Mark Sanchez is one of many people invested in Sunday's matchup on the West coast. The Seattle Seahawks, like the Giants, are experiencing surprising success. Sanchez joined the Giants Huddle podcast to share his broad-analysis of the Giants' fast start; he joins the broadcast on Sunday afternoon as a Fox Sports analyst.
Sanchez, a former quarterback for the Jets, spoke from personal experience about the challenges of performing under external pressure. He commended Daniel Jones for his recent growth under a first-year head coach and an entirely new offensive system. "This guy is tough as nails. You can see it, and that's why the guys are rallying around him," Sanchez said. Especially admirable, he added, is Jones' even-keeled demeanor. Despite leadership changes in the offseason and a wide receiver corps debilitated by in-season injuries, Jones has never once expressed dismay.
Instead, he's risen to the occasion and found ways to lead his team to victory week in and week out. "Whatever it takes to get it done, this guy is going to do it. And it's clear this coaching regime is the group that's going to get it out of him," Sanchez attested. He credits the coaching staff for conforming to the roster's strengths, and he especially acknowledges Daboll and Kafka for designing plays with an understanding of the team's bandwidth. "It's so exhausting, but it's so rewarding. That's why (Daboll is) so fired up after the games. They are just grinding all week to get these specific looks and put their guys in a position where they can keep it close in the fourth quarter, wait for the other team to make a mistake, and pounce on it."
Jones has the credentials to show for his coaches' football intelligence, too; he is the third leading quarterback rusher in the league and was named the Week 7 NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in Jacksonville.
According to Sanchez, Jones' most impressive development is not the ability to capitalize on his agility. "The biggest growth for Daniel Jones, in my opinion, is understanding the game and how to play," he offered. Jones' discipline is one of many factors that's led to a winning record. He knows when to take big shots down the field and when to pace the offense and later exploit an opponent's mistake – as evident by the victory over Baltimore. When it comes time to make his move, he's consistent.
"When you get that one shot, you can't miss," Sanchez said, offering anecdotal evidence from an opening-drive touchdown in Jacksonville. "He dropped a dime right on (Darius Slayton)."
Sanchez said the Giants are exceeding all expectations because it's a team effort. "This is a different group, a reenergized group, a reinvigorated group," he reiterated. Each game adds another layer of complexity to the equation. "It just keeps getting better."
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