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Mark Sanchez: “I won the competition” with Geno Smith


Mark Sanchez is not the Jets’ starting quarterback, but he believes he proved in training camp and the preseason that he is the Jets’ best quarterback when healthy.

Sanchez told Rich Eisen of NFL Network that suffering a shoulder injury in the preseason is particularly tough for him because he is sure he — not Geno Smith — would have been named the starting quarterback if he were healthy.

I won the competition. There’s no doubt,” Sanchez said.

Despite reports that Sanchez will likely need season-ending shoulder surgery, Sanchez told Eisen that doctors are “pleasantly surprised” by his progress, and the plan is for Sanchez to rehab his injury and get back on the field this year.

If Smith plays well, however, Sanchez may not get back on the field no matter how well rehab of his shoulder goes. Even if Sanchez won the competition over the summer, that doesn’t mean the job will be his when he’s healthy enough to play.

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99 Responses to “Mark Sanchez: “I won the competition” with Geno Smith”
  1. denverwally says: Sep 12, 2013 4:48 PM

    Won the competition, and lost the war. Deal with it Sanchez, you are all done as a starting QB in the league.

  2. Born: 1961 Titles seen: 0 says: Sep 12, 2013 4:48 PM

    My condolences, Jets fans.

  3. sweetnlow44 says: Sep 12, 2013 4:49 PM


  4. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Sep 12, 2013 4:49 PM

    hahaha sanchez you won a competition against a mediocre rookie prospect..nothing to get crazy about enjoy/save your millions. your career is over!

  5. whatnojets says: Sep 12, 2013 4:50 PM

    Does anyone have the telephone number for Gillette Stadium?

    The entire New York Jets team has been ringing Gillette Stadium door bell but no one is opening the door. Seems that nobody is home!!

    You think that the Patriots slipped out of town??

  6. illtemperedtaylor says: Sep 12, 2013 4:50 PM


  7. bikingscr016 says: Sep 12, 2013 4:51 PM

    Suuuuuurrrrrrre you did.

  8. llonll says: Sep 12, 2013 4:51 PM

    Are Mark Sanchez and the Jets jealous that Freeman and the Bucs are getting all this press?

  9. onebucplace says: Sep 12, 2013 4:52 PM

    I won Pinellas County (FL) soccer player of the month in 4th grade — but then we moved and I never played soccer again. Thank God.

    Sanchez, you should look at it the same way and move one from football and take up your first love of designing different colored headbands. It’s a noble cause and something you probably do better than play an NFL QB.

  10. bucrightoff says: Sep 12, 2013 4:52 PM

    Nah, if you didn’t get hurt the Bucs would be 1-0 right now. Geno might not be a star but he’s miles ahead of your butt-fumbling self.

  11. whatnojets says: Sep 12, 2013 4:52 PM

    Oh by the way….I won the Pulitzers Prize in blogging!!

  12. robolundgren says: Sep 12, 2013 4:52 PM

    Sounds to me like the Jets lost the competition, conveniently, something you’ll be hearing a lot this year.

  13. swaggyy says: Sep 12, 2013 4:53 PM

    Yeah but, that’s really not something to be proud of. If you were any good you wouldn’t have to fight for your job in the first place.

  14. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Sep 12, 2013 4:53 PM

    Congratulations Sanchise – in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

    We could also insert a “World’s Tallest Midget” joke in here too.

  15. southernpatriots says: Sep 12, 2013 4:53 PM

    Did his coach put Sanchez on the field as QB with 2nd and 3rd string offensive linemen to defend him? Did his coach ruin Sanchez’ chance to play this season and maybe again as Jets QB?

    If the coach did it to Sanchez, won’t he do the same thing eventually to Smith?

  16. war71 says: Sep 12, 2013 4:55 PM

    Who is Mark Sanchez?

  17. cincy85 says: Sep 12, 2013 4:56 PM

    But he didn’t butt fumble

  18. wearethesteelers says: Sep 12, 2013 4:57 PM


  19. wearethesteelers says: Sep 12, 2013 4:58 PM

    We hope Sanchez finds another QB job. We don’t want this comedy to end.

