Originally Posted by SAR I
Perhaps I did.
But I recall a run where the Jets went 16-4 and Mark Sanchez was not a problem at all in any of those 20 games. In fact, he alone pulled out 4 miracle 4th quarter victories, beat the Patriots in the playoffs, opened a season 9-2.
And I remember opening day 2011, full of optimism, had flirted with Aso and added a few missing pieces, and on that day Mark Sanchez wasn't discussed at all as a potential issue.
Something went wrong in the middle of 2011. Keller got hurt. Tomlinson got hurt. Burress got old. Wayne Hunter imploded. Shonn Greene got stuck in the mud. Schittenheimer took stupid pills. Mark got smacked around, had no one to depend on, started playing scared.
And in the next offseason, it's legendary what they did to him. A worse offensive coordinator. A worse set of receiving targets. No improvement to the running game. The biggest QB distraction in the history of the NFL looking over his shoulder and half of ESPN Nation rooting against him.
Mark Sanchez looked like the second-best QB in Jets history going into the 2011 season. If you connect the dots, see that the issues might be the train-wreck offense constructed by his GM and HC, you may find that he is worth another look in 2013 with a new staff and a lot of new playmakers.
You can point to meaningless wins when the Jets had the best defense and running game in the league and carried Mark Sanchez's ass.
But what you can't argue is that Mark Sanchez has zero trade value right now.
Spin it all you want, but that's how the the rest of the league feels about Mark Sanchez's chances of being an effective NFL starter.