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Simms on Sanchez as a cold weather QB Dan Leberfeld

The last time Mark Sanchez and the Jets played in New England (Dec. 6), there was an Arctic chill in the air, and the California-native didn’t deal with it well.

Since then, Sanchez has evolved as a cold weather quarterback, according to CBS analyst Phil Simms.

“Mark Sanchez did not play well up there,” Simms said. “It was cold. Everybody said, ‘Oh he’s a west coast quarterback.  He can’t do it in the cold weather.’  Well, then he went to Pittsburgh and Chicago and played extremely well.

“There’s no way he’s going to play like he did the first time up in New England. He will play better. So that alone makes the game much more competitive for the road team as you’re talking about.”