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Sanchez says he expects to play when he returns

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Realistically, the Jets have already made their move away from Mark Sanchez.

But after being left to twist and “compete” all summer, the former Jets starting quarterback said he expects to get back on the field when he returns from short-term IR.

Sanchez was placed on the injured reserve/designated for return, and can return to the practice field in six weeks and be activated in eight. When that time comes, he said he wants his old job back.

I expect to play, that’s just the way I am,” Sanchez said, via Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com. “I’m expecting to be the starter, I always have been.”

Sanchez said he’s fine with the decision to shelve him for a few months, and that he was planning to follow a more conservative plan that doesn’t include surgery for now.  Sanchez said the multiple doctors advised him to rehab first, but neither Sanchez nor General Manager John Idzik ruled out surgery after the season.

Of course, by the time Sanchez is well enough to play, Geno Smith (the guy Idzik drafted to replace him) could have made the job his own.

But Idzik called Sanchez “a very important player,” which is curious given the way he’s been treated.

“He’s a quarterback. He’s a very important player to our team,” Idzik said. “The designation is tailor-made for someone like this. . . .

“It wasn’t misdiagnosed at all. We were literally taking it day to day. Now, after three weeks and little bit more information, looking forward, you have to readjust your sights.”

The approach the Jets have taken to this is curious to say the least. If Sanchez does take the field when he returns, it means a bad thing has happened. Either Smith has gotten hurt, or has played to a level that will cast doubt on his future as the starter.

Either way, it will be a mess, which seems perfectly appropriate.

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65 Responses to “Sanchez says he expects to play when he returns”
  1. fordmandalay says: Sep 14, 2013 5:11 PM

    When Sanchez comes back, he’ll do it by arriving on the field inside a tiny little car, where he and a bunch of other clowns will pile out. It fits with the Jets’ circus.

  2. goawayeverybody says: Sep 14, 2013 5:11 PM

    Usually I would accuse Mark Sanchez of being delusional, but after having seen the way Geno Smith played against the Patriots, I think Mark may be onto something.

  3. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 14, 2013 5:12 PM

    Unless Smith gets worse instead of better Sanchez will never walk on an NFL field again except to hold a clipboard if that.

    The Jets are saying all the right things so they don’t look like they’re kicking the guy while he’s down, but he’s finished.

    Whether any other team is crazy enough to give him a shot next season I don’t know. Far more foolish things have happened in the NFL.

  4. thepftpoet says: Sep 14, 2013 5:12 PM

    Shut up you girl..your pink headband is falling off

  5. timbokid says: Sep 14, 2013 5:13 PM

    Same here Mark, when I lose 20lbs, then I can be the starting qp for the Jets

  6. vikes69 says: Sep 14, 2013 5:14 PM

    this guy needs to shut up

  7. Patskrieg dot com says: Sep 14, 2013 5:16 PM

    Wouldn’t call it insane. Geno Smith looked like he wanted to go home the minute the game started Thursday night.

  8. johnqlunchbox says: Sep 14, 2013 5:16 PM

    Sanchez says he expects to play when he returns.

    ______________________

    Will somebody please buy this man a ticket for the clue bus?

  9. thebigtim2012 says: Sep 14, 2013 5:18 PM

    As the Big Top Turns. Next years hardknocks featuring the jets

  10. timbokid says: Sep 14, 2013 5:18 PM

    I meant qb

  11. sea3369 says: Sep 14, 2013 5:20 PM

    Does Sanchez not realize he sucks?

  12. thesteelskirt says: Sep 14, 2013 5:22 PM

    Memo to Mark Sanchez: take advantage of the hot groupies while your still somewhat relevant! Geno or not he won’t start another Jet game again.

  13. bennyb82 says: Sep 14, 2013 5:24 PM

    Crazy to think Sanchez is getting paid twice as much as Reggie Bush this year…

  14. beastmode5150 says: Sep 14, 2013 5:25 PM

    BWAHAHHAAHAHAH

  15. bucrightoff says: Sep 14, 2013 5:25 PM

    CFL season is done by that point I think.

  16. warhammer420 says: Sep 14, 2013 5:29 PM

    Unless Geno isn’t making any progress, Sanchez is never gonna start again for the Jets… or any team.

  17. cwk22 says: Sep 14, 2013 5:29 PM

    Not likely. Smith did not play well. But he didn’t suck as bad as four year starter Sanchez does!

  18. drfeelyouup says: Sep 14, 2013 5:29 PM

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. I don’t know what’s funnier, Sanchez delusions or that female head band he loves so much.

