By Anthony Blake on March 24, 2014
It may seem like a completely asinine idea for any team to add the beleaguered Mark Sanchez to their roster, but that might not be the case for the St. Louis Rams. Lacking experience at the NFL’s most important position, the Rams could do much worse than bringing in the former New York Jets castoff. Here are five reasons why Sanchez landing with the Rams would actually be a great fit for all parties involved.
Kellen Clemens was the backup last season, but everyone and their brothers, sisters and first cousins knew that the only way he would take over as starter was if Bradford was injured. Perhaps adding Sanchez into the equation as legit competition from the get-go will spark Bradford and spur the former No. 1 overall pick to greater heights.
Though Clemens was the backup a year ago, the QB known more for his facial hair than his prowess under center is now the second-stringer after San Diego Chargers and Rams essentially traded backups in free agency. As big of a failure as Sanchez has been, my money is on him to beat out Whitehurst as the backup.
The reason Sanchez was cut was due to his ridiculous contract extension that was set to pay him million in 2014. On the open market after a season-ending shoulder injury and losing his starting gig, there’s no way he will command much cash. Getting an arm with playoff experience on the cheap has to be an intriguing option for the league’s youngest roster.
Rex Ryan may have gotten a tattoo of the QB, but it seems like that was a case of getting your eighth grade girlfriend’s name inked on you more than anything else – not a good idea. Fisher has expressed a desire to add the type of experience Sanchez has with getting to the AFC Championship Game to a roster lacking big-game prowess at the most important position, so just the fact that he’s wanted could make this experiment work.
Sometimes relationships between QBs and offensive coordinators are more important than you think, and that appears to be the case with Sanchez. He had his most success with Schottenheimer as OC for the Jets, and Schotty has offered a ringing endorsement of the signal-caller. This familiarity and confidence will allow Sanchez to thrive if the Rams do decide to bring him aboard.
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