Boomer Esiason Compares Mark Sanchez to Chihuahua, Criticizing Quarterback’s ‘Skittish’ Play

by NESN Staff

January 6, 2012

Boomer Esiason Compares Mark Sanchez to Chihuahua, Criticizing Quarterback's 'Skittish' PlayBoomer Esiason doesn't think too highly of Mark Sanchez and the Jets right now, and he made that known.

"If you watched Mark Sanchez the last month of the season," Esiason said on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan Show show on Wednesday, "he was like a chihuahua standing on Madison Avenue and 36th Street entering the Midtown Tunnel, eyes bigger than you know what, and just so shaky."

Esiason was responding to a question about the Jets' possible interest in trading for Peyton Manning, and was candid in his belief that he doesn't believe Sanchez is a long-term solution for the Jets.

The former Bengals (and at one point Jets) quarterback also came under a bit of fire for his comments due to Sanchez's Mexican heritage, but Esiason defended his comments to

"I chose a small dog that always looks shaken and has big eyes, and doesn't like big things — a chihuahua," he clarified. "It's a skittish dog and he's been a skittish player."

In his last four games this season, Sanchez completed 57.1 percent of his passes while throwing seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. That was good for a 69.6 quarterback rating during a stretch where New York went 1-3 to finish the season 8-8 and miss the playoffs.

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