While Smith is set to start the opener by default as Sanchez nurses his injured shoulder, the Jets are already ready to move on from a player who was once dubbed "the Sanchize."
According to Mehta, the Jets have all but given up on Sanchez, no matter how well he practiced this August: "Despite Sanchez's sharp practices, the brain trust simply doesn't fully trust the fifth-year veteran and have grown tired of his repeated red-zone mistakes, according to sources."
The opening drive of the first preseason game was a microcosm of Sanchez's career. After throwing a mind-numbing interception to Ziggy Ansah just a few snaps into the game, Sanchez engineers a beautiful touchdown drive to invite the possibility that he may just be turning the corner after all.
A week later, Sanchez follows up a gorgeous touchdown drive with yet another red-zone interception.
These types of mistakes are difficult to quantify, because there is no single shortcoming to point to. There is simply no explanation for plays like the "buttfumble" or the Ansah interception.
Clearly, the Jets are fed up with the inconsistencies, and it is hard to blame them. Sanchez has continued to play with extreme errancy, there is no reason to believe that his turnover-happy ways are going to go away anytime soon.