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If winds are biting, pick Henne over Sanchez

NEW YORK -- Outlined against a slate gray sky my plane landed in Gotham (Grantland Rice started flowing through my fingers) and I was reminded that a game in the Meadowlands lurks for Jets rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez.

If you are a daily reader of this blog, you might vaguely remember that on Oct. 18, during Miami's bye weekend, I blogged about Sanchez before he began a nightmare performance against Buffalo. If you remember or check out the archives, you'll know I predicted Sanchez would have a horrible game because the winds were swirling at the Meadowlands and I have been told by three NFL personnel people that Sanchez simply won't be that good, in the short-term anyway, in those type of conditions.

The personnel folks told me being a Southern California kid who hasn't really experienced either cold weather or swirling wind conditions, it will take Sanchez a while to figure out how to handle the Meadowlands because the winds are so unpredictable.

Well, Sanchez that day threw five interceptions and had a defining outing in that the offense has since been taken out of his hands and put in the hands of the New York running backs. Anyway, Sundays game against the Dolphins is the first for Sanchez in the Jets back in the Meadowlands since that disaster game on Oct. 18.

Not surprisingly, the issue of weather and swirling winds came up this week, in part because I brought it up, and offensive coordinator Dan Henning seems to agree with my NFL sources, at least in part, about Sanchez and the Meadowlands.

"Yes, I think Sanchez might have some problems," Henning said only half-kiddingly this week.

If the winds are biting, absolutely. Remember, it's not necessarily about cold temperatures, although that can also be a factor. The weather Sunday is expected to be in the 50s so that really isn't frigid. But the winds, the winds are the big factor.

“It’s important to get a good grip on the ball and practice in those elements, but it’s one of those things where it’s football, you just have to play," Sanchez said. "Trust your instincts, body guys up in the rain, you have to make sure they’re not jumping and tipping balls up in the air and it slips through their hands, and you just have to be even more accurate and more conscious about the football and ball security.

"We will for sure go through that playing here in the Meadowlands, and we just need to be ready to play in it.”

I contend that if the winds are kicking on Sunday, it is the Dolphins, quarterbacked by Chad Henne, that will have an advantage getting the ball out and to their intended targets. Henne has a better arm than Sanchez and has more experience playing in difficult climates than Sanchez. Henne played at Michigan while Sanchez played at USC.

“I think sits going to be difficult for all of us to adjust to the climate," Henne said. "Obviously we’re down here in warm whether all the time, we haven’t played in a cold weather game yet, so we’re going to have to adjust to the climate, adjust to the winds.

"I’m kind of accustomed to that with college being in the north and adjusting to the cold weather and the wind. I don’t think that should be a factor to me, and hopefully we can just adjust to it.”

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I would like a warm weather guy like from U M that is big and fast and can catch HMMM! aNDRE jOHNSON TYPE

Im from Florida and lived in Ohio for a little while. What bothered me most about winter there wasnt the very frigid weather. It was only seeing the sun maybe 4-5 times the whole 5mth winter there.

Its very depressing if your not used to it. I quickly adapted to the cold but never did adjust to the continous dull and depressing grey skies.

Dying I know what you mean thirty years in Michigan you come to appreciate the sunshine funny thing move to Nebaraska I have the same crap oh well! running out of time got to go to second job and make the pizzas Halloween night should be fun

how about Patrick Turner at least on third downs if he can't jump over a defender for four yards cut him stop wasting time!

Turner, Hartline, Camarillo, Bess...ANYBODY but the coward!

Hey Armando,

Will you make up your mind already. Your last blog was about "Thuggery" and you follow up by talking about "Biting Winds?"

I mean really Armando, how much thought have you put into these back to back chicken "scratching" blog of yours?

First its thuggery, then biting. Are you against lottery "scratch-off" tickets too? LOL

Halloween hell yea :) And to go back to page 1 of the comments(!) I'm not saying it's going to be cold, but watch it's going to be mad windy. Cold doesn't matter unless it's under 20 degrees. Wind matters when it's over 20 and it will be tomorrow.

looking how we have a team that's being built for cold weather, out winter dry spell of wins should be well in the grave.

Canes getting Murdered by a bunch of nobody

What's up with the canes, just got home and we are losing to Wake, we started the season strong and now we look like a high school team

the defense of the dolphins will suck again and henne the hero will be henne the VICTIM .

PRAYER: Dear God(Shula), please bring rain, fog, and heavy winds. We know you're looking out for the good fans of Miami. Please give the power and strength to Joey Porter to break the back of Mr. Sanchez. Please give the hands of the Marks brothers to our receivers and the legs of Mr. Czonka to Ronnie and Rickie. In you I trust. Amen.

I don't care what type of weather it is..I like our team over the Jests anyday, anywhere in any weather...we are all around just a more talented team! B

VERY FUNNY CROWDER. may god bring disaster on the jets .LOL

Aloco, after sunday you and all of fans of AFC East will fear the fins and Henne the Hero and Ronnie the Rabid beast once again.

carlito, last place and still dreaming .with your defense no where to go but down .it's fun to talk crap when it's really doesn't mean any thing .i am still waiting for my anchovi pizza . do you know where's the nurse carlito ?

OK Kids, the Cuban has arrived, watching the mighty Canes do battle VS. the demon decons(what's up with that name??)

This Halloween i see our posters dressing up as follows #1) Odinseye Apache Warrior(in full feather regalia) #2)carlito, as a U.N ambassador from Costa Rica,#3,Armando, as a beat reporter trying to track down the person responsible for burning 3 villages in the mid-west(hint to mando, look at # 1) #4 harracane, dressed as the Ibis(What else would our local cane fan dress as??)#5)Justin Credible,A music executive #6) ALoco, a Subway manager(his favorite sub being, what else The meat ball sub #7)NY Scott, a stock broker(Chances are good that's exactly what this individual is any way #8)Nj phin fan, Now this guy could dress up in several costumes but the menace will only mention 3 #1,i see him in High heels and fish net stockings, #2,A G.m for the Detroit Lions, #3 of course his occupation , dressing as a plumber, with his crack showing,#9) Nathanal Doddsworth, The U.N. secretary to Canada, will that's what the menace see's our posters dressing as this Halloween, and for every one that wonders what the menaces is dressed as tonite, Ill be wearing a # 13 Jersey up here while working(Which might lead to gun play) So every one have a Happy Halloween, be safe and make sure your kids are safe....

The menace will dress up as one of the Village people , java the pizza or just as himself paul blart : mall cop.

anybody can dress up as rex ryan(i.e.)fat,unappealing,huge appettite,mood swings, and paranoid about everything that is football*lol*

we've averaged 32 points in our last 3 games. don't see that changing. 32-17 fins

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