Since his debut on the NFL stage, Sanchez has been hated on in every realm of the sports' universe.
That's not to say that he hasn't received exaggerated praise.
As is often the case, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
Sanchez has been relatively average as far as the development of a quarterback is concerned. Mark's numbers have been relatively unimpressive, but the numbers do not tell the entire story.
Before the recent successes of players like Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco, it was almost unheard of for a first- or second-year quarterback to have a tremendous amount of success.
Ryan and Flacco stepped into the role of franchise quarterback without hesitation.
However, only Flacco has gone as deep into the playoffs as Sanchez, and Flacco has only been to one AFC Championship game versus Sanchez's two. Flacco didn't play very well in that championship game, while Sanchez has played his best football in the postseason.
During the 2009 regular season, Sanchez threw a dismal 12 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. In 2010 he guided the ball into the end zone 17 times and reduced his picks to a respectable 13.
For years, the Jets were in desperate need of a leader behind center who had the ability to take over games and achieve victory on his own.
Hate on his swag if you must, blame the New York media for overexposure, but don't sleep on a quarterback who makes plays in the clutch.
Great field generals have thrown a lot of interceptions in the past; they just didn't throw many when it mattered.
Ben Roethlisberger is an example of a quarterback who is considered among the elite in the NFL, but who does not have a perfect stat sheet. Instead, his greatest attributes are his ability to extend plays outside of the pocket and come through in the clutch.
Sanchez's achievements are often diminished because he plays for such a good team with a great defense.
Roethlisberger has an elite defense and one of the best organizations in all of sports behind him.
Statistics can be improved, but denying the rare savvy with which Sanchez operates is a mistake.