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Sanchez says nothing changed for him with Garrard leaving

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David Garrard’s decision to throw in the towel on his bid to make the Jets because of a knee injury is the latest curveball in a quarterback competition that’s had plenty of them with months to go before the Jets ever play a game.

With Garrard out, it would seem that Mark Sanchez’s chances of sticking with the team into the 2013 season would improve since the team’s other quarterbacks all have little to no experience at the professional level. Sanchez addressed his role in what he called a “fierce” competition on Thursday — yes, he was wearing a headband at the time — and said it doesn’t feel any different to him than it did before Garrard’s announcement.

“Nothing’s changed. My mindset is the same,” Sanchez said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

While his chances of making the team might have improved, Sanchez’s answer makes plenty of sense. He was competing for the starting job against Garrard and company before, so Garrard’s departure just means that it is a slightly different cast of competitors as opposed to a completely different situation. Geno Smith, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms are still in camp and Sanchez still has to beat them out to get the nod for a fifth straight season.

Sanchez was also asked about Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith’s comment that he wouldn’t catch “a paper bag sandwich” thrown by Sanchez. Sanchez wished Smith and the Panthers well, which should pretty much end that storyline while the quarterback competition rages on.

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45 Responses to “Sanchez says nothing changed for him with Garrard leaving”
  1. rdirt says: May 16, 2013 1:33 PM

    Better bring back Tebow.

  2. barrysandersjr says: May 16, 2013 1:35 PM

    If the Jets were smart(they’re not) they would let Sanchez play out this year and let him walk after the year.
    Let Geno Smith have a year under his belt to learn a system, NFL defenses, and to ease into his role as starting QB(lol)

    Here is what will likely happen
    1)Sanchez “wins” the qb “competition”(lol)
    2)Struggles as usual.
    3)Fan base, owner get antsy and throw Geno to the fire and he has a couple decent games and a lot of bad ones. His development perma stalls and he becomes a lackluster QB as everyone thought.

  3. mtchainsmoker says: May 16, 2013 1:36 PM

    “Nothing’s changed. I’m still nothing more than a back-up quarterback at best.” Sanchez then added: “And Steve Smith doesn’t have to worry about me throwing a sandwich at him. I wouldn’t be able to hit him anyway.”

  4. ozymandias121 says: May 16, 2013 1:38 PM

    Too bad the Jets are too stupid to realize he is the best QB on that team. But when it’s one guy on offense vs. 11 on defense, Sanchez has never stood a chance.

  5. flipola says: May 16, 2013 1:39 PM

    Nothing changed, because he’d be the backup regardless.

  6. rubicon202 says: May 16, 2013 1:39 PM

    Now only if everyones elses knees would swell up.

    -Mark “Dirty” Sanchez

  7. mksnpcola says: May 16, 2013 1:40 PM

    Nothing has changed. The Circus rolls on.

  8. pisano says: May 16, 2013 1:40 PM

    That’s right, nothings changed, they still don’t want you!!!

  9. nflsucker says: May 16, 2013 1:40 PM

    “I was one of the worst QBs in the league with Garrard here. I am still one of the worst—nothing’s changed.”

  10. kingpel says: May 16, 2013 1:41 PM

    Next clown up! Next clown up!

    That’s how we do things in the circus!

  11. nflofficeadmin says: May 16, 2013 1:43 PM

    That many years in the league and that much money… I would call the career a success.

  12. westampa says: May 16, 2013 1:44 PM

    He became the 3rd best QB on the team instead of the 4th.

  13. garyhd01 says: May 16, 2013 1:49 PM

    McElroy wins the job sanchez holds the clip board smith sits and all 3 get dropped at end of season seriously at least McElroy has a winning track record so he gets killed by the opponents d then throw sanchez in to finish out his 8 mil contract saving geno for next year after going 5-11 maybe cause of a few games stolen by the jets d they will get another 2-3 good young studs to work with geno after getting a high draft seed about 7-8 th pick which means 2 of the top 40

  14. seatownballers says: May 16, 2013 1:52 PM

    Stay healthy geno, and learn the playbook. You’ll be under center come week 8.

  15. finatic001 says: May 16, 2013 2:00 PM

    Nothing has changed if they start him they will loose. But if the start the rookie they may have a better chance.

