Forget about his upside, finances—both in the form of salary, carried costs and dead money—and his GQ good looks. The only thing you need to know about current New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is that he’s best known as the wrong half of the “butt fumble.”
Check out ESPN’s Not Top 10 on Jan. 25 and look at the Worst of the Worst (move forward to the 3:05 mark for all you instant-gratification folks). Yes, it’s Sanchez’ butt fumble.
You could also see Sanchez on Worst of the Worst in February, March, April and May and so on and so on. JetsInsider forum The Landing Strip is calling for the butt fumble to sneak away into obscurity, but the popularity of the miscue is so huge, even t-shirts are being hocked.
Really, instead of the video fading away into obscurity, it’s Sanchez that needs to go.
Yes, the Jets would absolutely be crushed by the financial repercussions (Spotrac) of letting Sanchez go. But the team has to do it.
The Jets drafted quarterback Geno Smith in the second round of April’s NFL draft and picked up David Garrard via free agency. How long will the team stick with Sanchez and his sub-60 percent completion rate and constant mistakes?
Garrard told SiriusXM NFL Radio he was retiring on Thursday as his knee is never going to get back 10 100 percent.
With Garrard retiring Sanchez may have a bit of a reprieve. But, the Jets might want to seek a veteran, free-agent quarterback and bring him in as Smith's backup in case Smith isn't quite ready for NFL action. There aren't a ton of top-notch options available, but wouldn't a free-agent quarterback backing up Smith greatly lessen the circus-like atmosphere that having Smith and Sanchez in training camp together battling would cause?
That way, the Jets can send Sanchez packing to be the butt of everyone’s joke elsewhere.