Cromartie: Mark Sanchez didn't cause Jets problems By Andy Fenelon NFL.com Published: Jan. 25, 2013 at 04:41 p.m. Updated: Jan. 25, 2013 at 05:11 p.m.
KAPOLEI, Hawaii -- With lots of news swirling around the possibility of the New York Jets trading All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis, the team's ever-controversial quarterback situation has been knocked off the New York tabloids' back pages.
But it's just as relevant. And the lone member of the Jets in Hawaii this week for the Pro Bowl believes the solution already exists on the roster.
More importantly, cornerback Antonio Cromartie insinuates, a change at general manager should be the impetus for improvement.
Cromartie -- without mentioning Mike Tannenbaum's name -- threw the former Jets GM under the bus that Tannenbaum left town on earlier this month, saying the problems quarterback Mark Sanchez had in 2013 laid at the feet of Tannenbaum, not Sanchez.
"We have confidence in Mark," Cromartie said Friday after the AFC's morning walk-through. "Like I've always said, even with the whole (Tim) Tebow thing, if we're going to sign Mark to a three-year extension, we need to make sure we put guys around him.
"If he has good, veteran players around him -- ones that know how to practice and compete at a high level every day -- then you'll have a better quarterback. But when you don't have a supporting cast around him, you're going to get an average or below-average quarterback. That's what we got."
On Thursday, John Idzik and Rex Ryan gave every indication that embattled QB Mark Sanchez will be back with the Jets in 2013. But make no mistake, the quarterback depth chart will have a different look.
In addition to acquiring a starting-caliber veteran, the Jets are looking to the draft for their quarterback of the future. Remember this name: Mike Glennon of North Carolina State.
Geno Smith in, Mark Sanchez out for New York Jets? By Dan Hanzus Around the League Writer Published: April 26, 2013 at 11:33 p.m. Updated: April 27, 2013 at 03:29 a.m.
NEW YORK -- It felt like general manager John Idzik deferred to coach Rex Ryan on Thursday night when the New York Jets went defense on back-to-back picks in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
The temperature in the room changed Friday. Idzik definitively put his stamp on the franchise by selecting Geno Smith with the No. 39 overall pick of the draft.
The Jets did more than end the West Virginia quarterback's embarrassing free fall down the draft board. They also further clouded the future of Mark Sanchez, the one-time wonder boy who continues to slide deeper into the franchise ether.
Speaking at a late-night news conference, Idzik stopped short of saying Sanchez definitely will be with the team by training camp.
"One step at a time," the GM said.
Uncertainty reigns in Florham Park. What else is new?
"What this means for Mark Sanchez is competition," Idzik said. "And Mark is open to that. We've had discussions about that and I think he buys into the fact that that helps him. It helps any player on the team and, as a result, it helps our team."