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Nick Mangold says Jets want Mark Sanchez to be their starter


New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has taken plenty of abuse – most of it justified – from teammates, media and fans alike for his performance as the team’s starter the last two seasons.

Teammates anonymously took shots at the Jets signal-caller last year and have continued to do so well into the offseason.

But not every member of the Jets appears to be down on Sanchez as the team’s starting quarterback. Center Nick Mangold expressed support for Sanchez during a promotional event on Wednesday.

I believe so,” Mangold said when asked if the locker room supports Sanchez, via Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post. “I haven’t walked around with a pen and paper and taken a poll, but from the feeling I get, the locker room wants to win. Whoever gives us the best chance to do that, we want out there — and at this point, Mark gives us that best chance.”

Sanchez had arguably the worst season of his four-year career last season. He completed just 54.3-percent of his pass attempts with 13 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He also fumbled 14 times and lost eight (butt fumble included) – both career-highs.

The Jets have to get better quarterback play next season regardless of who is the starter. Mangold said he liked what he saw from Sanchez during the team’s offseason program and thinks it will be a tall task for rookie Geno Smith to supplant Sanchez as the Jets’ starter.

“Mark had a little bit better idea of the ideas and of seeing things, which are things Geno is going to have to work his butt off on,” Mangold said.

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74 Responses to “Nick Mangold says Jets want Mark Sanchez to be their starter”
  1. helladonks says: Jun 19, 2013 11:19 PM

    “A tall order to supplant Sanchez”? Dire straits indeed

  2. unbiasfan says: Jun 19, 2013 11:21 PM

    I’d want the next years first overall pick in the draft if I was the Jets too!

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 19, 2013 11:22 PM

    Translated, that says Smith is even dumber than Sanchez.

  4. ryann252013 says: Jun 19, 2013 11:23 PM

    I love Mangold and all but he’s like the abused girlfriend who always comes back. I’m surprised this guy still backs Sanchez as a starter it’s almost insane.

  5. pamiho32332013 says: Jun 19, 2013 11:27 PM

    I want Sanchez to be the starter as well as every Pats fan and Fins fan and Bills fan and….

  6. biggrimma says: Jun 19, 2013 11:28 PM

    This is why the Jets are the JESTS.

  7. raiderinva says: Jun 19, 2013 11:32 PM

    I would like Holley Mangold as the Raiders center….

    From everything that I have read, heard, and watched……. She kicks Nick’s ass and leaves nothing behind……

  8. nyyjetsknicks says: Jun 19, 2013 11:35 PM

    Sanchez, while not great, is/was not the problem. Bad offensive line and lack of offensive talent is the issue. I will say that one of Sanchez’s biggest problems is lack of confidence, especially when things go bad and he lacks that confidence in the wrong market.

  9. rhodeislandpatriotsfan says: Jun 19, 2013 11:36 PM

    I too want Mark Sanchez to be the Jets’ starting quarterback in 2013.

  10. JMClarkent says: Jun 19, 2013 11:36 PM

    That tells you how the other folks are looking in camp.

  11. vincentbojackson says: Jun 19, 2013 11:43 PM

    “Nick Mangold says Jets want Mark Sanchez to be their starter”

    So do all the fans the Jets 2013 opponents and anyone that’s entertained by the “Butt Fumble”

  12. brintfatre says: Jun 19, 2013 11:44 PM

    The only thing they would like more would be to have Tony Romo…

  13. eastsideballa says: Jun 19, 2013 11:48 PM

    Vinny Testaverde is gettin the arm loose

  14. beerbudsnbevo says: Jun 19, 2013 11:51 PM

    Could be worse Jets fans…

    Aaron Hernandez could be your starting TE…

  15. sdcameron says: Jun 19, 2013 11:54 PM

    The Jets used to just be fun to laugh at now it’s just kind of sad, still really funny, but with a dash of sad now.

  16. jayniner says: Jun 19, 2013 11:57 PM

    Yeah nice, what about Hernandez?!?

  17. pwillisbeast says: Jun 20, 2013 12:00 AM

    Sad state of affairs when this clown gives you the best chance to win. Let the New York Circus continue!

