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Mark Sanchez: Jets are excited, “We have a real shot at the playoffs”

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Mark Sanchez has been a liability for the Jets, and he’s going to be in for a whole lot of blame if they miss the playoffs. But Sanchez says he’s not worried about that, because he doesn’t think the Jets will miss the playoffs.

“Guys are excited to play,” Sanchez said when asked today about the mood inside the Jets’ locker room. “We know that even still, as poorly as we’ve played these past couple weeks, we have a real shot at the playoffs.”

The Jets do have a shot at the playoffs, but it’s not a great shot. At 5-5, even Rex Ryan has conceded that they’re not catching the Patriots in the AFC East. And with the AFC North looking like it could easily send three teams to the playoffs, a wild card is going to be tough for the Jets, too.

If the Jets run the table they probably will make the playoffs, however, and Sanchez sounds confident that he can spark that kind of late-season turnaround.

“I need to play much better than I’m playing and take care of the football and put us in the right positions, put us in the right runs, be accurate with the football and make the right reads. A lot of it is on me, and I’ll improve and this team will improve,” Sanchez said. “I mean, I’m exhausting my resources here, I’m studying my butt off.”

Ultimately, Sanchez knows he’s under pressure, but he says he embraces the pressure.

“It’s playing quarterback in New York,” Sanchez said. “It’s great when you’re winning, it’s tough when you’re losing. So we just have to go win.”

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87 Responses to “Mark Sanchez: Jets are excited, “We have a real shot at the playoffs””
  1. uwachampion says: Nov 22, 2011 9:29 PM

    Sanchez is an overrated moron. They wont make the playoffs this year.

  2. cakemixa says: Nov 22, 2011 9:31 PM

    lol jets

  3. linemoose1 says: Nov 22, 2011 9:31 PM

    So uninterested in anything this panty waste has to say….

  4. irishfan109 says: Nov 22, 2011 9:31 PM

    Here we go again…

  5. tjacks7 says: Nov 22, 2011 9:31 PM

    Hmm.. Did they claim Orton?

  6. ticalcaldwell says: Nov 22, 2011 9:33 PM

    I am not a Jets fan…but this may have humbled them into an actual strong football team….I love comeback stories…..good luck Jets………

  7. marshawnlynchlookslikepredator says: Nov 22, 2011 9:33 PM

    Report: Mark Sanchez has a dwindling supply of purple drank.

  8. RexCanCoach says: Nov 22, 2011 9:35 PM

    It would be a little more encouraging to us Jets fans if you say this stuff if you are 8-5.

    Jets season: win 2, lose 3, win 3, lose 2.

    Just go out and dominate the line of scrimmage this week, focus on beating the Bills and nothing else please.

  9. eaglesandravens says: Nov 22, 2011 9:35 PM

    Peyton Manning has a huge skull

  10. buzmeg says: Nov 22, 2011 9:35 PM

    From guaranteed Super Bowl winners to being excited about “having a shot at the playoffs.” As Adam Carolla would say this guy is a real “assdouche.”

  11. damko12 says: Nov 22, 2011 9:37 PM

    Yea after they get rid of u Sanchez

  12. snarkzilla says: Nov 22, 2011 9:38 PM

    They also have a real shot at 7-9. But since it’s New York they’ve just gotta run the table, tear through the playoffs and take the Super Bowl, you know.

    It’s all on Sanchez so Revis and Cromartie can keep shrugging off opportunities to tackle I guess.

  13. jeepin08 says: Nov 22, 2011 9:38 PM

    With Rex hallucinating about winning the super bowl, now he has Sanchez hallucinating about being a good QB at 5-5. LOL, what exactly is going on in that organization ?

  14. ny82jy says: Nov 22, 2011 9:39 PM

    Lets get it done sunday mark. We need you to step up big time!!

  15. seageo says: Nov 22, 2011 9:39 PM

    Hahahahahahaha!!!

