New York Jets: What Do You Do with a Problem Like Mark Sanchez?

Caleb AbnerContributor IIIFebruary 3, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 24:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets calls a play during a game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 24, 2011 in East Rutherford. New Jersey. The Giants won 29 - 14. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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The press is really having a field day with the New York Jets.

First, before the season even began, pretentious head coach Rex Ryan guaranteed a New York Super Bowl win. He may be right, but it won't be his team that gets it. The Jets failed to make the playoffs. They were beaten out by the Cincinnati Bengals. Ouch. 

Fast forward to the postseason, and we have a completely new dilemma. The locker room. 

No one, including Rex Ryan, really knows what's going on. Anonymous reports have emerged in bulk, detailing the troubles. What can be decided, though, is that Santonio Holmes is not a good presence in New York. 

What's less clear, is what the deal with Mark Sanchez is. As quick as LaDainian Tomlinson is to defend him, as he did during a televised ESPN interview, there have been enough complaints coming from current Jets to stir up further doubts on Mark Sanchez. If these anonymous sources, as reported by by the New York Daily News, are to be believed, Sanchez is coddled by the team's staff—lazy and incapable of future development as a quarterback. 

So what do you do? 

He has definitely had some success as a signal-caller. The Sanchize brought the Jets to the AFC Championship in two out of his three seasons, this year being the first in which he has not. This success rivals the best of the best rookies. 

One cannot gauge Sanchez's merits as a player without analyzing his statistics. Contrary to anonymous locker room gossip, Sanchez has improved from his first season, posting passer ratings of 63.9, 75.3, and 78.2 in respect to his three seasons as an NFL starter. During his tenure, touchdown totals increased annually, as fumbles decreased. 

From the same scope, his yards per attempt average has steadily gone down, and his interception numbers are inconsistent. While his completion percentage has gone up, it remains well under 60 percent. 

In the NFL, quarterbacks typically peak in their third year as a starter. There will always be exceptions, but this does apply for the majority, and so we must assume Sanchez falls within the lines. 

And now, we decide: what to do?

Keep or scrap?

The Jets are in a good position, at pick No.16, to be able to draft a second to third-round B-list quarterback. There are a variety of options and directions in the draft to consider.

Peyton Manning may very well be cut by the Colts, so perhaps he will want to be close to baby brother Eli and play in New York.

Personally, I'd keep Sanchez for one more year. 

He deserves another chance. 

It may be his last.