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Idzik says plan is to let Sanchez “compete”

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The Jets used a high second-round pick on quarterback Geno Smith.  G.M. John Idzik said that this development has only one meaning for Mark Sanchez.

“What this means for Mark is competition,” Idzik told the media on Friday night.

But are there plans to cut him, as reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN?

“There are plans to let him compete,” Idzik said.

Still, Idzik declined to say that this means Sanchez will get a chance to compete in training camp.  “I look at that one day at a time,” Idzik said.

That’s a message Sanchez possibly hasn’t gotten from Idzik, because Idzik said the Jets haven’t talked to Sanchez on Friday, either before or after drafting a quarterback in round two.  (This directly conflicts with comments from Sanchez’s brother/agent, Nick, to Sal Paolantonio of ESPN.)

So the incumbent starting quarterback once again has been undermined via the acquisition of a new quarterback.  And the General Manager won’t commit to Sanchez being on the team when camp opens.

This may not end well, but it sure feels like, sooner than later, Sanchez’s time in New York will end.

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  1. drgfri says: Apr 26, 2013 10:51 PM

    Rex will clearly play the guy who shows the best footwork…

  2. wryly1 says: Apr 26, 2013 10:52 PM

    Florham Park Zoo or Florham Park asylum?

  3. jaylex419 says: Apr 26, 2013 10:53 PM

    My guess is they’ll ask him to take a pay cut and if he refuses they’ll let him go. Idizik looks like he knows what he’s doing so far so why not get all the distractions (Tebow and Sanchez) out of there before training camp starts!?

  4. damnws6 says: Apr 26, 2013 10:53 PM

    Stop using the word undermined!

    No one has undermined Sanchez but Sanchez himself! The guy is not an infant, he’s a grown man. If he doesn’t understand in this business you need to perform well to start and get praise, then he shouldn’t be here in the first place.

    The team is trying to do what’s best for the team, not trying to undermine him.

  5. ampats says: Apr 26, 2013 10:53 PM

    Lots of chatter with the team that will have the first pick in the 2014 draft

  6. blackandbluedivision says: Apr 26, 2013 10:54 PM

    I’m really tired of talking about Jets quarterback controversies…seriously.

  7. mustbechris says: Apr 26, 2013 10:55 PM

    What a circus. The Jets just make me sad anymore.

  8. mobuccsfan says: Apr 26, 2013 10:55 PM

    This should be awesome to watch–going to get lots of popcorn for this offseason!

  9. bigcid10 says: Apr 26, 2013 10:55 PM

    I say Sanchez will win this competition
    He may be bad but Geno Smith is not a better option
    that was just an overall bad decision on the jets part

  10. blacknole08 says: Apr 26, 2013 10:57 PM

    It’s gotta be Geno Smith. He’s already guaranteed that the Jets are going to the playoffs.

  11. spedman24 says: Apr 26, 2013 10:58 PM

    Undermined???? Lol. This guy “earned” this by being the worse qb in the NFL!

  12. juffy8 says: Apr 26, 2013 10:59 PM

    Honestly don’t know why everyone is hating the jets for picking Geno. In the second round, it was a pretty good pick.

  13. coltzfan166 says: Apr 26, 2013 11:01 PM

    I wonder how Tim Tebow feels about this. Speaking of which, why is he even still on that roster???

  14. biggestredmiami says: Apr 26, 2013 11:02 PM

    “Somewhere in the NY/NJ area, the forgotten NY Jets QB David Garrard is peacefully eating Cheetos and icing his knees.”

  15. bartlettruss says: Apr 26, 2013 11:05 PM

    Just like the “Tebow Plan”.

  16. blamatina says: Apr 26, 2013 11:06 PM

    Remember when Sanchez was featured in Pepsi and Sprint commericials?

  17. nobreak1269 says: Apr 26, 2013 11:06 PM

    For Sanchez AND the Jets best interest-Sanchez should agree to a BIG pay cut-and THEN let the Jets trade or release him in training camp. Win Win for everyone involved (except Tebow)

  18. MichaelWrites says: Apr 26, 2013 11:07 PM

    Sure, Idzik is happy to blow a draft pick on Geno if he can’t “compete” with The Sanchize. We believe that.

  19. TurkeyJoeJones says: Apr 26, 2013 11:14 PM

    Geno Smith will make his debut against the Browns and throw for about 400 yards like Kirk Cousins.

