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Jon Gruden likes Mark Sanchez, but what about winter?

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) celebrates

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) celebrates after a touchdown Thomas Jones in the second quarter of a football game against the St. Louis Rams, Friday, August 14, 2009, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (John Dunn/Newsday/MCT) (Credit: MCT/John Dunn)

Hey, kids, check it out: My Tuesday newspaper column, available on the Web before noon on Monday!

That's because it's about ESPN's rookie analyast, Jon Gruden, who will be working the Jets-Ravens game Monday night. We wanted to have you properly prepared.

Here is more from Gruden on the Jets that is not included in the column. His thoughts on their new quarterback:

"I like Mark [Sanchez]. I did a lot of work on him at SC, part of the draft thing for the NFL Network. My biggest concern, if it's a concern, is how he handles himself when the weather turns.

"He's got to play in New England in a [potential] blizzard, at New York, at Buffalo. I've never really seen him function with the wind blowing sideways and a wet, snowy football. He might wake up on Sunday morning and say, 'Are you kidding me?'

"Does he have the arm strength to rip it through the wind at the Meadowlands? I'm anxious to see how strong his arm is when the weather turns."

Photo: MCT/John Dunn

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