John Idzik says Mark Sanchez will be a Jet in 2013
John Idzik didn't want to discuss Darrelle Revis' future in his introductory news conference last week, but the Jets' new general manager has made it clear that Mark Sanchez will remain with the team in 2013.
Idzik reiterated Monday that there will be a quarterback competition but added that he is "comfortable" with Sanchez being a Jet.
"I think he's chomping at the bit," Idzik said on WFAN's "Boomer and Carton" show. "And he wants to get going with his new coordinator. He's all about competing. I got a really good feeling from Mark.
"Yeah, I'm comfortable with Mark being a Jet. I told him, as well, we're going to add competition . . . It's going to help make Mark and everybody else better."
Sanchez, who was benched in favor of third-stringer Greg McElroy against Arizona in Week 13, had 18 interceptions and 13 touchdown passes. He completed 54.3 percent of his passes, his lowest since 2009, his rookie season.
Sanchez has committed more turnovers (51) the past two seasons than any other NFL quarterback. Nevertheless, Idzik made it clear that "Mark is a New York Jet. We're glad to have him. I think he's a competitor."
In some respects, the Jets have no choice but to feel comfortable with Sanchez. He's owed a hefty $8.25 million guaranteed in 2013, so Idzik's hands essentially are tied.
As for Revis, Idzik said he was "taken aback" by the attention paid to the trade speculation after his comments Thursday about the cornerback. Echoing the sentiments he expressed Friday on NBC Sports Network's "ProFootballTalk," Idzik said the Jets still are in the midst of evaluating their roster and assembling a coaching staff.
"But I called Darrelle just to make sure he knew exactly what was going on from our end," Idzik said, "and it was good to talk to him. I thought it was well received."
Idzik: Rex hired Mornhinweg. Rex Ryan hired Marty Mornhinweg shortly before Idzik accepted the job, according to the general manager. But Idzik, who was aware of the candidates for offensive coordinator, said he trusts Ryan and had no issue with the Mornhinweg hiring.