Is Mark Sanchez on His Way out of New York?

Lou Rom@louromliveContributor INovember 15, 2012

Nov 11, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) passes the ball during the 1st half against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated New York 28-7. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

Mark Sanchez ranks 32nd out of 34 quarterbacks in the NFL in total quarterback rating. 

His team is 3-6, in the midst of a three-game losing streak, and he has completed less than 50 percent of his passes since his opening day showing (52 percent overall).

His team has scored three offensive touchdowns in three weeks, yet his teammates, according to a recent New York Daily News story, support him and think turning to backup quarterback Tim Tebow would be a step backward.

Yet, the question remains: Is Mark Sanchez on the way out of New York?

Well, looking for a rational, level-headed take on the Sanchez-Tebow debate in Florham Park is like asking an alcoholic whether he's had too much to drink to get behind the wheel—it's an exercise in futility.

Rex Ryan and Jets' management continue to drink the Sanchez Kool-Aid and stubbornly back Sanchez as the guy who gives Gang Green the best chance to win.

While Sanchez may have the better pedigree, and while he may be the more mechanically-sound quarterback (at this point, that may even be a stretch), Tebow clearly is the guy who knows how to win and, I would argue, has more confidence in his ability to do so when he lines up behind center than Sanchez does.

So, is Sanchez on the way out? 

Yes, if Ryan is gone come January.

Absolutely yes, if clear heads prevail come the end of the season.

And that seems to be a more and more likely reality as the Jets dig themselves into a deeper and deeper hole with every loss.

But, if for some reason Jets brass decides to stick with Ryan after the season, then they are—by default—sticking with Sanchez, who has clearly regressed the last two seasons after shepherding the Jets to the AFC Championship game in 2010 and 2011. 

Sanchez has barely completed 52 percent of his passes, has thrown one more touchdown than interceptions and has thrown three red-zone interceptions this season.

While no rational NFL expert would argue that Tebow is the quarterback of the future in New York, it's becoming increasingly hard to argue that Sanchez is.

Last season, Tebow completed 46 percent of his passes compared to Sanchez' 52 percent this year. Yet, Tebow went 7-4 and had 12 touchdowns to six interceptions, a 2-to-1 ratio.

It's hard to imagine that New York, the No. 1 media market in the country, would stand pat with the No. 32 quarterback in the league lining up behind center next season.

But what are the Jets' options?

Trade for an established quarterback to take Sanchez' place next year?

Sign a free agent QB?

Good luck. Unless David Garrard, Jason Campbell or Matt Leinart excite you, there's not much to go for.

How about the draft?

If the season ended today, the Jets would be two losses out of the No. 1 pick, with both Jacksonville and Kansas City at 1-8 and Cleveland and Carolina with two losses.

Most mock drafts have Geno Smith out of West Virginia as the No. 1 overall pick, followed by USC's Matt Barkley as the second quarterback chosen.

The only other quarterback that might go in the first round is Arkansas' Tyler Wilson.

The Jets could certainly still be around for Wilson, though they may not deem him the kind of talent that could start his rookie year.

So, where does that leave Woody Johnson and Jets' leadership?

Well if they want more than a share of tabloid headlines, they'll bring in a new quarterback to right this woebegone ship.  That is unless a miracle happens and Sanchez turns the year around.

By all rights, Sanchez should be jettisoned far, far away from New York. 

But this is the Jets, a franchise that has done little right since it's brief, fleeting success of Broadway Joe.

Don't expect them to do the logical thing. 


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