Mark Sanchez Heads Towards New York Jets Camp with a “Leg Up”


Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) drops to pass as Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams (94) rushes during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Jets fans, don’t get mad at me, I am only the messenger.

If you haven’t heard yet, the Jets’ coordinators spoke to the media yesterday via conference call. With the way things ended in 2012 with the offense, a man that will take a lot of questions is new coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.

There is going to be a theme of “competition” around this Jets’ camp when it opens. However, is the offense going to be a true competition, at least in the beginning? Here is what Marty had to say about it yesterday:

“I certainly like to have competition at every position, including the quarterback spot,” Mornhinweg said on a conference call today. “Mark will probably have just a little bit of a leg up, it would appear. But I would like to have competition at that position as well as the other positions. Look, there are a select few on this team that have earned the right to step in as No. 1 on the depth chart. But I would like competition at all the other spots, including the quarterback spot.”

Here is what he had to say about Mark Sanchez and how he has the ability to make every throw:

“He played some awfully good games, though it’s been just a touch scatter,” Mornhinweg said. “He’s proven he can play at a winning level, at a high level — the year before last there were three, maybe more than that, where he brought the team from behind on the last drive of the ballgame. He’s proven he can do that. He’s proven that he can make all of the throws. So now his challenge, and our challenge, is playing at that level on a much more consistent basis.”

Even the Mark haters out there have to be honest now, and those quotes face value. If you do that, you will know he is absolustely right. He does have a bit of a resume, although it has been a little obscured by his falling, and injuring himself as of late.

I don’t get the feeling that Marty will start Sanchez over someone else due to money. He seems like a guy that won’t just knuckle under and play the highest paid guys. He may start out as the guy, but it doesn’t mean he will remain that way.

You’ll see.