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5 “Competitors” Who Challenged Mark Sanchez As Starting QB For New York Jets

5 "Competitors" Who Challenged Mark Sanchez As Starting QB For New York Jets

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The Jets signed Michael Vick to compete with Geno Smith. If only the same had been done for Mark Sanchez. He never had backup that was able to push him to be better, nor did he ever need to be fearful of any consequences for poor play. He was done a disservice by not being provided any formidable competition. Here are a few of the competitors who the Jets put forth to "challenge" the Sanchize (sounds silly now, doesn't it?).

5. Greg McElroy (2012)

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5. Greg McElroy (2012)

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Greg McElroy had all brains and no brawn, as the Alabama product scored a 48 on the Wonderlic but did not have the physical tools to cut it as a starter in the NFL. McElroy saw some time in 2012 when Sanchez bottomed out, but it was clear that the noodle-armed McElroy was simply not an NFL-caliber quarterback. This evidently was no secret to McElroy himself, as the the QB retired this month at the age of 25.

4. Tim Tebow (2012)

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4. Tim Tebow (2012)

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The ill-conceived Tebow experiment was a disaster for all involved and something most Jets fans are eager to forget. The fact that the Jets coaching staff never even considered Tebow to be a viable option at quarterback, even when Sanchez crashed and burned in 2012, speaks volumes to what they thought of his abilities. Tebow was never a threat to Sanchez in 2012 despite Sanchez playing the worst football of his career.

3. Kevin O'Connell (2011)

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3. Kevin O'Connell (2011)

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Who?

2. Mark Brunell (2010-2011)

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2. Mark Brunell (2010-2011)

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Mark Brunell was already north of 40 when he signed with New York in 2010. Once upon a time, Brunell was a competent QB, but by 2010 he was over the hill and was only sticking around to collect his paycheck after losing million in failed investments and business ventures. The poor guy was only there because he needed the money, and probably never had any intention of stepping foot on the field during his tenure in New York.

1. Kellen Clemens (2009-2010)

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1. Kellen Clemens (2009-2010)

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Kellen Clemens was probably the closest thing Mark Sanchez ever had to what could be considered a potential competitor in New York. But it was clear from day one that Rex had little interest in Clemens, a remnant of the Mangini era. Sanchez was anointed the starter early in 2009 without having ever had to battle Clemens for the spot.