  20. katientony says: Sep 12, 2013 5:00 PM

    Yeah, I dont feel bad for the guy if his starter career is over. Best. Job. Ever. Massive salary (compared to most of us), less work then everyone else on the team AND great job security (back up QB’s with his kind of experience are always in high demand)!

  21. reppster says: Sep 12, 2013 5:00 PM

    Rex Ryan put a bounty on Sanchez.

  22. droyal says: Sep 12, 2013 5:00 PM

    Sanchez, stop talking. Golden opportunity to distance yourself from that clownshoe organization on your own terms.

  23. letsgotemple says: Sep 12, 2013 5:01 PM

    No I won it.

  24. brownsclown says: Sep 12, 2013 5:02 PM

    So Sanchise beat put Smith, Lienfart, and Braddus Quinn.
    In other words he beat out the almost dying, dying, and the dead.
    Quite an accomplishment.

  25. rpiotr01 says: Sep 12, 2013 5:03 PM

    Yup, coaches always put the guy who wins the QB competition in at the end of the 4th quarter in a pre-season game. Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers – they all play at the end of the 4th quarter in the pre-season.

  26. twilson962 says: Sep 12, 2013 5:05 PM

    You’ve won the competition to get off that sinking ship. Congrats… Now have fun in the unemployment line with Matt Leinart.

  27. adkfootballfan says: Sep 12, 2013 5:05 PM

    Tebow will start again in the the NFK before Sanchez???

  28. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Sep 12, 2013 5:08 PM

    Not a very classy remark by Sanchez….. Sour grapes!

    I never wish a player injury, but if that’s what it took to stamp out all final remnants of the Sanchez era for the New York Jets I can only be thankful that providence has finally entered the fray & is moving us forward at the position!!

  29. wabbitslayer says: Sep 12, 2013 5:09 PM

    Never mind the shoulder…apparently Sanchez needs to be examined for a head injury.

  30. citiciti says: Sep 12, 2013 5:10 PM

    C’mon man.

  31. sanders8920 says: Sep 12, 2013 5:11 PM

    Just like J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS JETS, fans. DELUSIONAL.

  32. kurmudge says: Sep 12, 2013 5:12 PM

    How, pray tell, do you rehab a torn labrum? Constant stress from the throwing motion, and even if the gap is reduced, almost no blood supply for the cartilage. Maybe the approach is to build up the muscles to make up for the loose fit and hold the humerus in place, but doesn’t heavy new musculature risk the throwing motion, accuracy, etc.?

    Drew Brees had surgery to stitch the labrum back in place and took >6 months to rehab it.

  33. kenny2neworleans says: Sep 12, 2013 5:13 PM

    And I won the powerball. Checks in the mail they said!

  34. nickswearsky says: Sep 12, 2013 5:16 PM

    I’ve never played football at any level in my life. I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. So, make me the Jets starter!

  35. fievel03 says: Sep 12, 2013 5:17 PM

    @jetsjetsjetsnow – “I can only be thankful that providence has finally entered the fray & is moving us forward at the position!!”

    If Geno starting is “moving us forward,” I’d really hate to see what a “step backwards” would be.

  36. 808raiderinparadise says: Sep 12, 2013 5:20 PM

    When your Head Coach sends you out in the 4th quarter of a pre-season game playing with practice squad prone players and you get hurt … you really think thats starter situations?

  37. therillest says: Sep 12, 2013 5:22 PM

    What’s with this dude man?

  38. grndizzle says: Sep 12, 2013 5:22 PM

    I realize he was answering a question, but why start talking like this now? Seems like a distraction for the team.

  39. adoombray says: Sep 12, 2013 5:23 PM

    The Jets and Winning are two words that are non sequitor.

  40. spankygreen says: Sep 12, 2013 5:23 PM

    See Mr Sanchez, the problem with that announcement is if you look at the the totality of the situation, there never should have Ben a COMPETITION……You my friend, had a 4 year head start, a time when any decent QB should have cemented himself and assured the franchise that at that QB position, they had no worries for a long time…….The fact that you had to COMPETE with a rookie, albeit I think, a good one,to give the GM and Head coach a warm and fuzzy about you and that boat load of money they gave proved that you had already lost the competition……

    But if it helps you to sleep at night and provides a semblance of comfort, then OK, come on everybody……….1,2, 3,…..Mark won the competition……

  41. jimispackers says: Sep 12, 2013 5:24 PM

    Mark, you won the lottery when the Jets used (wasted, depending on perspective) their 5th first-round pick.
    Love Jimi.

