Sep 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager John Idzik during warmups before a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

John Idzik and Mark Sanchez on the Move to Short Term Injured Reserve


Sep 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) warms up prior to a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday was a day a lot of fans had been waiting for. Mark Sanchez was placed on injured reserve, with designation to return. He can practice in six weeks and be returned to the active roster in eight weeks. For the time being, this is Geno Smith’s team, and his job to lose.

John Idzik and Mark Sanchez held a conference call yesterday with the media. Here is what Mr. Idzik had to say about if they mis-diagnosed Mark’s injury:

No, not at all. This is not unusual. As you get into a rehab, everyone’s body is different. Every single injury is different. As I stated before, Mark had a similar type of injury to his throwing shoulder. He was able to come back without any missed time. So, if there was any chance for Mark to do that, certainly we wanted to afford him that chance. So, that’s why we listed him as day-to-day. It wasn’t misdiagnosed at all. We were literally taking it day-to-day. And now after a span of three weeks and after a little bit more information and looking forward, you kind of readjust your sites. In the back of our minds, we did consider do we use this type of designation, but obviously the last two weeks we felt there was a chance he could come back. Once we realized, at this point, the medical opinion, the general medical opinion was that let’s slow the train down a little bit. Let’s let this thing heal and that way his prognosis going forward would be much more solid. So, that’s what we did. Actually, right now it times up pretty well, first and foremost for Mark medically, but also for us as a club. There’s a natural break at the bye and Mark can get ingrained right during that time.

The timing does line up nicely with the bye week, which should help. John was asked again about whether or not it was a mistake to put Mark into the game against the Giants. He held to the company line of no, and that has to annoy Mark. He would likely be put more at ease if the Jets would admit the mistake.

Now here is Mark talking about the remarks he made on Thursday:

I think the most important thing is we’re looking forward. I’m not going to say much about that other than there was a false report about my medical health from ESPN. Rich (Eisen) gave me an opportunity to clear that up. The only thing I said about competing for the job or winning the competition is the same thing I’ve said since spring, that I’m going to compete and plan to win the job. I’ve said that from day one. I’ve planned to be the starter since I was a rookie. So, nothing’s changed there. Now, I’m in a position where I have to wait a little time. I think we’re making the decision that’s best for the team (and) best for my medical health. We’re all on the same page. I’ll come back hopefully in eight weeks and be ready to play.

He was asked if the organization has done right by him here, and here is what Mark had to say:

I don’t know what else they could have done for me in this situation after I’ve been injured. The team doctors, John Idzik, (Senior Director, Media Relations) Bruce Speight, (Head Athletic Trainer) John Mellody, every doctor we’ve talked to, we’ve all talked together and we’ve all been on the same page. It’s been an open line of communication. There have been no secrets. I’m not blindsided by the I.R. (Injured Reserve/Designated for Return) situation. This whole thing has been out in the open and we feel great about it. That’s been the best part about working with this team and doing what’s right for the team. I think in my position now, I’m trying to help Geno (Smith). I’m trying to help these other guys, keep them fired up, get (them) ready to go, give them as much info as I can on these games as they approach us and this I.R. situation gives us an opportunity to have another roster spot. And if that roster spot can help us make plays and win games, that’s the most important thing right now. In my little world, I’m trying to get back and help this team in any way I can, so that’s what I’m doing and we’re all doing the same thing. I think it’s working out perfectly, I enjoy doing it and I love being part of this organization.

I am still not so sure this is the right move. Ending his season might be the best thing for the team and for Mark, but this is how they have decided to go. The timing is interesting, that they made this decision on the heels of his comments to the media. But, it is what it is. Mark has likely taken his last snap in New York as a home team member anyway.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    i am still waiting for anyone who second guesses mark’s presence in that game at that time to explain when and how he was supposed to get his reps without risking injury to brick and mangold. or to explain to me that he is more important to the team than mangold or brick are. and i’ve been waiting for almost a month now…second guessing is a great pastime. it’s like i said about the punt returns. we should have put cro in there, until he gets hurt and then we shouldn’t have, or he fumbles because he hasn’t been practicing it and then we shouldn’t have. rex shoulda quit last year. even the people who say they want him second guess his every move. nobody could coach this team without being criticized. the same people criticizing the coach are the people who told us what a great improvement clyde gates made this year. right.

    • jimjam77887

      You can’t be wrong if you set all the parameters. However if you consider cro stays out of games, but doesn’t fumble. He gets lots of team practice. Putting San in, in that situation, IMO was a major blunder. End of the last preseason game… I’ll explain it this way; he isn’t a rookie, and he if he needs snaps that badly, perhaps he just isn’t going to ever step up. If you have a million dollar coin, you don’t bet it all on one throw of the dice. It’s a long season, risk reward… was a fools choice IMO.

      • Alan Schechter

        I can’t disagree with you Jim Jam….Thanks for reading.

    • Alan Schechter

      I hear ya Matr. I didn’t really like the move when it happened, so I have been pretty consistent on this. I get that they wanted to get him some reps, but I say, with the way Geno played, it was clear that Mark would have started the reg season. You have to know that in your head, and change the plan. Let Mark play in week 4 of the preseason, if his reps are that important. I realize the problem is the same, with backups, but maybe you have the first team play a couple of series vs eagles to get some continuity. I don’t know, but it just didn’t feel right.