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Mark Sanchez comments – Part I Dan Leberfeld

Q)What are your thoughts on the running game (against Indianapolis)?

Sanchez: Finally got that going. I couldn’t be happier for the guys up front, and for Shonn Greene for really putting forth a great effort these last couple of weeks in practice first. Then, having all that come to fruition in a game, it’s great. That was just awesome to see. Big holes to run through, great blocks up front. (Nick) Mangold started his 100th game I heard. That’s awesome, that’s really fun. Shonn had a career day, so that’s great.

When you’re running the ball that well, you never want to stop. You want to keep those guys in a rhythm up front, keep those running backs in a rhythm.

Q)How helpful was it to have Dustin Keller and Stephen Hill returning from injury (against Indianapolis)?

Sanchez: Just being able to mix it up was nice. It was great. I’m sure Coach Sparano would say the same. To have Dustin and Stephen back, that’s huge for the passing game, for the running game. Those guys really contributed (against Indianapolis), and that other (Jason) Hill, too (laughs). He had a big catch for us, so that was nice.

Q)What was the key to the offense playing better?

Sanchez: We really focused in practice on competing and not worrying about everything else, letting Sunday happen. Putting all the proper work in during the week. Spending time together, I feel like we’re growing closer as a team as the weeks go by. That’s one of the most important things as you make it through a season, to constantly grow together.

Q)On the Stephen Hill touchdown, did you throw him open?

Sanchez: I tried to and Stephen made a heck of a play, understanding the coverage, realizing how (Tom) Zbikowski was playing him and it really was a good spot for Stephen to slow down and try to reach for the ball. It was great coverage. Stephen made a really great play.