New York Jets: Time to Consider Other Options at Quarterback?

Daniel BarnesCorrespondent IIIOctober 19, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 17:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets sits on the turf during a game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on October 17, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets traded up in 2009 to the sixth spot to draft Mark Sanchez. At the time, it seemed like a good idea, but now it's starting to look like it may have been an unwise decision.

On the offensive line, the Jets boast Nick Mangold, one of the best centers in the NFL, and D'Brickashaw Ferguson, a standout left tackle (despite the weird name). While the rest of the line is nothing to write home about, it generally protects the quarterback pretty well.

For most of Sanchez's time with the Jets, he's had Santonio Holmes to throw to. For most of 2010, he also had Braylon Edwards, and now he has Plaxico Burress and Jeremy Kerley. He also has Dustin Keller to dump it off to, and he's been a solid tight end.

At running back, the Jets have the last running back to be named NFL MVP (LaDainian Tomlinson) and new standout running back Shonn Greene.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is a powerhouse offense if ever there was one. To make the Jets even more intimidating, their defense is generally better than their offense—cornerback Darrelle Revis may be the best corner to ever play the game.

Because of these great players, the Jets have made the AFC Championship two years in a row and have accumulated a record of 32-22 over the last four years, despite playing the Patriots twice a year, every year.

You know what makes those accolades painful for Jets fans? If they had picked Josh Freeman in 2009 instead of Sanchez, they probably would have won a Super Bowl by now.

In his three years in the NFL, Sanchez has managed to bring his completion percentage up from 53.8 percent to a whopping 56.1 percent (that's sarcasm, by the way). Those numbers are made all the more unimpressive by the amount of weapons at Sanchez's disposal.

Like I said, if Freeman had that kind of a team around him, he would've become one of the youngest quarterbacks to ever win a Super Bowl. Instead, the Jets are third in their division at 3-3. That's a big difference.

To make the Sanchez problem even worse, he seems to be showing almost no sign of growth. If you watched the Dolphins game, you saw how long it took Sanchez to get his offense going. And that was against the Dolphins!

When they face the tougher defenses of the BillsRavens and Steelers in the playoffs, that kind of play won't cut it. And the Patriots may be terrible on defense, but their offense can put up 35 points like it's nothing. If Sanchez doesn't improve immediately, the Jets are going to have problems getting to the postseason.

The Jets may have some other needs to address, but with Sanchez holding the team back and the great quarterbacks available in the 2012 class, it may be time for the Jets to start thinking about putting an end to the "Sanchize."