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This factor may be wishful thinking, as Mark Sanchez got worse towards the end of the year rather than better, but expect a rebound year from Sanchez in 2012.
There are a ton of question marks surrounding Sanchez, including his ability to progress through reads, his decision making, whether his teammates trust him or not and the lingering specter of Tim Tebow, but there is also reason to think Sanchez will improve.
First, this is his fourth year playing in the NFL. People seem to forget that he started just one full season at USC, so his learning curve in the NFL should understandably be slower than someone with more experience.
Sanchez hasn't played in an offense with a true identity and was not helped by Brian Schottenheimer's haphazard game plans and play-calling.
With Tony Sparano on board, the Jets should expect to be a consistent run-first team, and that will help Sanchez tremendously.
In last season's debacle against the New York Giants, Sanchez was asked to drop back to pass over 60 times against a pass rush they couldn't block. That won't happen anymore.
The locker room discord between Sanchez and Santonio Holmes seems to be resolved as they have been seen together multiple times during the offseason, and with players like Nick Mangold and Dustin Keller firmly in Sanchez's corner, expect better support from the inside in 2012.
The situation with Tebow could turn out either helping or hindering Sanchez's development. Tebow could be a nice supporting weapon to help Sanchez's offense run more efficiently or the whole project could end up as a colossal train wreck.
There are certainly a number of questions surrounding Sanchez coming into his fourth season. His situation is something that will just need to play out to see what will happen.
Sanchez haters will tell you how he will go down in flames and crumble under the shadow of Tebow. The truth is that we will just have to see.
Expect Sanchez to have a better season in 2012. For everyone's sake, including his own, he better.