Rodgers takes shot at Sanchez

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez passes against the Giants in East Rutherford, N.J., Aug. 29, 2011....

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez passes against the Giants in East Rutherford, N.J., Aug. 29, 2011. (RAY STUBBLEBINE/Reuters)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:46 AM ET

TORONTO - The heat is on Mark Sanchez.

And, that’s before he even steps on the football field.

Sanchez did a fashion shoot for GQ magazine. It refers to him as the “the rock-starriest New York quarterback in decades.”

He might as well have stuck a “Kick Me” sign on his back. Even his own team-mates are teasing him about being a glamor boy. Now he’s catching flak from Packer’s counterpart Aaron Rodgers.

“Look at this,” Rodgers said. “That’s embarrassing. Page 94 of the GQ thing here. That’s terrible.”

Page 94 of GQ features Sanchez posing in white pants and a black tank top. Rodgers has a point. It’s a look that falls just a wide-brimmed hat with a feather short of pimp, or something out of the Sopranos.

The article by J.R. Moehringer also says that in a locker room where everything is a laughing matter, Sanchez hasn’t yet joked with head coach Rex Ryan about his near-benching last year. “I wanted to fight him,” Sanchez says. “I was really mad.”

Then there’s a photo of Sanchez. It reads: belt: $590, pants $895. If that’s what these guys spend to hold up their pants no wonder they need million dollar salaries to keep the family from tube steak hell.

Watkins won't start

Earlier this week Eagles rookie right tackle Danny Watkins faced a horde of reporters several dozen deep and admitted he was “overwhelmed”.

Which is interesting considering the former Canadian firefighter’s job used to involve rushing into burning buildings to rescue people. In comparison, you’d think a bunch of people asking him how he feels on any given day wouldn’t be a big deal.

Trying to keep people off Michael Vick’s back?

Now that really is overwhelming.

So, Watkins, handed the starting job in training camp, has lost it just four days before the season opener. “I’m not going to get into who will start and who won’t,” Eagles’ head coach Andy Reid said. “But sometimes you have to take a small step backwards to take a large step forward.”

That, along with third-year veteran Kyle DeVan, claimed on waivers from Indianapolis, taking all the first team reps, indicates Watkins has been moved to a backup role. “When I start understanding the schemes better I’ll feel more confident and be able to play full speed,” Watkins said. “I think I’m over-analyzing the plays and thinking. When you think, it slows you down.”

NFL is red, white and blue ... and green

Money, money, toil & trouble ...

Troy Polamalu deserves the money.

Matt Forte is leaving money on the table.

And, Dez Bryant just can’t get enough money.

Despite reports Polamalu would have to wait until after the season for a contract extension, the Steelers are making a last-ditch effort before this weekend.

Polamalu has become the heart of a Steelers’ defence that is getting older and some wonder if it might not be becoming vulnerable. He is 30 years old and in his prime. One reason the club would like to sign him.

Forte wants the Bears to treat him like a No. 1 ball carrier. They have reportedly offered up to $15 million in guaranteed money. But Forte is balking. The team has ceased negotiations. Forte’s agent Adisa Bakari said, “Matt’s going to do his best to focus on the season.”

As well, no doubt, as try his best to look insulted at being offered $15 million.

Bryant meantime faces several lawsuits that involve buying stuff for which he hasn’t yet paid. He’ll earn $4.94 million in 2010-2011 but has blown through so much money he reportedly needs a new contract to clear all the red ink.

Somehow, I’m thinking, giving him more money isn’t going to solve the problem. But, then, I’ve never owned a $600 belt, so what do I know?

Strahan explains nobody wants Tiki

Remember when Tiki Barber said he wanted to return to play in the NFL?

Turned out nobody wanted to give him the ball. And, according to former teammate, Michael Strahan, the reason is teams are scared of what Barber might say rather than what he could, or couldn’t, do.

Barber’s personality and the way he treated people “scared everyone away,” Strahan told ESPN radio. “It wasn’t even about football.”

Strahan said he personally doesn’t have anything against Barber, whom he played with for almost a decade. “Did everything in our locker room work out great with him? Not all the time, but everything didn’t work out great with everybody,” Strahan said. “Did he get along with everybody? He probably didn’t get along — got along with less guys . . . because he wasn’t reaching out to a lot of the younger players.”


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