Without making the playoffs, gone is the goodwill that Sanchez, Rex Ryan and the rest of the Jets had built up after making it to back-to-back AFC Championship Games. In is talks of Rex on the hot seat and a new offensive coordinator in Tony Sparano.
It may not be fair but such is life when your team is situated in New York City, and it is only magnetized when your in-stadium rivals, New York Giants, win their second Super Bowl in four years.
With the Jets lack of a superior running game, Sanchez's erratic play, combined with his career 55.3 completion percentage and 73.2 QB rating, an upgrade behind center is needed for New York to succeed.
If healthy, and that's a big if, Peyton Manning, his career 64.9 completion percentage and 94.9 QB rating, can make the Jets instant Super Bowl contenders.
Manning has the grasp of the QB position Sanchez simply does not have yet. He can make the reads that Sanchez can't. He can appease Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress, Dustin Keller and Jeremy Kerley in ways Sanchez can't.
Manning has shown this ability to spread the ball throughout his career. Most recently two seasons ago when four of his receivers had over 600 receiving yards.
Here are five better options at QB.