May 22, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) talks with quarterback Geno Smith during organized team activities at the New York Jets training facility. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Mark Sanchez on Possibility of Not Starting: "I don't plan on that happening,"


We all know how this competition is going to dominate the headlines this off-season, minicamp, training camp…etc. We have watched Mark play the last couple of years, I know how you all feel. I am in a vast minority that would like to see Mark get one more chance when the season opens. Most of you would like to see the keys handed to Geno, so we can see how and where he drives the bus.

One thing that was clearly lacking for Mark Sanchez in 2012 was confidence, I don’t think it takes a personality expert to see that. It was obvious in his words, and obvious in his body language. As his play went further and further down the bowl, so did Mark Sanchez’s confidence. With the leadership required at the quarterback position, if you aren’t confident, there is no way you will perform well.

So far in training camp, we have seen a different, stronger Mark. Of course, he hasn’t thrown against an OPPONENT yet, but I am talking about an attitude change. He is carrying himself as the starting quarterback, finally. He is portraying a guy that is intent on working hard and keeping his job, instead of acting as a guy that is going to continue performing as his coddled old self.

All camp, he has been talking about winning this competition. He put it pretty succinctly yesterday, when presented the possibility of not being the starter come week one:

“I don’t plan on that happening,” Sanchez said.

I am not trying to sound naïve here. I am well aware that a changed attitude is not going to give Mark Sanchez his starting quarterback job back. Of course not. The performance on the field is what will determine the result of this competition. But, seeing Mark act like a confident football player gives us hope. Hope that he can get it done one more time.

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  • Dean Barbella

    Seriously, Alan. Stop dreaming. Sanchez might start, but he won’t finish. He’s the sacrificial lamb to weather us through a tough October. After that, they will hand the keys to the kid. Only, neither will be driving the bus in ’14. Walterfootball.com predicts 5-QB’s in the Top-10. I’m hoping Teddy Bridgewater is a Jet! Sanchez S-U-C-K-S!!!

    • TheJetPress

      Thanks for coming by Dean. I was beginning to think that some of you had forgotten about me.

      Hey, I did say he would be out, if he does;, He plays and all is just fine.

      • Dean Barbella

        Always a pleasure, Alan – always provocative and exceedingly polite. It’s like arguing with a Muckraking Ghandi.

        Bill Murrey’s quote in Caddyshack ’bout the Dalai Lama:

        “Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga… gunga, gunga-galunga. So we finish the 18th and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say, “Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.” And he says, “Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.” So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.”

  • Mike Francesser

    We heard the same nonsense last year about how Mark was stronger, more mature, and confident. A player doesn’t manage to be one of the worst at his position for four years without sucking.

    • TheJetPress

      I never said he was Peyton Manning, all I am saying is that he is not as bad as everyone else thinks. Thank you for stopping bye

      • Mike Francesser

        No problem. The thing is, he’s not even Matt Schaub, Carson Palmer, or Matt Cassell. I think he is every bit as bad as everyone thinks.

        • TheJetPress

          You are entitled. It’s hard to argue it that’s for sure. I just think you don’t lose the ability he had the first two years. He very well might prove me wrong once again, but I think he can be saved.
          CAll me a cockeyed optimist.