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Sanchez sheds light on “competition,” last year and this year

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NFL teams have different options when it comes to filling out the quarterback depth chart.  They can have an unquestioned starter and obvious backups, or they can throw the quarterbacks in a blender and see who earns the job.

Or they can pretend to have a clear-cut starter and undermine him with a backup who says he supports the starter but actually wants to take his job.

That’s what the Jets did last year by adding Tim Tebow to the team.  Even though Tebow tried to say and do all the right things on multiple occasions, he wanted to play.  Which means that he wanted Sanchez to not play.

On Thursday, Sanchez reflected on their relationship, making it clear that there was tension.

“If you were Tim’s agent or my agent, would you say that’s the absolutely best position for either of us?  Probably not,” Sanchez told reporters.  “Tim wanted to play, I wanted to play, only one guy plays at this position.  So I guess it wasn’t the most advantageous, but that’s the way things happen. We both competed [with] our best, tried to be the best of friends we could, and honestly under different circumstances we would be really good friends, it’s just hard when you’re competing like that.  There’s just a professionalism about it that you don’t get too close to guys like that.  You’re just professional, and you’re cool and if the guy has a flat tire on the side of the road, I’m going to stop, I’m not just going to blow by him, but at the same time, I’m not sending him gifts on his birthday or anything.”

This year, the Jets have abandoned the faςade, embracing the notion that not just Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith but all five quarterbacks currently on the roster are competing.  Which means that Sanchez will view the rookie the same way he regarded Tebow.

“I don’t see why it would be any different,” Sanchez said.  “I will help [Smith] out as much as I can, but when we have to compete, we have to compete, that’s the way it goes.”

Which means that the quarterback position will continue to display dysfunction, with five guys clamoring for one job.  While competition could make the guy who emerges from the scrum better, like so many quarterback controversies the guy who wins the job for Week One essentially becomes the guy who wins the privilege of being the first one to get benched.

That’s why the far better approach for any NFL team is to have a starter and obvious backups.  It keeps the locker room from picking sides, the media from stirring up trouble, and the fans from ripping their hair out.

Eventually, that could happen for the Jets, with Smith getting the job once he’s deemed ready to handle it.  Until then, the Jets will keep Sanchez and his guaranteed salary of $8.25 million around, because they’ll be paying him whether he’s on the team or not.

Which means that, essentially, the Jets have done a 180 from 2012.  Last year, they pretended there wasn’t a competition when in fact there really was one.  This year, the organization has launched a competition with an obvious preferred winner in mind.

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45 Responses to “Sanchez sheds light on “competition,” last year and this year”
  1. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: May 3, 2013 7:31 AM

    Rexy just wants these QBs to fight it out tooth and nail for the starting job. The winner will be the one who puts his best foot forward on the playing field.

  2. TheWizard says: May 3, 2013 7:35 AM

    You can’t be afraid to compete in this business.

    If you’re not winning playoff games at least, there should be competition.

    That being said, Tebow was obviously brought in for a PR stunt, or he would have been allowed to start one game.

  3. torturedraiderfan says: May 3, 2013 7:40 AM

    Five QBs means you have no QB. It’s a bad situation for the Jets. Hard to take Sanchez seriously while he’s wearing that headband, just like those GQ pictures last year. Sanchez wants to be a star and a pretty boy, not a QB. Tom Brady can do both, not Sanchez. I don’t think the light will ever go on for this guy.

  4. howiefeltersnatch says: May 3, 2013 7:41 AM

    What kind of NFL QB wears a headband like that to keep his hair out of his face. Yeesh. And you guys say Weeden is soft…

  5. truthfactory says: May 3, 2013 7:43 AM

    Its a joke to think that its okay for every other player on a team has to battle and compete to be a starter, but QBs have to coddled and “given” the starter roles to protect their fragile minds.

    If they are that thrown off by competition, then they arent good enough to be a starter anyways so who cares?

    You think if there was competition brought in with Brees, Manning, Brady, or Rodgers that they would care?? No! They would out work, out practice, and out play the other guys… Why? Because they are better and can prove it if pushed.

