Jeff Fisher says Rams are interested in Mark Sanchez

Mark SanchezMark Sanchez was officially released by the New York Jets last Friday, and the backup quarterback market is already buzzing. At the NFL’s owners meetings on Sunday, Jeff Fisher confirmed that the St. Louis Rams are interested in Sanchez.

“I’d say that there is interest. I can’t say how much. But there certainly would be interest,” Fisher told Jim Corbett of USA Today Sports. “I don’t have a backup with experience on the roster right now.”

Rams starting quarterback Sam Bradford tore his ACL back in October, and the only other quarterback St. Louis has on its roster is Austin Davis (who?). Sanchez also spent three seasons working under Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer in New York. The Jets reached the AFC Championship Game twice during that span, so there is some level of comfort between the two.

“Brian had a good relationship with Mark,” Fisher said. “He’s just learning. He’s been to the AFC Championship game a couple of times, so he’s been there.”

Sanchez suffered a season-ending shoulder injury last year, but that is not the reason he did not start for the Jets. They were already prepared to move on after Sanchez proved he cannot consistently protect the football — not that he was surrounded with much talent.

Say what you will about Sanchez, but teams could do worse for a backup quarterback. Experience is important, and the former USC star has plenty of it. He may never start again, but he should serve as a more than capable reserve.

Jets release Mark Sanchez, sign Michael Vick

Mark SanchezIn the span of 10 minutes, the New York Jets announced a pair of moves Friday evening that is sure to have the city talking for some time.

The Jets released Mark Sanchez and announced the signing of Michael Vick.

Neither transaction should come as a surprise. The expectation always was that the Jets were going to cut Sanchez before the season. Though releasing Sanchez will cost $4.8 million against the salary cap this season, it frees up $8.3 million this season, according to Manish Mehta.

There was also strong speculation that Vick was going to sign with the Jets after he reportedly was telling teammates he thought that’s where he would end up.

The real interesting story here is that Vick’s contract reportedly is a one-year deal that will pay him $5 million. That’s a lot of money for a backup quarterback and tells us that the Jets plan to have Vick play. Whether that means using him in packages or otherwise, it’s a pretty clear indication that the Jets feel they need a good Plan B in case Geno Smith doesn’t work out.

The other question is what jersey number Vick will receive; he reportedly was making a fuss over No. 7, which has been Smith’s.

Mark Sanchez could return to Jets

Mark SanchezIt seemed like an impossibility that Mark Sanchez would be back with the New York Jets next season, but it might actually happen.

ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini says Sanchez is rehabbing his surgically-repaired shoulder in New Jersey this week, allowing the Jets a chance to look at him. Cimini reports a source told him that the chances of Sanchez returning to the Jets are 20-30 percent. Though 20-30 percent does not sound like much, that’s still a lot higher than many thought. Most people felt like Sanchez would be done in New York for sure.

Sanchez would have to take a pay cut to remain with the Jets, and he likely will not receive the $2 million roster bonus he is due on March 25.

After reading this report, I’m starting to believe the coach who said Sanchez would start for an NFL team.

We’ll remind you that from 2011-2012, Sanchez committed a league-high 42 turnovers.

Mark Sanchez would be starter for NFL team, coach says

Mark Sanchez headband

Many of us are probably wondering how Mark Sanchez is still in the NFL based on how he performed in his most recent stints as a starter. But guess what? One coach might be eager about the New York Jets cutting him in the near future, as is expected.

“We’d take Sanchez,” a coach told the New York Post. “He’d be the starter as soon as he walked in the door for us.”

How bad must your QB situation be if you say Sanchez would be your starter? Or was that a quote planted by Sanchez’s agent?

Sanchez is coming off shoulder surgery and the Jets would save over $8 million against the salary cap if they cut him. Everyone expects them to do that.

I have just one question for this coach and anyone else considering signing him: if you wouldn’t want him starting for you, why would you want him as a backup? I certainly wouldn’t, which is why I don’t understand this.

H/T Bleeding Green Nation

Mark Sanchez has cornrows


It appears Mark Sanchez has finally had enough. The New York Jets quarterback has been on the sidelines nursing an injury all year long while he watches rookie Geno Smith do what he believes is his job. So on Friday, it appears Sanchez finally lost it. How else can you explain his decision to turn his long hair into corn rows?

AP sports writer Dennis Waszak Jr. posted the photo you see above on Twitter Friday afternoon. Sanchez has taken a lot of crap in the past for keeping his long locks under control with a headband, but he has officially taken his hairstyle to a new level. This is a man who wants his starting job back — make no mistake about it.

UPDATE: Phew. Sanchez apparently lost a bet, which is why he braided his hair.

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Mark Sanchez was reportedly furious with Jets GM John Idzik after injury

Mark SanchezSome would argue that New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez lost his job because of poor play. Others would say he lost it because of an injured shoulder and would be starting if healthy. Whatever the case, Sanchez was reportedly furious with the way he got hurt.

According to the NY Post, an “irate” Sanchez shouted at Jets general manager John Idzik after the last preseason game when he hurt his shoulder. Witnesses reportedly said the former USC star was furious that the team put him on the field in the final minutes of a meaningless game. Sources also told the Post that there has been tension between Sanchez and the Jets since that incident.

Fortunately for Rex Ryan, the Jets are off to a surprising 3-2 start on the season and are coming off a huge win over the Atlanta Falcons. Geno Smith has turned the ball over too much, but he seems to be improving and made strides on Monday night. With Sanchez injured, Ryan doesn’t need to give us anymore animated press conferences like this.

Obviously, Ryan did not expect Sanchez to suffer a significant injury in the fourth preseason game. Smith had not played well at that point and the starting quarterback situation was still murky. The game was may have been meaningless on many levels, but Sanchez was likely playing for his job. It just so happened that the situation worked itself out in an unfortunate manner.

H/T Pro Football Zone

Mark Sanchez insists he beat out Geno Smith for starting quarterback job

Mark SanchezMark Sanchez believes the one and only reason he is not the starting quarterback of the New York Jets right now is that he injured his shoulder. Prior to the controversial injury, which Sanchez suffered when Ryan put him on the field in the fourth quarter of the final preseason game, it was still unclear if Sanchez or Geno Smith would be the team’s starter come Week 1.

The belief is that New York’s front office has been itching to turn the reins over to Smith, but the decision became complicated when the rookie threw three interceptions in the fourth preseason game. Apparently that poor performance was enough to make Sanchez feel he had the job locked down.

That’s debatable, to say the least. During his his hilarious press conference after Sanchez suffered the shoulder injury, Rex Ryan said he would not have put Sanchez in the game if it was not “important.” If Sanchez is so confident he had already won the starting job, why was the fourth quarter of the final preseason game important?

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