Jets Player Reportedly Claims 80-90 Percent of Team Wants Mark Sanchez Benched

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistMay 23, 2013

Quarterback Mark Sanchez is obviously on very thin ice with the New York Jets after a disastrous 2012 season. However, if the majority of the Jets roster has its way, he may not have a chance to atone for his failures in 2013.

According to Mike Freeman of, an anonymous Jets player estimated that between 80 and 90 percent of Jets players believe that it's time to cut bait with Sanchez and go in a different direction.

"Everyone on the team likes Mark personally but there's a general feeling among some of the players that maybe it's time to give someone else a chance," said the unidentified Jets player.

Sanchez has reportedly struggled during OTAs thus far, according to NFL Around The League, and patience appears to be wearing thin. While the Jets waived Tim Tebow, they did bring in some competition to push Sanchez when they drafted West Virginia signal-caller Geno Smith in the second round of this year's draft.

That obviously indicates the Jets aren't particularly keen on Sanchez as the long-term answer at quarterback. While Sanchez was the talk of the town after leading Gang Green to the AFC Championship Game in 2009 and 2010, the past two years have been rough.

Sanchez was especially bad last season, when he completed just over 54 percent of his passes and turned the ball over an unacceptable 26 times. With those turnover issues still present in OTAs, it wouldn't come as a big shock if the Jets were to release him.

However, it's worth noting that a release would result in a heaping sum (over $17 million) of dead money for the franchise, so perhaps they'll simply bench him despite his paycheck.

It remains to be seen if the apparent locker-room distaste with Sanchez will lead to the Jets cutting the former first-round selection, but it's hard to imagine that Sanchez will ever regain the support he once had.


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