You cannot change the past. For some, change would never be a thought, but for Mark Sanchez, there is plenty the 29-year-old would change. Entering his 7th season in the NFL, Sanchez has been unable to establish himself as the franchise signal caller many pegged him to be coming out of USC.
Now in Denver, Sanchez finds himself in an unfamiliar position, on a team with great management, coaching and a winning culture. He never had any of that when he was with New York, or Philadelphia.
"I still can't believe it," he said on being a Denver Bronco.
Ever since the team acquired him, Sanchez has lived at Dove Valley, studying the playbook and reviewing tape. He also recently organized "Broncos Beach" with the help of star wideouts Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Sanchez has been working relentlessly to put himself in the best position to earn the starting QB job.
Mark is no longer a rookie. He is no longer immature. He is not the same player that was involved in Rex Ryan's circus with the Jets. Mark Sanchez gets it. He saw the Denver Broncos win a Super Bowl with the best defense in the NFL and arguably the worst quarterback play in the league. He knows, if he is just average and protects the ball, the Denver Broncos can repeat.
"Listen, I don't care who is there, what is going on right now. They are going to give me a fair shake, that's all I can ask for, a fair shot. I am good. Let's go. I will bet on myself and compete my butt off," Sanchez said before a workout. "I will be friendly and professional with whoever is there. But I want this bad. Really bad. I want what they experienced last year."
There is reason to be skeptical of Mark Sanchez, he hasn't lived up to his lofty draft status and he is remembered for an unfortunately unlucky play. He is saying all the right things, he is selling himself to his new team and endearing himself to Broncos Country.
"One, it's just to be around each other. That's important. It sounds like they have that family atmosphere in Denver. They talk about the locker room and it sounds fun. It's because of stuff like this," Sanchez said. "They get together in the off season, and make sacrifices with their time and their money and travel to do that. Emmanuel and Demaryius were awesome, saying, 'Let me call so and so.' They've been great."
Whether Sanchez proves to be the starter in Denver or not, one thing is certain, he wants to be a Denver Bronco and he will give the team his best in his pursuit of the starting job.
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