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Mark Sanchez’s Mantra: ‘Whatever It Takes’

Posted by Eric Allen on July 26, 2011 – 4:18 pm

The Jets were clearly back in business today and Mark Sanchez said, “It’s on.”

In his first appearance at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in more than four months, the Green & White’s franchise signalcaller indicated he’s open to rework his contract in order to provide some cap relief while bracing for the possibility that either Santonio Holmes or Braylon Edwards will walk away in free agency.

Sanchez, who reportedly inked a five-year contract worth more than $44.5 million (including $28 million guaranteed) back in June 2009, is committed to helping his team during this all-important free agency period.

“Whatever it takes,” he said this afternoon, adding of the free agency/trading period ahead, “And that’s Mr. Tannenbaum’s and Mr. Johnson’s and Rex’s — that’s like their third-down conversion. That’s them trying to throw a touchdown pass, that’s them getting a sack. That’s what we do on the field — well, this is what they do in the offseason. I know they’ll position us and acquire the best talent we possibly can with the finances we have.”

Prepared to help the team with its financial bottom line, Sanchez is clearly open to all options.

“But whatever it takes,” he reiterated. “Whether it’s adjusting contracts, delaying payment — whatever we have to do. Our team will do it. I know that and we’ll be unselfish with that, so we’ll get it figured out.”

And Sanchez didn’t stop with himself.

“Whatever we need to do, it’s on. And I think our whole team feels that way,” he said. “Revis, me, whoever. It doesn’t matter, so we’ll do whatever we can.”

While it may not be possible to keep both Holmes and Edwards in green and white, Sanchez realizes it’s highly unlikely. He didn’t wait long to place more responsibility on his shoulders heading into his third season.

“It was such a luxury to have both of them last year and it’s almost unrealistic to have that kind of a receiving corps again,” he said. “But whichever guys we get back, it’s going to be them playing really well and me getting even better — upping my completion percentage, being more accurate, things like that, throwing less interceptions and more touchdowns. That will help us well whether we have Santonio, Braylon and Brad [Smith] or one of the three, two of the three, whatever it is. It’s a matter of both sides getting better.”

Even though Sanchez wasn’t able to work with the Jets’ offensive coaches during the offseason, his growth as a leader was noticeable. He again held a “Jets West” camp out in his native Southern California and he also was one of the ringleaders of “Camp Lockout” back here in New Jersey.

“Physically this offseason is the best I’ve worked out and prepared for a season. I’m in great shape. I feel wonderful, I feel great,” he said. “The mental side, I think that first year having all that time with coaches during my rehab really helped. And this year that lack of it, we’re going to have to squeeze some of that during the first few weeks of camp.”

Winning is on Sanchez’s mind and it is indeed on.

“Whatever it takes to win. If that’s throwing the ball left-handed and that’s going to make us win, fine, I’ll throw the ball left-handed. It doesn’t matter,” he said. “We need to win. We’ll get the right players and we’ll tell them everything we need to tell them that’s true and we’ll move on from there.”

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40 Responses to “Mark Sanchez’s Mantra: ‘Whatever It Takes’”

  1. By lou on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    We’ll see now if players are really in it to win it or just about the paycheck.

  2. By GaryC on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    hearing of chris stewart of notre dame signing with jets,he is the road grader type like dwayne white was with jets, but also I believe this guy took up some law courses at ND so he probably has leadership skills,just hope he can play some football.

  3. By sal on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Any word if they plan to talk with Damian Woody?

  4. By sillwayne1 on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    It’s a shame the likes of Holmes and Cromartie don’t feel the same. They are selfish, greedy players who aire just interested in the money. I just heard Holmes signed with Washington. Have fun not making the platoffs!

  5. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    As you all know, I think Sanchez has to become an elite QB during his 5-yr deal or he could be shown the door, especially if they like what McElroy shows. But one point on which I’ve never criticized MS is his classy attitude and this is more evidence of it. As I’ve said, he never takes individual credit for anything, always praises his teammates instead, and now he’s saying he’s even willing to give up some of his own money to get the right guys onto the team. It’ll be a cold day in hell before even Manning or Brady say that — and the teams those guys play for could sure use some more of the right guys. I wish Bill up in NE luck in getting all those draft picks ready to play in September.

