New York Jets Fans: “The Grass is Not Always Greener……”


Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Talk about everyone’s favorite position certainly got ramped up against this week, didn’t it? We are getting down to the nitty gritty as far as the Darrelle Revis trade is concerned, and then a report comes out. Are the Jets trying to include Mark Sanchez in a Darrelle Revis trade? Oh, everyone’s ears picked up at that point, I’m sure. There was a lot of talk following the report, as to whether or not Revis would go, if he had to take Mark with him. I saw discussion about whether this would cause Revis to reconsider his demands, or Tampa Bay to pull out of the process entirely.

First of all folks, we need to keep this real, do we not?

Who brought this report out? Mike Florio! Florio?!?! Seriously? When did we resume assigning ANY credibility to any statement that Mike Florio makes? All of a sudden, Florio is a reliable source? Yeah, so is Fatcessa.

Secondly, we KNOW that it is not something that is even logical, much less logical enough to discuss. Is Tampa Bay really that stupid or desperate? “Oh sure, we are already taking your $15 million per year cornerback, throw in your dead money for your quarterback too, no problem!” Does that make sense… ANYBODY! Florio was clearly wiping his behind when he came up with this rumor.

Not happening. In the words of Sean Lester Durham, “Stop!”.

But now, I want to take it one step further, a bit into fantasy land, if you will. What if, by some stretch of the imagination, this scenario were to happen? What if Darrelle is jettisoned to the Bucs, and they are able to convince Tampa to bring Sanchez along?

Many will rejoice, no doubt. Everybody who wants Mark Sanchez outside the facilities faster than the plastic recyclables will be partying like it is 1999 when/if Sanchez is released. Some, myself included, will be disappointed, but will understand it. But I am not addressing my feelings about how it would be a mistake to let him go. Today, I am saying that if by some stretch, the move DOES happen, it will not secure an immediate change to the Jets’ fortunate. Remember:

…the glass is not always greener….”.

Turn the page, and I will tell you more about what I mean.

Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) passes the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

For all of the talk about how much better this team will perform once a new quarterback is in place, this one is for you guys. Let’s look at the current options at quarterback for the New York Jets, and not include Mark Sanchez, to see what the “real” other options are:

  • David Garrard
  • Tim Tebow
  • Greg McElroy
  • Matt Simms

Let’s look at these options, and look at them honesty.

Two of them, Simms and McElroy have been riding the bench, and we truly don’t know what we have available to us in them.  McElroy had his stretch in 2012, but that is what it was, a stretch.

Do you feel confident in either of those two guys taking the team over?  Both of these guys would be “projects”, to say the least.  What if TT was starting next year?  OK, nothing would divide the fanbase more.  Furthermore, the team obviously doesn’t believe in Tim Tebow.  Why would the team all of a sudden make a move to this guy?

Finally,  David Garrard.  Garrard can do the job, and I actually believe that a healthy Garrard can beat out Mark Sanchez.  But, we don’t know.  We don’t know what his health is like, and we won’t until this summer, where the Jets could still be sitting around without a backup QB.

The point is, whether Mark has to go or not, be careful what you wish for.  “It’s not always greener”.  If the Jets were to release a guy with 4 road playoff wins, and replace him with someone that can’t get it done, they will look just as stupid.

Removing Mark Sanchez from this roster is not some magical fix to making this team into a playoff team.