Mark Sanchez says being single will help him win the Broncos' QB job
Mark Sanchez has a lot of free time on his hands, which he's going to use to learn the Broncos playbook.
Don't look for Mark Sanchez to set up a Match.com profile anytime soon -- or Farmersonly.com, if that's what he's into.
During his introductory press conference with the Broncos on Monday, Sanchez made it clear that his main goal for 2016 is to win the starting quarterback job in Denver, and here's the fun part: Sanchez thinks he can win the job because he doesn't have to deal with any outside distractions like a kid, a girlfriend or a wife.
"Get in here and compete your butt off for a starting role. That's my goal to start this coming fall and be ready to play and help this team win," Sanchez said, via the Broncos official website. "I'm not married. I don't have a girlfriend. I don't have kids. I just want to play ball and I want to win."
I totally get what Sanchez is saying. Everyone I work with here at CBS Sports is married with kids and for the most part, they spend 60 percent of their day complaining about their lack of sleep, 20 percent complaining about their lack of free time, 18 percent complaining about how many episodes of Peppa Pig they've seen and another 2 percent complaining about the fact that they have to complain. That's usually when I point out that they'd have more free time if they complained less or put their kids up for adoption. No one ever laughs at that second joke and eventually we all move on with our day.
Anyway, the advantage for Sanchez is that instead of changing diapers or taking his girlfriend out to dinner, he can be thinking about football at all times.
"Every waking moment, that's all I'm thinking about, is what an opportunity this is, and that I want to win and I want to play here," Sanchez said.
The former Eagles quarterback said he was thrilled when he found out on March 11 that he was being shipped off to Denver.
"This is one of the best organizations in sports, not just football," Sanchez said. "So when I got the phone call and (Eagles general manager) Howie Roseman said, 'I'm trading you to Denver,' I was like, 'Denver, Colorado? Are you kidding? OK, yeah, let's do it.' This just an absolute dream come true."
The fifth-overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft also added that he's not going to feel any pressure trying to follow in the footsteps of Peyton Manning, and that's because he's already kind of been in this situation before.
During his rookie year with the Jets, Sanchez took over for Brett Favre.
"Nobody follows those guys. You don't try and emulate them," Sanchez said. "I mean, you see what they do on the field and you love to do some of those things -- especially all the successful things that he's done -- but you don't try and be Peyton Manning."
The good news for Sanchez is that if he doesn't end up winning Denver's quarterback job, he might be able to land a spot on TV as the next Bachelor. If Jesse Palmer can do it, there's no reason Sanchez can't.
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