Oct 27, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) before the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Thoughts on the Mark Sanchez Release-Michael Vick Signing


Aug. 18, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) throws a pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Jets win 37-13. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a few hours since the news went down Michael Vick has been signed, and Mark Sanchez has been released. I will bring you some more detailed thoughts tomorrow, but here are some bullet point “nuggets” to chew on about the situation:

  • Bad job by the Jets holding on to Mark for so long.  Yes, it was a business decision to keep him as insurance.  But, they still could have given him the respect of being able to search for a job while more were still available.
  • At least the contract was for only one year.  One year, $5 million is a reasonable investment for a veteran quarterback in his mid-thirties.
  • Mark Sanchez WILL land on his feet.  Believe it or not, the young man can still play, and he will find a job with another team and will shine.
  • There are good reasons to bring Vick in here.  His familiarity with the offense is not a bad thing.  A rapport with the offensive coordinator will help him here.  Players that have played with Michael Vick absolutely respect him.
  • His past has nothing to do with the next points I am about to make.
  • Michael Vick will NOT be happy serving as a mentor to Geno Smith.
  • Vick will be a problem before the end of the 2014 season.
  • Geno Smith’s confidence will be shaken at some point by the presence of Michael Vick.
  • We will come to regret this move by John Idzik.  Good idea, bad execution.

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  • Vincent Hall

    I don’t mind what they did, but to make a player wait and then cut him after his opportunities have dried up is disrespectful. Had they cut him on Monday, the Raiders would have signed him Tuesday. Sanchez starts in Oakland. Houston cuts Matt Schaub, and the Jets sign him as a replacement.

    • Alan Schechter

      You know I agree with you on that one Vincent.

    • maafla1

      Except Schaub was Oakland’s first choice and they traded for him. Sanchez, I think, will end up either in Cleveland (Mike Pettine) or Seattle (Pete Carroll).

      • AC

        Yeah, no guarantees Sanchez would have ended up starting in Oakland. In fact, it seems they were pretty set on Schaub and have legit backups anyway. It probably would have been better for him to release him earlier, but it certainly would not have guaranteed him a starting job.

        • maafla1

          Whether Sanchez would start or not was irrelevant. Oakland didn’t want to risk Schaub hitting the open market where they might lose him. BTW, I forgot to add St. Louis as a good landing spot for Sanchez. Sam Bradford isn’t great and is coming off an injury. Plus, Brian Schottenheimer is the OC so there is familiarity.

          • AC

            The point is, I doubt the Jets really hurt him by holding onto him for a week. Anybody who wants him will still be able to get him, his asking price will be a lot less than what the Jets gave him. Sanchez gave the Jets some good memories when he had a good team behind him so I wish him the best. But he was brutal in 2011 and 2012 and after an injury to his throwing shoulder, I don’t think things will get much better for him if he gets a chance again. I know a lot of people disagree, and I could be wrong, but he will certainly need more pieces around him than the Jets gave him in his last 2 years as a starter.