Can Mark Sanchez be Saved?
Mark Sanchez is going to with the New York Jets in 2013. Despite his horrible play last season, the Jets have $8.25 million reasons to keep Sanchez around as their QB. Now whether or not he’s the starter is a whole other story. 2012 was a horrible season for the former USC Trojans signal-caller. The Jets didn’t make things easy by bringing in football’s version of an instant distraction in Tim Tebow. While Tebow wasn’t exactly a factor last season, his presence automatically causes countless distractions.
In addition to having Tebow in the house, the Jets haven’t made life any easier on Sanchez. He’s now on his third offensive coordinator in three years. New offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and quarterback coach David Lee will hopefully provide Sanchez with a little more stability. Sanchez reached out to former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia for advice on the Jet’s new offense, which should be more of a west-coast based set.
Another challenge for Sanchez is his current head coach Rex Ryan. In addition to being more of a defensive-minded coach, Ryan is quite the loudmouth. This magnifies every mistake Sanchez makes. Oh yeah, I almost forgot that Sanchez plays in New York, which adds even more pressure. And did I forget to mention that Eli Manning plays for the New York Giants and has two rings? Life isn’t exactly easy on Sanchez.
I am not trying to make excuses for Sanchez. He’s a big boy. But at the same time, some guys can handle the bright lights, big city of New York and others can’t. Quite honestly, I still think Sanchez has a chance to be a good quarterback in the NFL. It just may not be in New York. Although for the sake of the 2013 J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets, they’re hoping he finds his grove.