"Before you can drive a Ford, you have to be able to drive a Cadillac. If they get everything good around him, I think it will go well. Right now, I don't think he can take the team completely on his shoulders."
I've never heard that one before. The Jets are the Ford here, the rickety, not-so-sturdily built monster that's difficult to control unless you've got a lot of driving experience. The Cadillac is some theoretical good team which gives the driver a smooth ride, excellent handling, leather seats, and a quadraphonic Blaupunkt. Easy to drive. Anyone can do it.
So, according to Parcells, Mark Sanchez isn't ready yet to be a Ford Truck man. That's not all he dri-eeeves. He has some boundaries. He will compromise.
It's a little bit of a criticism of Sanchez, but I don't think Parcells is saying anything controversial here. Rex Ryan might see Sanchez as an elite quarterback, but he's about the only one. Sanchez's quarterback rating on the year is 80.4 -- tucked right in between Tarvaris Jackson and Donovan McNabb. It's way closer to the league's worst than the league's best.
And at 2-3, it would be hard for anyone to argue that the Jets are more of a Ford right now than a Cadillac. Kia wouldn't be an all-together inappropriate comparison.
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