Mark Sanchez has never broken his nose before, but he's not concerned in the least.
"It feels a lot better now, and we'll just worry about it after the season," the third-year quarterback told 1050 ESPN's "The Michael Kay Show" today. "It's no big deal."
Sanchez will wear a clear visor to protect himself, something he did in the second half of Sunday's loss to the Raiders in Oakland once he got injured. Sanchez was drilled when Kamerion Wimbley sacked him for a 9-yard loss on the dirt infield in the third quarter.
Asked if he thinks he'll have to play with a visor for the rest of his career, Sanchez said: "I don't know about that. We'll take it game by game. We play in the elements out here, so I don't know how well a visor holds up. I've never even thought about wearing a visor before. We'll take it game by game, but I'm not worried about it either way."
Sanchez also addressed two topics that have come up lately.
The first was Joe Namath criticizing the Jets, saying yesterday he didn't think they were prepared well enough leading up to their matchup with Oakland. Sanchez somewhat took umbrage with Namath's assessment.
"I’m actually happy you guys (the media) aren't in on our team meetings after that happened on Sunday," Sanchez said. "He (Rex Ryan) couldn't be more upset and disappointed with our team and the way we performed. But it wasn't a matter of preparation. We knew what to do and we didn't accomplish our goals on that day. We weren't the better team on that day.
"But I understand where Rex is coming from saying, 'Hey, you are not in on every meeting and we understand why you might think that from the outside.' But these guys really do prepare hard and Rex prepares us really well. So it’s a touchy subject. Of course, we respect Joe.
"So I don't want to say too much on that, but just know that they are preparing very hard."
Sanchez was also asked about some recent comments ex-Jet and current Dolphin Jason Taylor said, which were a complete turnaround from what he blurted out a season ago, when he talked about Sanchez being "his guy." Taylor said he thought Miami quarterback Chad Henne was more talented than Sanchez and he'd take him over the Jets' signal caller.
"Jason, he’s one of the best teammates I’ve ever had and of course he's saying the right thing," Sanchez said. "That's his teammate and that's his quarterback. I hope he thinks he’s the best, and that's good. But if he would've said that last year, I’d be a little upset. But that’s what he’s supposed to do and he’s building up Chad, and that’s just fine.
Pressed further about it, Sanchez replied: "Who cares? He’s supposed to say that. ... He answered it that way and that's fine. That's his teammate. I don't care."