Mark Sanchez was hardly surprised when he was told he was starting the New York Jets' preseason opener at Detroit.
And, not only because he has been here longer than Geno Smith.
''You have to ask the coaches, but I feel like I'm putting together a good camp,'' Sanchez said Wednesday. ''I think I earned the right to start this first game and we'll see how it goes from there. But got to keep playing well to stay on the field, and that's the plan.''
Being under center when the real games start with Week 1 at home against Tampa Bay is also part of the plan.
''I mean, I just don't think about not playing ever,'' he said. ''So, that really doesn't affect the way I approach things, the way I go to practice, (or) the way I play.''
Rex Ryan and Marty Mornhinweg announced Tuesday that Sanchez got the nod over Smith because he's the incumbent, and Mornhinweg added that Sanchez ''earned it.''
Both Sanchez and Smith have had solid camps, although the rookie's performance has dipped slightl...