Mark Sanchez: ‘Ruining an opportunity’ talk misinterpreted
Mark Sanchez was understandably disappointed with his woeful performance in the Denver Broncos’ second preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers last Saturday.
Speaking after the game in which he lost two fumbles and was sacked three times, Sanchez lamented that it’s “difficult playing like crap on two plays and ruining an opportunity.”
Many surmised Sanchez meant he’s failing in his bid to secure the Broncos’ starting quarterback slot, as he’s in a tough competition with Trevor Siemian and to a lesser extent, rookie Paxton Lynch.
But that’s not the case, says Sanchez. Instead, he insists he was merely expressing regret over how his two lost fumbles prevented the Broncos from putting points on the board.
“I squandered an opportunity that game,” Sanchez said, via Pro Football Talk. “It wasn’t like, ‘OK, that’s it, throw in the towel.’ I think a lot of people interpreted it that way, but that’s never been my attitude. I don’t quit. I’ll take this thing down to the wire if that’s what it takes, and that’s what it looks like, so let’s go.”
The assumption going in after Sanchez was traded to the Broncos by the Philadelphia Eagles in the offseason was that the starting quarterback job was his to lose. Things obviously haven’t worked out in that way at all.
The talk out of Denver indicates Siemian has inserted himself as the favorite to win the job, although he’s dealing with a shoulder issue that kept him out of practice earlier this week. The second-year signal-caller nevertheless got the nod to start against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday.
Making matters worse for Sanchez, though, are reports that should Sanchez fail to at least secure the backup spot behind Siemian, much less be named starter, his $4.5 million salary could be his ticket out of town. The fact that the Broncos wouldn’t have to send a conditional draft pick to the Eagles if they cut Sanchez isn’t helping the veteran quarterback, either.
While Sanchez insists his comments about “ruining an opportunity” weren’t about squandering his chance to be the Broncos starting quarterback, it appears that perception has a chance of becoming a reality, if not something worse.