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    Daily News: Sanchez seeks retired QB Garcia as Mornhinweg mentor

    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.

    Sanchez and Garcia confirmed that they spoke with the hope of getting together in Southern California in the coming weeks for some classroom and on-field work.

    Mornhinweg, who was hired last week to replace Tony Sparano, was Garcia’s offensive coordinator with the 49ers and Eagles. In 2000, Garcia threw for a career-high 4,278 yards and 31 touchdowns under Mornhinweg. He rallied the Eagles to the playoffs after Donovan McNabb suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second half of the 2006 season.

    Sanchez can’t speak to Mornhinweg about football-related matters at the team facility until the start of the offseason program in April, per terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. So, it was Garcia who gave Sanchez some initial intel on Mornhinweg.

    “It’s great,” Sanchez told The News. “Jeff sounds like one of those guys that keeps his old playbook and is still really into it. He really speaks the language of that West Coast offense. It’s nice to hear the schematic side, but also to hear what people think about (Mornhinweg).”

    Sanchez took the initiative by calling Garcia, who is training quarterbacks as part owner of the new West Coast branch of the TEST Football Academy just outside San Diego dubbed “TEST West.” The Jet is looking toward getting his career back on track after the Jets missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

    “Mark has just come off of a tough year, a tough experience,” Garcia told The News. “He’s had some great things that have happened early in his career and now he’s at that point where things really didn’t go all that well. He needs to resuscitate himself. He needs to resurrect himself not just for the fans of the New York Jets, but for his own teammates. He needs to prove that he is the guy that can lead them.”

    Last summer, Sanchez spent time with former Jets quarterback Chad Pennington in Florida for a crash course on Sparano’s system. Now, he’s hoping that Garcia, who flourished under Mornhinweg at two different stages of his career, can give him a head start with some tips on the scheme.

    “It’s similar to what I tried to do with Chad last year,” Sanchez said. “Jeff was real positive and had a lot of good things to say about Marty. So, we’ll figure that out.”

    Sanchez’s interaction with Pennington last year was limited to classroom work, but it may be more extensive with Garcia this offseason. Sanchez also admitted that he intends to reach out to Steve Young, who carved out a Hall-of-Fame career in the West Coast offense.

    “I know for a fact I’ll be calling him,” Sanchez said.

    Garcia, 42, said he’s willing to help Sanchez in any way possible when the Jets quarterback comes back to Southern California in the coming weeks.

    “It would be an ideal fit for me to be able to help him in this process of learning the new system,” Garcia said. “Just help him to continue to grow and hopefully come back next year and light the world on fire.

    “It would be a natural fit for him to come down to San Diego, review the system and apply it to our field workouts.... I told him, ‘Hey, man. When you meet up with Marty, let him know that I can be your Mark Brunell.’”

    Sanchez said that he was exposed to some principles of the West Coast offense at USC, so it’s not completely foreign. Garcia should be able to provide nuances from his 12-year NFL career as a prototypical West Coast-style quarterback.

    “The main thing now is just getting him up to speed, getting him real comfortable with what he’s about to do in this next season and making sure that when that offseason program begins, he’s already mentally on top of the game to the point where he can just go out on the field and react and make it happen,” Garcia said.

    Sanchez is at a career crossroads after he had 13 touchdowns and 26 turnovers in his fourth season, but Garcia noted that “the receivers were different every single week.”

    “You never had any sort of continuity or any sort of consistency,” Garcia said. “There were a lot of missing pieces last year.”

    New Jets general manager John Idzik, who returned from the Senior Bowl to have his introductory press conference on Thursday, is expected to sign or trade for a veteran quarterback to compete with Sanchez, who has a guaranteed $8.25 million base salary for 2013, for the starting job.

    “I think the system would really fit Mark well with his ability to get outside of the pocket, create on the run, move the pocket and setup locations,” Garcia said.

    Garcia said that Sanchez asked plenty of questions during their half-hour conversation.

    “I know that he’s hungry,” Garcia said. “I know that he’s going to do whatever it takes to put himself and his team in a positive position. If I can help answer some of those questions and help him get more comfortable with what he’s about to go through, I’d be happy to do so.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by C Mart View Post
    “It would be a natural fit for him to come down to San Diego, review the system and apply it to our field workouts.... I told him, ‘Hey, man. When you meet up with Marty, let him know that I can be your Mark Brunell.’”
    Out with Telol, in with Garcia. Old backup QBs are the way of the future.

