Mike Holmgren won a Super Bowl with Brett Favre, appeared in another Super Bowl with Matt Hasselbeck, and was one of the NFL's most successful coaches during his 17 years with the Packers and Seahawks. He also knows something about quarterbacks, which is why his comments about Mark Sanchez are noteworthy.
When training camp starts in three weeks, Sanchez, who has come to symbolize all that is wrong with the Jets, will try to fend off rookie Geno Smith for the starting job. In the last two seasons, the former first-round pick out of USC has completed 55.6 percent of his passes, with 39 touchdowns, 36 interceptions and 24 fumbles -- including one that could come to define his career.

Holmgren, meanwhile, sounds unconcerned about Sanchez's progress as an NFL quarterback.

“I think actually he's going to have a fine year,” he said during a recent appearance on 950 KJR-AM in Seattle (via PFT).

There aren't many people who share Holmgren's opinion but he does have some inside knowledge. New Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinwheg played quarterback for Holmgren in high school, and Holmgren had Mornhinwheg on his staff with the Packers. Holmgren also scouted Sanchez when he was coming out of USC in 2009 and he was impressed with what he saw.