The pressure is on the Jets to builder a winner now. Their neighbors, the New York Giants, are still celebrating their recent Super Bowl victory at the expense of the Jets' arch rivals, the New England Patriots.
Mark Sanchez was able to be the game manager Rex Ryan needed for his defensive minded Jets. Sanchez took the team to two straight AFC Championships before succumbing to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts.
Unfortunately for the Jets, Sanchez and his team took a few steps backwards.
It was an incident-marred offseason where reports surfaced about former teammates calling out Mark Sanchez on his leadership ability and locker room presence. Santonio Holmes was accused of quitting on the team during the season's final game.
It was a move that was inevitable from a football point of view on two factors: Winning games and marketing.
Tebow would go on to lead the Broncos to a number of come-from-behind victories. His fourth quarter heroics reminded Broncos' fans of their old No. 7 John Elway. There was hope in Denver.
Despite leading an underachieving team to a postseason victory on the arms of an eighty yard overtime touchdown pass, Elway and company decided to let their golden boy graze at greener pastures and brought in Peyton Manning to lead a team with a "win it all now" mentality.
The two former first round picks have found themselves in quite the conundrum. Rex Ryan and management swear that Sanchez is their starting quarterback after a recently signed contract extension. Tim Tebow will supposedly only be used in the wildcat formation, and as a running option.
Those who know better will see through the smoke screen New York has tried to put themselves behind and see this is a true quarterback battle. The victor will be whoever can win, simple as that.
The following is a look at this past generation's first round quarterbacks who played on the same team together.