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Sanchez says he’s earned the right to start the preseason opener

Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith AP

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was given the starting job for Friday night’s preseason opener, but he says that was no gift.

Sanchez said today that he believes he got the starting job the old-fashioned way: He earned it.

“I think I earned the right to start this first game, and we’ll see how it goes from there,” Sanchez said, in comments distributed by the team. “I got to keep playing well to stay on the field and that’s the plan.”

Sanchez said he felt good when he learned he was the starter, and that he actually found out shortly after the Jets made the news public to reporters. He also said he’s taking the matchup with the Lions’ defense seriously.

“Oh, I like to take them as serious as possible,” Sanchez said of preseason games. “Any time you’re keeping score, even when you’re not keeping score, you want to win as a competitor. So I think it’s important for us to be sharp, and this is our first real scrimmage after the green and white. So the live hitting, you know you’re live, no more red jerseys. So, head on a swivel, make sure you’re doing the right thing, get rid of the ball especially against this defense. They’re a tough defense and a great front. So it’s pretty serious, it’s not like we’re taking this lightly.”

Sanchez can’t afford to take anything lightly if he wants to earn the right to start in the regular season.

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84 Responses to “Sanchez says he’s earned the right to start the preseason opener”
  1. ryann252013 says: Aug 7, 2013 3:29 PM

    Lol and I earned the right not to watch until your off the field.

  2. jayniner says: Aug 7, 2013 3:31 PM

    Someone needs to pop Sanchez in the head and knock some sense into him….

  3. joeytorontosucks says: Aug 7, 2013 3:32 PM

    Playoffs and earned the right to start? Give me a break Sanchez, can’t wait for him to try and win a “backup” role next year.

  4. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 7, 2013 3:33 PM

    Agreed. But he’s also un-earned the right to start the season opener.

  5. smjones5984 says: Aug 7, 2013 3:34 PM

    Mark, please go away and take your head band with you.

  6. 1newprodigy says: Aug 7, 2013 3:37 PM

    Has he really? Whats the difference between Sanchez and Ryan Leaf, Akili Smith, Jamarcus Russell and Matt Leinart? The teams that had those guys new they had to move on while the Jets cross their fingers and hope for a miracle.

  7. ccjcsr says: Aug 7, 2013 3:38 PM

    Throwing picks in practice, yeah I guess you earned the right to start a PRESEASON game.

    #CowboyNation

  8. carmelaanthonysoprano says: Aug 7, 2013 3:38 PM

    I’ve been rooting for Geno in the competition, but Sanchez has played well in camp. If we’re going by the rules of competition, he has certainly earned the right to start.

  9. tindeaux says: Aug 7, 2013 3:38 PM

    indeed he earned it. but when regular season starts, it’ll be the other guy.

  10. dublindemonszfl says: Aug 7, 2013 3:39 PM

    Butt fumble can earn you nice perks.

  11. stevent92 says: Aug 7, 2013 3:42 PM

    Queue the “butt-fumble” jokes in 3, 2, 1 . . . . .

  12. cliffordc05 says: Aug 7, 2013 3:43 PM

    I am not certain that Sanchez ‘earned’ the right to start the first preseason game but he is being paid like he should be the starter.

  13. thejuddstir says: Aug 7, 2013 3:43 PM

    You ever notice how delusional players are usually playing for delusional coaches

  14. deviantfate says: Aug 7, 2013 3:44 PM

    Self Entitled Mentality

  15. nyg201 says: Aug 7, 2013 3:45 PM

    If Sanchez is the starter this year expect a long year jet fans.

  16. revischrist16 says: Aug 7, 2013 3:46 PM

    @1newprodigy

    I’m no Sanchez supporter, but the difference is Sanchez has won 4 playoff games. Given, he had a great o-line and defense, but he performed great in those playoff wins. In 6 games, 61% completion, 9 TDs, 3 Int, 94.3 QB rating.

  17. nflpoker says: Aug 7, 2013 3:47 PM

    Hey Mark, but don’t you realize that a lot of the starters don’t play in the 1st preseason game. Rex may be telling you something. Either way, you better not fumble this opportunity.

  18. steelfan1 says: Aug 7, 2013 3:47 PM

    What Sanchez needs to be talking about is the fact that the Jets used a high pick on a QB when they could have gotten him more play makers. It is all due to his poor play the last 2 years.

    Telling the media you earned the right to play the first preseason game is something he should be ashamed off.

