Sep 12, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) walks off after an interception by the New England Patriots as quarterback Mark Sanchez (left) looks on at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets rookie QB Geno Smith: ‘I’m not Mark Sanchez’


As they’ve struggled their way to a 5-5 record through 10 games, the New York Jets have used a rookie QB the majority of the way, West Virginia Mountaineers product, Geno Smith.

The Jets haven’t used a rookie under center since–well, since 2009.

Okay, it hasn’t been that long since Mark Sanchez led the Jets to within one game of the Super Bowl behind a punishing defense as a first-year player. Naturally, though, when Smith took over for Sanchez this season, just four years later, the comparisons were going to be rampant since everything is fresh in everyone’s minds.

But, with all the similarites–such as near identical completion percentages–Smith told ESPN New York that he’s not the man that he replaced:

“No, I’m not Mark,” said Smith, almost bristling. “I don’t think it’s fair to compare his season to mine. It’s two different seasons, two different guys, two different players, two different styles, two different systems. I know you guys want to compare every single thing, but it doesn’t make a difference.”

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  • chas territo

    Here starts his public crying or is it a redux of the draft? Nothing he does convinces me that he is an NFL Qyarterback, nothing!The Bills literally kicked his ass last week. Maybe the lingering pain from that game is contributing to his crying? NAH, I don’t think so.ROFLMGDMFAO!! GO BILLS!!