Sanchez is doing his best to assert himself as the leader of the Jets while he still can.

New York Jets' Mark Sanchez Tries to Assert Himself as a Leader

It has been an interesting ride, to say the least, with this quarterback over the last four years, has it not? We have had some great highs (the first two years), and some horrific lows as well. Mark Sanchez has seen a fan base that has dwindled and dwindled to the point where I am one of the few people left that would be OK with him as the starting quarterback.

Could it be too little, too late? Most definitely. But it is a good start.

What am I talking about? Mark Sanchez met with the media yesterday at Jets’ headquarters.

Remember during the year, everyone got on Mark about having his head down on the sidelines? People were talking about how he wasn’t showing the confidence needed to head the team. Well, in his interview yesterday, he was attempting to exude that type of confidence, heading into this his fifth year, and another quarterback competition. Take a look at some of the things that he had to say:

On if he expects to be the opening day starter…

Of course.

On if he still views himself as the future of the franchise…


On whether he comes into the season saying ‘This is my team’…

Of course, every quarterback should feel that way. I know I do and I’m not shy about voicing my opinion. You have to own it and compete your butt off to keep it in my position. That’s what I’ll do and I’ll do it the very best I can

On whether he expects to win the starting job…

No doubt. Of course.

On whether he feels like this is his team…

It has to feel that way going into your fifth year, at least that’s how I feel. I’m confident and I feel like we’ve seen just about everything you can see. So we’ll just keep rolling and do our very best.

The fans that have had enough of Mark Sanchez are not going to like these comments. The likely opinion will be that he is being presumptuous, even arrogant, thinking that he will be the starting quarterback after the way he played last year.

Like it or not, there is going to be a competition for the starting quarterback job, and it’s going to be a real one this time. Any one of these players can do the job, and would do it well, given the chance. Mark comes in with as good a chance as any of them to come out with the starting position. He’s been doing it the last four years, and he should have confidence in himself.

If he is going to be the starter, he HAS to be confident. This is the way you want to hear our leader speak. You might be sick of him. You might think it’s too little, too late. You might think he sounds arrogant, but he is doing what he is supposed to do. He is saying the right things.

We will see if it translates into performance on the field.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    for the first time in his career he will have a competent offensive coordinator calling his plays. the head coach, after last season’s debacle and seemingly holding onto his job by the skin of his teeth, should realize that he’s gotta let said offensive cordinator offensively coordinate. he’s got his first real running game since his rookie season (greene and old-man tomlinson were not a real running game, though they did decently due to a powerful o-line). he’s got a better shot than he had the last two years but he’s gonna have to tune out the boos, which will likely be omnipresent, both home and away. now we’ve just gotta hope: holmes comes back strong, hill is improved, hayden smith is productive. maybe get braylon back and as a bonus maybe we can have our two starting corners play the whole season for a change.

    • TheJetPress

      Totally agree. If Mark is ever going to do it, this is the year. I really think that the WCO is a fit for him. Quick pre-set decisions, you know?
      By the way, I have a piece of news you will like, sometime next week, we are publishing an article with the guys at turn on the jets as a giant roundtable piece. Thought you would like that since you like to read the both of us.

      • matr dontelli iii

        awesome. i really enjoy their site, but the commentary gets pretty clownish at times. i don’t comment there too often. it’s probably a good thing that i’m mostly ignored over there. they have one pretty good commenter there, goes by the name of kash. their writers are really good. they get into some deep analysis at times. by the way, i think it’s really cool that you follow up everyone’s comments. it kinda makes me feel more welcome and more comfortable going off on my little diatribes. thanks for a great site.

        • TheJetPress

          Glad to hear you say that Matr. That is exactly the point, we want you and anyone to feel comfortable and welcome. We want you to be part of a community at Fansided, that if you want to comment, you know you will be able to have a safe, comfortable football discussion.
          Thank YOU for coming and lending your thoughts whenever you like.

  • Chris Gamestrodamos

    Mark can throw slants… Outside of that he is dead last in every other QB skill imaginable. The Jets are going to start Geno this year eventually to see of he is a future starter or a bust before the QB heavy draft next tear. Mark is done in NY and with our schedule the Jets could even give him the starting Job even though Garrard will most likely beat him in any fair competition.

    • TheJetPress

      Certainly an opinion that is shared by a lot of fans, Chris. I actually agree that David Garrard has an excellent chance to top Sanchez in a QB competition. We shall see.

      • matr dontelli iii

        with rex seemingly on thin ice, i would expect the qb competition to be fair, if nothing else. rex cannot afford to stand blindly behind mark anymore. it could potentially cost him his job. he needs to do a really good job this year, in all facets of running the team. hopefully he gets a lot of input from idzik. and listens to it.

        • TheJetPress

          No argument there my friend;