  42. skoobyfl says: Sep 12, 2013 5:25 PM

    This zoo has no plans to shut down.

  43. weimdog says: Sep 12, 2013 5:28 PM

    Remind him that Tyrod Taylor was to start the season for the Ravens 6 years ago – until he got sick.

    Adios Sanchez

  44. tfbuckfutter says: Sep 12, 2013 5:28 PM

    He’s right. He DID win the competition.

    And the Jets are (a lucky) 1-0 instead of 0-1.

    Which is why the problem isn’t so much the players as the decision makers in that organization.

  45. bsizemore68 says: Sep 12, 2013 5:29 PM

    I’m very sorry for this fall from Grace, I hate to see him go, hope he has a jar of Vaseline ready, of course I’m a Dolphin fan, sure that Buffalo feels the same, perhaps even the Pats. Bill

  46. bigbluefan11 says: Sep 12, 2013 5:30 PM

    In other news, I beat my brother in the powerball drawing. My numbers were closer to the winning numbers than his were.

  47. i, flounder says: Sep 12, 2013 5:31 PM

    didn’t snachez get a go around with that model with the big chest. what’s her name. yeah he won at life.

  48. the1849ers says: Sep 12, 2013 5:32 PM

    Too bad your coach threw you to the proverbial lions.

  49. jamaltimore says: Sep 12, 2013 5:32 PM

    Sanchez is an immature punk who will be remembered for the Butt Fumble and cross dressing as the highlights of his time with the NYJ

  50. wilsonwillbreaku says: Sep 12, 2013 5:34 PM

    Only someone who knows they won’t be back says such things.

  51. j1stat says: Sep 12, 2013 5:37 PM

    lets not all forget Rex Ryan is still coaching thus the possibility of Sanchez returning this year still exists. humorous as that is. I wonder if Rex will work a deal to bring mark as a camp arm at his DC job somewhere next season.

  52. souldogdave says: Sep 12, 2013 5:38 PM

    To quote James Coburn from The Magnificent Seven…”No, you lost.”

  53. pisano says: Sep 12, 2013 5:39 PM

    Mark, you never understood as soon as they signed Geno it was over for you. In your mind you think you won the competition, but in reality you never had a chance to. The Jets were going to make a change one way or the other, they had seen enough of you, way too many mistakes. I’m sure some team will give him a chance as a back up, but his starting days are over in the NFL.

  54. antalicus says: Sep 12, 2013 5:40 PM

    The Jets don’t want you to win Mark, because it means they lost. They probably put a bounty on your shoulder so they could make sure Geno would start.

  55. stoopidfool says: Sep 12, 2013 5:42 PM

    thank you sir, may I please have another

  56. raiders85 says: Sep 12, 2013 5:43 PM

    What a class act his stupid head band must be cutting the circulation off to his delusional mind because they had him and his girlish figure out there in the 4th quarter of a preseason game

  57. whatjusthapped says: Sep 12, 2013 5:43 PM

    It hardly matters if its true or not true. Bottom line is that the Jets will cut him next off season and he can join Tebow and all the other unemployed QB’s looking for their next job.

    If he does get signed, it will be for minimum dollars and a back up role, at best. The Jets are a joke and his contract is Exhibit A.

  58. nananatman says: Sep 12, 2013 5:43 PM

    And I once had two rich kids plagiarise my work in College and get caught they still got work and then this epic wanker Nathan Fielding stole my charity concept and turned it into a comedy show online so he could line his pockets. Life sucks, by a league regulation helmet.

  59. thetruthcampaign says: Sep 12, 2013 5:45 PM

    You won Ziggy Ansah’s heart in preseason for sure.

  60. dlk47823 says: Sep 12, 2013 5:45 PM

    He’s richer and has more babes than any of you ever will. And he may be on your team next year!

