As if nothing else could go wrong for the ailing New York Jets, ESPN NFL insider Chris Mortensen reported on Sept. 11 that quarterback Mark Sanchez is expected to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery. According to ESPN, Sanchez has a labral tear in his right shoulder. I am no doctor, but anything associated with the word “tear,” always sounds disappointing.
This is news Jets head coach Rex Ryan never wanted to hear, but when you think about it, it is kind of his fault this happened to Sanchez in the first place.
I mean, the fact Ryan agreed to put Sanchez back onto the playing field against the New York Giants late in a preseason game is beyond me. I am no NFL head coach, but wouldn’t you usually want to spare your starters from possible injuries before the regular season, where the games actually matter?
This could very well be the curtain call for Sanchez.
Rookie quarterback Geno Smith played surprisingly well against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 1, and if his productivity continues, Sanchez may be looking for a job elsewhere in the near future. I am not saying Smith and the Jets are going to blossom moving forward, because let’s face it, this team is not even close to the level they were in 2009 and 2010.
It feels like everyone with that organization has been on thin ice lately, especially Ryan. Since their last run to the AFC Championship Game in 2010, the Jets have yet to finish with a winning record.