Franchise quarterbacks win Superbowls. How do you get one? Go back 20 years, only a few QBs have won championships that we're high draft picks. Guys like Kurt Warner, Tom Brady, Brad Johnson with Tampa, and Mark Rypien in Washington. Brady is a special case and both Johnson and Rypien had years of development before they blossomed into mature starters.
The point is you either win championships by hitting gold - like with Big Ben or Brady - or you look to develop players over time. OK - so Mark Sanchez has proven he is not going to be Ben Rothlisberger; but are the physical and mental tools there?
I say yes. We've seen enough of his ability to say 'this is a guy worth developing'. So let's not throw him under the bus; the Jets need to find the right offensive system for him to succeed in. Phil Sims never dominated games; neither did Trent Dilfer of course - who knows how high Sanchez's ceiling is - but in the right system he's certainly capable of leading the Jets to a championship.
And if he goes, with the Jets having a bottom 3rd draft pick at best, who is really going to be more successful?
Also, Chris Carter is also acting like a fool; last I remember he needed plenty of seasoning before getting traction in his career. It took him 6 seasons to have a bust-out year.
If you traded for Favre, not trading for Peyton would be incredibly dumb.
This would immediately make us contenders and it would make all the Sanchez fanbois realize how terrible he is when Burress, Keller, and Holmes are all over 1000 yards and we're rushing for 80 yards a game because you can't just stack the box because the QB blows.