Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey says the Tennessee Titans want to “keep embarrassing” his former college teammate – New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Casey, who spent one season together at Southern California with Sanchez in 2008, says the Jets starter doesn't looks more timid than he did in his days at USC.
“In college, I felt like he sat back there more comfortably, but now I feel like he's a little timid and he likes to just throw the ball up wherever,” Casey said. “I played with him one year. Being there, he was a good quarterback and he did what he had to do. And still to this day, he's doing a decent job. He's going to be a good threat out there and we've got to make sure we stop him.”
But Sanchez has had his share of problems this season with the Jets. He had perhaps the gaffe of the year against New England on Thanksgiving night when he ran into the posterior of one of his offensive lineman and fumbled, with the Patriots returning it for a score. And he was benched in favor of untested Greg McElroy after a three-interception effort against Arizona two weeks ago.
Casey said he knows Sanchez is in a tough spot, playing quarterback in New York, but that the Titans want to keep the pressure on him and try and make him make a costly mistake.
“It's a tough place to play out there, and if you're not ready for the job, don't do it,” Casey said. “You've got to step up to the plate, and he ain't stepped up to the plate yet. We're just going to keep embarrassing him and bringing more heat and let their fans do what they've got to do.”
The fact that the game is in Nashville Monday night should help shield Sanchez from many Jets fans, but the message Casey conveyed is still clear of what the Titans hope to accomplish.