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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Sanchez: 'Trust me, this isn't ideal'

By Rich Cimini

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Mark Sanchez won't talk about his future. But he will talk about the present -- and he's not having fun.

"Well, I’m trying to be a pro," he said Wednesday. "Trust me, this isn’t ideal."

Sanchez never envisioned this: His job this week is coaching up his replacement, Greg McElroy, as the Jets (6-9) prepare for a second straight meaningless game.

There are questions about Sanchez's future with the Jets. He won't go there, but he said he'll try to use 2012 as a learning experience.

"Plenty of things about ball security, about different defenses we’ve faced, about different coordinators, it’s been a great learning experience about interaction with guys on the team, going through coaching changes, things like that," he said. "But [there are] great lessons to learn from and just to be ready when I get my next shot and we’ll see what happens."

Sanchez, in a somewhat reflective mood, discussed the extreme highs and lows of his first four seasons. He made the AFC Championship Game in his first two seasons, and it spoiled him. He remembers older veterans telling him to cherish those experiences.

"You just look at them with that sad, crazy eye, like, ‘What are you talking about? We’re going to be a playoff team every year,'" he said.

Reality hit last season with an 8-8 record, and it hit harder this year at 6-9.

"It’s the nature of this business and unfortunately -- or fortunately, however you look at it -- those first two years are not normal," he said. "This is the majority of the NFL every year, not making the playoffs. [There are more] teams that don’t make it. That’s real. And there’s hundreds and hundreds of guys who’ve gone through this and been in this position, not the position we’re in the first two years so that was pretty unorthodox."