Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) and center Nick Mangold (74) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Mangold Believes Mark Sanchez Gives New York Jets "Best Chance" to Win


Dec. 23, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy (14) takes a snap from center Nick Mangold (74) against the San Diego Chargers during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets’ quarterback controversy continues once again this offseason, albeit a little quieter than it was a year ago with Tim Tebow, but the players involved don’t see it as a battle. Another player believes that Mark Sanchez should be the starting quarterback.

Nick Mangold gave his praise to the quarterback that’s entering his fifth season in the NFL when talking to the New York Post.

Asked if the rest of the locker room also hopes Sanchez will emerge as the starter, Mangold nodded.

“I believe so,” he told The Post. “I haven’t walked around with a pen and paper and taken a poll, but from the feeling I get, the locker room wants to win. Whoever gives us the best chance to do that, we want out there — and at this point, Mark gives us that best chance.”

Almost a week ago, Santonio Holmes also backed up Sanchez for being the team’s upcoming starter.

It’s been a rough couple of seasons for Sanchez after reaching the AFC Championship Game twice in his first two seasons in the NFL. He had his second-lowest quarterback rating of 66.9 percent and had a career-high 14 fumbles last season. He currently averages a 55.1 passing completion percentage and has more interceptions than touchdowns (69-68) in his career.

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