Possibly the biggest question in the NFL this week is, “What’s wrong with the New York Jets?” Followed closely by, “What’s wrong with Mark Sanchez?”
The Jets were shut out for the first time since 2010 on Sunday, losing to the San Francisco 49ers 34-0. At home. Amongst boos. Jets Quarterback Mark Sanchez put up 0 fantasy points this week. Well, not exactly zero. He had .12. Yes, this is how we measure football players now. And he didn’t look much better last week. Or the week before.
Opinions on Sanchez are like fantasy teams, everyone has got one. Here is a poignant one by former linebacker and four time Super Bowl Champion Bill Romanowski:
Sanchez doesn't love football and it shows. #Jets
— Bill Romanowski (@billromanowski) September 30, 2012
Whether or not football is one of them, Sanchez does have a new love in his life…Actress Eva Longoria. The two have been dating for weeks and recently made their first official appearance together. Those close to the player say Sanchez is head over her six inch heels. What the actress lacks in height, she makes up for in years. Longoria is twelve years senior to the 25-year-old quarterback, who does have experience dating Hollywood stars, including actresses Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Hayden Panettiere, along with a Victoria’s Secret model. Or two.
In an interview with GQ Magazine last September, Sanchez was asked about his perfect woman. He described someone his mom would love. “I mean, love her.” But he also said he questions getting seriously involved while football is still his top priority. “Cynically, I think: Okay, how is this person going to help me win a Super Bowl?”
By that measure, Longoria is not off to a great start. So, is Eva Longoria the new Jessica Simpson? Is she what’s wrong with Sanchez? In short, no. We haven’t seen her at Met Life Stadium in a pink Sanchez jersey. And we likely won’t (she has much better taste than that). And Sanchez has always had his ups and downs. More downs than ups lately. His critics have never been sold on his leadership or his ability to win big games (even though he took the Jets to the 2009 AFC Championship his rookie season). And let’s face it…if the Jets were sold on him, why did they go after Peyton Manning, then bring in Tim Tebow?
Head Coach Rex Ryan gave his team Monday and Tuesday off following their loss, saying the players need to do some “soul searching.” I’m pretty sure Mark Sanchez won’t find what he’s looking for under the covers with Eva Longoria. But then again, maybe he will.
And they would have such cute kids.