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Some Quotes from Mark Sanchez’s Thursday Press Conference

By Alan Schechter

May 24, 2012; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) during organized team activities at their training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Next, we present some quotes from Mark Sanchez’s Thursday press conference after practice, courtesy of the team website:

On what he thinks about Stephen Hill:

He’s a great player. He’s always got a smile. He’s one of those guys who loves coming in the building, who loves to learn, and he’s a big, strong, fast kid. He’s a sponge, which is exactly what you want from a young guy like that. He’s willing to do whatever coach Sanjay Lal asks him and that’s the kind of attitude we want. As of now, it’s a great pickup for us and we’re excited about him.

On the competitive offseason due to the arrival of Tim Tebow:

I put a lot of pressure on myself. I think you guys know that. Everybody in the building knows that, that I want to make it right for me and this team. Whether we have Matt Simms or [G.J.] Kinne or [Greg] McElroy or if it happens to be Tim Tebow behind me, that’s fine. It doesn’t matter. I’m playing hard and trying to get this thing right for all of us in here.

On learning from a new offensive coordinator:

Well, there’s quite a bit of learning going on for all of the positions, especially at quarterback. And the new verbiage I think is the most important thing — being able to speak the language, speak it fluidly, fluently, with confidence, convey your confidence and your presence in the huddle, and be sharp with all your calls. So I think learning the language has been number one. But it’s been great. Coach Sparano’s installed, and Coach [Matt] Cavanaugh, he’s let Coach Cavanaugh talk to us a lot. So it’s been a good learning process so far and the learning’s not over.

Did he feel mixed messages with the talk of Peyton Manning and Tebow?

I don’t think so. I knew that contract negotiations were going on. That didn’t really bother me. Then, to bring in Tim, I know he’s going to help us all over the field. It’s been a good acquisition for us and we’re going to keep rolling.

To read the entire press conference, click here