Jun 11, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets center Nick Mangold (74) warms up at the New York Jets minicamp session at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Mangold says Jets’ Locker Room Wants Mark Sanchez to Start


Remember the past appearances of the anonymous sources? Nobody seems to be willing to put their name onto anything. However, it changed a bit yesterday when a guy that normally has little to say, said quite a bit.

All-Pro center Nick Mangold was asked if he thinks that the team still wants Mark Ssnchez to start. Here is what Nick had to stay:

“I believe so,” he told the New York Post. “I haven’t walked around with a pen and paper and taken a toll, but from the feeling I get, the locker room wants to win. Whoever gives us the best chance to do that, we want out there–and at this point, Mark gives us that best chance.

We all know about the slumps that Mark has gone throug over the past couple of years. Despite that, Nick cannot forget how Mark went to two straight AFC title games.

“I think Mark is a fantastic quarterback for us, and I think he can do some good thimgs.”

All I ask for is the Jets to be careful with this. The underlying concept of being loyal to the starting QB is a good one. The older players on the team should stick together.

The problem will arrive if the team begins to take sides, and that is what I worry about as well. The Jets need to keep from being divided, or partially divided. Stay united in taking the league back.

We have seen the alternative, and it has not been pretty.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.willie.509 Joe Willie

    Mangold needs to worry about his position and not deciding what’s best for the team in other positions, that’s the coaches jobs.– What we seen the last 2 years out of the QB position wasn’t a hallucination Sanchez WITHOUT A DOUBT was the worst in the NFL. Sanchez play last year made Rex Grossman look like Joe Montana- this is an indisputable fact -am I right? Must be QBs and centers can get close sometimes in more ways then one–lol . Loyalty is great as long as its not to the determent of the team and the fans. And in this case I feel Mangold is dead wrong. The preseason will tell the story and I believe Geno will clearly beat Sanchez out. I base this not on an unfair bias but on Sanchez’s performance in the past 4 years that has steadily declined. However, until then the topic is clearly conjecture. Mostly however, I’m confident in my opinion of the situation -you dont plant an onion and pick a potato in 3 months of the off season. I look at last years college video of Geno and I see things Geno does—timing–anticipation-(throwing to where the receivers are going) -pocket awareness-(moving in the pocket w/out looking down at the rushing linemen) and arm strength and these are attributes Sanchez just doesn’t have and never will.

    • TheJetPress

      You have been consistent with this the entire time Joe. You definitely disagree with Nick on this one, and that’s OK.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.willie.509 Joe Willie

        Alan I know you think mark should get another chance and that’s Ok your entitled to your opinion as a loyal Jet fan and I respect that. This site “Jet-Press” is a great forum for smart, respectful Jet fans to air their critical opinion. Unlike “Jets nation” where I been suspended for the 2nd time in 2 years LOL. Seems the mods get insecure with anybody with a half a brain and defend their dimwitted, think alike trolling dittoheads. Keep up the Good work Alan! this could be the start of something big for you.

        • http://www.facebook.com/joe.willie.509 Joe Willie

          PS—with today’s news with Aaron Hernandez sounds like OJ to me. The pats are in big trouble this year- no one for Brady to throw to– :) God bless the victim and his family. Go Jets!

  • matr dontelli iii

    The coaching staff needs to take their time and feel strongly about their choice. The team needs to back the quarterback regardless of who they choose and needs to keep that backing when they speak to the media. If the QB goes south the coaching staff needs to make a change before the season is ruined in order to ensure the team stays united. Failure to do this could cost the head coach his job. The fans should stay behind the team and root for the guys they put on the field and should not hold grudges for past mistakes. It is tough enough to succeed on this league without being booed in your home stadium. Nobody should make it harder for the team to succeed. I tend to think the coaches know better than we do.

    • TheJetPress

      God I hope so Matr

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.willie.509 Joe Willie

      I know the coaching staff see’s what I see and will make the right choice..no doubt about it. If Geno gets a fair chance to play with the 1st team as I know he will it wont even be close.

  • Paul Newbold

    Good for Nick, with a question like that thrown at you, what do you expect him to say? If he says “Hell no, we want Geno”, its instant media circus time! If he says “Hell yes Mark’s the guy” ESPN will eat him for breakfast. I thought Nick did a fairly good job of tip toeing through a issue which has the potential to pull this team apart before it unites. Let it play out on the field, not in the tabloids that call them selves “sporting news outlets”.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.willie.509 Joe Willie

      agreed–it will be what it will be—GO JETS!

  • Colonoscopy

    He should have thrown the press for a loop and said, “Most of the guys want Tim Tebow back as the starter!” That would create a media circus that would last throughout the summer and the entire season.