soon-to-be-pro quarterback as he prepared for next weekís NFL scouting combine.


It was his first extended interview since announcing Jan. 15 that he would enter the 2009 draft.

While munching on grapes between workouts at the Velocity Sports Performance training center in Irvine, the typically upbeat Sanchez talked about the aftermath of that strange news conference, his relationship with Pete Carroll, his combine preparation and a host of other subjects.



Q: Were you surprised how the press conference took on a life of its own in the media after it was over?

Sanchez: I donít think anybody expected it. I donít know if Coach expected that. I definitely didnít. But it was one of those situations where the media kind of took things and made a real negative spin on it. While I absolutely respect Coachís opinion, I have to go with my own gut and my own feeling. Itís a deeply personal decision. I think he understood that.

The biggest point I can impress on anybody is how supportive heís been since. Itís just one of those things that came out and looked more negative than it really was. Iím the biggest Coach Carroll supporter there is. Heís been great to me. I wouldnít be in this position without him. I didnít take it negatively at all. We moved on instantly. I talked to him hours after the press conference. I was just like, ďMan, I think this thingís blown up more than I think it really should. Itís not that big of a deal.Ē While we might have disagreed on one opinion, one decision, I love everything about the program and him.

Q: Do you wish you had done anything differently? You specifically waited for him to come back from vacation.

Sanchez: No, not at all. I wanted him to be there. I wanted to do it in the most respectful way. I think thatís what I did. I think Coach just expressed one feeling. I think a lot of that was just his competitive nature coming out. I took that as a form of respect. He wants me on his team. Thatís a very good coach, asking me to come back. That was something in itself. And I donít think a lot of people thought of it that way.

Q: So it hasnít affected your relationship with him at all?

Sanchez: No. Absolutely not. Iím going to be one of the first guys back to practice, watching games, calling him and texting him and asking him how everythingís going.

Q: Even though you knew he disagreed with you, did anything about the way it unfolded surprise you? For example, Pete not sitting down for the Q&A.

Sanchez: No, that was just the way things played out. I donít think it was anything he planned or I planned. Itís just the way it happened. I took it in stride. Weíre both great (now). Iím happy.

Q: Have you had any second thoughts about the decision itself?

Sanchez: Not at all. Never. I feel real good (about it).

Q: But you do miss USC, your teammates, that environment.

Sanchez: I made that clear in the press conference. Regardless of what my decisionís going to be, my heartís going to be at this university. I love every part of it, the school, the football. Itís been everything I could have dreamed of and more. I just feel like this is my best chance to move on. Iíve been in school for four years. Iíve accomplished quite a bit on the field. My experience, while some people might say (itís) inexperience, Iíve played against the best competition every day in practice, with the best coaches, pro schemes, pro defensive schemes. There ainít any better experience out there.

Four weeks after Mark Sanchezís emotional and awkward departure from USC, we had a chance to catch up with the soon-to-be-pro quarterback as he prepared for next weekís NFL scouting combine.


Q: What areas are you focused on the most in your workouts and preparation?

Sanchez: They havenít been targeting anything that they felt was a weakness. They just wanted to sharpen everything up and fine-tune everything. After a long season, you get into a routine of light workouts. This puts a little tone on your body. My quickness is good. My speedís been good. The velocity on the ball feels great. Iíve never thrown the ball better.

Q: Your trainer said theyíre working on your balance, your hips and your core.

Sanchez: Absolutely. All that stuff falls to the wayside during the season. You just donít have the hours in the day; youíre trying to get ready, to game-plan and all that.

Q: Do you plan to do everything at the combine?

Sanchez: Iím training to do that. But whatever they think is best, my agents and everyone involved. Iím working out do everything. So weíll see.

Q: Your knee hasnít been an issue?

Sanchez: Not at all. Itís strong. We knew it was healed right when I was coming back. It was a partial sublux of the patella. It came right back in pretty much on its own. I was doing stuff the next week. To be able to come back that fast, and even now, to have the strength I have in it is great.

Q: Pete Carroll harped on the experience factor, as have others. How do you plan to overcome that?

Sanchez: Iím not here to prove anybody wrong. Iím here to make this decision right for me. Just because you threw 65 percent all season doesnít mean you canít throw 80 percent in the Rose Bowl, you know what I mean? Itís a number. Iím excited about my opportunity, and I think I have a great chance to do it.

