Jets fan, err, every NFL fan around the league knows first-hand how much a disaster of a year head coach Rex Ryan and the Jets posted last season. Starting with the circus surrounding Tebowmania, followed by the handling of All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis, to the sheer ineptitude of a team who seemingly found a way embarrass themselves week in and week out….the one player at the forefront of the TMZ-like stories was always the embattled quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Sanchez, who was derided by New York fans and routinely found himself in the media doghouse all year, continuously failed to deliver on the five-year, $58.25 million extension ex-GM Mike Tannenbaum inked him to before the start of the season. While still coming into last year with high hopes of putting the team on his back and carrying the Jets past to the AFC title game he managed to take them to his first two seasons in uniform, it appeared as is Sanchez regressed both personally and professionally while routinely faltering in the New York spotlight and punching his ticket on a one-way flight out of New York.
However, with over $8 million guaranteed for 2013, no thanks in part to the genius work of Tannenbaum and even with the drafting of West Virginia’s Geno Smith, it appears as if news coming out of the Jets locker room this morning has them backing Sanchez as the week-1 starter.
In an interview with The New York Posts, Bart Hubbuch, the Jets center and anchor on the offensive line Nick Mangold had this to say, “I think Mark is a fantastic quarterback for us, and I think he can do some good things. He showed some good flashes in the spring, getting Mornhinweg’s system down and commanding the offense the way that he should be. We’ll see how training camp plays out, but either way, the competition will make him a better player.”