  19. hakunamangata says: Aug 7, 2013 3:47 PM

    Earned? EARNED? Really?

    What have you earned?

    You left USC even though your coach said you needed more time to develop, were handed the starting job after the franchise mortgaged their future to get you, and haven’t shown any, repeat ANY improvement from your rookie year.

    Meanwhile they have to resign you because your feelings were hurt when the team went after a real qb last year and because of this mortgaged their future AGAIN losing personnel people in the process who bet on you to be successful.

    So you earned it? In what reality do you live in where you’ve earned anything?

    It’s called a job Mark, and performance is what EARNS you opportunity.

    You may have learned that if you stayed at USC another year.

  20. antalicus says: Aug 7, 2013 3:51 PM

    I don’t know how they expect any QB to succeed with all the sub-par receivers they have.

  21. descendency says: Aug 7, 2013 3:51 PM

    Rex says call it and Sanchez called heads. It came up heads. He earned that spot!

  22. jayniner says: Aug 7, 2013 3:54 PM

    They really need to get Sanchez to their team mental health specialist and have these “delusions of grandeur” checked out….

  23. WestCoastVet says: Aug 7, 2013 3:54 PM

    Yes, you’ve earned the right to start in a game that means nothing. Which is about the only thing you’ve earned in your career.

  24. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Aug 7, 2013 3:54 PM

    ccjcsr says:
    Aug 7, 2013 3:38 PM
    Throwing picks in practice, yeah I guess you earned the right to start a PRESEASON game.

    #CowboyNation
    ———————————-

    Ah yes, a Cowboys fan making fun of other teams quarterbacks. Nice.

    See you in December buddy.

  25. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 7, 2013 3:54 PM

    Agreed, he has the right to start. Now he just needs to lock down the deserving part.

  26. hehateme2 says: Aug 7, 2013 3:55 PM

    “I got to keep playing well” … did I miss something?

    When did he START playing well? ;-) He should just go and start twerking with Miley. That would be something he’s good at.

  27. hehateme2 says: Aug 7, 2013 3:58 PM

    revischrist16 says: Aug 7, 2013 3:46 PM

    I’m no Sanchez supporter, (really?) but the difference is Sanchez has won 4 playoff games.

    OLD, old news already. How much longer are you going to hold on to this? Time to face reality and move on to 4-12

  28. carmelaanthonysoprano says: Aug 7, 2013 3:58 PM

    Why are people so crabby about this? Starting game one of the pre-season basically means Sanchez gets 6 minutes to play with the starters, while Geno gets most of the game with the 2′s (and also a drive or two with the starters).

    If anything it gives the Jets more of an ability to gauge where Geno is in his development. It’s giving him the right to shine for a longer period and see a more diverse set of in game calls.

    It’s not like Russell Wilson started game 1 in the pre-season last year. He earned it with solid play through the first two games. Geno is probably being given the same opportunity.

  29. alldonesmith says: Aug 7, 2013 3:59 PM

    Think fans of 32 NFL teams would disagree with you, Mark. If you’re starting, it’s only because Geno Smith has NOT earned it.

  30. rodge1 says: Aug 7, 2013 3:59 PM

    Sanchez must have prettier feet than Geno…

  31. scharb911 says: Aug 7, 2013 4:02 PM

    First we had the butt fumble, then the butt stumble…. This guy should maybe try being butt humble.

  32. ralphtherealravenfan says: Aug 7, 2013 4:03 PM

    WELL AT LEAST HE’S CONFIDENT! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!

  33. gacoltfan says: Aug 7, 2013 4:03 PM

    Seems like his trying to talk his way into being the starter. Maybe he knows his play isn’t good enough to win the job.

  34. richndc says: Aug 7, 2013 4:03 PM

    apparently the way to earn the starting job as Jets quarterback is to talk your way into it. Don’t think that is gonna work out too well, just ask ole Sexy Rexy how talking his way into a Super Bowl worked out for hi…oh, what, you dont have to, you lived it!! Damn boy, are you stupid or what?!?!?

  35. tjacks7 says: Aug 7, 2013 4:03 PM

    This is a great defense? The lions defense? Apparently “great” is the new “mediocre at best”.

  36. deepseabreeze says: Aug 7, 2013 4:11 PM

    he will also earn the right to be replaced by game 1 of the regular season

  37. bsaleen12 says: Aug 7, 2013 4:13 PM

    Sanchez needs to talk to Greg Jennings about being “brainwashed”. Looks like Rex Ryan “brainwashed” Sanchez to thinking he’s a starting QB.

