A little Gannon for Sanchez's cannon

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:11 AM ET

You really have to hand it to the New York Jets. If there is a team out there better able to stay in the headlines, we haven't seen it yet.

Whether it's head coach Rex Ryan and his off-season lap-band surgery or Antonio Cromartie and his multiple baby mamas, the Jets dominate the off-season story lines.

Most recently came word that starting quarterback Mark Sanchez is now getting pointers from former Oakland Raiders pivot and the NFL's most valuable player in 2002, Rich Gannon.

Sanchez, after a solid start last season, slid back a little. But come playoff time, he cut down on his mistakes and did just enough to help the Jets get all the way to the AFC final despite spending the majority of the post-season on the road.

Still it was his AFC-leading 20 picks, not to mention the 10 fumbles and 25 sacks that are pushing Sanchez to leave no stone unturned in his effort to improve.

Count Gannon, who spent two days with Sanchez, among the convinced.

"We watched the interception and sack reels until 8 o'clock at night," Gannon, now an analyst for CBS and Sirius NFL Radio, told USA Today.

"Then he had to get treatment the next morning. I was up at 6 and in at 7 watching the film with him. I really applaud a guy like that who wants to get better."

The Jets have added to an already solid receiving corps by bringing in Santonio Holmes. He joins Braylon Edwards, who joined the team part way through last season, and Jerricho Cotchery not to mention an improving Dustin Keller at tight end.

But there is some concern on the horizon for the team as a whole. The Jets appear to be having a hard time keeping all their big name stars happy.

Standout corner Darrelle Revis, who began the off-season sounding very reasonable about extending his contract has since left voluntary Organized Team Activities (OTA's) after what was considered an "insulting" offer from the Jets.

Now he is threatening to be a hold out come the start of training camp.

Also looking to get paid are core players such as Nick Mangold, D'Brickashaw Ferguson and David Harris. Already let go in what was considered a move motivated solely by finances, was Pro Bowl centre Alan Faneca.

The New York Post is suggesting the suddenly frugal Jets are more than a little concerned with the more than 10,000 personal seat licenses they have been unable to sell for the new stadium.

That's the kind of publicity the Jets can do without.

AT THE HALF

Only 49ers great Jerry Rice has gained more yards through the air than Isaac Bruce. Now Bruce is going home to retire, home being St. Louis where he played 12 of his 14 years in the NFL before finishing up in San Francisco. A ceremonial trade Monday will allow the Rams to officially retire Bruce in St. Louis where he is most appreciated. The ceremony will be held Wednesday ... Long before Brett Favre and Brad Childress made Vikings fans giddy, Dennis Green and Daunte Culpepper were doing that job in Minnesota. Now the two will reunite in the UFL and hope to bring some of that old Vikings magic to Sacramento ... Still with the Vikes, it seems Adrian Peterson is intent on cutting down his fumbles this year. So intent, in fact, that he's been working with a 14-pound football (filled with sand). How this will keep him from fumbling isn't exactly clear, but you have to appreciate the novelty of it.

FOURTH AND INCHES

Jim Sorgi won't be around to backup Peyton Manning anymore. Now there's a tough job, but they do need someone and that someone could wind up being Tom Brandstater who was claimed by the Colts yesterday after being released by Denver last week ... According to ESPN, the Seattle Seahawks, under new management, will return only 66% of last year's roster, the lowest in the NFL. The Minnesota Vikings will have less of a problem with team chemistry. They are returning a league high 94.4% of last year's team.

MIKE.GANTER@SUNMEDIA.CA


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