Possible Destinations for Mark Sanchez
By Alan Schechter
Dec. 2, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) and quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) on the sidelines against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Jets won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
You all have been reading my posts a long time now. Did you really think I could just forget about this guy?
In all seriousness, let’s look ahead to the future. Yes, I understand that this is easier said than done. Mark Sanchez is owed a lot of money next year, so making a trade could be very difficult. It will take some very intricate matching up of money, the Jets taking on a decent portion of the contract, or a restructure. I get all of that. This is simply some suggestions as to where Mark could land, assuming they work that out. These are locations where he could fight for a job, or at least be a backup, and have less scrutiny than he has had in NY. So, here we go:
KANSAS CITY: Why not? They have not had a decent quarterback situation in a while. Since coming over from New England, Matt Cassel hasn’t exactly set the world on fire. Mark could certainly compete for a spot on the depth chart with Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi, couldn’t he? He would have some decent weapons, in Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe. KC could work.
ARIZONA: We saw it first hand, Ryan Lindley looked as bad as Mark Sanchez. Kevin Kolb has not exactly put in consistent play since landing his big contract, and John Skelton isn’t exactly Tom Brady either. Beanie Wells is a talented running back when healthy, and Larry Fitzgerald can make any QB look good. Arizona would be a good landing spot for Mark Sanchez.
SAN FRANCISCO: Hear me out. Alex Smith, at least in my opinion, is not likely to be back there next year. He was not thrilled about being benched after only losing his job due to injury. Heck, Smith could be here next year. With his past success, Mark would certainly be an able-bodied backup to Colin Kaepernick. If called upon to play, Mark would do well there. They run a similar system to the Jets, and they have the running backs in Gore and Hunter to pull it off. Alex Smith was not looked upon as a great quarterback until Jim Harbaugh got there. Why couldn’t he resurrect Sanchez?
SEATTLE: I don’t see this as impossible. Yes, they have Matt Flynn there, but he couldn’t beat out Russell Wilson. Why couldn’t Mark Sanchez put in a good fight for the backup spot there? Having his college coach there as well would not hurt.
ST LOUIS: I could see this as a dark horse. Mark could absolutely backup Sam Bradford. One, Brian Schottenheimer is there. He was able to bring out some success in Mark, there is no reason why he couldn’t do it again. I don’t think it would be rough for Mark to make that team as the second string, he has beaten out Kellen Clemens before. Why not?
There are my spots for Mark. What do you guys think? Leave me comments or hit us up on Twitter.