In January 2011, quarterback Mark Sanchez led the Jets to an unlikely playoff victory against the division foe Patriots, advancing the team to their second AFC Championship game in as many years. That was the peak of an otherwise disappointing year for Sanchez—the next 11 months were almost entirely downhill for the embattled QB.
Sanchez has started three seasons for Gang Green and, over that period, the only thing that has grown is the size of his paycheck. In 2009, Sanchez ranked 28th among QB’s in the league—in 2010, he ranked 27th and in 2011, he ranked 23rd. Despite showing only marginal improvements in his game over the years, Sanchez was the third highest paid QB in 2011. Sanchez raked in $14.25 million in 2011—compare that to Panthers rookie Cam Newton, who ranked 15th among QB's and earned $10 million less than Sanchize.