  6. By lauren on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    please – no more left-handed passes!

  7. By Frank on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    I have been very critical of Sanchez but he is a stand up guy if he restructures his contract in a way that lets us sign some players. Get it done Mark.

  8. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    You heard it here first, or at least among the first: The Skins locking up Moss for that kind of money over three yrs means they called Holmes and he said call me back when you’ve got a QB. Also, Arte just told me that we’ve signed Hunter for four yrs. so it looks like Woody will hang it up. Good luck to him, he was great for us, but the movement toward youth on both lines, especially D but also O, is long overdue. And to think some thought it was a mistake to release Faneca…

  9. By mike jackson on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Hey santonio, better check to see how the Skins were for Coles before inking that contract!!!! If u really want to win, stay here baby!!!! Rex & Mark are winners and DC is filled with losers, which one are you?

  10. By IRA on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Lou, I always thought Sanchez and probably Revis will restructure. They will still get their money just in bonus’ instead to clear cap room. Same said for Harris once he signs his longterm deal It will create cap space for them. Don’t be surprised if they cut and resign Thomas and ask Pace to restructure.
    No disrespect to Woody but too many health risks and always thought Hunter was the better option. Glad to see they weren’t afraid to say Ducasse is just not ready yet.
    Hunter will be their RT for the next 2-3 years.
    GO JETS!!!!

  11. By Tom Spicer on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    The Newark Star-Ledger confirms the Jets have “reached out” to free agent Nnamdi Asomugha.
    This comes on the heels of an earlier report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the Jets plan to “make a run at” Asomugha to pair him with Darrelle Revis. Multiple reports suggest Asomugha is willing to leave money on the table to sign with playoff contender, and Rex Ryan’s squad fits the bill.

  12. By Tom Spicer on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    The Jets have reportedly extended a long-term contract offer to free agent Santonio Holmes.
    The Jets extended the offer just as the Redskins locked up Santana Moss. ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini predicts the Jets will “wrap up” a deal with Holmes within 48 hours. GM Mike Tannenbaum has made it clear that Holmes is his priority.

  13. By Tom Spicer on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    The New York Daily News reports free agent OT Damien Woody has opted to retire.
    Woody was only going to play for the Jets. He must not have liked what he heard from the team earlier in the day. Coming off a torn Achilles at age 33, he was a poor bet to land a guaranteed deal. Woody began his career as a two-time Super Bowl champ and Pro Bowl center with the Patriots and ended it as a dominant run-blocking right tackle. Sandwiched in between was a disappointing four-year run as a guard in Detroit. Woody is expected to pursue a career in television.

  14. By Tom Spicer on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    The Jets are trying to re-sign free agent S Eric Smith.
    Smith’s experience in the scheme is paramount, and he’s made starts for Rex Ryan before. The New York Daily News does report that Smith is weighing offers from other clubs. The Jets currently have an opening at free safety. It’s unclear whether they’re interested in re-signing incumbent Brodney Pool

  15. By Tom Spicer on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Jets agreed to terms with OT Wayne Hunter on a four-year, $13 million contract.
    Coach Rex Ryan called Hunter the best backup tackle in the league late last season, so the Jets clearly value him as an insurance policy. Hunter figures to slot in as the swing tackle again this year. The 30-year-old also doubles as a blocking tight end in “jumbo” offensive formations.

  16. By alex on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    lets go jets…cant wait to see sanchez back action……

  17. By Christopher on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Sal, I heard they already reached out to Damian, epect to see him in green and white this season.

  18. By Alex.G on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Sanchez is a Class Act, his teammates should all take a piece of their fortune and kick in too keep the team intact, they would get it back in the long run along with a beautiful Superbowl Ring.. Go Jets…..

  19. By Alex.G on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    N ow the buzz around the league is the Jets are negotiation with Nnamdi ?? WOW if they land this guy, I am printing up NO FLY ZONE Jet tee’s, this is incredible if they can score him. still want to see Holmes and Braylon back.

