Jets’ Mark Sanchez Know He Has to Fight to Keep His Starting Job

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Unlike in year's past, New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is aware that the starting job will not be handed to him this offseason.

Coming off a 6-10 season in 2012, no one on the Jets is assured a starting job, including Sanchez. After experiencing playoff success his first two seasons in the NFL, people have cooled on Sanchez after two disappointing seasons in 2011 and 2012. Sanchez knows he'll have to work to keep his starting job.

"I know Mr. Idzik and [coach] Rex [Ryan] are big on competition, and that was really the theme heading into this year -- and I completely understand that," Sanchez told reporters on Monday.

"I think it'll bring out the best in everyone on the team," he added. "Everyone has to compete for their spot and I totally respect that. As far as I'm concerned, I'm preparing to play well for this team and do everything in my control to be the best quarterback on the roster."

Sanchez will compete with Tim Tebow, Greg McIlroy and David Garrard for the starting job. The 26-year-old has regressed over the past two seasons. Over the course of the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Sanchez has committed 52 turnovers.

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