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How Long Can Mark Sanchez Remain Starting Quarterback for New York Jets?

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If there’s any player in the league that receives as much, or more, criticism as Tim Tebow, it’s his former teammate, Mark Sanchez.

Sanchez has been the object of much criticism in his five years in the NFL. Not to mention the fact that he is the center of many jokes mostly attributed to his poor play and the infamous ‘butt fumble’.

The New York Jets and Rex Ryan are desperately hoping for some solid quarterback play, whether it’s from Sanchez or Geno Smith. It’s just a matter of time before Sanchez loses his starting job with the team that he has called home for his entire professional career.

The former USC quarterback has been a mediocre player since stepping foot into the NFL. He has never passed for over 3,500 yards and never completed more than 57% of his passes. Quarterbacks usually pride themselves on the amount of yards they pass for and the accuracy of their throws, but both of these are lacking in Sanchez’s arsenal.

Moreover, with a career QB rating of just 71– one of the worst in the league– and two seasons with more interceptions than touchdowns, there can’t be a starting spot for him on any team. No, not even the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Sanchez has started 62 out of 64 career games with the Jets, and the fans have been calling for a replacement in each one of them. It was obvious that the city of New York wasn’t ready for Tebow Time, and vice versa, but Geno Smith could be the successor to Sanchez’s less-than-impressive reign.

It’s only a matter of time before Sanchez loses his job, and I predict Rex Ryan makes that change within the first eight games of the 2013 season.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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