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Should The New York Jets Trade Or Cut Mark Sanchez After This Season?

Submitted by on December 23, 2012 – 11:01 amOne Comment
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Mark Sanchez has very likely played his final NFL game in a New York Jets uniform. And, he went out with, well, there’s no way to say this nicely. He went out with a major thud. On Monday night, the Jets played in a Monday Night Football game against the Tennessee Titans with their slim playoff hopes on the line. Sanchez responded by throwing four interceptions, including one with less than two minutes left in the game, and by fumbling away the final snap of the game to drop the Jets to 6-8 on the year and eliminate them from the playoff hunt. As a result, Jets head coach Rex Ryan announced that third-string quarterback Greg McElroy will be starting against the San Diego Chargers today, effectively ending Sanchez’s season barring an injury to McElroy.

Some people also think Sanchez’s poor performance against the Titans may have ended his tenure with the Jets, too. The thought is that he hasn’t done enough this season to prove that he’s the guy that the Jets should stick with moving forward, and some reports out of New York have indicated that the team will try to either trade him or cut him once the 2012-13 NFL season comes to a close. But, is that really the right decision for the team to make right now? After all, the Jets’ woes haven’t been all Sanchez’s fault, right?

Right. But, that doesn’t mean the Jets shouldn’t cut Sanchez anyway. While several NFL analysts have argued that Sanchez’s stats over the last few years are comparable to the stats of fellow New York quarterback Eli Manning, the truth is that Sanchez has worn out his welcome in the Big Apple. After guiding the Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship appearances, he’s missed the playoffs two straight seasons and he hasn’t handled adversity very well. With Tim Tebow breathing down his neck all year this season, he’s shown glimpses of greatness at times but then followed them up with performances like the one at Tennessee. It hasn’t been pretty. So, for Sanchez’s sake, he needs a change of scenery—and he needs a change of scenery quickly before all of his confidence disappears and he’s unable to earn a spot elsewhere.

The trouble with cutting Sanchez is that, whether or not he plays for the Jets next year, they still owe him a ton of money. But, at this point, the Jets would probably be best served to simply count Sanchez’s guaranteed contract as a loss and abandon ship. We don’t think McElroy will prove to be the answer for them. But, at some point, they do need to go ahead and move in a different direction unless they want to keep having the same results. It’s best for the Jets. It’s best for Sanchez. And, frankly, it’s best for all of the fans of the Jets and of Sanchez. So, don’t be surprised if you see some major changes within the Jets organization this offseason. They’re definitely coming.

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