When the Jets drafted Geno Smith in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, many people expected that Mark Sanchez’s disappointing time in New York was at an end. When Sanchez was injured in a preseason game against the Giants — an injury that would force him onto IR and out of football for the entire season — “many” people turned into “most” people. It was almost a foregone conclusion that after this year, Sanchez would be looking for a new job.
Not so fast. From the NY Daily News:
He admitted that he’s heard plenty of talk about his Jets career being over, but said he felt there was a legitimate chance he will still be wearing green next season.
“Absolutely,” Sanchez said. “I know I’ve heard a lot of stuff on the outside about me not being here, but I don’t know if that’s necessarily the case in the building. So hopefully not. Hopefully I’m a Jet, that’s what I am, that’s what I want to be.”
“That’s all I’m thinking about,” Sanchez added, ” … coming back next year and leading this team, playing well. We’ll see what happens.”
Wow, really? We would have thought that getting a clean break from a team and city that basically shits all over him would be welcome. Then again, he does have a very lucrative, non-guaranteed contract with the team that he likely doesn’t want to lose. So maybe he’s just talking the talk.
Sadly, the Jets (and Sanchez) wouldn’t even be having this conversation if Smith had turned out the way they’d hoped. The glimpses of semi-brilliance the kid showed earlier in the season have disappeared, to the point that the Jets have to fend off Matt Simms rumors.
It’s a shame — the Jets really could be a good team. But at their most important position, they have to choose between a guy who has sucked it up big time, a guy who looked like he may spend the rest of his NFL career sucking it up big time, and a guy who hasn’t played much at all. How is it that the Jets have a better record than the Giants, but still appear worse off?
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