For the Jets; Mark Sanchez, it’ll be the the first time in his pro career that he’ll face off with his old college coach, Pete Carroll, who caused quite a stir when he questioned Sanchez’s decision to leave USC a year early.
“I did not blame Pete Carroll one bit,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said this week, “because if I had that young man as my quarterback, I’d say whatever it took to get the guy to stay with me. Deep down he knew he was ready.”
Carroll claims that’s not the case, that he would’ve told Sanchez to go pro if he truly thought he was ready.
“I told Mark what I thought was the right thing to do for him,” Carroll said. “I talked to him just like he was my own son. He could have benefited from another year. It wasn’t that I was trying to keep him.”
No hard feelings between Carroll and Sanchez these days. Expect them to share a postgame hug, win or lose.
Of course, that’s not the only reunion taking place on the field on Sunday. It’ll also be the first time that brothers Marcus Trufant and Isaiah Trufant face off in an NFL game. That’ll be an exciting family affair.
Ex-Jets Leon Washington and Braylon Edwards are set to face their former team for the first time. There’s no doubt that they would love to get a W against the team that decided to let them go.
As far as the game goes, the Jets are road underdogs against the powerful “12th man” that gives Seattle one of the best home field advantages in all of sports. The Seahawks are 4-0 at home on the season.
For the Jets to win this game, they’ll need to play mistake-free football against a very good Seahawks defense, while also finding a way to slow down Marshawn Lynch, who’s been running the ball at a Pro Bowl-caliber level.
Both teams like to use their running game to take the pressure off their young quarterbacks, and Seattle has done a good job putting Russell Wilson in a position to succeed. That’s a big reason for their unblemished home record.
For the Seahawks to win, they’ll need to make the Jets make a mistake or two. Seattle has the big advantage of being at home behind that thunderous crowd, and it could make life miserable for Sanchez and his offensive line.
At 3-5, the Jets are in danger of fading into irrelevancy with a loss. Coming off the bye week, they’ll try to come out refreshed and refocused, but it’s a monumental task to go into CenturyLink Field and come away with a victory.
These are two teams with similar styles, but right now, the Seahawks do what the Jets want to do, better than the Jets do it. For that reason, there’s no reason to expect them to lose their first home game here in Week 10.
But then again, that’s why they play the game.
The Jets and Seahawks kick off at 4:05 pm eastern time, 1:05 pacific at CenturyLink Field.