    Guys like Sanchez, Gabbert, and Kevin Kolb fear competition because it means they will get even more exposed.

  6. droopyyydog1 says: May 3, 2013 7:46 AM

    Lot of talk this week for a team that had missed the playoffs for the last 2 years. Sanchez isn’t / wasn’t ever the answer and his cap number makes it almost impossible to cut him so why all this stupid speculation. He will start, get benched for Smith and then be cut in 2014. Thats the story and its not going to change no matter how much the media would like it too.

  7. ampats says: May 3, 2013 7:48 AM

    This is going to be ugly as the Jets have two very immature emotionally unsecure guys competing for the same job that both are capable of handling. Neither one could start for more than half the teams in the NFL.

    Another dysfunctional season in 2013 for the Jets fanbase as the fans of the other teams in the AFCE continue to get our laughs.

  8. iamapatsfan says: May 3, 2013 7:51 AM

    I seem to remember something like this happening last year. A certain Northwest team said it was open competition yet the media “knew” who the real starting QB was. Right up until that person wasn’t the starting QB at all, because the competition proved someone better. How’d that work out for them?

    Competition is good for athletes. It provides that extra bit of focus to excel rather than just be good (or not so good).

    Plus, for the media, it provides daily news articles that we can all yell at you about because we’re tired of hearing about (insert name/team/position), but still read the article. I look forward to laughing as the media jumps from Smith to Sanchez depending on who had the better practice that day, or maybe even just the better throw that hour.

  9. metalhead65 says: May 3, 2013 7:52 AM

    you act as if you believe what sanchez and the jets are saying about last year. if there was any competition then Tebow would have gotten a chance to play when it was obvious sanchez could not do the job. ryan and the jets knew what they were getting when they agreed to the trade and Tebow only agreed to come to the jets because he thought he had a real shot at the job which ryan had no intention of giving him. he basically sabotaged any chance the jets had last season by sticking with sanchez, then added the final insult in the last game of the season. yet he has the nerve to say things just did not work out? of course they didn’t you never gave it a chance to!

  10. 4thqtrsaint says: May 3, 2013 7:54 AM

    Garrard will be the starter.

  11. tyler4richardson says: May 3, 2013 7:56 AM

    Mark should start sending birthday gifts to Jets fans using that fat paycheck he continues to collect.

  12. mrstinkypants says: May 3, 2013 7:59 AM

    What’s up with that barrette in his picture?

  13. dg0122 says: May 3, 2013 8:00 AM

    What a cute hair thingy he’s wearing

  14. rodge1 says: May 3, 2013 8:02 AM

    Thank goodness Sanchez is a Jet.

    Sincerely,
    The Other AFC East teams

  15. judalation says: May 3, 2013 8:04 AM

    This is why Garrard should be the starting QB… Aside from the fact that Garrard is a better passer, rusher, and has better escapibility, He knows he will not be starting for the next 7 years and is there as a stop gap and part of his Job is to mentor the young guys so the TEAM improves.

    Sanchez does not care about the team. He only cares about himself and if HE starts. Thats why when players left and right were taking pay cuts to create cap space the past 2 years he has not given one cent. Thats why he continues to think he is actually a starter despite being the worst QB of the NFL in the past 3 years and the closest he has ever come to being a “Leader” is leading in interceptions the past 3 years as well as fumbles. He is a slow, mistake prone inaccurate buttfumbling sanchized sized bust… And he turned a great Jets team into the Joke of the NFL…As a Jets fan I can only say Garrard and Geno should easily crush Sanchez this offseason and I hope Sanchez is the third string clip board holder so he can get booed on the side line for the past 2 years. NOTHING COULD BE MORE SWEETER!

  16. cjjones5656 says: May 3, 2013 8:13 AM

    Nothing says “Successful NFL Quarterback” more than that headband……Go Phins!

  17. dogman9 says: May 3, 2013 8:18 AM

    Remember in 2009 when Jets drafted Sanchez and they told Kellen Clemens he would compete for the starting job? But everyone knew Sanchez would be the man. Now M. Sanchez is sitting in the other seat. Geno’s cheesesteak will be the starting QB this season and the only reason Sanchez will be on the team is in case of injury as the #2. And if Garrard outplays either guy he gets the nod over Sanchez as well.