Q: Do you feel like you have to sell yourself to NFL teams?

Sanchez: Itís like a job interview. In any job interview, you want to look the best, you want to appear in your best form. Thatís what Velocityís all about, thatís what Coach (Bob) Johnsonís all about. All the feedback and assistance Iíve been getting have been top-notch.

Q: It doesnít seem like youíd need interview training. What have you learned from doing that?

Sanchez: Just like the football, itís about fine-tuning. Making your answers the best possible. I have an idea what people want to know, and (now the goal is) to provide it in the most honest way and the best way possible. Iím trying to get a job, really. Thatís what it is. This is my chance to shine and perform.

Four weeks after Mark Sanchezís emotional and awkward departure from USC, we had a chance to catch up with the soon-to-be-pro quarterback as he prepared for next weekís NFL scouting combine.



Q: You really seem to be in your comfort zone here. Youíre close to home, working with your high school coach, Bob Johnson Ö

Sanchez: Ultimate comfort zone. Itís perfect. A uniquely perfect fit for me, with Athletes First, Dave Dunn, my brother (Dunn and Sanchezís brother, Nick Jr., are serving as his agents), Bob Johnson, Velocity. Itís all been right here. Iím in an apartment in Aliso Viejo and loving life. Going to school Monday (and) Wednesday. Iím having fun with the whole process.

Q: Are you still driving that same car?

Sanchez: Itís right out front. Ď01 Honda Accord, baby. The Black Pearl.

Q: Are you going to upgrade?

Sanchez: I donít know. The Black Pearlís been good to me. Sheís been a good sport. Weíll see. Iím not worried about it. I want to do well at the combine first, pro day, all that.

Q: Describe what a typical day for you has been like since you started training.

Sanchez: Get here at 8 oíclock in the morning. Itís all speed and agility work, quickness ó your start in the 40, all the shuttle drills and stuff. Then we break at close to 10 and get your meals in. Head over to Mission Viejo around 11 (for) chalkboard, film, mock interviews, things like that. Then around noon, throwing. I get to throw with Patrick (Turner). Thatís another thing that couldnít be better. Work with Coach Johnson on footwork, arm strength, everything. Then come back down here about 2:30. The afternoon is power and lifting, just to keep up your strength and endurance. Itís been fun so far. I love every part of it.

Q: How much more classwork do you have left at ĎSC?

Sanchez: Two classes, graduate in May.

Q: Youíre still on track for that, even with all the training?

Sanchez: Oh yeah. Definitely. Teachers have been great about working things out with my schedule and being open, understanding where Iím coming from and how important it is to get my degree. Itís something I promised and told my parents that I would do regardless of my decision.

Q: It took Troy Aikman something like 20 years to get his degree.

Sanchez: Itís one of those things, if you donít do it now, you can say youíre going back, but you just get busy. Iíd rather knock it out now. Itís so close already. I love being up there. I feel like Iím already ingrained in Annenberg. I love every part of it. So I might as well do it.

ChiefsCountry
02-15-2009, 11:08 PM
Good to see he is graduating. It would have been kind of pointless for him to go back to take one stupid elective just to play.

doomy3
02-15-2009, 11:11 PM
good interview. Not a lot said, but he comes across as pretty bright and well spoken.

ChiefsCountry
02-15-2009, 11:17 PM
He comes across as pretty bright and well spoken.

He really is. Any interview that he does comes out well.

Mecca
02-15-2009, 11:30 PM
His family isn't dumb...his dad is a FEMA fireman and his brother who's representing him is a Yale educated lawyer.

ChiefsCountry
02-15-2009, 11:41 PM
His family isn't dumb...his dad is a FEMA fireman and his brother who's representing him is a Yale educated lawyer.

But I swear somebody on this board said he would be just a dumb Mexican.

Reerun_KC
02-16-2009, 12:40 AM
But I swear somebody on this board said he would be just a dumb Mexican.

A dirty sanchez?

'Hamas' Jenkins
02-16-2009, 12:52 AM
But I swear somebody on this board said he would be just a dumb Mexican.

Look at how many people on this board think that simply being a black QB means your best position is receiver.

Remember the Andre Woodson debate?

There are a lot of dumbasses here.

88TG88
02-16-2009, 12:58 AM
Sanchez: They havenít been targeting anything that they felt was a weakness.
He has no weaknesses.