  18. captainwisdom8888 says: Jun 20, 2013 12:03 AM

    So if Geno Smith wants to supplant Sanchez as the starter, he’ll need a “better idea of the ideas”…and will have to work his butt off on “seeing things.” Now that is some insightful stuff.

    Nobody in the NFL needs a fresh start on a new team quite like Sanchez. Even despite the presence of Tannehill, Miami is THE destination that I see Sanchez going to after his NYJ days are over. Staying in the AFC East allows him to face his future former team, he can provide the Dolphins with invaluable insight into how to gameplan against the Jets, and Miami has a huge Hispanic fan base.

  19. jrcoop says: Jun 20, 2013 12:15 AM

    I know training camp hasn’t even begun, but this says more about Smith than it does about Sanchez. A lot of Jet fans according to their posts, were expecting Smith to overshadow Sanchez from day one. Especially considering the off season performance of Sanchez so far.

  20. pisano says: Jun 20, 2013 12:21 AM

    If anyone believes that line of crap from Mangold, I have a bridge for sale in Brooklyn. Mangold is the only Jet to support Sanchez publicly,check that, Santonio Holmes did, but he really doesn’t count.

  21. pastabelly says: Jun 20, 2013 12:40 AM

    All of the other AFC East teams hope for the same.

  22. leggett17 says: Jun 20, 2013 12:43 AM

    Mangold is a known rascist.

  23. phishfan520 says: Jun 20, 2013 12:48 AM

    Hernandez getting arrested and released soon…Jets want Sanchez to start and no Revis…Pats have Tebow and he’s gonna play TE now…Bills think EJ Manuel is their future…


  24. creamsiclecannon says: Jun 20, 2013 1:20 AM

    How in the hell do you fumble 14 times even if Sanchez was playing well that is unacceptable

  25. ecupatsfan12 says: Jun 20, 2013 1:36 AM

    Trust us nick, so do we.
    – the AFC east

  26. pnut87 says: Jun 20, 2013 1:48 AM

    I guess they don’t want Tebow starting then?

  27. tvjules says: Jun 20, 2013 2:28 AM

    Geno Smith must be turning out to be a disaster.

  28. boopipes says: Jun 20, 2013 2:41 AM

    Sanchise must be a serious sweetheart, because he is a dog s QB. I dig teammates holding it down for you, but at some point they should mutiny and roll Geno, out to the wolves.

  29. thesteelers says: Jun 20, 2013 2:42 AM

    HAHA! AHAHAHA!! HAHA? Oh, you were serious.

  30. cdan374 says: Jun 20, 2013 3:22 AM

    Nick offering a confidence booster for Sanchize…

    Everyone knows he needs it!

  31. loyalraven says: Jun 20, 2013 4:38 AM

    Mark Sanchez = Kyle Boller v2.0

  32. purplekobra69 says: Jun 20, 2013 5:08 AM

    Has anyone been reading the latest news on the Jets. Rex Ryan gained 10 pounds
    and is one more losing season away from
    being demoted to Tim Tebow’s throwing coach(He gets fired from that job and becomes a proffesional food theif)

  33. blackcatnfl says: Jun 20, 2013 5:36 AM

    31 other teams want the Jets to start Mark Sanchez too!

  34. mannyicey says: Jun 20, 2013 5:45 AM

    This is so telling that it’s scary. If you look around the Jets locker room and the consensus is that Mark Sanchez should be their starter means that Geno Smith isn’t impressing anybody.

    It’s beginning to look like Geno may be a bust more and more. But even if you look at his production in West Virginia, he didn’t look like a top tier prospect there, either. He was too inconsistent. Marketing is something else!

    Think about this: two QBs coming out of college- one is Geno Smith and the other is Tim Tebow. Look at what they did in college and tell me which one would you pick first?

  35. dynaco says: Jun 20, 2013 5:46 AM

    Sanchez Vs. Tebow Thursday night.
    What a waste of prime time.

  36. petehemlock says: Jun 20, 2013 5:46 AM

    I think it’s time we put ‘signal-caller’ to rest.