  61. polesmike says: Sep 12, 2013 5:46 PM

    Mark’s a legend in his own mind. The Jets are fortunate to be able to have Geno. The organization remains a joke, Rex telling the fans it’s day to day for Mark. I don’t understand the Rex’s infatuation with Mark.

  62. askyeshua says: Sep 12, 2013 5:51 PM

    Stay classy Sanchize, stay classy πŸ˜‰

  63. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 12, 2013 5:52 PM

    Every other team in the league is disappointed too Mark.

    That they’ll have to face someone potentially better than your awful performances.

    Dude you’re getting over 8 million this year, which after taxes and agent’s fees leaves you about 4 million for doing nothing much and having all your medical expenses paid for as well.

    In case you can’t do the math, that’s 80 times what a person making 50k a year will make before taxes this year. For sitting on your rear end most of the year.

    Get over it, retire and go enjoy your money. You can blow a million doing whatever you want and still have enough left to live in total luxury the rest of your life.

  64. camdenyard says: Sep 12, 2013 5:53 PM

    Baghdad Bob

  65. trollaikman8 says: Sep 12, 2013 5:56 PM

    There are no winners in this competition.

  66. negaduck says: Sep 12, 2013 6:02 PM

    Drew Bledsoe won the Qb competition in NE back in 2001.

  67. dogman9 says: Sep 12, 2013 6:03 PM

    Once the Steelers go 4-12 this season Sanchez can be their QB!!!!

  68. jimmysee says: Sep 12, 2013 6:04 PM

    Mark Sanchez — thrown to the wolves by his own head coach.


  69. steelcurtainn says: Sep 12, 2013 6:06 PM

    Sanchez sounds like a little kid in grade school. But, But, I’m in the second grade and your in the first” Sorry dude, but the jets and their fans are wasting there time with you.

  70. johnnyprc says: Sep 12, 2013 6:10 PM

    Marky Mark and the funky bunch Jets….

  71. 1oldpro says: Sep 12, 2013 6:11 PM

    How are all the ex-NFL/USC quarterbacks gonna fit in one hot tub? Man what a party that will be. And they can invite Anthony Weiner, too! Bring your phone!

  72. pesotmato says: Sep 12, 2013 6:14 PM

    Okay, you won the competition but you didn’t start the game and you may never be a starter again.

  73. brettfavresmidget says: Sep 12, 2013 6:18 PM

    Winning internet arguments > Winning Jets Starting QB competition.

  74. forsbergler says: Sep 12, 2013 6:25 PM

    The funny thing is This crappy rook is goiing to beat the Pats tonight…lol

  75. drunkwino says: Sep 12, 2013 6:25 PM

    God says you lost. Consider it payback from Tebow.

  76. saints4life57 says: Sep 12, 2013 6:28 PM

    Does anyone happen to know the # to the Waaaaaanimal Control? This dude acts like he’s 5 years old and plays like he is 10! If they ever put Sanchez back in at QB for the Jets it will prove that management is completely clueless! I really hope this dud is done being a starting QB in the NFL! The way he pays he deserves to ride the bench! I think he would make a great backup!

  77. harrycanyon says: Sep 12, 2013 6:32 PM

    I know most like the hate on Sanchez, and sometime he gives good reason, but I don’t think he has gotten a really fair deal in NY. He has had different and coordinatoors, and that can’t be easy to deal with every year. The head coach doesn’t believe in offensive football, so little help there either. I think Mark will go to another team, and get a fair shot to prove how much of the problems was him, and how much was the scrub offense around him. He is no worse than some of the guys starting around the league now. Sanchez has been very professional in his handling of everything Jets related as well. Imagine a weak mind like Vince Young, he would have gone crazy and had a public outburst if he were in the same shoes.
    Can still hate Mark all you want, but fact is , he deserves a second chance with a fresh team.

  78. digitalsasquatch says: Sep 12, 2013 6:40 PM

    Dude is SO high…

  79. cmdrsmooth says: Sep 12, 2013 6:50 PM

    Great comments everyone. You guys make NBC sports talk fun.

    Now Sanchez, congratulations on beating out the rookie.

