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New York Jets’ Mark Sanchez Working with Jeff Garcia

March 28th, 2013 at 8:07 PM
By Donald Lappe

The New York Jets need to get better at the quarterback position. Head coach Rex Ryan said it himself and made a big statement last season when he finally benched Mark Sanchez. That should have served as a wake up call for Mark Sanchez heading into this offseason, with the 2013 season truly a make or break season for him. The Jets can cut ties with Mark Sanchez after this season without paying a heavy salary cap penalty. With new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg now in charge, Mark Sanchez's third offensive coordinator in as many years, Sanchez has turned to Jeff Garcia for some help this offseason.

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New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez isn't the only quarterback seeking help from Jeff Garcia. As we reported when the Jets were fist linked to Jamarcus Russell, the hefty former Oakland Raiders quarterback is also working out with Jeff Garcia. While Jamarcus Russell is just trying to get back into the NFL, Mark Sanchez is trying to remain the starting quarterback for the New York Jets.

The biggest positive for Mark Sanchez in working with Jeff Garcia is that Jeff Garcia knows the terminology Marty Mornhinweg uses. Jeff Garcia played for Marty Mornhinweg with the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles and succeeded in his offense. It will be less of an adjustment once Mark Sanchez starts working with Marty Mornhinweg on the field and in the meeting room because of the time he's spending with Jeff Garcia. While this kind of extra work doesn't always pay off (see: Mark Sanchez working with Chad Pennington last offseason), Mark Sanchez deserves some credit for trying to get a jumpstart and putting in the extra time to get better.

Jeff Garcia has actually been in direct contact with Marty Mornhinweg about what he is working on with Mark Sanchez and sounds pretty happy with the progress to this point:

"Marty and I communicated a few weeks ago (about) what he'd like to introduce to Mark,'' Garcia said. "Mark is definitely getting more comfortable speaking the West Coast terminology. He had a brief glimpse of the West Coast system at USC."

It's a start. Mark Sanchez has a lot of work to do after two very disappointing seasons during which many hoped to see him take a big step forward. The quarterback competition for the Jets is wide open, with the team bringing in David Garrard. Tim Tebow is still on the roster, as well as Greg McElroy and Matt Simms. There has also been some buzz about the Jets bringing in another quarterback to compete for the job, though if that happens it would likely come at the expense of Tim Tebow.

It's easy to rip Mark Sanchez or say, "LOL Mark Sanchez is working out with Jamarcus Russell," but there's some effort here on his part. He's trying to get better and the Jets need him to get better. If he flops, it's what most people are expecting out of him. If Mark Sanchez makes strides and gets better it can only help, right?

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Tags: 2013 NFL Draft, Chad Pennington, David Garrard, Football, Greg McElroy, Jamarcus Russell, Jeff Garcia, Mark Sanchez, Marty Mornhinweg, Matt Simms, New York, New York Jets, NFL, Tim Tebow

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