The Jets have not done a lot by Mark Sanchez through the years. No, he hasn’t played well over the last year and a half, but the Jets haven’t helped him much. Since the end of 2010, they have changed up his receiving corp, seemingly all the time. The offensive line has changed up a couple of times over that time period as well.
The team has brought in the most well-known backup quarterback in the universe to “push him”, even though he really was no competition. Finally, they bring in a second round quarterback, and then put Mark into a useless preseason game with five minutes to go, behind backup offensive linemen. Whether you are a Mark Sanchez fan or not, it is undeniable that they have not exactly set him up for success over the last couple of years.
Yesterday, the Jets set Mark Sanchez on injured reserve. But, rather than putting him on season ending injured reserve, they used the one time option of putting him on “designation to return”, meaning he can practice in six weeks, and be added to the roster in eight weeks.
Both the Jets, and Mark Sanchez, are toeing the line, saying that this is the best situation for both parties. It gives Mark Sanchez the opportunity to return to the roster this season, and it gives the Jets a chance to “take their time” with his rehab, and in the meantime, they can use the roster spot.
Again, the situation is being handled incorrectly. The best thing for all parties, would be to shut down Mark Sanchez for the rest of the season. Yes, I, of huge Mark Sanchez fandom, are saying this, flat-out. The idea of holding out the idea of bringing Mark Sanchez back in 2013 is wrong. Dead wrong.
It’s wrong for the New York Jets, and it’s wrong for Mark Sanchez.
First, on Mark Sanchez. John Idzik said it best during his portion of yesterday’s conference call when he said that Mark will likely “push” his rehab. He absolutely will push his rehab, and that is not good for Mark Sanchez. Sure, he could get back to a point where he can play, but is that the best thing for him? If he takes the rest of the season off, he can actually get the tear fixed, and he can come back in 2014 at full strength, wherever he is going to play.
Think about it. Remember the situation with Chad Pennington, when he played with a tear in his right arm. He did play quite well, as I have pointed out frequently in talking about Pennington. However, what might have been, had he allowed it to heal normally? Maybe, just maybe, Chad’s arm doesn’t get hurt a second time, and his career ends better than it did. Rushing back is not the way to go, and the Jets should be aware of it, and put the player’s best interests forward.