  16. nyjalleffingday says: Nov 22, 2011 9:40 PM

    He’s right, but I really hope they miss the playoffs so they can get rid of Schotty, I’m terrified that if they make the playoffs they’ll use that as an excuse to keep him on staff. He’s awful and he has to go. Plus, our defense is 65% scheme and 35% Revis and Harris, if we miss out, we’ll get a the pass rusher and safeties we need desperately early.

  17. packfaninchitown says: Nov 22, 2011 9:41 PM

    Only because most AFC teams are playing pretty badly…

  18. jpb12 says: Nov 22, 2011 9:41 PM

    He may not be talking to Rex, but he sounds like he’s been listening to him.

  19. jc1958cool says: Nov 22, 2011 9:41 PM

    so does tebow & he kicked your @@s

  20. flavadave10 says: Nov 22, 2011 9:42 PM

    “We have a real shot at the playoffs”. Talk about lowered expectations.

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  22. whyareyousomad says: Nov 22, 2011 9:44 PM

    Can we take this time to complain about the Patriots winning please.?…

  23. thechosenone6 says: Nov 22, 2011 9:45 PM

    I’ve heard, “this one’s on me guys” one too many times. Every loss is because of you! When are they going to realize that!!

  24. whyareyousomad says: Nov 22, 2011 9:47 PM

    We need the ‘bozos’ guy to tell us how tough guy teams do it…By the way bozos is a 25 yr old unemployed guy who lives with his parents & roots for tough guy teams…

  25. theripster30 says: Nov 22, 2011 9:50 PM

    Whatever makes you sleep at night. The way I see it, the Jets have to go undefeated from here on out for Rex’s SB victory BS to come true. Have fun.

  26. yeahyeahyeahbono14 says: Nov 22, 2011 9:57 PM

    I’d rather have Michael J. Fox as my Jenga partner than Mark Sanchez as my quarterback.

  27. burtomatic says: Nov 22, 2011 9:57 PM

    who dey?!

  28. wadecounty93 says: Nov 22, 2011 9:57 PM

    Sanchez blows, I would take Henne or Matt Moore over him anyday! the Jets have a good team but not perfect, their QB is whats holding them back and this is coming from a hard core Dolphins fan!
    lets just say when the jets loose its a great sunday because no matter if the dolphins win or not there not going to the playoffs, Ill tell you kno wen the Fins ARE an ELITE TEAM a lot of people will be hopping on the bandwagon! GO FINS!!!

  29. doowix says: Nov 22, 2011 9:57 PM

    The Jets claimed Orton? I guess that would explain Sanchez’s quote.

  30. grogansneck says: Nov 22, 2011 9:58 PM

    Concussion test? Positive.

  31. thefiesty1 says: Nov 22, 2011 9:59 PM

    Ha, ha, ha, ha. He’s got as big a mouth as Ryan. They’re good together.

  32. richm2256 says: Nov 22, 2011 10:01 PM

    Yeah, I’d be excited about the playoffs too if I was 5-5 with three games out of six against the Eagles, Giants, and Dolphins, and had two teams ahead of me for the wildcard while three other teams had my same record.

    Excited is EXACTLY what I’d be, yeah.

  33. rr2000k says: Nov 22, 2011 10:04 PM

    and then he woke up

  34. suchajoke says: Nov 22, 2011 10:04 PM

    That’s the only way to look at it…….Kudos to Sanchez for having a great attitude and acknowledging he needs to step it up himself

    The Jets do have a real shot at the playoffs, not because they are a good team, but because of their competition for that last 6 seed

    It’s them or the Bungles IMO, and the Jets have a much easier schedule down the stretch so we’ll see

    The Jets are certainly not the greatest at all, but ask New England how dangerous the Jets can be if they get hot at the end

    Should be an interesting race down the stretch for sure

  35. sd1024 says: Nov 22, 2011 10:05 PM

    This guy’s routine is as old as Rex Ryan’s. A nickel that talks like he’s a twenty. We know you know the playbook that consists of 5 rotating safe passes Mark…you just suck at running it… Don’t assume you’re gonna back into playoffs again this year chief!

  36. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Nov 22, 2011 10:10 PM

    Too bad you won’t be starting by then.

