Mark Sanchez Losing Grip on New York Jets Quarterback Position

By Nick Mamary
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

For all of his efforts, it is apparent that New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez may not be able to change the results.

Sanchez threw three interceptions during New York’s OTAs. Most are aware that the soon to be fifth-year player threw 18 interceptions last year and also fumbled five times. Sanchez might be on the verge of losing his No. 1 supporter.

As bad as things had gotten, head coach Rex Ryan always stood behind his former golden boy. It wasn’t until the Jets were out of playoff contention that Ryan switched to Greg McElroy. This loyalty almost forced him out of New York.

Now, Ryan is said to be angry over Sanchez’s performance.

There is now an open competition for the job. Despite a false perception that Tim Tebow had a chance to overtake Sanchez, rookie signal caller Geno Smith has an actual opportunity to start Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Time is running out for New York’s incumbent starter to improve.

Decision making and accuracy were always areas of concern in his game. It has been common to see Sanchez attempt passes when his receivers are well covered. During a four-year span, the quarterback has a career completion percentage of 55.1. If he can’t produce better play in a practice setting, then hope could be running out. Stiff competition will be faced in Smith.

The rookie has mobility that far surpasses that of Sanchez. His cannon arm should do well in the windy Met Life Stadium. He is hoping to win this battle based on ability, and the continued self-destruction of a one-time franchise savior can only help his cause.

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