The New York Jets spent a second-round pick on former West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith, and by all accounts the team plans to give him every opportunity to earn the team’s starting quarterback gig, but don’t tell that to Mark Sanchez. Sanchez spoke to the media during OTAs and said that he plans on entering this season as the team’s starter.
“I don’t plan on that happening,” Sanchez said, via the New York Daily News. “I’m planning on playing, I’m planning on starting.”
Sanchez is ready to step up and be a leader as he helps Smith learn the ropes of the NFL, but that doesn’t mean he is going to stop competing.
“Part of that comes when you’re just confident in yourself. If I was insecure about something or . . . can’t handle this competition, maybe I wouldn’t say much to him. Maybe I’d be a little scared to give him help,” said Sanchez. “But I don’t feel like that. I just don’t. That’s not my personality. I’m confident, I’m ready to go, I can do it, I know I can.”
It isn’t going to be easy for Sanchez to hang on to the starting job, but he seems ready for the challenge.
In the end, the Jets would be wise to go with Sanchez despite his recent struggles, unless they are prepared to enter full blown rebuilding mode.