Other than popping up in cornrows the other day (having lost a bet), we haven’t heard much from injured Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.
And when he talked to reporters Tuesday, he said stuff that we’re not sure anyone really believes.
“I don’t want to go anywhere else,” Sanchez said, via Darryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger. “I plan on being here. That’s all I’m thinking about, is coming back next year, leading this team and playing well. We’ll see what happens.”
Of course, his contract makes that highly unlikely, and everyone realizes that. But as he could be entering the job market soon, there’s no point in ruffling feathers and appearing to be a malcontent.
His old job was given to rookie Geno Smith, and though Smith is apparently trying to play his way out of it, it’s hard to imagine them going back to Sanchez now.
As to his physical condition, Sanchez said he’s coming along well.
He’s eight weeks out from surgery on his right shoulder to repair a torn labrum. While there’s no rush to get back, he said he feels like he’s ahead of the four- to six-month recovery period.
“It’s been awesome,” Sanchez said. “Things are going really well. I’m progressing exactly the way they wanted. Haven’t had any hiccups and I’ll be back better than ever.”
Of his arm strength, he said: “The way things are coming along, it sounds like I’ll be bionic.”
Of course, Sanchez also has a vested interest in saying so, since potential future employers will be curious.
Unless, of course, he’s still a Jet.
Which no one believes.