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With Mark Sanchez, the New York Jets Get it Dead Wrong Once Again

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Sep 12, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez warms up before the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

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.

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  • Gavin Buck, London (UK)

    I see your points Alan, although I have some speculation as to why they might have done the short term IR over full IR.

    On the sidelines in the first 2 games, Sanchez has been giving Geno advice and and acting a little like a mentor. After the game on Sunday, the Jets need a roster spot to a veteran WR who can catch, so the Jets want to put Sanchez on full IR, but Sanchez says, “if you do that, I am getting surgery and re-habbing in California anf Geno gets no help from me.” By doing this, you have Sanchez as a Geno mentor and potentially as a backup later in the year if Geno gets injured or he tanks later in the year.

    As I said, thus is pure speculation, but the only reasonable hypothesis that explains putting him on shirt term IR. What do you think?

    • Alan Schechter

      Anything is possible Gavin. Your way does give it the most reasonable explanation. If Mark gave them an ultimatum like that, then this course of action makes perfect sense. It just seems that it would be out of character for Mark, he doesn’t seem to be that way. What do I know, though? Maybe he is that way, behind closed doors. Wouldn’t be the first time.

    • jimjam77887

      The full extent of Marks injury is actually undetermined by us outsiders. He may not be nearly as hurt as they are saying, and he is just repeating the company line in hopes that Smith keeps tossing the ball up and he can come back as the hero. This designation saves face for him, and leaves his return open. Not a bad situation for the Jets, IMO.

      As for Mark next season, following this line, he can tell other teams his injury rehabbed better than expected and surgery wasn’t required after all. He is again 100% and ready to play for the new team.

  • Vincent Hall

    Geno threw 3 interceptions in a half of football in the preseason, and now 2 games into the season, he has thrown 3 interceptions in a quarter of a football game. The Jets have to do what’s in the Jets best interest. If they are competing and in a position to win when Sanchez can return they may as well designate him. If Geno is playing well they can let him play. If he is playing poorly, they can play Sanchez and see how he does with the same group of offensive players. This is about more than just 2013, this is about the future of the Jets going forward. Neither you or I should give up on Sanchez quarterbacking this group in the future years. It all depends on how many more interceptions Geno Smith slings in the upcoming weeks.

    • Alan Schechter

      You think? I don’t know. It really seems to me like they are done with him.

  • Vincent Hall

    If Geno Smith turns the ball over 40 times this year, will fans still say Sanchez is too turnover prone? Or will they just say Smith was a rookie?

  • Paul Newbold

    It is a business, Sanchez is done in NY after 2013. If they put him on season ending IR, they will be choosing to cut him and get no return. It is hard enough to shop an injured QB, none the less one with Mark’s reputation. If he can return this season, and resume as a back up quarterback, they might find a taker. Not done right by Sanchez? Maybe, but check his back account, I think they did very well by him!!

    • Alan Schechter

      Yes they did right by him in his pocket, I don’t disagree there. They just never set him up to succeed.

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