    Your league low QBR will stay intact for another year on your resume.

  80. brenenostler says: Sep 12, 2013 7:00 PM

    I’m gonna laugh at all the bandwagon Jets haters if Geno has a Kaepernick/Russell Wilson-type year.

  81. patssox says: Sep 12, 2013 7:22 PM

    I have every confidence in Geno Smith executing a flawless butt-fumble.

    Let’s just give the kid a chance!

  82. hor2012 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:25 PM

    that’s really funny

  83. hor2012 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:26 PM

    onebucplace says:
    you guys are off the chain. That’s really funny.

  84. george1859 says: Sep 12, 2013 7:51 PM

    This dude is funnier than Chris Rock..

  85. 93warchant says: Sep 12, 2013 7:59 PM

    Its wayyyy past time for the jets to cut bait on mark. The only reason he isn’t gone must be because of the salary cap hit they would take.

  86. 69finfan says: Sep 12, 2013 8:03 PM

    Well, that’s something to really hang your hat on. Should go a long way for his next gig.

  87. mrblacksunday says: Sep 12, 2013 8:13 PM

    onebucplace says:
    Sep 12, 2013 4:52 PM
    I won Pinellas County (FL) soccer player of the month in 4th grade β€” but then we moved and I never played soccer again. Thank God.

    Sanchez, you should look at it the same way and move one from football and take up your first love of designing different colored headbands. It’s a noble cause and something you probably do better than play an NFL QB.

    LMAO!!! Pure gold right here!

  88. mclovin07 says: Sep 12, 2013 8:18 PM

    Way to step up Mark!

    Now to more pertinent information…

    Now, I’ll take a whopper combo, hold the ketchup, large fry, large soda…

  89. dbfan4ever says: Sep 12, 2013 8:26 PM

    Sure, Mark. All teams put their starting qbs out in the fourth qtr in a meaningless preseason game! Just keep telling yourself that.

  90. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 12, 2013 8:59 PM

    I do think that dummy Rex would have started him but Smith would eventually taken it from him. Sanchez is done.

  91. sillec28 says: Sep 12, 2013 9:12 PM

    LOL, a veteran QB talking about how he beat out a rookie for the starting job. And he actually didn’t win that competition, Smith lost it by not playing well in preseason. Luckily for the Jets Sanchez got hurt so now in typical Jets fashion they’ve stumbled and bumbled into doing what they should have known to do all along, i.e. start Smith.

  92. pat940 says: Sep 12, 2013 9:31 PM

    I think the Stafford vs Sanchez and who is the better qb is quite clear now lol

  93. nathan7264 says: Sep 12, 2013 11:38 PM

    Congratulations, Mark! You won!! Put that down as a “W” for this season!

  94. daddy2lexi1965 says: Sep 13, 2013 12:13 AM

    Bet the jets wish they had kept Te-Bow now. And after tonights game between the Pats and the Jets…with both QB’s throwing tons of incompletions, (both under 50% comp.) and the Jet’s QB throwing three interceptions….I’ll just bet they BOTH wish they had kept ol Te-Bow. But Te-Bow being the good Christian that he is, would most likely take on the QB top spot on the Jets….if they could only humble themselves enough to call him. Chin up Te-Bow…..

  95. bighurt228 says: Sep 13, 2013 1:50 AM

    Yeah Mark,………and then you woke up…..!!

  96. azkeith says: Sep 13, 2013 1:52 AM

    AKA = Queen of the Pigs!

  97. bubba703 says: Sep 13, 2013 5:51 AM

    Although Mark might have a more accurate arm than Geno, (not saying much) Geno can scramble better. But the best J-e-t-s JETS JETS JETS QB during preseason was young Simms. That’s who should be starting.

  98. dirtybird28 says: Sep 13, 2013 6:16 AM

    Too bad for Sanchez. He may have played better but Smith has more upside (in the Jets’ eyes at least) and then he got hurt in garbage time of a pre-season game.

  99. spoiledbratswhosuck says: Sep 13, 2013 8:17 AM

    Obvious the NFL is too fast a game for Sanchez.

    His decision making and # of interceptions proves me right.

    Go play CFL or Indoor Football.

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