Sep 12, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) on the sidelines during the game agains the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Pete Carroll says Mark Sanchez will be ‘better than ever’


On Tuesday during Super Bowl Media Day, Seattle Seahawks’ head coach Pete Carroll was asked about one of his former players, New York Jets’ quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Sanchez played quarterback for Carroll at Southern Cal and Carroll was critical of Sanchez’s decision to leave after his junior year, leaving Carroll with a true freshman, Matt Barkley, in his final year at the school.

Carroll, however, has not held a grudge and believes Sanchez can still be a successful player in the NFL.

“Mark has everything ahead of him,” Carroll told Rich Cimini of ESPN New York. “As often happens when you get the break, when you get to take a step back and observe and analyze and assess what’s going on, you come back even stronger. I think that’s what will happen with Mark. Hopefully, for him, it’ll happen in New York. Wherever he winds up after that, if that doesn’t work out, Mark is a good football player. I think he’ll be better than ever.”

Sanchez missed all of last season because of a shoulder injury and has likely played his last game for the Jets.

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