Steve Smith shreds Mark Sanchez, who responds in typical Sanchez form

Buffalo Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman (56) sacks New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

This photo pretty much sums up Mark Sanchez’s 2012 season, and pretty much sums up why Steve Smith wouldn’t even want to catch a paper bag sandwich from him (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

A tough season for New York quarterback Mark Sanchez has bled into the spring and summer. Everything looked dandy at first, especially after the franchise cut Tim Tebow. However, the coaching staff then announced that the quarterback competition would be an open one anyways between David Garrard and rookie Geno Smith. Garrard recently announced his retirement, narrowing the competition down to Sanchez and Smith.

Maybe Sanchez will put it all together. Maybe he’ll get his confidence back, take on more of a leadership role for the team, and start engineering some successful offensive drives — not to mention some wins.

However, one guy who has absolutely zero confidence in seeing any of that happen is Carolina Panthers wideout Steve Smith. At only 5-foot-9, but faster than waiting for Google results, Smith has never been afraid to speak his mind. Or punch his teammates. Twice. But we digress.

While co-hosting “The Drive” on WFNZ 610-AM in Charlotte, Smith had a little message for the embattled Jets kind-of-sort-of, maybe-but-probably-not Jets starter: You’re terrible.

“He sucks,” Smith said. “I wouldn’t let Mark Sanchez throw me a paper bag sandwich.”

On some level, that could be considered a compliment. After all, what’s more fragile, a football or a delicious sandwich in a paper bag?

Don’t worry, folks, we’re not so ignorant or blind to the reality of the situation to see it that way.

But perhaps Sanchez himself is. That’s pretty much the only explanation we can come up with for Sanchez’s shoulder-shrug of a response.

Sanchez, you, friend, have no marbles.

Sanchez hasn’t shown an ounce of aggression since 2010 it seems like, and it is likely going to cost him the starting job to a younger, more outspoken guy in Smith.

At that point, no one will have to worry about catching anything from Sanchez, let alone sandwiches, because the former USC star will be carrying a clipboard.

[H/T: Big Lead Sports]