  19. eaglesnd18 says: Sep 14, 2013 5:29 PM

    But in the mean time he is going to do his best eating hotdogs on the sidelines…..Maybe not eating hotdogs last year was the reason for the butt fumble.

  20. historyisyourfriend says: Sep 14, 2013 5:40 PM

    Lost in all this is that Rex is basically doing job interviews for Defensive Coordinator when the Jets let him go. Jets defense so far has been doing a great job despite the offense putting them in one bad situation after another.

    So Rex will most likely be gone at the end of this year, but will show up on some team next year as Defensive Coordinator and turn that defense into a top 10 unit.

    Meanwhile some poor sap will take over as Head Coach for the Jets and get a front row seat on that train wreck that will be the J-E-T-S next year.

  21. cwk22 says: Sep 14, 2013 5:40 PM

    As a Dolphin fan I would rather face Sanchez since he is less mobile.

  22. patriots123456 says: Sep 14, 2013 5:42 PM

    Mark,

    Jaws thinks your mechanics are bad,

    Suh thinks you’re a villain,

    McNabb wants to know why you won’t return his calls…

    Go away, please…

  23. wamaha says: Sep 14, 2013 5:44 PM

    Oh Great, ANOTHER Jets update……

  24. raiders85 says: Sep 14, 2013 5:48 PM

    Dirty expecting anything even a roster spot at this point is too much

  25. radford7 says: Sep 14, 2013 5:49 PM

    I have no idea why this team does not start Matt Sims who played against better competition in the S.E.C., has a gun for an arm, is more accurate then Geno, and had a better pre-season. If Geno gets hurt, neither Suckchez or Geno will ever start again!

  26. floratiotime says: Sep 14, 2013 5:50 PM

    Please … if there are any pictures of him without that awful hairband … please use them.

  27. hummer53 says: Sep 14, 2013 5:51 PM

    And I expect to hit the Power Ball tonight.

  28. godblessfootball says: Sep 14, 2013 5:51 PM

    @fordmandalay
    I busted a gut on your comment!!!

  29. fordmandalay says: Sep 14, 2013 5:53 PM

    BTW, doesn’t Sanchez look just like Carl Spackler from Caddyshack in that photo? I know what he’s thinking; “Cinderella story… kid outta nowhere…”

  30. jiveturkeygobbler says: Sep 14, 2013 5:55 PM

    He could start if he returned to college, maybe.

  31. gatorguru says: Sep 14, 2013 5:55 PM

    Please go away.While your at it,double the meds.

  32. tg1896 says: Sep 14, 2013 6:05 PM

    This isn’t pro football, this is reality TV – “The Real Idiots of New York”

  33. someoneanswerthatphone says: Sep 14, 2013 6:10 PM

    Since he likes wearing girls headbands, Maybe when he’s done playing he can dye his hair red with pig tails and he can be the new Wendys spokesperson.

  34. kingpel says: Sep 14, 2013 6:11 PM

    I hate to say this but Sanchez is obviously bitter and making these types of statements to keep controversy surrounding this team. If I was Rex Ryan I would cut him now.

  35. metalhead65 says: Sep 14, 2013 6:21 PM

    Sanchez just does not get it. you are only still on the team because of your contract. they don’t you and are treating you pretty much the same way they did Tebow last year. no matter what you do you do not fit in their plans and will not see the field. tell them to shove it and have the surgery now so you can rehab and try and make another team next season. you won’t be able to do that if you are recovering from surgery after this season. if you are not smart enough to see that then you deserve whatever happens to you.

  36. GenXJay says: Sep 14, 2013 6:34 PM

    Sanchez’s PFT article pic resembles a futbol player. Maybe he should try soccer.

  37. pridewatcher says: Sep 14, 2013 6:43 PM

    Never ever count out a diva!

  38. scaredhitless says: Sep 14, 2013 6:48 PM

    By most accounts – he’s a good teammate, a good son, a good brother, and a good person. Just not a very good QB.

    The perfect person everyone should hate.

  39. mackcarrington says: Sep 14, 2013 6:49 PM

    “I’m expecting to be the starter, I always have been.”
    ============
    That comment straddles the line between confidence, entitlement, and delusion.

  40. vbe2 says: Sep 14, 2013 7:01 PM

    He’s done, probably never start another NFL game again.

  41. thetooloftools says: Sep 14, 2013 7:13 PM

    He could “play” before he was hurt. What? He’s coming back better then ever?
    This is not going to end well for the J-E-T-S JETSJETSJETS.

  42. brettfavresmidget says: Sep 14, 2013 7:23 PM

    His girly, hair holder thingy is clearly too tight.

