Posted September 12, 2013

Mark Sanchez: Without injury, I won the Jets’ QB competition ‘no doubt’

AFC East, New York Jets
Mark Sanchez is contemplating season-ending shoulder surgery.

Mark Sanchez is contemplating season-ending shoulder surgery. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Geno Smith will make his second career NFL start Thursday night in New England, and there’s no telling when Mark Sanchez will be able to return from the shoulder injury he suffered in the preseason.

And it’s that injury — and that injury alone — that Sanchez believes is the reason Smith has the Jets’ No. 1 QB job right now.

Eisen added that Sanchez said doctors are “pleasantly surprised” by how his throwing shoulder is healing. Whether that’s true or not remains to be seen, but it comes shortly after ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Sanchez was considering season-ending surgery to repair a labral tear.

The Jets’ QB race turned into a clustered mess during the preseason. First, Smith injured his ankle in the team’s opening preseason game, which forced him to sit out game No. 2. Then, Sanchez hurt his shoulder in the fourth quarter of New York’s third exhibition contest.

Coach Rex Ryan maintained all along that the competition would remain open for as long as possible leading up to Week 1. However, once Sanchez was ruled out for that game, Smith took the job without a fight.

The rookie out of West Virginia then helped his team pick up a win last Sunday against Tampa Bay — Smith’s late scramble, coupled with a personal foul on the Bucs, put the Jets in position for the game-winning field goal.

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Sanchez’s words to Eisen may be nothing more than trying to change the narrative a bit. Though Sanchez’s current contract runs through 2016, his days in New York have been numbered for some time, and any positive development from Smith might drive the nail into the coffin. So Sanchez could enter the next NFL offseason looking for work.

Perhaps, then, he’s simply trying to convince everyone else what he apparently believes: that he outplayed Smith in the preseason.

13 comments
btcvsolo
btcvsolo

That's known as 'sour grapes'. Trying to use logic & circumstance to decide you "didn't want it anyway"...

Move on, Sanchez...a few teams need an upgrade at QB, and believe it or not, you would upgrade them...

MARK7
MARK7

Man, Geno is awful.. That game against the Patriots truly shows that this "Kid" is not ready for the NFL. He cannot throw on the run, cannot read a defense, and does not know when to throw the ball away. It does not help, that his receivers drop balls left and right.. but I think he had more completions to the Patriots then he did to his own guys in the second half. .

Jean
Jean

And Odummer Claims to be a college graduate---just look at his records--oh,they're locked up??

Baldeagle
Baldeagle

You can put that on your resume when you go job hunting....just another stinky QB from USC.

evil.aaronm
evil.aaronm

Any guy who has to compete for his position year after year is not the guy I want in that position.  I don't want to have to worry about that guy.  I want that guy to be so outstanding, that no one could hold a candle to him.  That ain't Sanchez.  No one ever talks about an open competition for QB for the Mannings, or Brady, or Rodgers.  Sanchez, if you're crowing about winning the competition this year, you're oblivious to the bigger picture.

Willi3Blaz3
Willi3Blaz3

I think that genos backup should be ready at any moment, because he's gonna be injury prone. Why is no one going after redskins backup Kirk cousins? That guys an absolute beast!!!

robcypher
robcypher

He must be wearing that headband of his too tightly or something.

closetjaysfan
closetjaysfan

huh... I thought he hurt his arm.  Guess the real trauma was to his head.

MatthewEugeneHaag
MatthewEugeneHaag

@MARK7 If you are going to judge a ROOKIE based off of going up against Bill Belicek's D then I hate to see how you judge others man.  Cute him some slack he won game one and lost to the freaking PATRIOTS.  Lets be a little fair.  At least wait till half way through to judge the kid.


Willi3Blaz3
Willi3Blaz3

Hahahaha you speak the truth my friend