  37. johnnyb216 says: Jun 20, 2013 6:26 AM

    Its like they don’t know they’re supposed to win the games. Or geno smith just really sucks…

  38. brettfavresmidget says: Jun 20, 2013 6:43 AM

    Next headline: Geno Smith fires Nick Mangold.

  39. jzd578 says: Jun 20, 2013 6:48 AM

    I guess Geno Smith hasn’t mastered the but fumble yet?

  40. nesuperfan says: Jun 20, 2013 6:55 AM

    LOL, so does the rest of the league. Thank you!

  41. hehateme2 says: Jun 20, 2013 7:15 AM

    So does the rest of the NFL! Keep it coming…. turnovers that is.

  42. jhb64 says: Jun 20, 2013 7:30 AM

    Let Sanchez let his arm do the talking. It’s all in the results . He will be on a very short leash .

  43. dixiebob says: Jun 20, 2013 7:37 AM

    As a fan, I respect Nick’s opinion and his vision of the team and their success. Yet, it eludes me completely how anyone, and I mean anyone could believe Sanchez should be the Jets QB, or any team’s QB. The poor guy is simply terrible.

  44. killerbones says: Jun 20, 2013 7:37 AM

    “Whoever gives us the best chance to do that, we want out there — and at this point, Mark gives us that best chance.”

    No kidding. With Sanchez you get the only one of the quarterbacks with experience “running” the “offense”, the best of the worst. If the Powers That Be would give somebody else a chance, you might find a better option. Time will tell.

  45. dkernwvu says: Jun 20, 2013 7:46 AM

    Cue the, “Geno’s no-good comments” and cue the reminder that if you think that’s what this means you don’t know football-we haven’t even started camp yet, the practices to this point have been glorified warm-ups and if a four-year starter doesn’t look better than a rookie at this point in the offseason, well, that guy dosen’t deserve to make the team. So far, no bad reviews of Geno have arose from ota’s or minis and by the time camp is over Geno will be the starter.

  46. kwgator says: Jun 20, 2013 7:51 AM

    Who cares what the players want?

    The 2011 Denver Broncos players wanted to stick with Kyle Orton.

  47. jets13 says: Jun 20, 2013 8:10 AM

    Jets fans want sanchez to start…….look at their first 9 games…….they will be lucky to go 3-6…….IMO, no need to throw Geno into that, let sanchez start, if he finally turns it around great, if he still sucks, at least it gave geno half a season to take it all in before he gets thrown into the fire

  48. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 20, 2013 8:11 AM

    Polka dot Polka dot Polka dot
    Jets suck

  49. triplehops says: Jun 20, 2013 8:15 AM

    “I believe so” is not very powerful confirmation, but it does speak volumes about Geno’s progress, or lack there of…

  50. germanstingray says: Jun 20, 2013 8:20 AM

    Mangold just loves the way Sanchez touches him back there.

  51. wfederal says: Jun 20, 2013 8:26 AM

    “Mark had a little bit better idea of the ideas and of seeing things, which are things Geno is going to have to work his butt off on,” Mangold said.


  52. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 20, 2013 8:27 AM

    Might as well have titled the article “Mangold says Jets want to finish last in AFCE”

  53. jwcarlson says: Jun 20, 2013 8:30 AM

    How do you go right back to the guy who averaged almost two turn overs per game? How is Sanchez still the starter… I don’t care how much they are on the hook for him.

  54. ctiggs says: Jun 20, 2013 8:33 AM

    Come on Nick, we are the same age, grew up in the same area, you went to a better school, but dont be stupid. Sanchez has lost any support that he once had in that locker room.

  55. bigbluefanatic says: Jun 20, 2013 8:36 AM

    “Mark has a little bit better idea…of seeing things” Mangold obviously hadn’t polled Brandon Moore’s backside before making that statement. Either that or he’s wryly suggesting Geno Smith is legally blind.

  56. steelerben says: Jun 20, 2013 8:40 AM

    Knowing the playbook and being able to make the reads means absolutely nothing if you can’t get the ball on target on time.

  57. roadtrip3500 says: Jun 20, 2013 8:41 AM

    Translation: “McElroy, Simms, and Smith can’t even go 3-and-out.”

