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Sanchez: I'll be the starter as long as I'm here
Mark Sanchez has tuned out the boos and the negative comments.
And he said he’s certainly not worried about Woody Johnson’s CNBC comments about Tim Tebow being here for another three years. Why?
Because Sanchez has no doubt (so he says) that he’ll remain the starter for the duration of his contract, which expires in 2016.*
Sanchez was asked point-blank if there’s any reason he could see him not being the Jets starting quarterback this season and his answer, of course, was no. The fourth-year signal-caller also said he feels no different now with Tebow as his backup than he did with Mark Brunell.
So can he and Tebow coexist under their current – and unorthodox – arrangement?
“I think. I mean, it’s going alright now,” Sanchez, who signed a three-year, $40.5 million extension shortly before the Tebow trade, said with a smile. “It’s possible. It’s going well for me.
“I feel good. If we start winning, we’ll be alright. He’s in here working hard so that’s all you can ask.”
When told ihs head coach, Rex Ryan, stopped short of declaring him his season-long starter, Sanchez didn't miss a beat.
“He has faith in me," said the quarterback. "I believe that. I’m not worried about that. I’m really not.”
Following their 17-13 loss to the Tebow-led Denver Broncos, Ryan defended his young quarterback in the face of his detractors. "This is our quarterback," the coach said. "He's going to be our quarterback for as long as I'm here."
Ryan, however, stopped short of offering that same guarantee Wednesday because, as he put it, "anything can happen." But Sanchez didn't take it as a slight or a harbinger of things to come.
“I don’t get into that," the quarterback said. "Just keep playing and playing hard and giving this team my very best and trying to get the best out of them. That’s where my head’s at.”
*One interesting note: Though Sanchez’s contract expires in 2016, it’s only guaranteed through 2013.