- Last Updated: 8:15 AM, May 19, 2012
- Posted: 1:55 AM, May 19, 2012
It is rough when the punter — make that the former punter — is wondering about the development of the quarterback.
Steve Weatherford, basking in the afterglow this week as he received his Super Bowl XLVI championship ring, questioned the “maturation’’ of Mark Sanchez while speaking on an NFL.com podcast. Weatherford and Sanchez were teammates with the Jets in 2009 and 2010. They reached the AFC championship game both seasons.
“I like Mark — I think he’s a very talented quarterback. But from my standpoint, I haven’t seen a lot of maturation,” Weatherford said. “When you’re a quarterback and you come in, and you’re expected to be the face of the franchise, and you’re expected to lead the team, that’s a lot to take on as a rookie.
“But as the years go on, I think you’re expected to mature, skill-wise, and also mature as a leader, and ... as much as I like the guy, I just haven’t seen that.”
Sanchez will be in the crosshairs all summer, as the Jets signed Tim Tebow to fill a backup quarterback role, for now.
Apparently not enjoying seeing “Weatherford rips Sanchez’’ headlines after his critique went public, Weatherford went to Twitter to try to smooth out the rough edges of his comments.
“Dear bloggers, Mark Sanchez will make people forget about Tebow, but the competition will sharpen him. He has what it takes to be great,’’ Weatherford wrote.
Later, he wrote: “They definitely took it out of context. I have a lot of respect for Mark Sanchez.’’
and that “Mark’s a great competitor and close friend.’’He also wrote that he spoke to Sanchez about the remarks.Follow @NYPostsports