I think there's a high likelihood that Warfish is right for several reasons, including that Rex still believes in Sanchez. Hasn't he blamed the OC for Sanchez's declining performance every season? First Schotty, then Sparano. I know Sparano sucked and I can't believe he got another job in the NFL, but do you really think he was the one who insisted that Sanchez continue to start? Did Sparano EVER say "Sanchez gives us the best chance to win"? He definitely didn't say that in the last few games. Tanny was scapegoated for the lack of talent on the offense, but Rex had a lot of input - maybe most of the power - and was definitely responsible for signing his "old" players when he became HC.
I can just see Mark competing for the starting job. He'll win, cuz that's when he shines - in pretend games. Tanny is being scapegoated for everything, and while he deserved to be fired, I'm not buying that he was responsible for all that went wrong. We still don't know why he gave Sanchez that ridiculous contract extension - did Rex or Woody insist on it? Woody now blames the Tebow trade on Tanny - is that true? Idk, as I remember Rex, Sparano AND Tanny taking credit for that one.
Will Idzik have more power than Rex? I don't think Tanny did. Does the OC have more power than Rex? I don't think ANY of our previous OCs had more power than Rex, so what makes Top of the Morning any different?
The spin is already in play, and blame is being laid everywhere except on Rex and Mark. Based on the Spin Doctor's narrative, here are some reasons beyond the cap that indicate Sanchez will "win" the starting position. Follow the spin:
1. It's not Mark's fault there was a lack of talent on the offense - it's all Tanny's fault. Not Rex's fault either. Let's fire Tanny.
2. Here's proof that our offense is the whole problem: Even when we replaced Sanchez with McElroy, we still lost. Cuz ya know, if a green kid taking his first few snaps in the NFL can't win with that offense, you can't expect someone like Sanchez to do it, either.
3. It's not Mark's fault that he was a turnover machine - it's Sparano's failure to come up with good plays. In fact, it's Sparano's fault that he felt Sanchez needed a "dumbed down" playbook. Let's fire Sparano.
4. It's not Mark's fault he lost self-confidence and played so erratically - it's Tebow's fault. I mean, Sanchez wasn't THAT bad in 2011. Let's scrap Tebow.
5. It's not Mark's fault he failed to "develop" as a QB - it's Cavanaugh's fault. Lets fire him.
The #6 Sanchez Jersey is still on Rex's arm - it hasn't been filled in. When the Jets drafted Sanchez, Rex sold that snake oil to Woody, too. Woody probably blames Mark's failures on #1-5 above. 2013 will be just good enough to continue the Sanchez-Ryan union.