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New York Jets Quotes: QB Mark Sanchez

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1495 Sports has the following quotes from New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.

On approaching the quarterback competition:

“Exactly that way, just compete, compete my butt off, try to improve every day, focus on the fundamentals, focus on getting better and focus on learning this system.”

On if he expects to be with the team all year:

“Absolutely, that’s where my head’s at. I’m competing to be the starter.”

On what he will do to have a better season than last season:

“Just do my very best to learn this system, focus on fundamentals (and) compete with the other quarterbacks. We have a lot of talent in that quarterback room, so it’s an exciting time of the year and we’ll just gear up, rock and roll and compete.”

On the competition at quarterback:

“It falls right in line with what John Idzik talked about, bringing in competition at every position. But it also marries up with everything I’ve been about my whole life whether it was in high school, college or making it to the NFL level, competing with other players and earning everything you receive in this league. Nothing is just given. You have to compete to earn it, so it will be fun.”

On whether it took longer to put last season behind him:

“No more than any season, good or bad. You focus on what you can improve on, don’t dwell on the negative too long, give its time and come back refreshed ready to go. That’s what we’ve all really tried to do.”

On whether he comes into the season saying ‘This is my team’:

“Of course, every quarterback should feel that way. I know I do and I’m not shy about voicing my opinion. You have to own it and compete your butt off to keep it in my position. That’s what I’ll do and I’ll do it the very best I can.”

On the team waiving Tim Tebow:

“Those are team decisions. He was a great teammate, just like Darrelle (Revis). (He was a) great teammate. I enjoyed playing with him and I wish him the best.”

On what he would say to the fans about the roster moves this offseason:

“Just to hang in there, stay well and get excited for this next season. I think they’re going to be thrilled to see what (Coach) Dennis Thurman, the defense and (Head Coach) Rex (Ryan) have to offer. (There is) a lot of new talent there (and) a lot of different players. That’s awesome. We’ve acquired all those pass rushers (and) safety position guys. On offense, what (Coach) Marty (Mornhinweg) has in store. Special teams-wise, (Coach) Ben Kotwica, I have all the faith in him to take over where (Coach) Mike Westhoff left that position and they elevated Ben. We’re excited about all three phases and we’re just going to compete our butts off and be the best team that we can possibly be.”

On whether he has seen everything a competition can throw at him:

“I think I’ve seen pretty much everything. So that’s good. The more years you have, the more experience you gain and you just make sure you take all those experiences, bottle them up somewhere and save them. You know how to react to different situations as they come up, but we’ll prepare and that’s what I’m going to keep on doing, preparing and competing.”

On competing with the other quarterbacks:

“Sure, whether it’s (Matt) Simms, (Greg) McElroy, David or Geno (Smith), all those guys want to play and that’s natural for a quarterback to want to play. It’s different than a guard, tackle, receiver or defensive tackle, there’s only one. So we’re all competing for that one spot. We’re friendly about it, but at the same time it’s a fierce competition. I’m excited about all those guys. I’m excited about having them in the quarterback room with me. We’ll learn as much as we can from each other, compete our butts off and the best guy will play and hopefully help the team.”

On whether he feels like this is his team:

“It has to feel that way going into your fifth year, at least that’s how I feel. I’m confident and I feel like we’ve seen just about everything you can see. So we’ll just keep rolling and do our very best.”

On fans who may be disappointed with the team and who boo him:

“That’s part of the game. They expect results.”

On if he has had a meeting with Coach Ryan and Idzik to clarify his future with the team:

“No, they don’t owe me that. It’s up to them if they’d like to. I’m free. I’m here.”

 On why this could be his best season:

“It’s one of those situations where there’s a challenge for something that I hold very dear to my heart. (Something) that has really been my life’s goal, to play on this level and being a starting quarterback. When somebody challenges you that way, it really brings out your best and I don’t see it being any different (inaudible).”

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