Mark Sanchez Finally Fires Back Against Anonymous Critics

Mark Sanchez' recent contract extension by the New York Jets has apparently given him shot of confidence. The fourth-year quarterback fired back against his anonymous teammates who criticized him during the offseason. In a 25-minute interview with "The Michael Kay Show" on ESPN1050, Sanchez called these teammates "gutless." He also explained why he has remained quiet for nearly two months now.

"Whether I come out and try to defend myself or not, it doesn't matter unless you go win games," he said. "That's the ultimate goal. That's the ultimate defense, winning games. Go win games next year and this is all a distant memory and a great lesson. That's the plan."

Sanchez also said that the rift between him and Santonio Holmes is no longer, and that two had met up for a few days in February.

"It was something where we just kind of smiled," Sanchez said. "When I first saw him, it was like, 'Man , this kind of took on a life of its own.' He said, 'You're telling me.'

"It got blown out a little more than it really needed to, but after underachieving -- as competitive as we are -- we were frustrated. That's fine; there's nothing wrong with that. But learning from that is most important."

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