Mark Sanchez took over for Brett Favre back in 2009, went to back to back AFC Championship games, and experienced two horrific seasons. Capped off by the infamous butt-fumble and the subsequent benchings in favor of Greg Mcelroy, it is fair to say that Sanchez’s career has spiraled out of control.
In this past draft, it got a whole lot worse. The organization that once put their future in his hands, seemingly left him out to dry with the selection of West Virginia standout Geno Smith.
In the early part of training camp, Geno Smith has looked really, really good. Mark Sanchez on the other hand, has looked really, really bad. He had a “butt-stumble”, where he tripped over his own feet and has thrown numerous interceptions.
However, over the past few days the battle has swung in favor of the “Sanchize”, as Smith finally threw an interception in 7 on 7 team drills.
While some attribute this recent string of success as the cause of Mark Sanchez getting the call to start against the Detroit Lions in their first preseason game, I see it differently.
Way back before the rise and fall of Mark Sanchez, veteran Kellen Clemens was his competition for the starting role prior to the 2009-2010 season. Who started game 1? Kellen Clemens.
All this indicates is that the battle is closer than most think, and in order to choose the best option, Rex Ryan and company have decided to get every look possible at both candidates.
- Mark Sanchez to Start New York Jets’ Preseason Opener (thejetpress.com)
- Mark Sanchez To Start At Quarterback In Jets’ Preseason Opener (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Ryan: Mark Sanchez, then Geno Smith at Detroit (newyorkjets.com)
- Sanchez to start at QB in Jets’ preseason opener (sandiego6.com)
- Sanchez to start at QB in Jets’ preseason opener (bostonherald.com)