  20. buccaboo says: Apr 26, 2013 11:14 PM

    I feel bad for Geno Smith having to walk into that situation

  21. getyourownname says: Apr 26, 2013 11:15 PM

    Attention Mark Sanchez:

    “Idzek says Tebow expected to compete for job:”

    tim-tebow-expected-to-compete-for-jets-starting-job-at-training-camp-general-manager-john-idzik-says

    Just sayin’

  22. nobreak1269 says: Apr 26, 2013 11:17 PM

    Idzik was misquoted- Sanchez time in New York is COMPLETE

  23. junior4200 says: Apr 26, 2013 11:17 PM

    The Jets have about $16 million that they owe Sanchez and Tebow. That’s money that counts on their cap no matter what. They will win 3 games this year. Train wreck for years to come. Q: if you live in New York why would you pick the Jets over the Giants?

    I don’t like either.

  24. borisbulldog says: Apr 26, 2013 11:18 PM

    Wow! A #5 overall pick and he has to compete for a job?

    I guess the Jets swung and missed on a QB with only 16 NCAA starts!

  25. ramcountry says: Apr 26, 2013 11:27 PM

    Dead man walking.

    Sanchez isn’t very good but that’s not an atmosphere for a young QB to thrive.

    Good luck, Geno. You will need it.

  26. vikingsnorth says: Apr 26, 2013 11:35 PM

    Good things don’t always come to those that wait. Rogers LIED to poor Geno.

  27. NotoriousKDV says: Apr 26, 2013 11:41 PM

    I don’t know about his QB future but I predict Sanchez will end up playing the lead in a Baywatch reboot.

  28. z561 says: Apr 26, 2013 11:42 PM

    Looks like its Timmy’s team now. The Jets should fire Rex and hire Urban Meyer as the head coach, because him and Tebow have proven to be a winning combination. Next, they need two receivers. Well TO and Moss are up for grabs, why not sign both? Now you can run the wildcat AND have a vertical passing game! With these moves I see the Jets winning 3 of the next 4 Super Bowls, with Tim as MVP of course.

  29. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Apr 26, 2013 11:44 PM

    Any way that you could engineer a trade for tebow to San Francisco? That’d be cool with this football fan.

  30. elmustardo says: Apr 26, 2013 11:51 PM

    I feel sorry for Geno. Man, what a crap franchise to have been drafted by.

    The Jets are the new Raiders (with expectations).

  31. gbditka says: Apr 26, 2013 11:54 PM

    Idzik is the moron here….just put what you have on the field in 2013 and you can have Teddy Bridgewater at #1 overall from Louisville in 2014.
    Geno Smith is clearly Aaron “Dopey” Brooks Jr. — screen passes don’t work well in the NFL

  32. goon698 says: Apr 26, 2013 11:57 PM

    Yea
    Yeah right… Sanchez is obviously done in NY. I don’t see him starting another game for the Jets.

  33. rcali says: Apr 26, 2013 11:59 PM

    And one of the worst offenses in all of football does nothing in the draft for whoever will be playing QB. Tannenbum could have made these threee picks. Sorry Jets fans, ur new GM is just another guy playing fantasy football.

  34. green41563 says: Apr 27, 2013 12:12 AM

    junior4200 says:
    Apr 26, 2013 11:17 PM
    The Jets have about $16 million that they owe Sanchez and Tebow. That’s money that counts on their cap no matter what. They will win 3 games this year. Train wreck for years to come.
    ________________________________

    There’s no train wreck. This isn’t 1992; the era of the five-year rebuilding project in the NFL is over because of extreme parity and free agency. Take a look around: four of the last six Super Bowl winners won 10 games or fewer.The modern NFL is a year-to-year league. In the span of one year, bad teams can get good and good teams can go bad.

    But no team stays bad for five years because a situation was so bad at the start. If you’re bad for five years, it’s because your team’s management has made the initial problem worse.

    The Jets will probably be bad this year, but their problems—like any other team’s problems—can be fixed relatively quickly with astute management. If Idzik drafts well and spends well, the Jets could be a playoff team by 2014.

  35. sourdoughsam says: Apr 27, 2013 12:22 AM

    I don’t appreciate Idzik’s claim that he has a plan. We’re not idiot’s, John. We’ve all seen your offseason moves.

  36. green41563 says: Apr 27, 2013 12:28 AM

    gbditka says:
    Apr 26, 2013 11:54 PM
    Idzik is the moron here….just put what you have on the field in 2013 and you can have Teddy Bridgewater at #1 overall from Louisville in 2014.
    __________________________________

    “Uh, just put what you have on the field in 2012, and you an have Matt Barkley at #1 overall from USC in 2013.”