  43. taintedsaints2009 says: Sep 14, 2013 7:32 PM

    i think they will change the key to the stadium before he comes back.

  44. yourmomsnewfriend says: Sep 14, 2013 7:39 PM

    Every headline about the Jets could just as easily have been written by The Onion.

  45. clownsfan says: Sep 14, 2013 7:47 PM

    “….the toll road of denial is a costly one. The price? Your soul.” – J. Peterman

  46. datmilehighswagistoodamnhigh says: Sep 14, 2013 7:50 PM

    I could see Sanchez playing for the Titans when they wake up and realize Jake Locker is garbage. Lets see…..Minnesota possibly, Jacksonsville cuz their front office seems to be clueless. Tampa comes to mind also. He can be effective with a run game, which all those teams have or at least have potential to have. Some WR’s would help. Dude sucks but cmon, Santonio’s overrated though serviceable, Stephen Hill might be decent but the rest of that WR corp is a joke. He did have Keller though before this. A head coach who watches offensive gametape might have helped as well. I kinda hope he leaves the Jets comes back and hangs 300+ 3tds no ints but then again this mr butt fumble so…..

  47. datmilehighswagistoodamnhigh says: Sep 14, 2013 7:51 PM

    And is it just me or does Sanchez look like Fez from That 70’s show in that pic???

  48. j0esixpack says: Sep 14, 2013 7:51 PM

    That’s because Rex promised years ago that “as long as I am here Sanchez will be the starting QB”

    And if Rex broke his word about that, his players may begin to doubt his ability to deliver the Super Bowls he guaranteed

  49. immafubared says: Sep 14, 2013 7:59 PM

    he is done put a fork in him

  50. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 14, 2013 8:07 PM

    Denial

  51. coltzfan166 says: Sep 14, 2013 8:10 PM

    Sanchez should just leave the NFL and pursue a career in modeling. He would probably actually be OK at that.

  52. waldoampere says: Sep 14, 2013 8:25 PM

    Patskrieg dot com says:

    Wouldn’t call it insane. Geno Smith looked like he wanted to go home the minute the game started Thursday night.

    _____________________________

    Do you hate the Jets so much that it’s blinding you or did you not watch the game? Say what you want about Geno’s performance but looking like he wanted to go home when the game started is not one of the things you can accuse him of. He looked calm and poised for a kid playing in his second NFL game.

  53. purpleattack says: Sep 14, 2013 8:33 PM

    LOL. Enough said.

  54. jetsareajoke says: Sep 14, 2013 8:38 PM

    kingpel says:
    Sep 14, 2013 6:11 PM

    I hate to say this but Sanchez is obviously bitter and making these types of statements to keep controversy surrounding this team. If I was Rex Ryan I would cut him now.
    —————-
    There’s actually still someone out there that thinks Rex has a say in it?

  55. donmcg2012 says: Sep 14, 2013 8:41 PM

    When will Sanchez come to grips with the fact he sucks as a qb?

  56. ironman721 says: Sep 14, 2013 9:54 PM

    Butt fumble….

  57. bighurt228 says: Sep 14, 2013 10:01 PM

    PFT should take a poll and find out wether the fans are more tired of hearing about TimTebow or the SANCHIZE..LOL. This dude is also annoying.

  58. raiderapologist says: Sep 14, 2013 10:20 PM

    Judging from that picture, he expects to play dress-up when he returns.

  59. faultylogic29 says: Sep 14, 2013 10:41 PM

    The curse of being a potential career backup is being given such a long winded shot at being a starter when you don’t have the ability.

  60. phinfan says: Sep 14, 2013 11:07 PM

    Denial!

  61. dalemmacdonald99 says: Sep 15, 2013 2:23 AM

    He would be better to hope a team who is willing to commit to his success picks him up. The Jets have treated him badly. Not to mention the media

  62. zeke2517 says: Sep 15, 2013 2:33 AM

    You know there’s some other guys on the team, right?

    Like, guys who are actually on the team right now, for example.

  63. lennyd4 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:16 AM

    It’s amazing how all you idiots try to still make jokes about the Jets being a circus when they have done all the right things this year. Keep clinging on to old jokes just shows how you haven’t paid attention at all to the NFL this year.

  64. cmdrsmooth says: Sep 15, 2013 10:04 AM

    Does the media realize they laughed at this guy all off season? The guy is now a media martyr to rip down the Jets.

    Brilliant move! Way to make something out of nothing.

  65. pisano says: Sep 16, 2013 1:15 AM

    One word about Sanchez,” DELUSIONAL”

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