Garcia helping Sanchez master the West Coast

Mark Sanchez | New York Jets

Seemingly playing his way out of the starting job in New York, quarterback Mark Sanchez is learning from one of Marty Mornhingweg's former protégés in a last gasp effort to keep command of the Jets' huddle.

Beyond their ability to attract good-looking partners, Jeff Garcia and New York Jets incumbent gunslinger Mark Sanchez have formed a strong bond through practicing and studying the famed West Coast offense. Garcia, a former disciple under Marty Mornhinweg in Philadelphia, is now embracing his opportunity to teach a young and embattled signal-caller the ins-and-outs of a complicated scheme.

Garcia is running drills and study sessions in order to help Sanchez familiarize himself with the offensive philosophy.

"Mark is definitely getting more comfortable speaking the West Coast terminology," Garcia told USA Today. "He had a brief glimpse of the West Coast system at USC."

"The toughest thing is this will be Mark's third offensive coordinator in six seasons," admitted Garcia. "The guy has had to learn a new system just about every other year. From a consistency standpoint, that just doesn't translate to success in the NFL. You really need to be secure in what you're doing mentally in order to compete at the highest level.''

Sanchez will continue to use the workouts as an opportunity to seize the open competition at quarterback this summer. Ryan decreed he will wait until training camp play out to name the starting quarterback, marking the first time in Sanchez's career he would have to compete for the starting job since entering the league in 2009.

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