NFL 2012: Mark Sanchez and the 5 Quarterbacks Who Get the Most Heat

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NFL 2012: Mark Sanchez and the 5 Quarterbacks Who Get the Most Heat
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"Broadway" Joe Namath Jets' Hall of Famer and New York celebrity quarterback once said:

I think that at some point in your life you realize you don't have to worry if you do everything you're supposed to do right. Or if not right, if you do it the best you can... what can worry do for you? You are already doing the best you can.

Of course, good ole Joe never experienced the type of pressure Mark Sanchez is under. Nobody in New York City is scrutinized more than No. 6 for the Jets—not Rex Ryan, not A-Rod, not even Mayor Bloomberg.

Entering his fourth season, Sanchez already has more playoff wins than Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees combined had at this point in their respective careers. He is tied for the second most postseason wins in NFL history, and has led the Jets to two of the franchise's four appearances in the AFC Championship. Yet, the outlook on Sanchez has remained invidious.

Ask any Jets fan about Mark Sanchez and they won't hesitate to callously rip him. In fact, some NFL analysts won't hesitate either. Former Bengal QB and CBS Sports talking-head Boomer Esiason said this in regards to Sanchez on a Boston radio program:

"If you watched Mark Sanchez the last month of the season, he was like a chihuahua standing on Madison Avenue and 36th Street entering the Midtown Tunnel, eyes bigger than you-know-what, and just so shaky."

Even fellow teammates added sprinkles to the Sanchez-hatred sundae when reports of an unnamed Jet condemned the quarterback as "lazy" and "not improving," adding "he has shown us all that he is capable of." 

It doesn't help playing in NYC, perhaps one of the most critical sports cities in all of America. It also didn't help that the Jets had a Chernobyl-type meltdown this year complete with locker room squabbles, a pouty Santanio Holmes and Rex Ryan's shameless media blathering. And it really didn't help that Sanchez finished with a career-high 26 turnovers—nine in the final three games—and a frighteningly atrocious total QB rating of 0.6 against Baltimore.

But is it fair to name Sanchez the star clown of the Rex Ryan Three Ring Circus?

Far less talked about, in the 2011-2012 season Sanchez also had a career-high in yards, touchdowns, and rating. And his flop in Week 4 wasn't nearly as bad as legendary Namath's worst possible 0.0 rating which he accomplished twice in his career (9/29/74 and 12/12/76).

He is an unfortunate scapegoat for the Jets. Ryan keeps writing checks that Sanchez, no less the team can cash, already guaranteeing two Super Bowl victories in his three-year tenure as head coach. Not exactly fair expectations for a slightly above average (at best) QB.

And to make things worse—way worse—the Jets signed former Denver glory boy Tim Tebow in the offseason. Any hiccups, or even signs of a possible hiccup, and New York fans will be clamoring for change behind center. The only foreseeable results this year are bench or Super Bowl. 

Forget about taking the heat in the kitchen, Sanchez is in an inferno of expectations and pressure.

Here is a look at four other QBs who are constantly under the microscope.


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