  38. jiggy3198 says: Aug 7, 2013 4:13 PM

    And then after the game no more

  39. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Aug 7, 2013 4:15 PM

    descendency says:
    Aug 7, 2013 3:51 PM
    Rex says call it and Sanchez called heads. It came up heads. He earned that spot!

    —————————————–

    Knowing Sexy Rexy, the quarter had two head’s, or it was a “Head’s you win, tails Geno loses” toss.

  40. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Aug 7, 2013 4:18 PM

    Meanwhile, the coaches of 31 other NFL teams hope he has earned the right to start the remaining 19 games.

  41. nyjetsfan24 says: Aug 7, 2013 4:20 PM

    Earned it? Haha. This guy is delusional.

  42. hrmlss says: Aug 7, 2013 4:21 PM

    He been in Green Bay being brainwashed???

  43. mack2x says: Aug 7, 2013 4:21 PM

    tjacks7 says:
    This is a great defense? The lions defense? Apparently “great” is the new “mediocre at best”.
    ________________

    Any defense that plays against sanchez and the jets looks like a great defense.

  44. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 7, 2013 4:22 PM

    ralphtherealravenfan says:
    Aug 7, 2013 4:03 PM

    WELL AT LEAST HE’S CONFIDENT! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!
    ____________________________

    Why are you yelling…. ?

  45. wearethechampsandyourenot says: Aug 7, 2013 4:35 PM

    this guy isnt worth a bag of doritos

  46. musicman495 says: Aug 7, 2013 4:43 PM

    Wow. Sort of like being the starting pitcher of the first Spring Training game.

  47. 1oldpro says: Aug 7, 2013 4:44 PM

    He says he earned it, but nowhere in the article does he say what it was he did to earn it. And I don’t have clue either.

  48. thegonz13 says: Aug 7, 2013 4:46 PM

    If Sanchez DID earn the shot, that means the other QB’s must have been pretty crappy!

  49. rcali says: Aug 7, 2013 4:46 PM

    Apparently so did Kyle Orton….what’s ur point Mark?

  50. phreakin says: Aug 7, 2013 4:49 PM

    Can’t wait until at the Jets fans get their wish and Sanchez and Ryan are gone from NY. Then they can cheer and pray for the new first time coach and whomever is the highest rated college QB in the draft at the time. Then after a year, they can wish they had the good old days of Rex and the Sanchize playing for them again. Remember people, sometimes the grass isn’t greener.

  51. dougydougdoug says: Aug 7, 2013 4:55 PM

    jayniner says: Aug 7, 2013 3:31 PM

    Someone needs to pop Sanchez in the head and knock some sense into him….

    —–

    They did. All last season, and the one before. Every team they played tried to knock sense into him, only it seemed to make him even more supidererer.

  52. blackhawks2010 says: Aug 7, 2013 5:08 PM

    Sanchez has earned our right to laugh at him. He’s a trainwreck! Lol

  53. reasonableperson1 says: Aug 7, 2013 5:09 PM

    Why even say that? He is best off if he keeps his head down and acts grateful for any opportunity. Even if he did “earn it”, it’s up to the coach to decide.

  54. pisano says: Aug 7, 2013 5:38 PM

    With some of the statements this guys made, if I didn’t know better I’d say this guys on drugs, or completely delusional. He keeps trying to talk his way into a starting QB job, but it won’t take long for him to be sitting on the bench with the way he plays.

  55. mylionsroaring says: Aug 7, 2013 5:39 PM

    remember when some thought he was as good as Stafford LOL

  56. bookofelisha10 says: Aug 7, 2013 5:58 PM

    hes right he has earned the right to start– as a ball boy for geno smith.

  57. dlk47823 says: Aug 7, 2013 6:14 PM

    Still has more playoff wins than 26 NFL starters……

  58. girthbrooks2013 says: Aug 7, 2013 6:22 PM

    It’s so sad that Mark feels he has to explain how he earned anything. That is like a witness on the witness stand saying “honest”…..Lets hope so!

    no quarterback who feels good about himself has to say a word about earning anything…

  59. jayquintana says: Aug 7, 2013 6:26 PM

    I think we’ll all remember that historic moment when Mark Sanchez started the first pre-season game of the Jets 2013 season.

  60. cool10857 says: Aug 7, 2013 6:46 PM

    Sanchez having to publicly state that he’s earned the right to start shows that he doesn’t deserve to start.

