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Barring an injury; it would be quite a surprise if Sanchez was not the week one starter for the Jets. Current backup Kellen Clemens, a second round pick for the Jets in 2006, has yet to produce much in the league.
I am not aware of any picture with Jets owner Woody Johnson patting Kellen Clemens on the back.
Why Sanchez is put under the magnifying glass in 2009?
Because of Sanchez’s success at USC and the media attention that followed the Jets trading up has already created a frenzy in the New York tabloids.
Former Jet top quarterback picks like Browning Nagle, Chad Pennington, and Kellen Clemens did not have the media attention that is showcased currently on Sanchez.
Ken O’Brien was magnified more because of the 1983 Draft, where six quarterbacks were selected. John Elway, Jim Kelly, and Dan Marino went to the Hall of Fame from that draft.
To say that Sanchez is the most magnified quarterback since the Jets selected Joe Namath as the first pick in the 1965 AFL Draft, is not that much of a stretch.
One thing that Sanchez has going for him in a positive light is that, while he is replacing a legend in Brett Favre; Favre left a sour taste in the mouths of Jet fans in 2008.
His great 8-3 start went down the drain as the Jets went 1-4 down the stretch. Many blame Favre’s risky passes that led to interceptions as the reason for the Jets missing the playoffs.
The team that the Jets traded to get Sanchez is the Cleveland Browns. The Browns happen to be coached by a man who the Jets know a little. It is their former coach, Eric Mangini. Most NFL pundits believe that the Jets made a great move.
But should Sanchez not turn out good for the Jets; it may be their old coach with the last laugh.
In a way, Sanchez may hold the destinies of two teams.