  16. vaster says: May 16, 2013 2:00 PM

    He might be a butt fumbling clown but…

    He’s won more playoff games than Carson Palmer, Sam Bradford, Tony Romo, Jay Cutler, Alex Smith, Matthew Stafford and Matt Ryan.

    He plays for a head coach that’s clueless about offense.

    He played for an offensive coordinator (Sparano) who was clueless about being clueless.

    His ex-GM (Tannenbaum) drafted ZERO wide receivers or tight ends, signed Plaxico Burress, and got rid of his favorite wide receiver Jerricho Cottchery for no real reason.

    Last but not least….

    Sanchez is HISPANIC. Deal with it VATOS!

  17. gohometrolls says: May 16, 2013 2:03 PM

    I hope Sanchez wins this thing and smack all of you clowns with his pro bowl plane tickets clowns .

  18. mobuccsfan says: May 16, 2013 2:05 PM

    I’d seriously consider giving McElroy a shot–if it weren’t for all that money they are paying Sanchez and Smith should be third string and learn, build his game, really learn the offense–plus seeing how he responds to being third string will go a long way in telling if he truly is a diva or can handle adversity, which is just as important as the football intangibles, skills and knowing the playbook; IMO.

    I agree with the other poster who said they roll the dice with McElroy he may just surprise some people and at worst case, they get a high draft pick (I think they are destined for a High Pick anywhere from 1-15). The talent pool next year looks much better than this year’s class across lots of positions. And yes, finishing 1-15 means netting two really high prospects, that if Idzik hits on correctly in the draft–could significantly improve this Jets team, regardless of who is coaching them after this season.

  19. mack2x says: May 16, 2013 2:07 PM

    “Sanchez says nothing changed for him with Garrard leaving”

    Correct, nothing’s changed. He still sucks.

  20. mackcarrington says: May 16, 2013 2:08 PM

    Even without Tebow being on the team, we’re getting Jets and Sanchez stories every day. And it’s only May!!! Can’t wait till July!!!

  21. phinfan says: May 16, 2013 2:14 PM

    No Tebow, No Garrard, and one Rookie.

    SANCHEZ is smiling in the photograph because he knows he has no serious threat

  22. rightwingguy says: May 16, 2013 2:17 PM

    No one cares about the Jets. The suck anyway and have a horrible coach. New York should be embarrassed.

  23. rkt4mayor says: May 16, 2013 2:28 PM

    Just give the job to the rookie and turn the page on the whole butt fumble Sanchise era…

  24. jayniner says: May 16, 2013 2:52 PM

    Whew, I was concerned we would miss out on buttfumble 2.0 this season….

  25. raideralex99 says: May 16, 2013 3:01 PM

    I’m not sticking up for this guy BUT he did improve every year in this league until last season.
    Face it … He had no running game and no #1 WR and any average qb who does not have that … usually has crappy stats.

  26. kash71 says: May 16, 2013 3:05 PM

    Rex was disappointed because Garrard had some of the best feet he has ever seen on the field.

  27. ilovefoolsball says: May 16, 2013 3:07 PM

    Teams with zero hope for the 2013/2014 season:

    Jets
    Dolphins
    Browns
    Bills
    Chargers
    Cowboys
    Lions
    Jaguars
    Chiefs
    Cardinals
    Panthers
    Vikings
    Bears
    Falcons

  28. northstarnic says: May 16, 2013 3:20 PM

    What the H is a paper bag sandwich? Is the paper bag like the meat n cheese of the sandwich? Or do you use the paper bag(s) like bread? Do you just fill the bag with stuff and eat it, kind of like a burrito? Come on Steve, help me out here!

  29. moeman79 says: May 16, 2013 3:35 PM

    Very true, with Garrard there or not Sanchize still sucks.

  30. bigbenh8tr says: May 16, 2013 4:03 PM

    Go to the Skins. They will be on their backup by week 5

  31. hehateme2 says: May 16, 2013 4:12 PM

    vaster says: May 16, 2013 2:00 PM

    He might be a butt fumbling clown but…

    He’s won more playoff games than Carson Palmer, Sam Bradford, Tony Romo, Jay Cutler, Alex Smith, Matthew Stafford and Matt Ryan

    And your point is what? He’s good? Sanchez (like the jets in general) lucked into the fluke playoff appearances and were tossed both years.

