Mark Sanchez sats that he expects to remain as the New York Jets starting quarterback and hasn’t thought about getting cut. He considers himself the future quarterback of the NFL franchise.
However, sports blogs and fans are shocked, or perhaps believe that a change must come to give them any incentive to watch the games.
The decision, of course, does not belong to Sanchez, who has alienated Jets fans and even Rex Ryan — judging by how his once strongest ally has recently distanced himself from the former golden boy of the franchise — after 52 turnovers and just 14 victories over the last two years.
The Jets didn’t do much to help Sanchez last season by first trading for Tim Tebow, creating an unnecessary sideshow, and then surrounding him with the worst set of skill position players in the NFL. Sanchez could not rise above the adversity. He was swallowed up by it.
His regression the last two seasons is why Ryan no longer has job security, so the days of coddling him are over. If Geno Smith can help Ryan save his job, then the rookie will get the star treatment.
In a span of 20 minutes, Sanchez said everything Thursday you expected him to say, but it’s everything Jets fans didn’t want to hear and are tired of hearing. It was Sanchez’s first commentary since he heard the news Friday night while driving in his car in New Jersey that the Jets had drafted Smith in the second round.
I asked him if he was disappointed.
“For what?” he said.
Well, it infringes on what has been his turf.
“He’s going to come in here and compete,” Sanchez said. “If we’re competing for the job, I’m going to do my very best to compete. I expect to play. That’s just the way I am.”
Smith is a raw talent, so as much as new GM John Idzik might want to get his own quarterback on the field, he’s not going to be ready to play in four months. He’s not nearly as polished as Andrew Luck, RG3 and Russell Wilson were last year.
The reality is Sanchez’s $8.25 million guaranteed salary for 2013 is the biggest reason why he has a chance to stick around one more season.
This is a transition season for the Jets, but it doesn’t appear that Ryan will part ways with Sanchez.