Mark Sanchez will improve, says Holmgren

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Former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike Holmgren has backed New York Jets struggling quarterback Mark Sanchez to make a massive improvement next season.

Sanchez had the worst season of his career last campaign, completing just 54% of his passes, with just 13 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.

But, Holmgren has backed Sanchez to improve this year and show the form that saw him become a top-ten draft pick for the Jets back in 2009.

“I think actually he’s going to have a fine year,” the 65-year-old said.

“He would be one of those guys – I know he’s taken a lot of flack and a lot of heat – but he would have been one of those guys if I was still coaching I would really like to coach.

“I just liked his mechanics coming out of college.

“(Last year) was like the perfect storm. I just think he’s a better player than that.”

Sanchez had impressed at the University of Southern California, earning a reputation as one of the brightest young talents in the sport, before joining the NFL, but he has struggled to rekindle the form that he showed in college football during his time with the Jets so far.

And, despite not living up to his potential of late, he will be hoping to put the past season behind him and make strides towards reaching top form in the upcoming campaign. 


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