Weatherford took to Twitter on Friday to clarify his remarks.
I think @Mark_Sanchez knows the truth. I would never "RIP" a former teammate.Marks a great competitor and close friend This is outta control- Steve Weatherford (@Weatherford5) May 18, 2012
Weatherford was in Florham Park for Sanchez's first two seasons with the Jets. He questioned Sanchez's growth during a visit with NFL.com's "Cover Two" podcast Thursday.
"I like Mark, I think he's a very talented quarterback, but from my standpoint, I haven't seen a lot of maturation from the position," Weatherford said. "When you're a quarterback and you come in, and you're expected to be the face of the franchise, and you're expected to lead the team, that's a lot to take on as a rookie, but as the years go on, I think you're expected to mature, skill-wise, and also mature as a leader, and to be honest with you, as much as I like the guy, I just haven't seen that."
Weatherford added another log to the fire Friday with a message for those pesky NFL bloggers: "Mark Sanchez will make people forget about (Tim) Tebow, but the competition will sharpen him. He has what is takes to be great."
We're not so sure about that, but there's an upside here: If the Giants need a cornerback anytime soon, this punter can backpedal.