The New York Jets have talked to, and about, a lot of quarterbacks this off-season. But no matter how we debate it, every situation leads back to Mark Sanchez.
NFL quarterbacks seem to get cheaper by the dozen for the Jets. But Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy, David Garrard, or even Matt Barkley still doesn’t answer the QB question.
I’m a Tebow fan, but right now Tebow is not ready. I know its blasphemy. In my opinion Tebow could be a great fullback and wild cat QB. I don’t know why the Jets didn’t use Tebow that way. If Tebow changed some things, prayed (does that a lot), and worked hard (he does that too), he might even be a starting NFL QB.
Look at the other three. McElroy is a back-up, period. Can Garrard lead the Jets in 2013? Doubt it. But if you were the Jets, why in the world would you waste a high draft pick on Barkley?
Enter Sanchez. Rex Ryan still believes in him. Ryan has to because he has a tattoo of his wife in a Sanchez jersey. The Jets have to believe in him. They owe him $8 million, and would take a big cap hit to be rid of him. Also, he has proven himself, by throwing 3,291 yards in 2010, and Sanchez led the Jets to victory by upsetting then 14-2 New England.
Sanchez stunk this year. He’s always thrown a lot of questionable passes, but this year was by far his worse. Sanchez threw 13 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He had a 54.3% completion percentage, and committed 14 fumbles with 8 of them lost, including the infamous “butt fumble” that was returned for a touchdown by the New England Patriots.
It doesn’t matter if it’s pretty or if we like it or not. The Jets will keep Sanchez. They have to. It all comes down to Sanchez, at least in 2013.