How Should the New York Jets Handle the Mark Sanchez Situation?

Dec. 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) throws the ball during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Sanchez. What do the Jets do with this guy? You know how I feel about him as a quarterback, I am not writing this article to bludgeon you with my minority opinion of him. I’m not blind in my faith. He is a four-year starting quarterback that has many, many issues. He may be mentally finished here in NY. John Idzik’s non-committal answer to the question of whether Mark will be here for OTA’s, is evidence of the opinion that he doesn’t WANT Mark here for OTA’s.

Believe it or not, this article is coming from the perspective that Mark Sanchez will be off the team. Yes, all of my regular readers can pick their jaws off the floor now, as I am predicting Mark will be off the team. The front office, led by John Idzik, has moved on from Mark. There really is no way he is making the team at this point.

The question is, do you let him go sooner, or later? You can make a good argument either way.

Many people are saying to cut the cord now. Just move on from Mark Sanchez, the way they finally moved on from Tim Tebow earlier this week. There are a lot of good reasons to go that direction. For one, the Jets are moving into a new era. Gone are the “fast and loose” days of the Mike/Rex era, the circus is slowly but surely moving out-of-town. It’s a new day in Florham Park, NJ. Cutting the cord with the quarterback, and a face of that era, would do a lot to move forward into the new day.

Taking the dead money hit would do a lot to show that the Jets are more focused on winning than anything else. Yes, getting rid of Mark will give them a whole lot of dead money. But it’s not the end of the world. With all of the moves that the Indianapolis Colts made heading into last year, they had a great deal of dead money. How did that work out? They went from 1-15 to the playoffs. A team can survive with a significant amount of dead money. Ideal? No. But it will be OK.

There is also the mental factor with Mark. If the Jets believe that he cannot recover, why keep him around to compete? Give him a chance to find another job, even as a backup, somewhere around the league.

Maybe they should just cut their losses and let him go, now. But, what if we think about it another way.

There is a good argument to keep him into training camp. The argument? The injury factor.

Just the way the Seahawks held onto, and then traded Tavaris Jackson, late, the Jets could do the same with Mark Sanchez. If they do, it could serve them well.

Injuries happen every year. When they happen to a quarterback, the result is a team that is desperate. Even if they have their guy that they want to pencil in as a starter, they will be hurting for a backup. Whether you like Mark Sanchez or not, he was the quarterback than won four road playoff games, beating Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. He also led his team to two straight AFC title games.

Wouldn’t a team that is stuck with a bad injury be interested in bringing in a quarterback with that kind of resume? The odds would certainly be in their favor. Depending on the level of desperation, they might even have a team willing to pay part of the freight. Pipe dream? Maybe. But it’s possible. If the Jets hang onto him, the worst case scenario is that they release him during training camp, and they are not any worse off.

My opinion? Keep him into training camp. The reward could be quite high, and the risk is not great. They will not be any worse off if they hang onto him in to camp.

What do you guys think?

Topics: Mark Sanchez, New York Jets

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  • matr dontelli iii

    this is gonna be longer than usual…:-) ok, first the fan base. they hate him. this site is extremely civil. i read tjb and toj regularly. the fans on tjb are as bad as yahoo or espn, from top to bottom. simply moronic. they’re waiting for the first mistake and they’ll scream for his head. toj has a lot of thoughtful posters but the most vocal are anti-mark and i’ve seen a lot of real ignorant stuff there, including racism. mark could go three weeks without a mistake, 3-0, and it’d all be forgotten with the first pick in week 4. the circus press? they’ll kill us no matter what. as long as he’s here they’ll make stuff up to upset the cart. once he’s gone they’ll blast us for that. as for idzik, i didn’t think he said anything out of character about mark. he said let it play out. i don’t read anything into that other than he wants to see what happens rather than make a prediction based on past performance. new oc, new gm, let’s see how he does. he’s also been complimentary of him. i really don’t think his comments mean a lack of faith, simply ‘let’s wait and see what happens’. i don’t know why simms is still here. he may become a father but he’s not gonna become HIS father. if idzik feels that smith is ready to go in case of an injury to gerrard then so be it, let mark go. if there is an advantage financially to letting mark go before camp then do it, if not i don’t see the sense in releasing him sooner than that, unless idzik thinks he is useless, and i really don’t think that’s the case. the wisest thing, to me, and i’m certainly not gm material, and this is only if mornhinweg doesn’t have a problem with 4 qbs, would be to keep mark, geno, greg and david through camp, see who wins the job, then decide who stays and goes. i’d hope mark wins the job and they can eventually trade him for something, anything. after the mcelroy experiment last year i don’t know that i wanna keep him around in place of mark or gerrard. you can argue he shouldn’t have been on the field in the second half but he was. and it wasn’t pretty. he didn’t do himself any good staying in there and actually hurt his stock, in my opinion. bottom line, i really don’t think idzik’s mind is made up, therefore he should be allowed to compete unless there’s a financial advantage to releasing him. may the best man wîn.

    • TheJetPress

      That’s fair Matr. I do think he’s a little more done with Mark than you do, only because I think if he was going to remain on the roster, I think John would say so. I do agree let them compete, and let the best man win.
      I am less finished on Greg than yo, I didn’t really think he was given a great chance to succeed last year. We shall see

      • matr dontelli iii

        i think the reason he doesn’t flat-out say mark’s gonna be there is because if mark lays an egg, he won’t be there and idzik doesn’t wanna say yes then no. the old ‘he lied to me’ thing, like the injury-prone cornerback said. i’m not really so down on greg, it’s just how many can we carry? there won’t be four on the roster, so it’s be smith, for sure, gerrard, unless he gets hurt or can’t deliever and then either greg or mark, but not both. but i do think greg’s sackfest hurt his chances.

        • TheJetPress

          true…the lied thing could happen, but he won’t even commit to mark being at OTAs….that I find interesting. The sackfest did hurt, I totally agree.

  • Frank Antonelli

    This is not rocket science. Who cares what anyone thinks especially the clowns that reside in the media tent, let’s ALWAYS do what’s best for the team. That seems to be the position that Idzik has adopted and I think it is the right one. Too often this team has been about what is the popular move instead of what is the right move. You keep Mark as long as you can for the reasons you so eloquently stated and worst case you cut him before the start of the season.

    • TheJetPress

      That’s it Frank……it’s amazing how we can see how easy this stuff is.

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