New York Jets: How Much Pressure Will Mark Sanchez Be Under This Season?

Brad Washington@@theGURO15Correspondent IIJuly 23, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 24:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets looks to pass during a game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 24, 2011 in East Rutherford. New Jersey. The Giants won 29 - 14. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Mark Sanchez is technically entering a quarterback battle with Tim Tebow.

That’s right, Tim Tebow, the one who can’t throw an out route without it hitting the ground.

Let me stop slamming Tebow, I appreciate his competitiveness and his love for the game. But the real problem is how much pressure is Mark Sanchez really under?

I say lots and lots.

The past three seasons, Mark Sanchez has been anything but a underachiever—the definition of how a great defense can put you in predicaments such as playing football in January—while more deserving quarterbacks sit at home.

First three seasons for Mark Sanchez: 55 touchdowns, 51 interceptions and just over a 55 percent completion rate.

If your team is consistently winning 11-12 games a season, people would probably give Mark Sanchez a break. But, last season’s 8-8 debacle had everyone turning their heads toward Mark Sanchez.

With Mark Sanchez going into his fourth season, he has to perform very well for three reasons.

Number one: Tim Tebow is behind him on the depth chart.

Number two: Tim Tebow has fans behind him at the games, and they won’t hesitate to want him put in as a full time starter.


Number three: Mark Sanchez signed an extension worth nearly $21 million in guaranteed money in March. It’s time he start playing like the dollar signs the front office sees in him.

But, to reiterate the Tim Tebow point, Tebow already will take an estimate of 20 plays away from Mark Sanchez this season.

But, with less snaps for Mark Sanchez, the more he can prove he can be an efficient player for the offense this season.

It’s one thing to have, a say, Vince Young backing you up. Vince Young is a quality backup and was a starting quarterback with a lot of potential.

But, it’s another to have Tim Tebow being behind you, with a roaring fan base that will be waiting for you to mess up eventually.

Vince Young and Mark Sanchez could get an edge. Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez will have to play harder and smarter. The pressure is really high, and it really shouldn’t be. Well, at least the principle reasoning.

Year four for Mark Sanchez is around the corner, and this season we shall see if the Jets made the right investment. If not, it’s always Tebow time.


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