Saying their embattled chucker “gives us that best chance,” center Nick Mangold told the New York Post that the majority of Jets players want Mark Sanchez to start Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 8.
“I haven’t walked around with a pen and paper and taken a poll, but from the feeling I get, the locker room wants to win. Whoever gives us the best chance to do that, we want out there — and at this point, Mark gives us that best chance,” said Mangold, 29, a three-time All-Pro taken by the Jets 29th overall in 2006.
“I think Mark is a fantastic quarterback for us, and I think he can do some good things. He showed some good flashes in the spring, getting [new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s] system down and commanding the offense way that he should be. We’ll see how training camp plays out, but either way, the competition will make him a better player.”
David Garrard would have been an ideal Band-Aid for Gang Green under center in 2013.
The 35-year-old Garrard had thrown 89 scores, against 54 picks, for 16,003 yards since debuting with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2002.
With a potentially standout defensive front seven, a responsible passer like Garrard made sense for this rebuilding version of the Jets.
Unfortunately, the 2009 Pro Bowler was forced to retire in May due to complications with his surgically-repaired knee.
If Garrard had not fallen to injury, the 26-year-old Sanchez would have already been fired.
Leading the league with 52 turnovers over the last two seasons, Sanchez is hideously erratic and unreliable in the pocket.
In stark contrast to the used Trojan, Geno Smith completed an extremely impressive 67.4 percent of his passes over 44 games in Morgantown.
Once projected as a top-10 prize by many insiders, the 6-foot-2, 218 pound Smith is brimming with potential and clearly has a brighter future than the “Sanchize.”
Although cheerful and optimistic, Mangold is delusional to claim that “Mark is a fantastic quarterback for us.”
A substandard mope suited to work as a backup, Sanchez will never become “a better player” in the swamps of Jersey.
Conversely, the former Mountaineer is poised to do “some good things” in East Rutherford this autumn.
“From the feeling I get,” Mark Sanchez couldn’t scrub Geno Smith’s jockstrap.by