Mark Sanchez Needs to 'Erase His Hard Drive,' and Other AFC East News

Erik FrenzSenior Writer IJanuary 25, 2013

Oct 21, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) walks off the field during the second quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

In owing Mark Sanchez $8.25 million guaranteed for 2013, the New York Jets don't have much of a choice but to try to salvage what they can of the former No. 5 overall pick.

As the Jets transition to a West Coast Offense, there's at least a little optimism that it can happen. The problem could be overcoming the mental hurdle of the past two seasons.

Head coach Rex Ryan said:

I believe Mark needs to erase his hard drive. I think it's new, he's gotta be excited about it and the fact that he's reaching out to [former Eagles quarterback] Jeff Garcia to get an idea about it tells you how much he wants to [succeed]. Will there be competition? [General manager] John [Idzik] mentioned, there will be competition at every spot and he's trying to get a head start.

If the Jets can somehow find success in the Sanchez reclamation project, it would be one of the more profound turnarounds for a quarterback in recent memory, but is it a realistic goal?

Probably not.

Michael Nolan of says the arrival of Mornhinweg and the West Coast Offense won't help fix the inherent problems with Sanchez's fundamentals and quick decision making, which were an issue in 2012:

The WCO requires a quarterback to have extremely good relationships with their WRs. WRs need to be getting out of their break as the QB is releasing the football. The QB has to have great feet and an ability to make a quick decision and get rid of the football.  Two things Sanchez has struggled at recently. From watching an early morning episode of NFL Matchup you can see that Sanchez’s footwork and inability to read and react has been his downfall over the past year.

There are some reasons to be confident. As Nolan mentions, the chemistry between a quarterback and his receivers is important, and Sanchez has some with wide receiver Jeremy Kerley and the returning Santonio Holmes (assuming the chemistry is still there after nearly a full year off). Sanchez also has some experience in the West Coast Offense, having played in a version of one at USC.

Surely the Jets want their quarterback play to look more like it did back then than it has over the past two seasons. 

Either way, the Jets will probably have to go a step further than erasing the hard drive; in the long term, they'll likely have to replace the processor or purchase a shiny new model, depending on how you look at it.

Here's some more news from around the AFC East.


Miami Dolphins

B/R Dolphins featured columnist Alan Hubbard lists five Senior Bowl prospects that could improve the Dolphins roster.

Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald takes an honest look at Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings and tight end Jermichael Finley.


New York Jets

T.J. Rosenthal of thinks Darrelle Revis is worth more than a first-round pick.

Jeff Capellini of CBS New York thinks the Jets have their fearless leader for the future in GM John Idzik.


New England Patriots

Bleacher Report Patriots featured columnist Mike Dussault explains why the Patriots must alter their defensive scheme once again in 2013.

Shalise Manza Young of The Boston Globe lists the four players honored by's All-Pro team.

According to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, Toronto Argonauts GM Jim Barker says former Argos defensive end Armond Armstead could be as valuable as a first-round pick.


Buffalo Bills

Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 SportsRadio wonders what it means that the Bills have two linebackers coaches.

According to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, the Bills want to bring back defensive end Kyle Moore after his knee surgery. 


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless specified otherwise, all quotes are obtained firsthand or via team press releases.