  37. yousuxxors says: Apr 27, 2013 12:48 AM

    the cowboys are the new raiders … jerry is losing mind like all did towards the end. only difference is al was at least a gensius at one point.

  38. nathpz says: Apr 27, 2013 12:57 AM

    “There are plans to let him compete [somewhere else],” Idzik said.

  39. multiplemiggs says: Apr 27, 2013 12:59 AM

    Junior4200 and the rest of you people are complete IDIOTS. I have no respect for any of you not bc you constantly rip the Jets, but bc you are SPINELESS WEASLES who bandwagon and FOLLOW others just bc its the latest trend. LOSERS like yourselves, come to the internet to join other losers in being a bandwagon Jet hater bc you fools aren’t the LEADER types, and contribute NOTHING to society. The “circus” Jets werent fully eliminated from playoff contention until week 16 last season and had an OUTSTANDING draft thus far. I can’t wait to see you MORONS jump back on the bandwagon when the Jets make the playoffs this year…idiots.

  40. drez146 says: Apr 27, 2013 1:17 AM

    Sanchez had one good year in college and he was supposed to be the answer? Yea right he’s been a bum and always will be a bum, let Geno play until he butt fumbles……

  41. spankygreen says: Apr 27, 2013 2:12 AM

    Amazing that SOME people don’t like the term compete…..they would much rather hear that they have been HANDED the starting job….worked out well for that fellow that was handed the job in Seattle only to find out that he sucked so the guy that EARNED the job nearly took them to the SB……

    For all of you people that love Sanchez, well you might have to love him somewhere else because he is DONE in NY and it’s his own fault for not establishing himself with enough GOOD play to cement himself

    And the comments about GSmith adding to the circus, well the circus performers will be soon leaving town…ie…….Tebow, Sanchez

  42. spankygreen says: Apr 27, 2013 2:17 AM

    Go Jets, you have a good nucleus in Garrard and GSmith……at least two guys that can actually play the QBposition…and that’s coming from a Steelers fan…..

    GO STEELER NATION!!!!!!!!

    And where is that guy that said had he come out last year would have been picked ahead of RGIII……hell he did not even get picked in front of Glennon which means he REALLY sucks, but a lot of teams knew that…..

  43. evilmajortom says: Apr 27, 2013 2:27 AM

    1) New front office regime, new mindset. I love it. Rex will be gone about + or – 13 games after Sanchez.
    2) We know where Sanchez won’t be come training camp and that is Seattle. Turns out Pete Carroll was right all along and then some. He wasn’t ready for the NFL then and he sure as hell isn’t ready now.

  44. theskolbandit says: Apr 27, 2013 3:04 AM

    Wait for it………
    BREAKING NEWS!!! JETS RELEASE QB’s mark Sanchez and Tim tebow

  45. hawkstradamus says: Apr 27, 2013 3:17 AM

    He’ll get the same “chance” Tavaris got in Seattle last year. A few snaps in camp and a ticket out of town.

  46. seatownballers says: Apr 27, 2013 3:29 AM

    First time ever in my life id like to say the jets are doing the right thing. Moving on from Sanchez, adding geno and Chris ivory,,,,,
    Jets fans should be happy in a few years, right about the time brady retires

  47. thetooloftools says: Apr 27, 2013 3:42 AM

    The Jets get ink,
    The Giants get rings !

  48. all32 says: Apr 27, 2013 4:07 AM

    And Gino says the Jets will make the playoffs next year. Wow!! I guess Rex drafted a second mouth. Any one see Gino’s last game in NJ?

  49. jayquintana says: Apr 27, 2013 4:45 AM

    Sanchez is obviously not part of the Jets’ long term plans, so… what’s the point in keeping him on the team? Just eat his contract and let him go. Give Girard the starting job and hope Smith has a fast learning curve.

  50. connormyboy says: Apr 27, 2013 5:09 AM

    they should cut him and tebow soon they are not making playoffs anytime soon

  51. spideysdog says: Apr 27, 2013 5:17 AM

    wow. could this team be any further from legitimacy? I like Idzik and think he was a great member of my Hawks front office, but not so sure of the plan here. I dont care if it’s Sanchez, Tebow, Garrard or Smith. the OLine is average at best after Mangold, the receiving corps is garbage (except Holmes), Chris Ivory may have just become the best tailback on the roster. Not that ANY of those qbs are top shelf talent, but good luck to whoever has that job with a lame duck coach.

    why not invest in skill position and OLine, and give the NEW qb and new Coach a foundation to work with in 2014?

