It appears that quarterback Mark Sanchez has played his last game as a New York Jet. On Monday various media sources reported that he will have season-ending shoulder surgery. Of course when New York jumped up 12 spots to acquire Sanchez in 2009’s NFL Draft, he was billed as a savior for the much tortured franchise’s fan base. There was star quality from this California kid. Scouts thought that his arm strength, while not elite, could be good enough. Jets head coach Rex Ryan saw a lot of charisma and leadership in his then new signal caller.
Although Sanchez stumbled through two poor initial regular seasons, a glimmer of hope excited as he nearly took Gang Green to their first Super Bowl since 1969. Over these more recent years, however, it turned out that this one individual did not have as much to do with this success as everyone thought.
A smart move from New York and then general manager was to inquire about Peyton Manning in 2012’s offseason. Of course this pursuit came up empty, but any they had to see if Manning had interest. Sanchez got his feelings hurt which resulted in a horrible contract extension that strapped this team from a salary cap standpoint.
Leading the NFL with turnovers in 2011 and 2012, it was clear that regression had taken place. Geno Smith has overtaken Sanchez as the future at quarterback. I believe that he can be successful with another franchise. This media market simply became too much for a man who has lost confidence. Parting ways after 2013 saves the Jets money and allows Sanchez to have a fresh start.