John Idzik’s “comfortable” with Mark Sanchez on the roster

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Jets General Manager John Idzik got a quick introduction to life in his new job when his introductory press conference came on the heels of reports that the team was looking at trade options involving cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Idzik did his best to temper the flames on that front by speaking with Revis, although we’re fairly sure we haven’t heard the last of that discussion. While there may be other detours as well, Idzik’s performance is going to be judged in large part by his ability to deal with the quarterback position. During an interview with Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason on WFAN in New York, Idzik said it was too soon to make any decisions about what role any players will play but that he is comfortable with Mark Sanchez being on the roster.

“Yeah, I’m comfortable with Mark being a Jet. I told him as well, we’re going to add competition. … It’s going to help make Mark and everybody else better,” Idzik said. “I think he’s chomping at the bit. And he wants to get going with his new coordinator (Marty Mornhinweg). He’s all about competing. I got a really good feeling from Mark.”

With a massive cap hit looming if the Jets were to part ways with Sanchez, Idzik’s got good reason to make himself comfortable with the idea of having the quarterback on the roster in 2013. The fact that he’s also promising competition tells you, with good reason, that there’s a limit to his comfort.

33 responses to “John Idzik’s “comfortable” with Mark Sanchez on the roster

  1. Sure he’s comfortable with Mark on board because he doesn’t have a choice with that ridiculous contract Sanchez has…Jets have no leverage and no other team wants him.

  2. This is a tough call. Mike T really messed this up by that extention but more by taking away talent from Mark. In Year 1 he had Braylon / Cotchery and Thomas Jones. Year 2 – Holmes / Braylon / LT. Mark can do well with talent around him as he has proven but once they take that away it hurts his skill set. Not making excuses those INTs are terrible.

  3. Always loved the name Mornhinweg. It sounds like something judges used to wear to breakfast back in the day.

    So the Jets got that going for them…

  4. You guys write about the Jets is if they were the only team in the NFL and every citizen in the United States is a Jet fan. They are one of the worst teams in the NFL yet you write about them more than any other team.

    Maybe I just have a chip on my shoulder because I’m a Packer fan and you very very rarely write about them or a lot of the other really good teams in the NFL

  5. Being on the roster and being the starter are two different things. They don’t have much of a choice with his cost. I’m a huge USC fan, so I’m a bit of a Sanchez apologist, but I do believe with better talent surrounding him offensively he won’t look as bad. After Holmes went down, the Jets’ offense did not have any skill players that would be starting or likely even in the rotation on any playoff team. Of course, Sanchez’s play was part of the problem and he needs to improve dramatically this year.

  6. Lionfish57 – Trust me, as a life long Jet fan you don’t want the smugness of the writers on this blog to mention you team more than they have to. The local NY media has always been unfair to the jets and now the problem is national.

  7. Idzik went on to say –

    “Mark will make a great Gatorade and towel boy for the real players on the team, albeit a very expensive one.

    Unfortunately my predecessor gave him that boneheaded contract that makes it impossible to cut the guy this year, so we’re stuck with using him in some capacity.”

  8. There are at least 8 teams worse than the JETS (check draft board) and yet somehow the are the worst team in nfl,,,

  9. Even being a lifelong Redskins fan, it came to a point where I felt sorry for Tony Romo and all of the grief he got from the media in the last few years. With every story about Sanchez, Tony fades from the national headlines. Tony probably feels bad for Mark, while quietly chuckling….

  10. The salary cap is not that hard to understand, yet too many fans and media still don’t get it. All this talk that they can’t cut him for fear of a “17-million-dollar cap hit” is dumb because even if they *keep* him, he’ll still count $13 million against the cap. Thus, cutting him costs only $4M more than keeping him. So it’s not as if there’s some disastrous cap hit in store if they cut him.

  11. glorybquick says:Jan 28, 2013 11:45 AM

    There are at least 8 teams worse than the JETS? (check draft board) and yet somehow the are the worst team in nfl,,,

    Yet, the others didn’t shoot their mouth off about winning the Super Bowl every year. Funny considering the jets haven’t even sniffed one in 45 years!

  12. I like this new GM. He knows what he has to do to leverage his team for potential trades and contract negotiations.

    Letting others think he is comfortable with Sanchez, is important in getting a potential buyer.

    You would think the media may want to focus on how savvy the new GM is, rather than mislead the blind.

  13. Only one thing is for sure about the Jets, whatever they do; the media, NFL fans, and a portion of the Jets fanbase, will over-react to the news.

  14. It must be depressing for Idzik to look at his personnel list and come to the realization that there is not one NFL QB on the roster.

  15. I guess he’s comfortable with no work ethic and never getting past the first round of the playoffs also…

  16. green41563 says:
    Jan 28, 2013 12:17 PM
    The salary cap is not that hard to understand, yet too many fans and media still don’t get it. All this talk that they can’t cut him for fear of a “17-million-dollar cap hit” is dumb because even if they *keep* him, he’ll still count $13 million against the cap. Thus, cutting him costs only $4M more than keeping him. So it’s not as if there’s some disastrous cap hit in store if they cut him.

    glad you don’t run a company..4 million dollars to just throw out is no biggy to you:-( also you do realize if you cut sanchez and take a 17 million dollar cap hit ,you still have to pay another person a salary to play the qb position….so to pay someone 17 million not to play for you is smart business? it is a crazy disastrous cap hit and that is why sanchez WILL BE A JET next season!!

  17. The “competition” themse comes straight out of Pete Carroll and John Schneider’s book. Continued competition for every position, every week, keeps them hungry and focused.

  18. we are famous because people always come and comment maybe if everyone stays away this wouldnt be a problem, also another note (im a suffering jets fan) im cool with sanchez being a back up just not a starter hes smart just cant play

  19. The only good use for Sanchez is to use him as fertilizer for the football field at MetLife Stadium. You think they plan to do that?

  20. Comfortable with him on the roster ok
    …cover punts? Nah. Block? Nope.
    throw passes to NYJ’s? No To other team? Yes! Buttfumble? Yes! Coffee? Yes, black, no sugar, Mark.

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