Mark Sanchez has been the New York Jets starting quarterback in every Jets season opener since the team drafted him in 2009. That could change this year, though, if Sanchez loses his job to second-round draft pick Geno Smith. But Sanchez doesn't think it will.
"I don't plan on that happening," Sanchez said, via the New York Daily News. "I'm planning on playing; I'm planning on starting."
The battle for the Jets' starting job hasn't created any tension between Smith and Sanchez. The two remain on friendly terms and Sanchez has been willing to help Smith whenever he asks for it.
"Part of that comes when you're just confident in yourself," Sanchez said of helping Smith. "If I was insecure about something or couldn't [take] this market or this pressure or ... can't handle this competition, maybe I wouldn't say much to him. Maybe I'd be a little scared to give him help, but I don't feel like that. I just don't. That's not my personality. I'm confident, I'm ready to go, I can do it, I know I can."
Sanchez's increased confidence is something coach Rex Ryan has noticed. "He's got a confidence about him," Ryan said. "I think he's done a nice job this offseason."
Confidence doesn't complete passes, though. Sanchez will have to cut down on the three interception practices and increase his accuracy if he wants to be under center when the Jets open the season against Tampa Bay on Sept. 8.