|Jets QB Mark Sanchez is hoping his work this offseason enables him to keep his job next season. (US Presswire)|
The New York Jets' Mark Sanchez is trying to get a leg up on the competition, which is why he's reached out to former Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia, who is familiar with the tendencies of new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
Garcia played under Mornhinweg in San Francisco and Philadelphia.
“It's great,” Sanchez told the New York Daily News. “Jeff sounds like one of those guys that keeps his old playbook and is still really into it. He really speaks the language of that West Coast offense. It's nice to hear the schematic side but also to hear what people think about [Mornhinweg].”
The two hope to get together in California to discuss the offense further. Garcia was impressive under Morhinweg, throwing for more than 4,000 yards in 2000.
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Sanchez didn't have a good season in 2012, throwing 13 touchdowns against 18 interceptions and having the second-worst quarterback rating in the NFL.
“Mark has just come off of a tough year, a tough experience,” Garcia told the paper. “He's had some great things that have happened early in his career, and now he's at that point where things really didn't go all that well. He needs to resuscitate himself. He needs to resurrect himself not just for the fans of the New York Jets, but for his own teammates. He needs to prove that he is the guy that can lead them.”
This is not without precedent for Sanchez, who met with former Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington to get a grip on Tony Sparano's offense before last season.
We all saw how that worked out.
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