Monday, March 11, 2013

Sanchez tabbed as favorite in Jets' QB competition


In not-so-news-to-us, Mark Sanchez will enter the New York Jets' 2013 quarterback competition as the favorite.

When speaking to the media Monday via conference call, new Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg put Sanchez at the pole position.

“Mark will probably have just a little bit of a leg up it would appear,” he said, via Brian Costello of the New York Post. “... There are a select few on this football team that have kind of earned the right to step in there as No. 1 on the depth chart, but I certainly would like competition at all the other spots, including the quarterback spot.” (photo: Nick St. Denis)

With a thin free agent/trade block group that got even thinner due to the Alex Smith trade and the Miami Dolphins' re-signing Matt Moore combined with an already weaker draft class, Sanchez really didn't have a whole lot to threaten him. That's compounded with head coach Rex Ryan's love for his first ever first-round pick and the fact that teammates, including the Jets' best player, still think he can get it done.

[UpdateVeteran quarterback David Garrard signs with Jets]

Comments from Ryan here and new general manager John Idzik here insinuated Sanchez was the favorite, and now he has the blessing of his immediate supervisor.

“Mark’s got a lot of strengths,” Mornhinweg said. “He’s played at a high level. Our job is to get him to play at a high level at a consistent basis.”

Sanchez was very good in postseason action in 2009 and 2010, but he's been outstandingly bad in four regular seasons, minus a handful of rather impressive fourth quarter comebacks sprinkled in the middle.

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