December 19, 2012
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Monday night in Tennessee was the last straw for Mark Sanchez. Don’t expect the fourth-year quarterback to ever see a snap in a Jets uniform again. The Jets announced today that they will be looking to trade him this offseason. The Sanchez era is New York is finished.
It has just been a nightmare season for Sanchez. Monday night was the icing on the cake. Sanchez cost the Jets not only the game, but a chance at the playoffs. Rex Ryan gave him all the opportunities in the world week after week and he continued to let down his coach, his team, and the fans. Monday night’s loss all falls on the shoulders of Sanchez. It was a performance worse than any of his prior disasters. Sanchez threw for an embarrassing four interceptions and if that wasn’t enough, he couldn’t handle a snap in the final minute costing the Jets the game. Five turnovers, all on pitiful decisions made by a quarterback who has lost all confidence that he once had.
The quarterback who led the Jets to two straight AFC Championship games is long gone. His performance last season was bad. This season, it has been disgraceful. While he has had nowhere near the talent on offense that he did the past three seasons, his play has been brutal. He has made throwing decisions that you would see from a rookie, not a guy who has been in the league for four seasons. His 17 interceptions and seven fumbles lost this season say it all. 24 turnovers from your quarterback won’t get you to .500, let alone a spot in the playoffs. Sanchez has led the NFL in turnovers the last two seasons with an astounding 50.
Rex Ryan has finally made the decision to go with Greg McElroy at starting quarterback Sunday when the Jets return home to play the Chargers. The Jets will see what McElroy has and determine if he could be the answer at quarterback for the future. Clearly, the Jets aren’t very fond of Tim Tebow taking over as the starter as he still has not been given the chance. Tebow is now requesting to be released or traded as he deserves a shot somewhere else. This team brought in Tebow and didn’t use him. A guy who helped lead the Broncos to the playoffs last season deserves a shot to play and for some reason, the Jets felt Sanchez deserved it more.
Sanchez is due to make just over $8 million next season. The Jets will be looking to trade him this offseason. The question remains who will take over. Reports have said that the Jets are interested in Michael Vick and Vick would be willing to play for Gang Green if Sanchez is gone. There’s a very good chance that Vick will be the New York Jets starting quarterback next season.
So where will Sanchez go? Where will Tebow go? Will Vick be the Jets starter in 2013? Get ready for another dramatic Jets offseason folks.