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Mark Sanchez: One Reason Why New York Jets Fans Shouldn't Worry About the Future

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2010

He was set to be the Jets golden boy.  The franchise player.  The one that finally broke the curse, and gave the Jets and their fans something to cheer about.

Signing with the New York Jets in the 2009 NFL Draft, Sanchez quickly gave his John Hancock and picked up an easy $50 million contract with New York.  This was all well and good, but the Jets had been there before.  They'd gambled with guys, and they lost.

Surely it wouldn't happen again would it?

Well it almost did.

Set your clocks back a month ago, and you would have stumbled upon Rex Ryan's highly intelligent mathematical calculation that the Jets had no chance of making the postseason.  You also would have found that quarterback Mark Sanchez was injured, and was already showing signs of fatigue as his career began to blemish.

Having 196 completions in 364 attempts isn't bad for a rookie right?  I mean he did have over 2,000 passing yards on the season, and also had to make a transition with his wide receiver core after the arrival of Braylon Edwards during mid season.

Now that you've gone back to the past, allow me to bring you back to the present.  37-0.  That was the scoreline we saw last night.  The scoreline that no one in their right mind expected, but it happened. 

Mark Sanchez's number weren't Joe Montana like by any stretch, but he got the job done.  His 63 yards and 8 completions capped a Jets playoff berth that the city of New York has wanted for so many years.

An impressive victory for a young man whose season has had it's fair share of twists and turns. 

Although Mark Sanchez's stats are impressive, another talking point is also Rex Ryan's ability to have faith in him.  Not once did Rex question him, and not once did he lose faith in him. 

Looking at other coaches in the league, Sanchez may haven't had stood a chance on a team such as the Oakland or Cleveland Browns who treat the quarterback position like it is a game of musical chairs.

We've been to the past, we've been to the present.  Now it's time for the future.  Opinions and judgements aside, the upcoming Cincinnati game is a game in which Sanchez can stamp his authority in the heart of the Jets franchise.  A win and he'd be a crowd favorite, a loss and he will be the question of the offseason.

Regardless of how it turns out, there is no reason not to give this young man credit for not only a half decent rookie season, but a great game in Cincinnati last night.

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