Is New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez Worthy of All the Hype?

Jason ClaryCorrespondent ISeptember 14, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets lays on the ground after a sack in the fourth quarter by the Baltimore Ravens during their home opener at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 13, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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To put it lightly, no, Mark Sanchez is not worth the hype.

On a much more extensive note, Mark Sanchez is nowhere near as good as people make him out to be.

Not only is Sanchez completely unproven, but the only thing he has proved is that the Jets cannot win behind his arm.

Monday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens showed that. Points are made all of the time recognizing that Sanchez has targets to throw to now, and that he is entering his second season after getting the Jets to the AFC Championship game.

Even Trent Dilfer won a Super Bowl. Nobody is saying he is the best quarterback to ever walk the face of this planet, so how is Mark Sanchez any different?

At least Trent Dilfer was humble. He was the least likely of quarterbacks to get a team to a Super Bowl, let alone win it, and he did. Mark Sanchez could be even less likely. Put Sanchez on a team like Jacksonville and St. Louis, and they would be looking for a quarterback early in next year's draft.

Who is better than Mark Sanchez?

Rather than list over 25 players who are better than Mark, let's just see who he is better than.

The only players that come to mind are Trent Edwards and Dennis Dixon, although Dixon led the Steelers to a win over the Falcons.

You could even make a case that rookie Sam Bradford, Carolina's Matt Moore, and Cleveland's Jake Delhomme are all better than Sanchez.

Bradford nearly won his first game, with almost no playmakers around him, while Jake Delhomme was once a great quarterback with Carolina, and Matt Moore had success last season as a starter, playing mistake-free football.

It is unbelievably ridiculous how Sanchez was being heralded as the reason the Jets made the playoffs, when it was blatantly obvious that without the stellar running game or tenacious defense, they would have had a losing record.

Sanchez's Performance against Baltimore

Sanchez was poor against the blitz, inaccurate with his passes, and crumbled under pressure.

But then again, he was the quarterback who barely threw the ball and almost got the Jets to the promised land last season.

Not only is the Jets running game worse than it was last year, their offensive line is missing Alan Faneca, who was released in favor of a rookie.

The Jets' offense could also be responsible for the demise of the defense, while Kris Jenkins' loss doesn't help either.

The Jets failed to move the ball at all offensively, so the defense was on the field for almost 40 minutes, which is a recipe for disaster, especially for a defensive unit like the Jets.

Since the Jets defense plays at such a high level, it doesn't help them to be extremely fatigued going into the fourth quarter.

Mark Sanchez is a Celebrity, Not a Superstar

Now that the "Mark Sanchez for MVP" talk has diminished after last night's loss, Mark Sanchez can still be the face of the Jets franchise. However, if he keeps up his play, all he will be is a face.

Before Sanchez's rookie campaign as a starter, he took some funny photo shoots on what looked like a set of "Baywatch."

That is a great event for an unproven quarterback, because if he fails, at least he will have rapport with David Hasselhoff, who will teach him the reigns of being a "one hit wonder" star.

Sanchez also participated in a Verizon Wireless commercial, where he and the Jets take part in an epic battle against Drew Brees and the Saints in the middle of the woods.

It is humorous that Brees and Sanchez are even being compared by anybody. It is also humorous because the only way Sanchez could be "epic" is by putting epic in front of the word fail.

Sanchez is a great marketer to the NFL and its partners. However, if he keeps up to his statistics to date, the only thing he will be doing in five years is telemarketing.