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Mark Sanchez On His Future With The Jets

New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez spoke with the media Wednesday about his future with the Jets and the current QB situation.

On his feelings on the quarterback change

I respect Coachs decision. Obviously, I want to be out there playing, so I dont necessarily agree with it, but when something like that happens, I just do my best to support Greg (McElroy) and support the team and get him ready to play. Then, obviously, prepare like the starter in case I need to go in there.

On he feels undermined by the organization

I dont know about all that. I feel like I need to play better and put our team in a better situation and take care of the football better.

On if he knows what his role will be on Sunday

Im assuming just charting plays and being there to support Greg and helping him out in any way I can.

On if hell be the backup quarterback on Sunday

I dont know. We havent been told that, so Im not sure.

On if hes considered the fact that he couldve taken his last snap of the season

Were just taking it week to week, so Ill be ready to play. Obviously, Im supporting Greg this week. If anything happens, Ill get in there and then well take next week in stride when we get there.

On what he saw on film

Pretty much the same things I said after the game, a missed throw, a pretty good play by a defender on another one and a then a couple of tough decisions there. So (there are) some things that I can clean up, and hopefully play better when I get in there.

On whether he saw the quarterback change coming

I dont know. I just didnt play well and that was Rexs (Coach Ryan) call.

On whether hes frustrated

Well, its disappointing. You just hate letting other guys down on the team and thats the worst part of it. Youre going in there, trying to play well and improve and (I) just made some bad decisions. I just have to take care of the football better and own up to my mistakes and get better.

On how the season has been for him

Its been a tough one, but we have two games left and were really focused on just going out and playing well. (Were) playing for a little bit of pride here, trying to get back to .500, and whatever that means for me personally, just helping Greg as much as I can and then be ready for my next shot.

On if hes had any discussion about his future as a quarterback

No. We havent looked ahead that way yet.

On if he still thinks hell have a chance as a starting quarterback

Sure, absolutely. And you have to feel that way and be confident as a quarterback, no matter how many interceptions or touchdowns or anything youve thrown. (I) just have to be ready to come back strong and I will.

On if he believes he deserved another shot

I mean, you want to be out there playing, Im not going just to concede it. You have to compete, so (I) just (have to) keep on doing it.

On Coach Ryan speaking to him about the quarterback change after the game on Monday

Yeah, in the locker room. We just talked, (we) spoke briefly. He let me know what his decision would be and that was that.

On what he thought of Coach Ryan pulling him aside to discuss the quarterback change

I dont know. I appreciated he wanted to sit down and talk about it. So we had a good conversation about plenty of things.

On when Coach Ryan told him about the quarterback change

It was right after the game.

On if he wants to stay with the Jets

Of course, we want to win this week. Thats all Im worried about, Im not worried about anything else.

On if hes thought about his future

I really havent gone there in my mind. So Im really not worried about that. Im focused on helping Greg as much as I can this week and helping this team win in any way I can.

On if at some point hell dissect his situation back to when he was drafted

I dont know about all that. I really havent started to do any of that kind of stuff yet and like I said, Im focused on this week, trying to help Greg and thats where my heads at.

On if he feels like the organization has given up on him

I dont know about that. Rex went with the decision to go with Greg and I respect his decision, I dont necessarily agree, but at the same time I have to help Greg and thats really all Im focused on.

On if hes concerned with the death threat made to him on Twitter

Im not going to comment on that.

On if Coach Ryan told him that McElroy was starting when they spoke after the game

Thats a good question. What did he say? I dont remember. I dont know.

On why he would want to stay a Jet

Look, Im not going to get into hypotheticals of me being here, not being here, whatever. Were focused on this week, were ready to play San Diego and thats where my minds at, so any question about whats going to happen next year, are you going to be a starter ever again, Im not even going to go there.

On what gives him the confidence that hell be able to bounce back

Thats just the competitor in me. A guy whos done it before and won at the highest level. I feel like I just havent played my best recently. Ill get to the bottom of it and figure it out and improve.

On how much of his struggles he would attribute to a lack of weapons around him

Im not going to make excuses. At the end of the day, no matter what kind of situation youre in, the quarterback has the ball and its my job to make good decisions with the football, regardless of personnel situations, whos in the quarterback room, that stuff, Im not going to go there. Is every interception the quarterbacks fault? Of course not, but theyre attributed to the quarterback, it goes as my stat and you live with that, you own up to your side of the mistakes and you move on.

On the process of putting Tebow in

They just signal the personnel. Theres no rocket science behind it. Its pretty simple.

On if he knew Tebow was going to play the third series

They just told me he was going to go in for the third series. Once the third series came, I knew Tim was going in.

On his reaction when Coach Ryan told him he was not the starter

Theres a ton of emotions going through your mind. I guess at the forefront its just disappointment. Youre upset. Im frustrated with my play and some of the decisions Ive made. Not just for myself, but for the team. You dont want to (let them down). We had a chance to win that game a couple of times and that hurts. Losing hurts and playing poorly hurts. I think thats really it. At the end of the day, you have to come back strong and stay as positive as possible and support Greg like I said, I will, and be in his corner.

On if he talked to Coach Ryan about the decision

We talked for a while about it. Its not like a debate. Hes the head man and he makes the decisions, so thats how it goes.

On if he knew there was going to be a quarterback change if he had turnovers on Monday

I didnt try and let my mind wander there. I dont think negatively like that. I didnt anticipate that happening on Monday. I feel like no matter what, we have a chance to win. I didnt think like that.

On how things have changed

Its different than what I expected back in August, but it will somehow work out and make me better and stronger and hopefully make this team stronger and figure out a way to turn it around.

On if he can benefit from taking a step back

I dont know. Ive heard that angle of it but all Ive known is playing. Thats what you want to do. If there is something to be learned from this experience, Ill definitely do my best to do that and try and remember it the next time Im playing. Id love to be out there.

On talking to the media after the game on Monday

Im still upset at the way I played. That will never change. At some point, you have to move on to the next deal here and thats San Diego.

On putting situations behind him

Whenever that happens you just have to be ready for it. Whether its at some point during this game or next week or next season, you just have to be ready to go.

On if got any reps in practice

We did some scout team stuff and seven-on-seven.

On taking scout team reps in practice

I havent done card stuff in a long time. I havent done scout team cards in a long time so its a little different.

On if he thought about this being the last time he plays for the Jets

No way.

On if he was annoyed with the questions after the game on Monday

No, I was just upset at the way I played more than anything.

On if it went through his head during the game that he might not be the starter on Sunday

No, youre thinking about a million things during the game. Thats not in my mind.

On if he was surprised McElroy was named the starter

Its Rexs call. My opinion doesnt matter.

On if hes received support the last 48 hours

Theres a bunch of support out there, just family and friends. They know Im going through a tough time and theyve seen me play better and theyve seen me win, so they know I can get back there. Thats what Im focused on.

On if hes hit rock bottom

I have no idea.

On his two straight completions in the third quarter

It was a good start. Any time you put completions together like that you feel great. You just kind of get hot there. (Its) just like a jump shooter, you hit a couple in a row and you want the ball. It was a good feeling.

On not being in the lineup for the next play

Thats not my call.

Source: New York Jets Media


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