  58. phrancheyez says: Jun 20, 2013 8:41 AM

    “Mark had a little bit better idea of the ideas and of seeing things, which are things Geno is going to have to work his butt off on,” Mangold said.

    Idea’s within ideas…Indeaception?

  59. daburgher says: Jun 20, 2013 8:42 AM

    And McElroy is still the best QB on that roster

  60. hidden202 says: Jun 20, 2013 9:07 AM

    But the anonymous sources told us that no one wants Sanchez as the starter!

  61. Obama's Ballsack says: Jun 20, 2013 9:17 AM

    “the locker room wants to win. Whoever gives us the best chance to do that, we want out there — and at this point, Mark gives us that best chance.”

    Every defense in the NFL would agree to that.

  62. manilarizzo says: Jun 20, 2013 9:19 AM

    Geno must be underwhelming. Not a good sign for the J-E-T-S.

  63. cxring says: Jun 20, 2013 9:30 AM

    Sanchez looks good in practice, panics under pressure – fatal flaw

  64. jacunn2000 says: Jun 20, 2013 9:37 AM

    This team has become the ultimate punchline. The inmates run this prison. I hate Bill Belichik, but this team needs to fire this tub of goo and take a page out of Bill’s book.

  65. revischrist16 says: Jun 20, 2013 9:38 AM

    I’m far from a Sanchez supporter, but the whole butt fumble joke is old. The guy had a broken play and tried to make the most of it. It’s not really that funny, and doesn’t need to be mentioned in every Sanchez article.

  66. rodge1 says: Jun 20, 2013 9:47 AM

    The other AFC East teams also want Sanchez to be the starter. Lets make this happen Rex!

  67. tjacks7 says: Jun 20, 2013 9:49 AM

    Mangold is a smart man. Sanchez gives them the best chance to land Clowney or Bridgewater in the draft next year.

  68. sb139422 says: Jun 20, 2013 9:58 AM

    Ahem! Teammates ALLEGEDLY anonymously took shots at him. Since they were anonymous there’s no way to prove it actually happened. Menish Mehta isn’t known for his credibility

  69. RexCanCoach says: Jun 20, 2013 9:58 AM

    The Jets may have a lousy QB but this just in….the Dolphins continue to suck every single year, over and over, no hope once again….

  70. capone888 says: Jun 20, 2013 10:11 AM

    Mangold is a real class act. The Jets could use a few more leaders like Mangold in the locker room.

    Yes, Sanchez is their best option to start 2013. However, knowing Sanchez will be gone after the season (unless he can somehow turn it around and win the Superbowl, ha), Geno will be starting if the Jets get off to an 0-4 start (even in a rebuilding season).

    Neither Mark nor Geno is the answer for 2014.

  71. tsizzlesucks says: Jun 20, 2013 10:27 AM

    You ever see the little kid on the commercial with Cam Newton? You know the kid that’s “just warming my arm up”. Well Nick, you’d be much better off with him as your qb! He would run under his guard’s butt, not smash into it!

  72. hehateme2 says: Jun 20, 2013 10:39 AM

    captainwisdom8888 says: Jun 20, 2013 12:03 AM

    Despite the presence of Tannehill, Miami is THE destination that I see Sanchez going to after his NYJ days are over. He can provide the Dolphins with invaluable insight into how to gameplan against the Jets

    You Sir are the Winner.
    This has to be the most delusional post I’ve seen here. The Dolphins FOIUND their future franchise QB and would have no interest in the buttfumbler. They are on the rise and would have NO INTEREST in adding a scared flop that can read defenses or preform under pressure.

    As for insight of how to game plan for the jets? NO thanks… no needed. He has zero value.

  73. cmdrsmooth says: Jun 20, 2013 1:08 PM

    Nick must be salivating at the opportunity to have Sanchez run into his butt on national TV.

  74. jrcoop says: Jun 20, 2013 2:44 PM

    RexCanCoach says: Jun 20, 2013 9:58 AM

    The Jets may have a lousy QB but this just in….the Dolphins continue to suck every single year, over and over, no hope once again….
    You wish… that’s the biggest problem the Dolphins have right now, becoming over confident about what is now a very talented team with a very good coaching staff. Hope abounds in Miami right now.

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