Mark Sanchez simply smirked as the question began, knowing what was coming next. The Washington Redskins’ latest starting quarterback knows he can’t shake the past, and understands that he’ll always be known for one of the more amusing plays in NFL history.
Certain football moments are easily recognizable with one phrase: The Catch, The Drive, The Immaculate Reception.
Sanchez’s moment doesn’t quite have the same glamour: The Butt Fumble.
“I’m not following,” Sanchez deadpanned midway through the question, provoking a round of laughter. “What are you going to do? It was a crappy play in a game where we were getting out butts kicked.”
Sanchez showed off some self-depreciating humor and poked fun back at the reporter for asking a “low-hanging fruit” question. The play will always be associated with the Jets’ long-running bad luck, but he did lead the franchise to back-to-back AFC title games in 2009-10. That team hasn’t made the playoffs since.
“Listen, who cares?” Sanchez said. “It’s just one play and move on. I’d prefer to remember the good stuff.”
Sanchez will make his first start since 2015 when he lines up under center for the Redskins against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. He was signed just over two weeks ago as an emergency backup for Colt McCoy after Alex Smith broke his leg. Then McCoy suffered a broken leg in Monday night’s loss to the Eagles, paving the way for Sanchez’s ascension. He only had about 20 percent of the playbook available to him before Monday’s game, so this week becomes a crash course of preparation ahead of a game with the New York Giants.
“You really just plug back into your normal routine,” Sanchez said. “There’s no excuses. We’re charged with doing a job. We’re excited to go out and play. We’re ready to go execute and that’s what this week of prep is for.
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