Drastic changes have begun for the New York Jets with the team looking to turn over a new leaf in 2013.
After parting ways with GM Mike Tannenbaum and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, the Jets organization vowed to rectify the quarterback situations after benching Mark Sanchez in favor of Greg McElroy and leaving Tim Tebow high and dry without much of a future in New York.
Head coach Rex Ryan dodged the bullet following a second consecutive season without a playoff berth. The blame for the poor seasons landed at the feet of Tannenbaum instead of Ryan.
Although the team indicated a desire to seek trade options for Sanchez in the off-season, the Jets’ front office have changed their tune and will likely keep him around for at least one more season in New York.
With Marty Mornhinweg taking over for the fired Sparano, Sanchez has already gone out of his way to reach out to retired quarterback Jeff Garcia to help with the adjustment to Mornhinweg’s offense according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News:
Mark Sanchez started rebuilding his career by reaching out to a four-time Pro Bowler for a graduate level course on the Jets’ new offense.
The Daily News has learned that Sanchez called retired quarterback Jeff Garcia this week to get a head start on the scheme of offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
Garcia played 12 seasons in the NFL for six different teams retiring at 41-years old with the Houston Texans back in 2011.
Mornhinweg was the offensive coordinator for the 49ers and Eagles while Garcia was the starting quarterback for those teams. Sanchez hopes to learn the ropes of the offense in order to bounce back from the worst season of his career in the NFL.
In 15 games during the 2012 NFL season, Sanchez threw for 2,883 yards, 13 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.
The Jets’ coaching staff was reluctant to bench Sanchez, but his play continued to get worse as the season progressed forcing Rex Ryan and company to pull the 26-year-old in favor of McElroy.