  61. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 7, 2013 7:16 PM

    Sanchez starting this game is more a sign of Smith developing slowly than Sanchez showing improvement.

  62. jayquintana says: Aug 7, 2013 7:38 PM

    The real question: will defenders who pick off Sanchez have earned the interception?

  63. winterparkmn says: Aug 7, 2013 7:58 PM

    Sanchez, I believe, is not starting QB material. I would go with Geno Smith. We saw what happened when RGIII and Cam Newton did their first year and I think it would be a good idea to start Geno Smith. The worst that could happen is you go back to Sanchez.

  64. carpi2 says: Aug 7, 2013 8:18 PM

    From what I have previously read, Sanchez is behind the 8-ball, due to how his contract is structured for next year.

    The Jets will automatically be on the hook for a good chunk of change if they let Sanchez start a certain number of games. You, me, the Jets, and practically everyone knows the Jets aren’t going any where this year. The organization’s agenda is to get Sanchez of the payroll as fast as possible. I think we will be seeing a good amount of Geno, regardless of how Sanchez performs.

  65. maninbrown says: Aug 7, 2013 8:51 PM

    Good for you Markie…..you just barely beat out a rookie to be able to try to lead your team, and butt fumble a few times this year.

    Way to go!

  66. blackdonnelly says: Aug 7, 2013 8:56 PM

    Mr Sanchez:

    You have the right to sing the blues when they bench your butt fumblin’ arse.

  67. graphis56 says: Aug 7, 2013 9:52 PM

    Uhhhhhh… Most Quarterbacks who ‘Earn’ the right to start the first preseason game, usually play one or two series and take a seat. The back-up then usually takes it to the mid-third or fourth quarter. So, by this rationale, Smith gets much more playing time. It’s addition by subtraction. Pure ego on Sanchez part. And one step closer to his expensive clipboard.

  68. prijak1 says: Aug 7, 2013 9:59 PM

    Mark Sanchez is the best QB ! Enough said! Geno Smith is a lazy diva that smokes weed with Jay Z ! Enough said!

  69. jayniner says: Aug 7, 2013 10:26 PM

    dougydougdoug says:
    Aug 7, 2013 4:55 PM

    jayniner says: Aug 7, 2013 3:31 PM

    Someone needs to pop Sanchez in the head and knock some sense into him….

    —–

    They did. All last season, and the one before. Every team they played tried to knock sense into him, only it seemed to make him even more supidererer.

    ___________

    Stupidererer……good one, LOL

  70. green41563 says: Aug 7, 2013 10:37 PM

    I’ve seen enough of Mark to know how this is going to turn out: Geno will eventually win the job. So I don’t care that Mark’s starting the first preseason game. Fine with me. Any ostensible progress that he makes in camp is irrelevant.

  71. revischrist16 says: Aug 7, 2013 10:53 PM

    @hehateme2

    I’m not a Sanchez supporter, I’m hoping Geno’s the starting QB. My point was that Sanchez has won playoff games where Jamarcus Russell, Ryan Leaf, Matt Leinert or Akili Smith have not. That’s the difference. But it’s not like you give a crap, you only come on here to bash the Jets. Get a life kid.

  72. jskill3 says: Aug 7, 2013 11:36 PM

    Funny thing to be proud of when the goal was to be so good your team doesn’t risk hurting you in the first preseason game.

  73. raiderrob21 says: Aug 8, 2013 12:58 AM

    Why has this story been pushed to the top all day?????

    No one cares about Sanchez OR The Jets!!!

    RAIDER NATION!!!!!!!!

  74. donth8thehorns says: Aug 8, 2013 1:01 AM

    Wow!!! Such haters on here!
    Sanchez is a good QB! His stats prove when he won the games in the playoffs his first 2 seasons he had playmakers. They took all his WR talent and he has taken the blame! If u look at Eli , and Troy Aikmans numbers their first few years, terrible. They added talent to the receiving corp ans proof!
    He will be good!

  75. fingerssfv says: Aug 8, 2013 5:52 AM

    As many Jet fans who couldn’t show a lick of support, and Sanchez was as horrible as you say, why haven’t you made any comparisons related to the other Qbacks? Were they (Geno) that much worse? They must have played like high schooler’s against pros. To let someone as “terrible” as you claim, then Geno & company must have been horrendous.
    Or…

    Or as great as Geno is and Sanchez gets first. Crack, then Sanchez must have played better. Now if they can get some guys who can handle the ball, and the team can avoid any serious injuries, the Jets, led by the Qback who has done the best in practice and prior games, they should be alright.

