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.

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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


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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Mark Sanchez’s shoulder injury likely will keep him out Week 1

Mark SanchezGet ready to fire Rex Ryan again, because it looks like Mark Sanchez won’t be ready for Week 1 of the NFL season.

Sanchez and rookie Geno Smith have been competing for the New York Jets’ starting quarterback job. The team’s front office wanted Smith to win the job, but the West Virginia product played so poorly in the team’s third preseason game that it appeared Sanchez would be a better option. The problem is Ryan inserted Sanchez into the game last weekend in the fourth quarter, and Sanchez got hurt after his shoulder was driven into the turf.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Sanchez is unlikely to be ready for the team’s opening game on Sunday Sept. 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and that he hasn’t thrown this week.

Matt Simms started the team’s final preseason game on Thursday. Greg McElroy is also a possibility to start Week 1, as is Smith. The team also signed Graham Harrell this week after he was cut by the Green Bay Packers.

Smith may end up starting Week 1 after all, and he can thank Sanchez’s shoulder injury.

Geno Smith lights it up with first team at New York Jets practice

Geno Smith JetsNew York Jets quarterback Geno Smith may be on his way to winning the starting job over Mark Sanchez. On Wednesday, Smith worked with the Jets’ first-team offense for the third straight day. As Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News pointed out, the Jets had previously been sticking to a two-day rotation with Smith and Sanchez.

Smith was up to the challenge. At one point during practice on Wednesday, he was 10-for-10 and various Jets beat writers were commenting on how sharp he looked. Mehta later pointed out that Smith was 15-for-16, had thrown for two touchdowns and no interceptions, and was “having his way” with New York’s defense in the hurry-up offense.

Earlier this month, a report indicated that Smith is likely to earn the starting quarterback job as long as he looks sharp in preseason play. He then suffered an ankle injury which many speculated could slow his progress, but that doesn’t sound like it has been the case. Sanchez has already thrown a pick six during one preseason game and an end-zone interception in the other, so he certainly isn’t turning heads.

Rex Ryan has shown unconditional support for Sanchez over the past few years. He even has a tattoo of his wife wearing what appears to be a Sanchez jersey. But the Jets need more consistency on offense this season, and Sanchez has proven over the past two years that he is not capable of providing it. If nothing else, Smith should be able to energize New York’s offense.

Ryan is taking a bigger role in the team’s defense this year, and he said on Tuesday that he expects the unit to be among the five best in the NFL in 2013. That will be no easy task without players like Darrelle Revis and Bart Scott, but Rex has the creativity to pull it off. The question now is whether he will continue to allow Sanchez to put his defense in a position to fail.