Chiefs=Good
02-16-2009, 03:16 AM
Can we keep him?

the Talking Can
02-16-2009, 07:57 AM
sounds like a very level headed kid...in Budweiser terms, he's "likeable"......

Dark Horse
02-16-2009, 09:50 AM
I think having Thigpen makes Sanchez a more appealing pick. Not because Thiggy sucks, but because he doesn't. Thigpen can hold down the fort until Sanchez is ready and hopefully play well enough in the process that we can trade him for a decent pick.

Deberg_1990
02-16-2009, 10:33 AM
I think having Thigpen makes Sanchez a more appealing pick. Not because Thigpen sucks, but because he doesn't. Thigpen can hold down the fort until Sanchez is ready and hopefully play well enough in the process that we can trade him for a decent pick.


and that would probably last about half a season at most.

Dark Horse
02-16-2009, 11:09 AM
and that would probably last about half a season at most.

That would be my guess as well, but it might be better to give him a whole year to sit and learn.

CoMoChief
02-16-2009, 01:57 PM
Sounds like he just wants to get paid so he can use his celebrity status to get all of his mexican family members over the border

ChiefsCountry
02-16-2009, 02:14 PM
Sounds like he just wants to get paid so he can use his celebrity status to get all of his mexican family members over the border

You should go fuck yourself with an aids tree.

Reerun_KC
02-16-2009, 02:44 PM
and that would probably last about half a season at most.

IF Thigpen is that lucky... It would be hard pressed to allow Thigpen to continue after training camp... Most likelyc 2-4 games then Sanchez is in...

philfree
02-16-2009, 02:47 PM
IF Thigpen is that lucky... It would be hard pressed to allow Thigpen to continue after training camp... Most likelyc 2-4 games then Sanchez is in...

Screw Thigpen the Chiefs need to pick up a FA to start until their draft pick is ready. Someone who can line up under center. Charley Frye?


PhilFree:arrow:

DaneMcCloud
02-16-2009, 02:49 PM
Screw Thigpen the Chiefs need to pick up a FA to start until their draft pick is ready. Someone who can line up under center. Charley Frye?


PhilFree:arrow:

Charlie Frye?

ROFL

Thigpen can easily lose as many games as Charlie Frye.

philfree
02-16-2009, 02:53 PM
Charlie Frye?

ROFL

Thigpen can easily lose as many games as Charlie Frye.

At least Frye can line up under center.

PhilFree:arrow:

DaneMcCloud
02-16-2009, 02:55 PM
At least Frye can line up under center.

PhilFree:arrow:

I will give you that.

But he sucks. I'd take Ken Dorsey or Tim Rattay over Frye.

And they ALL suck.

Frosty
02-16-2009, 02:58 PM
At least Frye can line up under center.

PhilFree:arrow:

Frye ran the spread in college, which may explain why he hasn't been very good in the pros yet.

philfree
02-16-2009, 03:10 PM
I will give you that.

But he sucks. I'd take Ken Dorsey or Tim Rattay over Frye.

And they ALL suck.

So does Thigpen and Huard and Croyle ....

We need to sign a FA QB and draft a QB both. It'll be interesting to see what Pioli & Co. do for a QB.


PhilFree:arrow:

DaneMcCloud
02-16-2009, 03:12 PM
So does Thigpen and Huard and Croyle ....

We need to sign a FA QB and draft a QB both. It'll be interesting to see what Pioli & Co. do for a QB.


PhilFree:arrow:

Who, Phil?

Have you SEEN the free agent list? Do you really want any of those guys QB'ing your team next year?

philfree
02-16-2009, 03:25 PM
Who, Phil?

Have you SEEN the free agent list? Do you really want any of those guys QB'ing your team next year?

I don't have the answer I just know that we need more then one QB added to the roster.


PhilFree:arrow:

Mecca
02-16-2009, 04:15 PM
Sounds like he just wants to get paid so he can use his celebrity status to get all of his mexican family members over the border

Why are you such a moron?

milkman
02-16-2009, 06:58 PM
Sounds like he just wants to get paid so he can use his celebrity status to get all of his mexican family members over the border

Your mother and father are siblings aren't they?

CoMoChief
02-17-2009, 03:15 PM
You should go **** yourself with an aids tree.

ROFL I havent heard that one before. Thats some funny shit.

