Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith on Working Together While Competing

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

Two guys competing for one position. That position? Only the most important position on the football field, the quarterback. That’s what we are looking at when we look at the picture to the right. The competition between these two, Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith, will say a lot about how the upcoming season is going to turn out.

With that, you would think this competition would be cutthroat. Not with these two. Mark Sanchez has been the consummate professional, helping Geno Smith understand the reads, the terminology….etc, and all the rest he needs to know. Why? Because it’s right:

I think it’s the right thing to do. I think you got to be a pro no matter what you’re doing. I think when I came in as a rookie, Kellen Clemens and I were competing, but Kellen wasn’t shy. If I were to ask him a question (he’d) help me out and that’s the way I learned. I guess that’s just kind of the way I was brought up in this league and I think it’s the right thing to do. Maybe not everybody does it, but that’s me.

When asked about Geno, and how he performed, Mark wasn’t shy about complimenting him:

He did great. He’s doing a great job, he always has and he works hard. He’s busting his butt and he’s a great competitor and we get the best out of each other. The best player will play and that will eventually help the team.

It’s always nice to see an athlete put his ego aside for the good of the team. No matter what happens, Mark Sanchez is Jets first. It’s refreshing.

How does Geno Smith see Mark? What does he think about Mark teaching, despite competing:

It speaks volumes about his character. Like I said, Mark’s a great guy. He’s always helping me. He’s always willing to help me. From my knowledge he’s always helped everyone, including Greg (McElroy), including Matt (Simms). And that’s the relationship we all have inside the quarterback room and I think that breeds a good room and it helps for good competition.

And Geno had this to say about his relationship with Mark Sanchez:

It’s great. We’re out there encouraging one another but we’re also competing. Mark did a really good job today. He was out there being accurate and being his normal self. I appreciate Mark for what he does for me on and off the field. He helps me, he teaches me, he helps me get acclimated to the pro game and we have a really good relationship. When we’re on the field we encourage one other but we also compete.

This is how it should be. The veteran is helping the rookie feel comfortable, all the while trying to keep his job. Team first, yet competition. Everyone will be better as a result.

Topics: Geno Smith, Mark Sanchez, New York Jets

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  • Paul Newbold

    Idjik is doing a great job so far! Even when the NY media tries to dig up a “story”, his players have side stepped the controversy I mean, they are trying to turn this competition into another Tebow fiasco! Good job Mark.! Stay out of the line of fire, side step the moronic questions and leave the media without a “tabloid” headline. Idjik seems to have squashed the “this headline is mine” attitude, hell even Rex has been low key! Practice,Practice, Perfect…let the football play out on the field, not in the so called “sports pages” of NYC! If this behavior towards the press, Gary Myers will be unemployed and in a straight jacket by week2!! LOL

    • TheJetPress

      Hahaha you are right….Manish will probably be wearing that same jacket hahaha.

  • matr dontelli iii

    does anyone remember when neil o’donnell got benched? i still remember him acting like a kid with the chicken pox, with a puss on staying away from everyone, like he was quarantined. i like the professionalism. it’s another reason i dislike the hatred i see aimed at mark. sure he sucked last year. yeah the year before wasn’t much better. let’s see what happens this year. a lot has changed over the off season let’s hope the coaches do what’s best for the team and let’s be supportive of the team through camp and the season. let’s not act like a bunch of drunken yahoos with cowboy hats and and multiple emails when someone makes a mistake. there’s gonna be mistakes. cheer the team and encourage them to overcome their mistakes. idzik is not gonna sit by and let the quarterback turn over the ball 32 times. ain’t gonna happen!

    • TheJetPress

      I do remember that Matr you are right….The professionalism is absolutely what we want…and I agree with you..lets keep encouraging this group, not going nuts over one INT

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