    For real, though, I like that Mark at least TRIES to make himself better. Wish the on-field results were better, though.

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    I really hope it "clicks" for Sanchez. But mentally the guy is shot -- from onfield things to off. I know a whole new offense and a new coaching staff might not be ideal, but sometimes it's that 180 degree turnover that sparks things. Here's hoping Garcia can get some things drilled into Sanchez's head before the offseason program starts.

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    This is horrific news. It means the Jets told Mark he won't be released or traded. Wouldn't even be surprised he is the starter before training camp starts with no competition. **** you Rex Ryan you deserve your career to be tarnished for sticking with this piece of ****

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    Just like CHAD sat with him and tuned him into the "complexities" of the Sparano offense.


    Jesus H. Mark acts like we are buying this crap.....

    I don't care if he studies under Montana. Mark is immature and not a leader until shown otherwise.

    Capernicke, Flacco etc..guys that should be Marks equal are light years ahead of him in this area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southparkcpa View Post
    Just like CHAD sat with him and tuned him into the "complexities" of the Sparano offense.


    Jesus H. Mark acts like we are buying this crap.....

    I don't care if he studies under Montana. Mark is immature and not a leader until shown otherwise.
    I think this is what Sanchez needs to get out of his head. Some guys just aren't leaders and you can't force it. He needs to accept that. He always seems so worried about his standing. Just go play, don't worry about being the team's PC answer guy. Get Ws and the guys will respect that more than anything.

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    Why do they need to torture us with Sanchez articles? This is the same exact garbage as last year.

    Mark is a good kid and I wish him well. I just hate him as my QB.

    PULL THE PLUG IDZY!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDNYjets View Post
    Why do they need to torture us with Sanchez articles? This is the same exact garbage as last year.

    Mark is a good kid and I wish him well. I just hate him as my QB.

    PULL THE PLUG IDZY!!!!!!!!
    maybe this is a pro Garcia article disguised as a Sanchez story! sign em up!

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    Has Mornhinweg even been officially hired? wouldn't that be a kick in the sack if at the press conference today they say he won't be the OC

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    Mark certainly does all the right things off the field.

    Unfortunately he can't do jack on the field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BamaJets View Post
    maybe this is a pro Garcia article disguised as a Sanchez story! sign em up!
    Lol, what was reason for garcia's retirement anyway ?

    In hindsight (most of us thought so ahead of time too) sporano and tebow were big mistakes ... Is it possible the new guys could move mark forward back towards average? Yes, unlikely but possible ... Def want vet and draft pick brought in to compete ... But we know sanchise is on the roster 1 more season

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    Seriously...Who decided to tell the press?

    Sounds like self-promotion to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianaJet View Post
    Mark certainly does all the right things off the field.

    Unfortunately he can't do jack on the field.
    Agreed. He needs to see a shrink as well to fix his head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BamaJets View Post
    Has Mornhinweg even been officially hired? wouldn't that be a kick in the sack if at the press conference today they say he won't be the OC
    Yes. It was announced along with Idziks.

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    Meh, he did the same thing with chad and it didn't help. Hopefully the team will score more than 1 TD this upcoming preseason

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    Quote Originally Posted by C Mart View Post
    Yes. It was announced along with Idziks.
    how the hell did I miss that??? getting old and forgetful

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    Quote Originally Posted by barkus View Post
    Meh, he did the same thing with chad and it didn't help. Hopefully the team will score more than 1 TD this upcoming preseason
    maybe that was the max that could be done in Sparano's "offense" !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BamaJets View Post
    how the hell did I miss that??? getting old and forgetful
    Probably because we really didn't talk much about it/make many threads on the subject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McGinley View Post
    Probably because we really didn't talk much about it/make many threads on the subject.
    well I saw "sources" and "reportedly" Marty was hired (and the threads, of course), but nothing contract, press release or anything "official"

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    Quote Originally Posted by BamaJets View Post
    how the hell did I miss that??? getting old and forgetful
    Ok. Now that I think about it maybe it hasn't been officially announced. But we all know its coming.

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