Mr. Laz
02-17-2009, 09:25 PM
didn't read it ... did Sanchez finally admit to liking the feel of a pulsing cock between his butt cheeks?

keg in kc
02-17-2009, 09:29 PM
didn't read it ... did Sanchez finally admit to liking the feel of a pulsing cock between his butt cheeks?So, would that move him up or down in your draft rankings? Or up and down? :hmmm:

ChiefsCountry
02-17-2009, 09:30 PM
didn't read it ... did Sanchez finally admit to liking the feel of a pulsing cock between his butt cheeks?

Your a fucking idiot

Mr. Laz
02-17-2009, 09:31 PM
Your a ****ing idiot
eat a bag of shit, swamprat.

Mr. Laz
02-17-2009, 09:32 PM
So, would that move him up or down in your draft rankings? Or up and down? :hmmm:
well technically he would pay in Missouri ...... the "Show Me your cock" state


so he would fit right in with the rest of the rump rangers ROFL

ChiefsCountry
02-17-2009, 09:40 PM
eat a bag of shit, swamprat.

Fuck off you piece of shit.

melbar
02-17-2009, 09:48 PM
There is a selfless FA QB out there that knows Haleys system...

On a related note Arizona just franchised Dansby...:hmmm:

Mr. Laz
02-17-2009, 10:17 PM
**** off you piece of shit.
hey, that's original. ROFL


on a intelligence scale that runs from 1 to 10, where 10 is the highest ... You rate "douche nozzle"



http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/3540/dumbpeoplejo7.jpg

ChiefsCountry
02-17-2009, 10:21 PM
hey, that's original. ROFL


on a intelligence scale that runs from 1 to 10, where 10 is the highest ... You rate "douche nozzle"



http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/3540/dumbpeoplejo7.jpg

Wow, you amaze me. You are the dumb fuck who spots off the guy is gay just bc you dont like USC. If I am douche nozzle, then I would hate to see where you rate.

orange
02-18-2009, 08:23 AM
There is a selfless FA QB out there that knows Haleys system...

On a related note Arizona just franchised Dansby...:hmmm:

I'm thinking that guy goes to Minnesota if anywhere.

missinDThomas
02-18-2009, 09:36 AM
It would be so badass if we get this guy and he and all of the new coaches just turn out to be the best team/staff ever assembled.

ChiefRon
02-19-2009, 01:49 PM
Mark Sanchez, Analysis from nfl.com

http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/...e-tab-analysis

Analysis
Positives: Ascending talent whose intangibles for the position are just as impressive as his physical tools. ... Cerebral. ... Reads defenses well and rarely throws into coverage. ... Goes through his progression quickly and takes what the defense gives him. ... Recognizes the blitz very well for a player of his experience and often targets the defenses' weak link when being blitzed. ... Good setup and a smooth, over-the-top delivery. ... Legitimate NFL arm strength. ... Capable of making every NFL throw, including the deep ball. ... Rather than relying on pure arm strength, Sanchez combines good velocity with rare anticipation, especially for a player of his limited experience. ... Consistently releases his passes before his receivers have even made their breaks, giving the defense little time to react. ... Distributes the ball all over the field. ... Good short-, medium-, and long-range accuracy. ... Consistently places his passes where only his receiver can get it and throws a very catchable ball. ... When healthy, showed very surprising mobility for his size. ... Can evade the pass rush and will scramble if the defense gives free yards. ... Rare accuracy on the rollout. ... Squares his shoulders and can fire the ball with consistency and accuracy. ... Team captain. ... Blue-collar work ethic.



Negatives: Only one season as the starter and leaves USC with just 16 career starts. ... Career record of 4-2 outside of the state of California. ... Undeniable tools, but isn't yet a finished product. ... Runs a bit hot and cold and has a tendency to score touchdowns in bunches. ... Characterized by those close to the program as a very cerebral player who makes the right read, but many of his touchdown passes went to receivers with five or more yards of separation between the next closest defender, opening up some questions if USC's dominant athletes and the team's aggressive play-calling helped him look even better. ... Suffered a dislocated left knee cap prior to the season opener and his mobility was limited.

philfree
02-19-2009, 02:06 PM
Characterized by those close to the program as a very cerebral player who makes the right read, but many of his touchdown passes went to receivers with five or more yards of separation between the next closest defender, opening up some questions if USC's dominant athletes and the team's aggressive play-calling helped him look even better.

Isn't that one of the knocks the Sanchezisers used against Bradford for Jrs had declared for the draft?


PhilFree:arrow: