Whether it was justified, a large portion of the blame for the Jets 2011 collapse fell squarely on the shoulders or Mark Sanchez. Before the season even started, Rex Ryan and Brian Schottenheimer felt it was time to let Sanchez loose in the passing game. That idea failed miserably.
Sanchez was done in by an awful offensive line, lack of a consistent running game, declining rapport with his wide receivers and questionable play-calling. However, he is not absolved from blame himself.
Sanchez's 18 interceptions and 10 fumbles showed an alarming lack of care for the football and had critics screaming "regression" for almost the entire season. He had many opportunities to make clutch plays in big games, and he came up small.
One of the more alarming trends Sanchez showed this year was that many of his interceptions came within 20 yards of the line of scrimmage. This shows that defenses are either having an easy time confusing Sanchez or his peripheral vision is failing him.
That brings the Jets and Sanchez to a crossroads. Sanchez deserves a season with a new coordinator and without Wayne Hunter, but if the Jets do choose to go in another direction at the quarterback position, they could have some interesting choices.
Here's a look at some quarterbacks not on the current Jets roster who could take Sanchez's place in 2012: