Mark Sanchez made headlines with his three short touchdown passes to Plaxico Burress, but the Jets' QB also helped his cause with his voice.
The Chargers committed a whopping 13 penalties for 95 yards in Sunday's loss to the Jets, including three offsides calls and two neutral-zone infractions. Sanchez said Tuesday he made a concerted effort to use his cadence to bait the Chargers into jumping.
"We were working the cadence quite a bit because we saw them get jumpy," Sanchez said during his weekly radio spot on "The Michael Kay Show" on 1050 ESPN New York. "Shaun Phillips, he comes flying off the edge, so anything you can do to reduce their pass rush will help. Whether it's an offsides penalty or a neutral zone infraction, those are big for us, free yards, and we kept picking them up."
Sanchez discussed other topics, mainly chemistry -- as in his developing rapports with Burress and rookie WR Jeremy Kerley. Sanchez didn't want to get into a Kerley-Derrick Mason discussion, specifically whether he's more comfortable with Kerley.
"I don't know, they're different players at different stages of their career," he said. "But we're happy with what we see in Kerley. He's explosive, he's excited and you should see that guy light up when he gets on the field. We had pretty good chemistry so far and we just need to work it."
Sanchez calmed (for one week anyway) all the chatter about him and Burress not being on the same page.
"I think it's just kind of all coming together at once," he said. "This isn't over. It's a constant effort and a constant process we're going through to get out chemistry down, and it looked good Sunday down near the end zone and it has to get better. We still missed a couple throws up the sideline ... I was pleased to see him do well and get three touchdowns like that, and to see him give the ball to his son was cool."
Three balls, actually -- all three TD catches.