Originally Posted by crasherino
There was a lot of hope involved. The team culled certain (positive) aspects of Sanchez and closed their eyes to the rest. Even after the disasterous finish in 2011, they talked as if Sanchez was improving and was their guy. The extension they gave him was almost to convince themselves, and everyone else, that he was indeed the entrenched starter. As if the more they repeat it, the more it becomes true.
The moral of the story: Hope is not a strategy.
this. they always thought sanchez would improve and lift those around him, but in the end he was a product of the talent around him. as the line regressed and the skill positions became worse through injury and neglect, sanchez became worse too.