  20. By Karan on Jul 26, 2011 | Reply

    Aw man, I just viewed a video on NFL.com regarding Jets free agency, I knew before that it was not possible to re-sign our star players, but the analysts are now making it seem even more highly unlikely. This worries me a lot, I was hoping out of the 3 WR’s, we could have at least kept two. I hope its Santonio Holmes, he is the all around best WR in free agency and possibly all of the NFL. What can’t this guy do, great route-runner, runs great slants, quick, vertical threat, super bowl MVP! This is a must deal for gang green, I’m just sick of the Redskins sticking their nose in this, hope Holmes rejects them right away. Jets should have signed some of these players to lucrative contracts last season. Well, at least should have locked in one

  21. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    With confirmation we’re talking all night to Holmes and going after Aso, a strategy comes into view: Sign a few big players who have broad impact on their units (SH on O, Aso on D), add a few mid-range FA guys, split the difference on other vets (Kris Brown back to challenge Folk, Conley vs. W’ford?), and except for Wilkerson tell rookies “Sorry, don’t know how much you’ll play this yr so here’s what’s left re $.” Lesser FA’s, rookies, and UFA’s will take less to be a Jet and if you gotta pay big for a few big guys, fine. This all sounds like a typically aggressive Mr. T plan, especially in a yr in which there will be 2 kinds of teams, those that think they’re close (us, BAL, PHI) and those that will rebuild (MIA, BUF, SEA). GO MR. T!

  22. By Jimmer on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    I can finally smile when I know we won’t be missing any games. : )

  23. By wayne on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Still wondering if it’s about the money? If it isn’t then what? All the hrs of lifting and running for 4yrs of glory and a lifetime of pain?…. The Asoumugh thing sounds good and the smart thing to do is explore it, but they’re just driving up the price for Houston. I believe it when I see it……..Just as rumors of DC wooing Holmes drives up his value…..Hunter performed well enough to prove he could replace Woody. Besides how could they go wrong with a guy named Wayne………………The more of their own guys they can keep the bigger the jump they get on the season. Sanchez restructuring will help there.

  24. By IRA on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    The Giants announced that every practice will be open to the public and all practices will be from 6PM- 8PM.
    Is that league wide practicing at night when its not that hot because of the new CBA?

  25. By Tom Spicer on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    According to MLive.com’s Tom Kowalski, free agent Nnamdi Asomugha wants to play for the Jets.
    Kowalski is a Lions reporter, but he’s presumably done digging on Asomugha because Detroit has so often been connected to this year’s premier free agent. That digging apparently led Kowalski to believe Asomugha wants to play in New York. There have been several other indications this is the case, so it isn’t a crazy notion. If Asomugha is willing to take a discount to play in the destination he covets, the marriage could very well happen

  26. By Frank on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    A few days ago I posted Hunter as our number one signing priority and I am very happy TanWoody did not waste anytime locking him up. This was one of the most important signings we had to make now the o-line is solid.
    We need to sign E. Smith and Pool next followed by Coleman.
    TanWoody should not waste too much time with Holmes if he starts playing games and the first sign he is using the Jets as leverage I think they should go full court on Edwards we absolutely can not lose both.
    Cowboys are releasing Williams if we lose both Edwards and Holmes he presents an intersting option. As for Asomugha this is nothing more than fantasy unless he sticks around long enough and we lose Holmes and Edwards. We dont have the money.

  27. By Frank on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    TanWoody have locked up Holmes that is obviously great news… I was worried his agent Segal was going to play games. It wouldn’t surprise me if we sign R. Moss who has the same agent. I doubt we can afford Edwards at this point. Deoending on the deal I have a feeling Tanwoody is going to get Asomugha especially if he and his agent feel confident he can land some endorsement contracts being in the New York market to make up the difference in lost income from signing with the Jets.

  28. By kw65Fan on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Holmes will be signing….one down…many to go….


  29. By dolores on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    go!!! sanchez, would like to see that superbowl
    ring on us.

  30. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Holmes signs in a day, Jets emerge as dead serious about Aso who wants to play for us…ho hum, just another day in the annals of “Don’t Doubt ’64 Tom.” Seriously, I’ve been wrong about many things and will be again, but I wasn’t wrong about Mr. T, with a lot of prodding I’m sure from Rex, refusing to give in to negativity or wimpiness when it comes to signing a few of the really big guns. And here’s something else a few of us were right about, especially with regard to McElroy’s chances with this team: Clemens accepts a 1-yr deal with the Skins. Good for him, he might benefit from a change of scene. But I knew SH wasn’t so all about the benjamins as to play for a Skins team with Beck and KC at QB, no matter what $ they dangled before him.

