The New York Jets have cleared quite a few key hurdles in rebuilding under new general manager John Idzik. They managed to unload Darrelle Revis for that first-rounder — Idzik can’t be blamed for not hitting jackpot given the position he was put in with this deal — drafted their quarterback of the future in Geno Smith (in round two!) and filled Revis’ void with top pick Dee Milliner at No. 9 in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Now the hard part comes in deciding what to do next with Mark Sanchez, who seems almost entrenched at starting quarterback long as head coach Rex Ryan is around, which seems both illogical but sadly true at the same time. New York should want its young and talented, yet unrefined second-round pick to get his reps in what already amounts to a lost year, but it seems the training camp battle will indeed ensue between Smith, Sanchez and the field.
June 1 has arrived and speculation of Sanchez getting the cut has died down with this momentous roster deadline having passed, so the economic sense in dumping him has been hindered further. And Sanchez doesn’t plan on giving up the role easily to Smith or any comers.
“I don’t plan on that happening,” Sanchez told the New York Daily News. “I’m planning on playing, I’m planning on starting. … Part of that comes when you’re just confident in yourself. If I was insecure about something or . . . can’t handle this competition, maybe I wouldn’t say much to him. Maybe I’d be a little scared to give him help. But I don’t feel like that. I just don’t. That’s not my personality. I’m confident, I’m ready to go, I can do it, I know I can.”