The Jets began their long offseason by firing general manager Mike Tannenbaum on Monday, and more changes to the organization are expected after a disappointing 6-10 season.
However, Mark Sanchez might still be the team's quarterback, as his contract -- he's owed $8.25 million for 2013 -- makes him difficult to move. Sanchez said Monday that he's eager for another opportunity to prove his worth to New York fans.
"Until I’m told different, I’m a Jet," Sanchez said. "I don’t see anything different. I just want another crack at this thing. … I had a good talk with Rex [Ryan], and I know we’re destined for greatness here and that we can be successful here, and that’s what I’m focused on."
Added the QB: "In my opinion, I underachieved and didn’t play the way I’m capable of playing. Unfortunately, that led to some losses and some things like that. So I just have to get better and take some time to get away from the game for a little bit and come back strong for next year."
Sanchez struggled with turnovers this season. He tied for third worst in the league with 18 interceptions and also lost eight fumbles. His most ignominious moment was the "buttfumble" against the Patriots in the Thanksgiving night blowout.
"There were some great plays, some great throws, and then there were some not-so-good things," Sanchez said. "And those are things I need to focus on this offseason, try to fix those and put us in a better position to take care of the ball."
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