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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

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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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Mark Sanchez might need shoulder surgery

Mark Sanchez shoulderMark Sanchez might need shoulder surgery because he has a tear in his labrum, according to a report.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Sanchez visited Dr. James Andrews, who determined the quarterback has a tear in his labrum. Mortensen says Sanchez is likely to have surgery on the shoulder.

New York Post Jets reporter Brian Costello says Sanchez has not yet decided to have surgery, though that possibility has not been ruled out. New York Daily News Jets reporter Manish Mehta also says Sanchez has not yet opted for surgery and is instead focused on rehabbing his injury.

Sanchez injured his shoulder after being driven by a defender into the turf during the New York Jets’ preseason finale against the New York Giants last month. Rookie Geno Smith was having an awful game, and the Jets decided to put Sanchez in the game in the fourth quarter, which is when he got injured.

Sanchez’s shoulder injury kept him out of Week 1 of the season, and it may keep him out for the season. If Sanchez undergoes surgery, it would likely knock him out for the season and end his career with the Jets.

ESPN retires Mark Sanchez butt fumble as worst play on SportsCenter

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Mark-Sanchez-butt-fumbleIt was a move that had to be made. Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets brought us one of the most hilarious plays of all time last season in a game against the New England Patriots. In what became a fitting end to an embarrassing Jets season, Sanchez ran face-first into the backside of one of his offensive lineman and fumbled the ball. New England scooped it up and ran it in for a score.

The play has been airing on ESPN for the past 40 weeks as fans continuously voted it the “Worst of the Worst” highlight — no matter how many other boneheaded plays took place around the sporting world. On Friday, ESPN announced that it is retiring the play.

“We are retiring it this week due to the start of a new NFL season, and the feeling that it was time to start fresh,” Senior Coordinating Producer Mark Summer explained. “The ‘Butt Fumble’ has won the ‘Not Top 10′ each week since last Thanksgiving, and we’re not sure anything could top it.”

In other words, Sanchez and company could very well have cemented themselves as the creators of the most embarrassing play in NFL history. On one hand, I feel ESPN should let nature take its course. There hasn’t been a single play that viewers deem more pathetic than the butt fumble. Then again, they might as well not even open the voting if the butt fumble was still there. It needed to be retired. At least we people can still do fun things with the play like turning it into a silent film.

Woody Johnson implied Mark Sanchez’s injury was his own fault

Mark SanchezMark Sanchez is not starting for the New York Jets against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. If you want to believe his shoulder injury is the reason for that, that’s your prerogative. The truth of the matter is the Jets’ brass is ready to move on from the Sanchez era, and Geno Smith brings a fresh face and a small ray of optimism if nothing else.

Sanchez’s shoulder injury itself has been met with some controversy. Rex Ryan made the decision to put him into the final preseason game after Smith threw three interceptions, and many feel that was a dumb idea. But Jets owner Woody Johnson believes Sanchez needs to take some accountability for getting injured.

“I don’t have any regrets,” Johnson said, via the NY Daily News. “He’s an experienced guy. I wish he hadn’t gotten hurt, but you got to protect yourself, too.”

Sanchez had three defensive players in his face (video below) when he tried to make a play, so I don’t see how he could have protected himself better. Completely giving up on the play wasn’t an option, especially since he was trying to prove that he still deserves to be the team’s starter. Ryan, who was once Sanchez’s biggest supporter, would not say he disagreed with Johnson.

“It’s 100% injury rate in the league,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that it happened. But these things do happen. And we’ve moved on.”

Johnson later backtracked and claimed his initial quote was misunderstood.

“I may have said or I’ve been accused of saying that Sanchez’s injury was his fault,” he said. “That was not my intent at all. Of course, it wasn’t his fault. He was trying to make a play.”

At this point, I don’t even know who is defending who. By saying the injury was Sanchez’s fault, I guess you could argue that Johnson is defending Rex’s decision to put him in. The bottom line is the Jets desperately want Smith to prove he is a capable starter. The more quarterback changes we see, the more animated press conferences we will get from Rex. That’s a good thing for us, but it’s bad for the team as well as Ryan’s future in New York.

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