  31. By Ed in Tucson on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    My respect for MS has grown tremendously. I hope he can improve his completion % by 10 points, or more, then our O will be unstoppable.
    Now if we can get Asomugha, our D will be impenetrable. With that combination we can start dreaming about a Super Bowl. If my D”backs can complete their stunning turnaround and make the post-season I’ll be in sports heaven :)

  32. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    Holmes took less money to stay a Jet, wayne. Word is Edwards says he will, too, and then of course there’s Sanchez’s virtually unprecedented gesture…in the post-merger NFL, anyway…

  33. By Tim on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    *********(JETS fans, do (NOT) go CRAZY with the SANTONIO HOLMES signing!

    (SANTONIO HOLMES) wants the (REDSKINS) to get into a (BIDDING WAR) with the JETS to get CRAZY HIGH money! Do (NOT) BREAK the BANK trying to sign SANTONIO HOLMES, **(JERRICHO COTCHERY)** has been a VERY DEPENDABLE receiver for the JETS.

    If anything, the JETS need a **(TALL)** RECEIVER! 6 FOOT 3 or taller.!

    JETS fans do (NOT) let your (EMOTIONS) guide your (LOGIC)! Do (NOT) go CRAZY with the SANTONIO HOLMES signing!

    (SANTONIO HOLMES) wants the (REDSKINS) to get into a (BIDDING WAR) with the JETS to get some CRAZY HIGH money! Do (NOT) BREAK the BANK trying to sign SANTONIO HOLMES, ***(JERRICHO COTCHERY) has been a VERY DEPENDABLE WR!*****************

  34. By Ed in Tucson on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    sillwayne1 owes SH an apology. I understand he left some $ on the table because he wants to play like a Jet. Aso is reported to be willing to take less $ to play with a contender. BE is said to be willing to take less $ to stay a Jet. Is this 21st century America? As for MS willingness to restructure contract to help team. Someone said that’s unprecedented but I remember Pennington doing the same to bring back LC. I love the team spirit these guys are showing.

  35. By Charliejet on Jul 27, 2011 | Reply

    I dunno Tim…from what I’ve been hearin’ Holmes wanted a home with the Jets, sounds like he wanted to close this deal fast…

  36. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    What I meant about Sanchez’s gesture being virtually (“virtually” meaning almost, not cyberland) unprecedented, Ed, is I can’t remember such a young QB who’s gotten such a huge deal offering to give any $ back so early in his career. But I appreciate your pointing out how Holmes, Edwards, and now even Aso are apparently ready to take less $ to be Jets. So take that, you posters who told me and others all last fall that it’s all about $, nobody will sign with the Jets just to play for Rex or on our D, etc. And I have a feeling that the three guys Ed just listed are the tip of the iceberg. If Aso will take less $ to play for us, I can’t even imagine how badly guys like Antwan Barnes, Stephen Tulloch, and Dawan Landry would want to be Jets.

  37. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    …but Barnes just re-signed with the Bolts.

  38. By Ed in Tucson on Jul 28, 2011 | Reply

    Tom, I understand what you mean but I gotta send Chad some love. He lacked the arm strength to be an elite QB but he’s a fine human being. I remember reading late last season that Asomugha said he’d like to play for the Jets. I’m confident that he’ll be a Jet before today is over. If it comes down to a choice between BE & BS, I think BS would be a better value. I’m sure his price tag would be lower & he’s more versatile. Even at the same price, BS is a better deal, specially since we already have SH. I dunno what to think about signing Randy Moss. I like his size & speed, that’s about all the positive things I can say about him. He might be able to toe the line for 1 yr to get a SB ring. I’m getting ready for some football!

  39. By Tom Bogert on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Mark Sanchez is the most unselfish man in america, he bought my whole family dinner in the poconos, Cant beat that. NOW GET US THAT RING MAN.

  40. By Anonymous on Jan 8, 2012 | Reply

    Apparently whatever it takes, just wasnt enough.

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