And that’s the question on every New York Jets fan’s mind. Can Mark Sanchez lead the Jets to a Super Bowl win? The simple answer would be, no, clearly not. Then again, what other QB can lead his team to the Super Bowl these days whose name isn’t Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady or Drew Brees?
Some people can even argue that Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger didn’t lead his team to two Super Bowl victories, but it was rather the defense that did.
I believe that the question is flawed. The real question should be: Can the Jets win the Super Bowl with Mark Sanchez as their QB? And the answer to this question should be: Of course they can.
Where does it say a team needs an elite QB in order to win the Super Bowl?
There are many instances where teams were able to get the Lombardi trophy without having an elite QB behind center. Brad Johnson did not lead the Tampa Bay Bucs to a Super Bowl victory in 2003 and Trent Dilfer didn’t lead the Baltimore Ravens to victory in 2001.
If you want to get really recent, Eli Manning did not lead the New York Giants to victory in 2008, either. While Manning did have that spectacular play where he scrambled and threw to WR David Tyree, who made that incredible catch, can anyone really believe that it was not the Giants defensive line that really deserved the credit for that win?
The bottom line is that Sanchez is incapable of being the centerpiece that leads a Jets team to a Super Bowl win in the manner of a Rodgers, a Brady or a Brees. Sanchez is, however, more than capable of being the QB of a Jets team that wins the Super Bowl.
However, for this to happen within the next two seasons these five things need to take place: