Fox Sports analyst Mark Sanchez had himself a butt-fumble moment on the “Thursday Night Football” broadcast.
In the pregame show, before the Patriots’ blowout win over the Falcons, Sanchez mistakenly said (twice) that Matt Patricia was still the defensive coordinator in New England.
Patricia held that position for the Patriots from the 2012 to the 2017 season. He returned the organization this year in a front office role as a senior football advisor, after two-plus years as head coach of the Lions. The team does not technically have a defensive coordinator, though Steve Belichick — the outside linebackers coach — is considered to have the most prominent role outside of his father on that side of the ball.
Sanchez’s mixup gave Patriots fans a chance to pounce on the former Jets quarterback and questioning whether or not he prepared for the pregame show.
One viewer tweeted, “Dude cant call games and apparently can’t do a pre game show.”
Another fan asked on Twitter, “Did someone forget to tell Mark Sanchez Matt Patricia isn’t the defensive coordinator anymore?”
The roast of Sanchez hashed up his infamous “butt fumble” on Thanksgiving Day in 2012, which fans still won’t let him live down.
While trailing the Patriots by 14, the Jets quarterback took a snap and ran into the back of offensive lineman Brandon Moore, who was being pushed back by New England’s Vince Wilfork. He then fumbled the ball, and contributed to a pair of Patriots touchdowns. The Jets lost to their AFC-East rivals, 49-19.
The NFL ranked it the No. 4 worst play of all-time on its top 10 list.