  18. mudhead123 says: May 3, 2013 8:20 AM

    Is that a hair band?

  19. bowler says: May 3, 2013 8:24 AM

    They need to start Garrard if they want to win.There won’t be any drama from him.

  20. deathspiralx says: May 3, 2013 8:26 AM

    He looks ridiculous in that head band. In what universe did he think that would look cool?

    The jets should eat the money and cut him. Let McElroy be the caretaker QB and move on. Sanchez is not in your long term plans, and it will just be distraction and red flag to fans/media.

    But that’s right, the Jets LOVE a circus. Nevermind, they are the right track.

  21. kev86 says: May 3, 2013 8:27 AM

    Bring on the dancing bears

  22. liltifer says: May 3, 2013 8:35 AM

    Hey, my daughter uses the same type of headband he has on in that pic. Pretty cool. She’ll be happy to hear that when she gets home from Kindergarten…

  23. geefan1 says: May 3, 2013 8:35 AM

    When is the last time a QB competition acutally led to a team finding its QB?

    When a team has multiple QBs competing for the job, it usually means they don’t have a QB at all.

  24. pinion8ted says: May 3, 2013 8:38 AM

    For once, I can’t blame Sanchez….. would YOU want to get along with a guy who is after YOUR job?

    The Jets handled this thing badly last year, and they’re setting up 2013 badly as well.

    Horrible organization. But as a Pat’s fan, I couldn’t be happier that they’re so dysfunctional.

    I still can’t understand why they bothered going after Tebow, and then never utilized him. I also can’t understand why they gave Sanchez a monster contract though, either.

  25. phillyphanatic77 says: May 3, 2013 8:40 AM

    Even being an Eagles fan, with an unsettled Quarterback position, I still feel bad for Jets fans. Sanchez is god-awful and apparently teams don’t think much more of Geno Smith. Not to mention those guys will have almost no support on either side of the ball. No pass rush, no Revis, and no one beyond Holmes (maybe Stephen Hill) to catch the ball. Plus they lost their starting RB. Blind leading the blind in New York.

  26. officialgame says: May 3, 2013 8:53 AM

    Sanchez was a guy that really had one good college regular season and followed it up with a fantastic Bowl game against Penn State. He never should have been drafted that high and ended up in a pressure cooker which is New York. For a number of reasons Sanchez’s career with the Jets is coming to an end and its probably for the the best. Next up Gino Smith who faces more pressure and no offensive weapons to help him.

  27. saints4life57 says: May 3, 2013 8:56 AM

    I hope Simms wins the job somehow! ( YES I KNOW IT”S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN) Sanchez pretty much stinks and Smith just has TROUBLE and FAIL written all over him! They are all AVERAGE at best QB’s so it doesn’t matter who wins it’s going to be a weak spot on their team no matter who starts! GL with that though! ; ) Besides the media is going to make sure the Jets fail this year anyhow!

  28. beefjerky1 says: May 3, 2013 8:57 AM

    Ryan is the ring master and Sanchez is the lead clown in this circus….

  29. ronin262 says: May 3, 2013 8:59 AM

    Man it must be awful, just AWFUL, to be a Jets fan. Nice headband. The girl from Flashdance wants it back.

  30. ohnothatguy says: May 3, 2013 9:05 AM

    And now you all know why BB fled to new england instead of staying as the jets coach. He saw the dysfunction in this organization over a decade ago an wanted nothing to do with them!!

  31. brocattosbasement says: May 3, 2013 9:20 AM

    New York Jets Hindquarterback Mark Sanchez! (not that there’s anything wrong with that)

  32. abninf says: May 3, 2013 9:26 AM

    Is Sanchez trying to look like Lee Hottie?

  33. washstnative says: May 3, 2013 11:19 AM

    When is the last time a QB competition acutally led to a team finding its QB?