  37. alltee says: Nov 22, 2011 10:11 PM

    glad to see this guy is as dillusional as his head coach.

    i hope is idea of a shot at the playoffs has better accuracy then his shots down field.

  38. steelerfan999 says: Nov 22, 2011 10:13 PM

    AT LEAST HE DIDNT GUARANTEE IT. j-e-T-E-B-O-W

  39. kisstherings says: Nov 22, 2011 10:13 PM

    When will these A_ _ clowns stop telling everybody what they are going to do and just start doing it on the field.

  40. 27bills says: Nov 22, 2011 10:15 PM

    WARNING: Tequila can have serious and lasting side affects. Please contact your doctor if delusion continues.

  41. drgfri says: Nov 22, 2011 10:15 PM

    This guy really is as stupid as his coach. Thank goodness for those 2 consecutive SB wins, or I’d say he was an idiot (and one who proudly dates high school girls…)

  42. cbass59 says: Nov 22, 2011 10:16 PM

    Since when do NFL teams qualify for the CFL playoffs?

  43. spencodude says: Nov 22, 2011 10:17 PM

    Anybody else laugh reading this?

  44. trollaikman8 says: Nov 22, 2011 10:17 PM

    The Jets should :
    1. Claim Orton
    2. Start Orton

  45. gr8whte says: Nov 22, 2011 10:18 PM

    This team needs a leader, not a little boy that is infatuated with 17 yr olds. Rex said he will be around as long as he is, well Rex must not envision being around long.

  46. miamiisdecent says: Nov 22, 2011 10:20 PM

    Dolphins will finish with a better record.

  47. BTC says: Nov 22, 2011 10:21 PM

    What is Sanchez supposed to say, the truth: I am the thing holding this team back and we are depressed about it?

    Sure, they are still mathematically in it. But good luck with that miracle run when you can’t even beat The Tebows.

  48. bucks12965 says: Nov 22, 2011 10:21 PM

    Tebow > Sanchez.

    & that’s bad.

  49. JackLeone says: Nov 22, 2011 10:21 PM

    This must have been what Pete Carroll was talking about…..

  50. cosanostra71 says: Nov 22, 2011 10:24 PM

    will never understand the Sanchez hate. Fight on

  51. drunkenagitator says: Nov 22, 2011 10:29 PM

    Playoffs??? I thought they were winning the Super Bowl? Expectations sure have fallen since August.

  52. billsfan1 says: Nov 22, 2011 10:38 PM

    wait… werent they supposed to win the Super Bowl?

  53. steelerfan999 says: Nov 22, 2011 10:39 PM

    gr8whte says:
    Nov 22, 2011 10:18 PM
    This team needs a leader, not a little boy that is infatuated with 17 yr olds. Rex said he will be around as long as he is, well Rex must not envision being around long.

    YOU LEFT OUT RAPIST.

  54. ppdoc13 says: Nov 22, 2011 10:43 PM

    Rex and Sanchez r tied at the hip. In retrospect they would have been light years better off with josh freeman than wasting the 3 on an overrated qb like sanchez

  55. sfkforever says: Nov 22, 2011 10:44 PM

    very well could be the worst starting QB in the NFL..

  56. derekjetersmansion says: Nov 22, 2011 10:51 PM

    Matt Hasselbeck should be a Jet next year. To be fair, most FA QBs (non-Manning) wouldn’t be that much of an upgrade.

  57. quadya says: Nov 22, 2011 11:00 PM

    linemoose1 says:
    Nov 22, 2011 9:31 PM
    So uninterested in anything this panty waste has to say….

    LOL…Haven’t heard somone being called a panty waste in a long time…so appropriate tho. Nice one linemoose1.

    Go phins

  58. stanmark says: Nov 22, 2011 11:05 PM

    A steelerfan999 taking about rape… Lol. Big Ben is the most hated piece of garbage in the league. Seriously everyone hates him outside of pittsburgh.
    On a related note, jets fans, read over these comments and take it in… your qb has been measured and is terrible.

