Mark Sanchez Loves New York Jets Quarterback Competition

May 22, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) throws a pass while quarterback Geno Smith (7) looks on during the New York Jets organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is in the thick of a quarterback competition with many of his teammates, including the team’s 2013 second-round pick Geno Smith. While most quarterbacks would be upset with their team drafting their potential replacement, Sanchez is viewing this as an opportunity to show that he has grown as an NFL signal-caller and that he is ready to lead the team this season.

Sanchez has said that the competition has been a lot of fun, and that it is helping him as a player.

I’m having a great time,” Sanchez said. “I’m in an awesome situation. I’m the luckiest guy in the world. That’s how I always feel. I just have a positive attitude. I’m trying to bring those guys along, get guys working hard, study my butt off and prepare each day.

“Whether it’s a competition or whatever you call it, I’m going to be ready. I’m going to give it my best, feel good about it and move on. Anything on the outside, I just can’t help. We talked about it last week, whether it’s criticism about this or that, or what you’re wearing or who you’re seeing, who cares? Honestly, who cares?”

Sanchez has pointed to his experiences throughout his entire career that have required him to compete, and he has risen to the occasion every time.

“I’ve competed my whole life, whether it was in high school or college, beating out other quarterbacks my first year here playing with Kellen, that’s all I’ve known. So this is nothing new. It’s nothing big or scary. I’m just being myself and doing my very best and that will be good enough,” Sanchez said.

When it is all said and done, despite what some of the mainstream media may want you to believe, it looks like the job is Sanchez’s to lose and the competition could be the exact wake up call that he needed to rejuvenate his career.

Who do you think will start the season under center for the Jets? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Topics: Mark Sanchez, New York Jets

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  • Korwil

    First off, I think Geno Smith looks stunned in that picture ha.

    As for Sanchez.. I think he will play fine this year. I don’t expect him to be great but I also think he will rebound from last year and finally settle in as an NFL QB. We finally have a proven OC who takes the time to build an offense around the guys he has, and it has been clear he wants to put every player from RBs to WRs to QBs in a position to succeed.

    I think hiring Sparano for his “ground and pound” really hurt Sanchez because the play calling on passing plays was quite miserable last year. I remember too many guys running routes next to each other and the field never seemed to be spread out for us.

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