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This is another split-decision slide, because while it would be good for the New York Jets to figure out that Mark Sanchez is not their franchise quarterback, it would also hurt them because of all the time, money and effort they invested in him.
The Jets traded up to the fifth overall selection in the 2009 draft to take Sanchez. Since then, it has been a roller coaster ride for everyone.
In his first season, Sanchez became the fourth rookie quarterback in NFL history to win his first playoff game and the second to win two playoff games. After a loss in the AFC championship game to the Indianapolis Colts, fans and management alike thought they had found the quarterback of the future.
Sanchez brought the Jets back to the AFC championship game in his sophomore season, but fell short of Super Bowl aspirations again in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Expectations might have gotten the best of Sanchez. Last season, the Jets finished 8-8 and teammate Santonio Holmes expressed his frustration with his quarterback.
Sanchez undeniably regressed, and its not all his fault. The offensive line was sub-par at best and Sanchez was always under pressure. Add in some bad decisions and you have a letdown of a season.
Sanchez heads into year four of his career under scrutiny. The New York Jets expressed interest in Peyton Manning, but he wasn't interested. The Jets felt the need to show Sanchez how much they wanted him by extending his contract.
After the dust had somewhat settled, the Jets trade for Tim Tebow. Can Sanchez catch a break?
After taking a look deeper into the contract extension, it works out in the Jets favor because if Sanchez fails to perform they can cut him following the 2013 season without any contract difficulties.
Looks like this could be the year for the Jets to figure out if Mark Sanchez will actually be "the guy." If Tebow takes over, Sanchez might not ever get his job back.