Mark Sanchez Will Re-Emerge as New York Jets Starting QB in 2013

John Shea@real_johnsheaContributor IIIJanuary 11, 2013

Jan 8, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA;  New York Jets owner Woody Johnson (right) and head coach Rex Ryan (left) review the 2012 season and address changes for 2013 at the New York Jets Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports
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The infamous quarterback debacle that pitted Mark Sanchez against Tim Tebow last offseason was arguably the greatest football faux pas in the iconic history of the NFL.

The Jets reached the pinnacle of their demise while Sanchez gradually buckled as the season turned sour faster than spilt milk.

Pro football "experts" and media pundits knew the Tebow experiment was destined for failure. It was the foundation of a cataclysmic collapse that destroyed the team's pretty boy centerpiece, just months after a monumental contract extension that served as a phony method of job security.

The publicity stunt otherwise known as "Tebow-mania" proved to be the perfect storm for the Jets, who suddenly remain grounded after almost four years of bold statements and Super Bowl hoopla under head coach Rex Ryan's leadership.

Ryan called it a "new opportunity" in an interview with ESPN's Sal Paolantonio after the team's long-awaited end-of-the-season press conference. The notion of starting over is refreshing for a franchise that remains void of structure and identity, but what it stands for remains to be seen.

The Jets "fresh" start could easily turn to stalemate before training camp, especially given the team's hilarious front office debauchery. Owner Woody Johnson exclaimed that the Jets are "moving in the right direction," despite finishing last season 6-10.

Johnson professed that he has undying confidence in his head coach regardless if Ryan admittedly doesn't have any grasp of an effective offensive concept.

The circus never left New York; it was simply on hiatus, hiding in an undisclosed location and simultaneously sunbathing shirtless in the Bahamas.


Is it truly reasonable to believe that the Jets' current brain-trust is capable of restoring the franchise to respectability after unintentionally contributing to its face-plant last season?

A multitude of credible sources, including Mike Lupica of the NY Daily News and ESPN's Ian O'Connor contend that Ryan is responsible for facilitating the team's destructive quarterback situation and befuddling Johnson into believing he's the right man to lead the Jets in 2013.

The Jets are still in the elongated process of finding a general manager who fits Johnson's seeming delusion of attracting an ultimate decision-maker that aptly grants maximum power to Ryan. This is appropriate given Johnson's apparent infatuation with his should-have-been ex-head coach.

Furthermore, assorted rumors point to Ryan leading a full-fledged effort to land an offensive coordinator capable of fixing the most turnover prone QB in the NFL. Former Chargers head coach Norv Turner is a name constantly echoed in discussion, but reportedly doesn't have interest in the Jets' OC vacancy.

Does anybody?

The Jets ranked 30th in total offense in 2012 and their offense is entirely decrepit of playmakers. They're also buried in a disastrous salary cap situationthe worst in the NFL according to ESPN's John Clayton.

The Jets' impending GM faces an uphill battle and should make an accelerated effort to attain a low-risk, retread quarterback to compete with Sanchez in training campregardless of who replaces former OC Tony Sparano.

It's obvious at this juncture that Sanchez has no business starting at quarterback for the Jets, but he's guaranteed $8.25 million in 2013 and it would be foolish to think that his salary cap number won't be a significant factor in determining who owns the huddle in Week 1.

Ryan's undying loyalty for his favorite players rein over conventional football logic, a characteristic that will greatly contribute to the re-emergence of the man symbolically enshrined on a tattoo of his half-naked wife on his right arm.

If the Jets want to legitimately establish a new regime for future success, they won't let Sanchez see the field in 2013. The debilitated QB is synonymous with the failure his team has endured in losing a wretched total of 13 games in their last 19 tries.

Sanchez is a module for why the Jets have faltered on a wide-scale and is personally responsible for several defeats over the course of his four-year career, but it’s not his fault that former GM Mike Tannenbaum gleefully added $40 million to his rookie contract.

Ryan has alluded to an open quarterback competition when training camp heats up over the summer in a statement that should be considered mere political discourse because Sanchez will be the front-runner and Ryan has the ink to prove it.

The fact that the Jets will hold a supposed quarterback competition indicates a subtle difference between last season's training camp and the forthcoming offseason: the brain-trust knows it needs a new franchise cornerstone, but that player-to-be named later won't be a product of Ryan's "new opportunity."

Rex Ryan was considerably unworthy of reprise, but that didn't deter Woody Johnson from giving him what he didn't deserve, and it won't obstruct Ryan from re-naming Mark Sanchez as the Jets' starting quarterback in 2013.