Once upon a time, Mark Sanchez was viewed as a franchise quarterback for the New York Jets. Now he is just attempting to regain the faith of his coaching staff and hang onto the number one quarterback position that he held for most of the last four years. Sanchez of course has struggled mightily as of late, especially last season.
To his credit though, Sanchez (as previously mentioned) has been working diligently to learn new offensive coordinator Marty Morhinweg’s West Coast offense by enlisting the services of retired quarterback Jeff Garcia. Garcia operated in the same scheme during some of his time with the San Francisco 49ers and during the 2006 season with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Seeking advice has never been a problem for Sanchez. Prior to last season, he met with former Jets and Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington. These sessions were to practice former offensive coordinator Tony Sparano’s plays. For the past couple of years, perception has painted Sanchez as being coddled by head coach Rex Ryan. By showing a desire to improve he could shed this image. Though Sanchez has fallen on hard times, it has not been all bad for the former USC quarterback.
Besides the two consecutive AFC Championship Games, Sanchez even had his moments in the regular season. In 2010, he led the Jets to three straight come-from-behind victories. The following season saw him throw 26 touchdowns. Problems with constant turnover in personnel also plagued him. Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards formed a dynamic duo for the young quarterback. Over that summer Edwards walked in favor of Plaxico Burress. Burress was big in the red zone, but lacked big play ability. A weak surrounding cast last year greatly contributed to his struggles. The future is uncertain for Sanchez, but at least he is not going down without a fight.