    When a team has multiple QBs competing for the job, it usually means they don’t have a QB at all.
    —————————————-
    Uh, Seattle had 3 QB’s competing last year worked out pretty good for them…

  34. shaunypoo says: May 3, 2013 12:16 PM

    ampats says:
    May 3, 2013 7:48 AM
    This is going to be ugly as the Jets have two very immature emotionally unsecure guys competing for the same job that both are capable of handling. Neither one could start for more than half the teams in the NFL.

    ————————————————-

    After watching this dumpster fire of a team it is apparent that they also have a coach who is emotionally immature as well as having brought in a ton of players who are emotionally immature. It might not be a stretch to say management and ownership might also be emotionally immature.

    But it sure is fun to watch (unless you are a Jets fan, then I am sorry, but this is from a Bengals fan, so we know dumpster fires when we see one.)

  35. pisano says: May 3, 2013 12:22 PM

    Sanchez is a joke.

  36. stugotz99 says: May 3, 2013 12:43 PM

    The real shame here is that Sanchez is around to have anyone stick a microphone in front of. If there was ever a more overpaid loser playing in the NFL, I’m at a loss to name him. Between his “no delivery” on the field, his penchant for teenaged girls, and Eva Longoria finally waking the hell up and realizing that he’s nobody… the guy is a bad joke that won’t go away.

    Then again, the Jets have shown their stupidity over and over again. No team deserves a loser like Sanchez more than the Jets.

  37. larry321 says: May 3, 2013 1:00 PM

    For everyone ragging on Sanchez, keep in mind he’s won 4 playoff game and took 2 teams to the AFC championship game. I think the Jets organization destroyed what was once a promising career, but at the end of the day he’s accomplished way more than the Kevin Kolb’s of the world.

    Now flame away!!

  38. maximusprime107 says: May 3, 2013 1:24 PM

    You have to give Sanchez credit for one thing, he may suck, but he always does say the right thing

  39. mtgblue1979 says: May 3, 2013 1:29 PM

    Geno can’t succeed because the jets won’t allow it. They just ruin players lol

  40. djwh12 says: May 3, 2013 1:38 PM

    As long as the Jets keep doing what they’re doing, the other teams in their division will flourish….GO PATS!!

  41. norvturnersneck says: May 3, 2013 2:40 PM

    Cut!

  42. broncosllbuckya says: May 3, 2013 3:22 PM

    The picture with the hairband says it all. Let’s get together and count thr QB busts from USC. there should be another one joining the illustrious ranks soon. Entitled crap.

  43. cool10857 says: May 3, 2013 4:45 PM

    Sanchez looks like a girl, plays like a girl and acts like a girl…..because deep down inside he is a girl. Goodbye Sanchez. You can’t leave soon enough.

  44. peepeetoucher says: May 3, 2013 5:11 PM

    Ya, cuz no other teams in the NFL that don’t have a franchise QB ever have a competition to see who wins the job. Thats crazy talk for the Jets to do this. Shut up. Stop acting like this something thats never been done before just cuz its the Jets. Chip Kelly said the exact same thing about the Eagles but we don’t see anything being said about that or people making fun of it. Also everyone knows but the media (for obvious reasons) that its not going to be a 5 way QB competition. Its the offseason with a 90 man roster and will be down to 2 maybe 3 by training camp but don’t let that get in the way of making the Jets look like a joke.

  45. mksnpcola says: May 3, 2013 5:58 PM

    peepeetoucher says: May 3, 2013 5:11 PM

    Ya, cuz no other teams in the NFL that don’t have a franchise QB ever have a competition to see who wins the job. Thats crazy talk for the Jets to do this. Shut up. Stop acting like this something thats never been done before just cuz its the Jets. Chip Kelly said the exact same thing about the Eagles but we don’t see anything being said about that or people making fun of it. Also everyone knows but the media (for obvious reasons) that its not going to be a 5 way QB competition. Its the offseason with a 90 man roster and will be down to 2 maybe 3 by training camp but don’t let that get in the way of making the Jets look like a joke.

    Yeah, THAT’S what made the Jets look like a joke. Dude, where have you been the last 18 months?

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