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Unnamed Jets Player: 80-90 Percent Of Team Wants Mark Sanchez Benched

Sanchez Threw 3 Picks In 11 Pass Attempts On Wednesday
Mark Sanchez (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s never too early for some Jets drama, is it?

OTAs have just begun, but quarterback Mark Sanchez is off to a rough start already. The former first-round pick threw three interceptions in 11 pass attempts on Wednesday, which didn’t sit to well with head coach Rex Ryan.

Ryan admitted that he was disappointed with Sanchez’s performance, and even went as far as to call it “unacceptable.”

And to make matters worse, there seems to be some doubt among Sanchez’s teammates.

“Everyone on the team likes Mark personally, but there’s a general feeling among some of the players that maybe it’s time to give someone else a chance,” an unnamed player told Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com.

The unnamed player added that roughly 80-90 percent of the squad feels this way, according to Freeman.

Sanchez, battling for the starting job with second-round pick Geno Smith, was disastrous for Gang Green in 2012. The fifth-year player threw 13 touchdowns to 18 interceptions. He completed just 54.3 percent of his passes and fumbled the ball 14 times.

Jets legend Joe Namath promised on Wednesday that fans will “see a different” Sanchez in 2013.

“I am pulling for (Sanchez),” Namath said, the New York Daily News reported. “I know that he can do better than he’s done. And we saw him lead a team to two AFC championship games, right? I also know what it’s like not to necessarily have the weapons you’d like to have, not to necessarily have the time you’d like to accomplish. I know it’s a team game and I know Sanchez is going to play better. I promise you you’ll see a different guy (this year).

“I believe you’ll see a different guy. Mark’s not a puppy anymore. He’s gone through some things, growing process. As far as Sanchez goes, even if he’s not with the Jets, he’s going to play as long as he wants to. He’s that good. As long as he wants to, he’s going to be in the NFL.”

This is hardly the first time that unnamed Jets have reportedly called out their teammates.

In January of 2012, an unnamed Jet reportedly called Sanchez “lazy.” And in November, an unnamed starting defensive player told the New York Daily News that Tim Tebow is “terrible.”

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