New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is receiving tutoring from former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia, who is teaching Sanchez the finer points of the West Coast offense, reports Jim Corbett of USA Today Sports. Sanchez struggled last year with the Jets and Rex Ryan has indicated that the competition for the starting job in 2013 is wide open.
Garcia is working with both Sanchez and former Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell. The 12-year NFL veteran and four-time Pro Bowl selection is an expert in the West Coast offense and played for Marty Mornhinweg, the Jets' new offensive coordinator, in both San Francisco and Philadelphia.
Sanchez posted a 66.9 passer rating last season, with 18 interceptions and only 13 touchdowns and was benched for rookie Greg McElroy at the end of the season. Although Sanchez enters the season as the first-listed quarterback, it will all come down to who has the best camp and preseason for the Jets. Currently, Sanchez, McElroy, David Garrard, Tim Tebow and Matt Simms are all on the roster and will be given a chance to start come training camp.
Experience training in the West Coast offense, which Mornhinweg will install in New York, should help Sanchez get a jump on the learning curve.