  59. snarkzilla says: Nov 22, 2011 11:10 PM

    >will never understand the Sanchez hate. Fight on

    First, he’s a Jet. Everybody except Jets fans hates the Jets.

    Second, he sucks. His stats this year are slightly better than his career average. So he’s having a good year – for him. Hope you’re happy with that.

    Third, watching him flit around after the snap because he’s scared would be enough all on its own.

  60. mabidi107 says: Nov 22, 2011 11:27 PM

    GO BILLS

  61. snarkzilla says: Nov 22, 2011 11:32 PM

    Brunell got some first team snaps at practice today.

  62. jetsjetsjetsjets627 says: Nov 22, 2011 11:33 PM

    As a jets fan i do not even want this years team to make the playoffs. I would love to see them get into the playoffs just because as a fan u always want that. But this team has a lot of problems. QB and OC to start with among other things and if they were to make th playoffs thos problems wouldn’t be addressed in the offseason. I think if they don’t make the playoffs they can take a look and get those things fixed in the offseason. I also think sanchez can be an alright QB in a different system. Schotty isn’t helping his strengths. So i say give sancez another year in a different system and if he still doesn’t improve. Get rid of him.

  63. mr92687 says: Nov 22, 2011 11:43 PM

    I don’t care if they post a 0-16 record, the Jets just don’t know how to shut up. Very annoying.

  64. vincentbojackson says: Nov 23, 2011 12:07 AM

    Jets will have to run the table. Looking at the schedule, Ravens and Steelers should have at least 12 wins each and Bengals probably get to 10 easily and maybe even 11 wins.

    Jets aren’t dead yet but another loss and it’s curtains.

  65. electstat says: Nov 23, 2011 12:14 AM

    linemoose1 says: Nov 22, 2011 9:31 PM

    So uninterested in anything this panty waste has to say….

    ************************************

    But yet, the article title was very clear and here you are

  66. taz101 says: Nov 23, 2011 12:14 AM

    He was talking about his high school girlfriend’s football team, not the Jets.

  67. lostsok says: Nov 23, 2011 12:16 AM

    To be fair, Mark Sanchez WAS a terrific backup at USC.

  68. Andre's Johnson says: Nov 23, 2011 1:03 AM

    As a Texans fan, I can say without hesitation that I’d rather go into these final six regular season games with our USC quarterback (Leinart) than the Jets’ USC quarterback.

  69. patsfiend says: Nov 23, 2011 1:10 AM

    They’re remaining schedule is not bad at all. Amazingly, they could get in. We could go through this all over again. I hope they get in, make it to the AFC Championship again, lose to the Pats, and they “keep the team together” again for next year’s Stuporbowl run.

  70. stonyhands says: Nov 23, 2011 1:47 AM

    @ Suchajoke

    It’s them or the Bungles IMO, and the Jets have a much easier schedule down the stretch so we’ll see

    Really? The Bengals have the Rams, Cards, Browns, and the Schaubless Texans. Not to mention the Ravens at home after the Ravens have locked up the division and first round bye so their starters maybe sidelined. Not to mention they’d probably prefer Cincinnati to get in as they will have seen them twice this year. The bengals have a very realistic shot at going 11-5 or 10-6.

    So I’d venture to say the Bengals have an easier schedule.

  71. jaggedmark says: Nov 23, 2011 2:47 AM

    Mark Sanchez: Jets are excited “we’ll all get to golf in Maui in January”

    That should be the headline

  72. johnmcfarlannnn says: Nov 23, 2011 3:41 AM

    jetsjetsjetsjets627 says:
    Nov 22, 2011 11:33 PM
    As a jets fan i do not even want this years team to make the playoffs. I would love to see them get into the playoffs just because as a fan u always want that. But this team has a lot of problems. QB and OC to start with among other things and if they were to make th playoffs thos problems wouldn’t be addressed in the offseason. I think if they don’t make the playoffs they can take a look and get those things fixed in the offseason. I also think sanchez can be an alright QB in a different system. Schotty isn’t helping his strengths. So i say give sancez another year in a different system and if he still doesn’t improve. Get rid of him.

    off the bat you contradicted yourself so hard the first two sentences alone. second, you think you can give a quarterback one year under a brand new offensive system and judge him off that? what do you think jason campbell has gone through his whole career-a new OC every year. and btw im a jets fan (i know ill get only thumbs down solely off that). However, it couldn’t be more obvious that the Jets need a new OC, and I’ve been saying it for the past three years at least. But if they don’t make the playoffs, schotty better get the boot, otherwise i’ll have to question my strong loyalty to this team. go jets and hopefully we can turn things around this week.