    Based on franchise history they may not make it back for decades. Point is, his stats have ALWAYS been at the bottom of the league and he doesn’t have the head or arm to be good.
    Stop making excuses.

  32. hehateme2 says: May 16, 2013 4:14 PM

    ilovefoolsball says: May 16, 2013 3:07 PM

    Teams with zero hope for the 2013/2014 season:

    Your team clearly.

  33. tinbender2000 says: May 16, 2013 4:22 PM

    If you were Steve Smith would you want a Buttfumble sandwich?

  34. 315judman says: May 16, 2013 4:47 PM

    yep, he still sucks… no change there. Great story!

  35. prmpft says: May 16, 2013 5:14 PM

    I would have to agree – He still sucks!

  36. jaypace says: May 16, 2013 5:28 PM

    I can’t believe people still make excuses for Sanchez even worse there are a few that think Greg McElroy is an answer at qb. Come on people

  37. harrisonhits2 says: May 16, 2013 5:35 PM

    Jet should have hard balled Sanchez and told him take a big pay cut or the team would cut him and take the cap hit and be done with it.

    He has to know he’d be lucky to get anything but the vet minimum anywhere else and would likely have taken a significant cut.

  38. seaeagle707 says: May 16, 2013 5:40 PM

    northstarnic- You take a sandwich, preferably pastrami on pumpernickel, and you put it in a paper bag. You roll the bag closed and place a rubber band around it. Then you give it to Mark Sanchez, who examines it for several minutes. Seeing Smith downfield, he throws it, but it veers into the waiting hands of Richard Sherman.

    Mark, then congratulates himself on another job well done.

  39. feelnsavage says: May 16, 2013 6:51 PM

    seaeagle707 you have won the internet my friend… that was funny

  40. green41563 says: May 16, 2013 6:53 PM

    rightwingguy says:
    May 16, 2013 2:17 PM
    No one cares about the Jets. The suck anyway and have a horrible coach. New York should be embarrassed
    ________________________________

    Speaking of embarrassed, your name is “rightwingguy.”

  41. bigfootsbroski says: May 16, 2013 7:09 PM

    As a Pats fan I hate the Jets. But its not fair to hate on Sanchez when he has an awful O-line, no runnibg game, and your favorite receiver was Dustin Keller. He has zero weapons around him.

    So instead of trying to help the offense you go DT, CB, and QB with 9% of the first 40 picks and you do nothing to help your offense.

    Wallace was a FA so was Welker. Could make an offer on Cruz, but they didn’t do a damn thing to help Sanchez. The Pats got much better on Defense and I’m willing to bet the offense is as good. Miami just might make a playoff push and Buffalo is moving in the right direction.

    So Jets fans get ready to enjoy another top draft pick for a few years and get ready to blame Sanchez when you all should be pointing at Ryan.

  42. peytonsneck18 says: May 16, 2013 7:09 PM

    hes still garbage , is what he means

  43. dietrich43 says: May 16, 2013 8:15 PM

    Sanchez followed up with, “thanks ms. harding”

  44. prijak1 says: May 17, 2013 2:18 AM

    Sanchez is the best QB the JETS have ! He has won 4 playoff games for the JETS! #6 has no wide outs to throw too and the JETS have a poor offensive line that allows #6 to get hurt all the time. Geno Smith is a big Diva and he is not the answer! Mark Sanchez is the real deal. JETS fans be proud that he is your franchise QB

  45. arrackis says: May 17, 2013 12:55 PM

    It seems that there are those people out there that are always claiming that they know the game of Football
    and yet what they spew is a vitriol mess on sheer ignorance and hate. Im not an expert Im just a Real JETS Fan
    who has been a fan when they were called the Titans. Ive seen the gloriou of Namath and the days of Kotite.
    But what I have been seeing is so much hate for a player like Sanchez.
    When he took the jets to two championships none of you real fans were saying anything now you hate.
    Sanchez will be ok really ok and if it doesn’t work out lol NE will take him, its called Irony.

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