    I prefer the best Qback to be playing, but most of you are showing anything g BUT support, then you aren’t any better. Whoever is the MAN, show some support.

  76. fingerssfv says: Aug 8, 2013 5:58 AM

    Unintentional touch of the ‘inapproptiate’ button. The letters are microscopic and relatively speaking, the thumb is too big to avoid hitting the wrong thing, with that spacing.

  77. walkinginthewasteland says: Aug 8, 2013 9:25 AM

    “I think I earned the right to start this first game, and we’ll see how it goes from there,” Sanchez said, in comments distributed by the team. “I got to keep playing well to stay on the field and that’s the plan.”
    _______________________

    I am still wondering when he earned the right to play in the NFL.

  78. walkinginthewasteland says: Aug 8, 2013 9:40 AM

    revischrist16 says: Aug 7, 2013 3:46 PM

    I’m no Sanchez supporter, but the difference is Sanchez has won 4 playoff games. Given, he had a great o-line and defense, but he performed great in those playoff wins. In 6 games, 61% completion, 9 TDs, 3 Int, 94.3 QB rating.

    ____________

    @ CIN W 24-14 12 15 182 12.1 139.4 Rating, 0 INT

    @ SD W 17-14 12 23 52.2 100 4.3 60.1 Rating, 1 INT
    50% accuracy 100 yards. Staggering.

    @ IND L 17-30 17 30 56.7 257 8.6 93.3 Rating, 2 INT
    Dunno how much in garbage time,

    @ IND W 17-16 18 31 58.1 189 6.1 62.4 Rating, 1 INT

    @ NE W 28-21 16 25 64.0 194 7.8 127.3 Rating, 0 INT

    @ PIT L 19-24 20 33 60.6 233 7.1 102.2 Rating, 0 INT, 2 FUMBLE
    Not too crappy, D couldn’t stop anything

  79. walkinginthewasteland says: Aug 8, 2013 9:41 AM

    oops, error in INDY loss, only 1 INT

  80. prijak1 says: Aug 8, 2013 10:10 AM

    Looks like JETS fans have nothing better to do but to write crap about there franchise QB Mark Sanchez! Get over it already ! The fans are now acting like low life Raiders fans , no wonder the rest of the country doesn’t respect you . I will be at Met Life on October 20 th wearing and supporting my Patriots ….. I love how NFL fans visit Met Life stadium wearing other team jerseys … Your house is as weak as you are JETs fans

  81. bighurt228 says: Aug 9, 2013 12:14 AM

    Why can’t this butt fumbler lose that headband first thing….then realize he doesn’t have the smarts or talent to play in the NFL..!! At least he added quite a bit of footage to NFL bloopers…..lmao

  82. monropoobah says: Aug 9, 2013 4:05 AM

    hehateme2 says:
    Aug 7, 2013 3:58 PM
    revischrist16 says: Aug 7, 2013 3:46 PM

    I’m no Sanchez supporter, (really?) but the difference is Sanchez has won 4 playoff games.

    OLD, old news already. How much longer are you going to hold on to this? Time to face reality and move on to 4-12

    pay attention i’ll go slow for you. the commenter responded to a mention of sanchez being ‘the same as’ ryan leaf, t jackson etc.. those 7 qbs have a combined total of zero payoff wins. sanchez has 4. that doesn’ make sanchez good or worthy of starting. but it does make him different than that crowd. that doesn’t indicate being ‘lost in the past’; more an intelligent recognition of reality.
    as to the notion the jets can’t recognize his limitations etc.; can’t understand they need to ‘move on’. he costs 8 mil this year whether he starts, is second, plays for another team, or sits home with x box. i would have him cut the grass at jets camp before i would cut him.

  83. prijak1 says: Aug 9, 2013 11:13 AM

    @ bighurt228
    You must really hate Sanchez because I see you posting the same Butt Fumble comment on every Sanchez blog, news , we blink , etc. Get a Life ! You sound like a sad Raiders fan ! Or maybe your a Bengal fan! Get a life ! Sanchez is laughing with $8.5 million this season.

  84. bighurt228 says: Aug 11, 2013 12:26 AM

    Gotta admit……at least SANCHISE aka Butt Fumbler keeps us laughing….!!

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