  73. NakedCowboy! says: Nov 23, 2011 3:48 AM

    orton hears a who?

  74. packfanatic says: Nov 23, 2011 4:22 AM

    other than D.revis jets are garbage. and so is their coach.

  75. patfic15 says: Nov 23, 2011 6:31 AM

    “That’s terrible”- Aaron Rodgers

  76. bamasleeper13 says: Nov 23, 2011 6:34 AM

    Wow, Sanchez is drinking the same thing that Rex does!

  77. akulabug says: Nov 23, 2011 7:43 AM

    Playoffs???? Playoffs ???? You want to talk about playoffs???? Try winning a game this month. Baby steps.

  78. nokuntry4idiots says: Nov 23, 2011 7:46 AM

    Has there been a worst word in the NFL lexicon than “Sanchize”…Ugh!!!

  79. boblavoie says: Nov 23, 2011 7:46 AM

    Sanchez (after losing to Denver): “We have a real shot at the playoffs”

    Brady (after beating KC): It’s a short week and we have to prepare for the Eagles. . .

    See the difference here?

    On their own twenty yard line, Sanchez likes his chances of getting a touchdown!
    In the same situation, Brady is working on getting a first down.

    Sorry Jets fans, but your chances of going to the playoffs is a real “shot”. A long shot!

  80. haywoodjablomee says: Nov 23, 2011 7:53 AM

    The Jet players haven’t learn to shut up yet, but the fans have. Time to eat crow….HaHaHa.

  81. grpatriot says: Nov 23, 2011 8:01 AM

    Rex asourass n Sanchize, the gifts that keep on giving……

  82. richardharrow says: Nov 23, 2011 8:54 AM

    The Jets have been inconsistent, and yes they talk too much, but this is still a tough team to beat, and it would be foolish to write them off completely with 6 weeks left to play.

    Since you have all bashed Sanchez, I will offer the only defense (excuse) that can be made. Their offensive line has not been keeping guys off him, as even Ferguson has been struggling as of late.

  83. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Nov 23, 2011 10:27 AM

    Seems like this is a LONG way from late summer when fatso was asking the rest of the league for some help in beating the Patriots.

    Going forward it’ll be interesting to see whether the guarantees keep up with the play on the field.

  84. boombabymac says: Nov 23, 2011 10:32 AM

    So, if Cromartie tackles Tebow on the five yard line instead of hugging in the end zone, is this discussion even taking place to the extent it is. . .

  85. bweavs says: Nov 23, 2011 10:44 AM

    All you jet fans need to calm down. They do this crap every year. They start great, then suck for a few weeks and then get hot and back into the playoffs. They will be there at the end as always and give whoever they play in the playoffs (probably New England) a tough time. They are not as solid as they were the last two years but are still a tough football team that always plays well enough to get lucky at the end of the season. As a PATS fan it would be awesome to see them choke and miss the post season entirely, but no one (PATS fans included) will be that lucky.

  86. havok82 says: Nov 23, 2011 10:54 AM

    At 5-5 and not having a tiebreakers with a lot of their 5-5 or 6-4 opponents will hurt them in the long run.

    They can certainly make the playoffs, though.

  87. robertpaterson1 says: Nov 23, 2011 2:19 PM

    Go JETS…SANCHEZ#1 Took The JETS his first to years to the the AFC Championship and a shine away to the Super Bowl Twice…maybe this time they will take it all…and this is barely his first three years..relax..and take a shill pill or hater pill lol!

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