In the wake of last night's loss to Denver, the same question has plagued the minds of media members and Jets fans alike: Will Rex Ryan move forward with Mark Sanchez as the team's starting quarterback?
There was so much promise for the Southern California product. In each of his first two NFL seasons, Sanchez and the Jets made it to the AFC Championship Game. He may not have "wowed" anyone with his play in the regular season, but it appeared as if he got the job done and had the moxie to become a winner in the league.
When New York was able to go out and acquire Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason for the 2011 season, many figured Sanchez now had the weapons offensively to put the Jets in the Super Bowl hunt once again. Not many expected the team to be sitting at 5-5 at this point with only the 22nd-ranked offense (total yards) in the league.
It is worth noting that in three of those five losses, Sanchez threw a pick-six. Not only is he not winning games, but he is also turning over the ball in key situations.
Turn on the tape of last night's game against Denver and you will see Mark Sanchez at his worst. The Jets offense struggled to move on the Broncos defense all night, seemingly handcuffed by conservative play-calling or check-downs by Sanchez. The quarterback looked shaky throughout the game and did not display any of the competitiveness or moxie we thought he may have possessed.
So will Rex Ryan pull the plug on the former top five pick after the season? That is yet to be determined. The following slideshow explores some options for the New York Jets if they decide to go a different route in 2012.