    I don’t care who is under center at the start of the regular season, this train is derailed by week 4. tops. Idzik should have learned in Seattle to blow it up and build. they will win 5 or 6 games this year and end up with a #6 or #7 pick in 2014 and lose out on they’ll qb talent next year too.

    sucks being a J E T S fan right about now.

  52. spideysdog says: Apr 27, 2013 5:29 AM

    and the worst part of it all…. Sanchez is STILL the best qb on the roster.

  53. jimbo75025 says: Apr 27, 2013 5:43 AM

    nobreak1269 says:Apr 26, 2013 11:06 PM

    For Sanchez AND the Jets best interest-Sanchez should agree to a BIG pay cut-and THEN let the Jets trade or release him in training camp. Win Win for everyone involved (except Tebow)
    ————–
    I am no Sanchez, but how is a salary cut and potential trade to a team that is not of his choosing a win for him? That is kind of a worst case scenario for him.

    Best case for Sanchez and the Jets would be he beats out Smith (for this year anyway, giving GS time to master the offense) and plays somewhat well. Another team might then be willing to give up a 5th or so for him

    I believe the Jets cut him before the season starts-more to avoid even more distractions than anything else. He still gets paid and then is free to choose his next team.

    If they do cut him, the question then becomes do they keep Tebow as second string as I believe even he would beat out Leftwich in a true open camp.

  54. jimbo75025 says: Apr 27, 2013 5:44 AM

    Sorry, I meant Garrard and not Leftwich.

  55. duncanthecat says: Apr 27, 2013 5:50 AM

    Gotta have a QB, give the JETS credit for cutting their loses and pushing the envelope.

    Before it is said and done, Tebow and Sanchez will be competing for the back up spot with the JETS or somewhere else.

  56. lrjets says: Apr 27, 2013 6:18 AM

    ampats says:Apr 26, 2013 10:53 PM

    Lots of chatter with the team that will have the first pick in the 2014 draft

    Recently saw a post of yours regarding another team, and you were whining (crying) about somebody knocking your precious Patriots, yet you’re like the kid who picks on somebody half your size.
    We call it a punk!

  57. lrjets says: Apr 27, 2013 6:22 AM

    Gotta love how these Jets haters, cannot even reflect on their own team’s draft. They are so obsessed with the Jets, it’s really pathetic!

    I still say they would rather see the Jets screw up, than see their own team win. Some serious personality disorders posing as football fans.
    You know who you are. So do those who read your replies.
    Creepy!

  58. lawyermalloy says: Apr 27, 2013 6:25 AM

    The Jets are going to ruin yet another QB by handing this kid the keys to the franchise before he’s ready!

  59. nyfootballgiants says: Apr 27, 2013 6:28 AM

    Why would Sanchez agree to cut his salary. Tannenbaum guaranteed his salary for this year, so even if he is cut he earns over 10 mill. He’s not going to make that money elsewhere- so there is no incentive for him

  60. mortgagemen says: Apr 27, 2013 6:52 AM

    Great draft by the Jets! Best player on the board, regardless of position. Love it! Build strength and depth from the ground up. Every pick so far has been well below where they could/should have been picked. Bringing in Ivory was more of the same. Idzik and co have nailed it! It all has to play out on the field, but you have to like what they’ve done so far!

  61. jpb12 says: Apr 27, 2013 7:20 AM

    This is the way it should be. Jets fans should STF up . This team has been trying not to piss the fans off instead of trying to win.

  62. watermelon1 says: Apr 27, 2013 7:52 AM

    You can only be “undermined” if you’re performing. Sanche has been horrible his entire short nfl career… And he didn’t even show glimpses of “getting it” like flacco did. Flacco and Matt Ryan aren’t the most consistent… But they at least have games where you are the potential. We still haven’t gotten that from Sanchez.

    Does the team need receivers? Yes. But Sanchez is not the guy that will get the ball to those receivers.

    The jets would be better off with tebow than Sanchez, no matter how bad you think tebow is.

    As for geno… Who knows. Guess we’ll find out this year.

  63. AAASportsMemorabilia says: Apr 27, 2013 7:53 AM

    The Jets are going to need more then Geno Smith to turn around. Their whole team is a mess.

  64. spyder00798 says: Apr 27, 2013 7:57 AM

    Hilarious. What a circus it is in NYJ. playing them twice a year is a real treat these days.

  65. kennymooseandgoose says: Apr 27, 2013 8:14 AM

    Mike,

    Here is what needs to happen. Keep Tebow, dump Sanchez and McElroy. If you are going to rebuild, then rebuild. Don’t settle for half-measures. The advantage of keeping Tebow is so that Geno Smith can see what a hard work ethic is like, and see firsthand, a QB really pushing himself. The Jets could even give the early nod to Tebow, and if he struggles, then the Geno Smith era begins. Everyone knows that the Jets are rebuilding, and everyone knows that they are not a Superbowl contender. So let this year be the year that they truly rebuild, like how the Colts let Peyton Manning take his lumps in his rookie year. Keep the playbook simple for Geno Smith, and build his playbook as he develops, and as he becomes more comfortable with the system. Keep Garrard around because he is a true professional as well, and just makes for the right atmosphere for the QB Unit. Let Tebow and Smith split duties 50% in camp, with Tebow having the early nod, and let Geno Smith work hard to win the battle to become the #1. That seems like a fantastic plan to me. Dump Sanchez. Dump McElroy. Let the rebuild begin.

  66. whatjusthapped says: Apr 27, 2013 8:22 AM

    If Geno Smith plays 15 seasons in the NFL, my bet is he will never experience a humiliation as bad as the “butt fumble” .

    Sanchez should be banned from even reporting to the Jets much less go thru the motions of a competition. Simply cut him and Tebow and move on.

  67. polapea says: Apr 27, 2013 8:37 AM

    @jaylex419 says: Apr 26, 2013 10:53 PM

    My guess is they’ll ask him to take a pay cut and if he refuses they’ll let him go. Idizik looks like he knows what he’s doing so far so why not get all the distractions (Tebow and Sanchez) out of there before training camp starts!?
    ——————————-

    Why would Sanchez agree to a pay cut? The Jets owe him 8 million guaranteed + base. If he refuses the worst thing that happens is he gets cut. Getting cut would be great for him. He walks away w/ 8mil and a chance to go compete elsewhere.

  68. tlmoon2112 says: Apr 27, 2013 8:50 AM

    With the Geno Smith selection, the Jets successfully complete the plan for the “Revolver” formation they’ve been secretly developing. It allows all 6 quarterbacks to be in the field at once. Spin the wheel and pull the trigger.

  69. pastabelly says: Apr 27, 2013 9:01 AM

    They are leaders in the clubhouse in the Clowney sweepstakes.

  70. shinedown37 says: Apr 27, 2013 10:08 AM

    Can you seriously trust what anyone says in the jets organization from the top down? They tell you they wanted to trade Revis, then keep him..then ultimately say they really didn’t want to see him go. Sanchez is the next guy to be thrown under the bus. The guy personally doesn’t deserve it. But his actions on the football field speak loudly. How can a guy like Sanchez be forced to compete or be on the verge to being released? Especially afterall he did lead the Jets to 2 AFC championship games. But he gets the short end of the stick in NY. Meanwhile in Dallas they reward there QB with a new contract. What has Romo done lately to deserve that. He chokes in big games, regular season, and loses playoff games. Sanchez at least has been to the AFC championship game unlike Romo.

  71. nyjetsfan08 says: Apr 27, 2013 10:34 AM

    It’s the Jets Circus version 2013. Geno Smith was drafted by the offensive coordinator because of the type of plays the OC expects to run in this system and Sanchez doesn’t fit the bill. Geno is a fast, mobile QB who has a quick release. However, the ultimate reason why a QB was picked by the Jets in the 2nd round was Woody Johnson.

    Woody Johnson either was presented or presented that drafting Geno would keep the Jets on the back pages. And in Woody’s mind, the more people are paying attention to Jets in this town, the more people will go to MetLife stadium. It’s all profit-driven. Maybe he has expectations that Geno can be their guy. But I feel Woody wants Geno here to keep things interesting for at least much of the fall, such that ticket sales shoot up the ceiling. It’s all about money because it’s always about money with Woody, not winning.

  72. kenstabler says: Apr 27, 2013 11:03 AM

    Who lets IZdick compete?

  73. hehateme2 says: Apr 27, 2013 12:18 PM

    multiplemiggs says:Apr 27, 2013 12:59 AM

    Junior4200 and the rest of you people are complete IDIOTS. I have no respect for any of you not bc you constantly rip the Jets, but bc you are SPINELESS WEASLES who bandwagon and FOLLOW others just bc its the latest trend.

    Haha. Someone hit a nerve with this one? Sounds delusional to me. The jests have been a bottom feeder since the merger. Facts are facts. Now, back in the cellar with you!

  74. elmoron says: Apr 27, 2013 12:21 PM

    ampats says:
    Apr 26, 2013 10:53 PM
    Lots of chatter with the team that will have the first pick in the 2014 draft

    And a lot more from one that always has both eyes glued to a viewfinder. Stick to maintaining your F Stops.

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