That first step started with the resignation/firing of OC Brian Schottenheimer and the hiring of ex Miami HC Tony Sparano. His coming should help provide the elite play from the offensive line that we were used to seeing with the coaching of Bill Callahan. Sparano should also provide the offense with stable and consistent play calling; which is polar opposite of Schottenheimer (I don't think he even deserves the nickname Schotty). It has been mentioned a few times around here on the web site, but although he doesn't have the history of success with QB's that we need to have in a coordinator, we can get that from the potential hiring of Todd Haley.
In my opinion that last sentence can be very important to what happens with our team this coming offseason. The most important position on this team is the one that possibly has the biggest question mark on our roster. Although I do think Sanchez will show progression the next season if Haley does agree to be our QB or O Line coach; I think that Sanchez becoming the consistent playmaker that we need (aka a QB with a 60%+ pass completion) then we need to move on. He throws interceptions on 3.3 percent of his passes, which makes him worse then Tavaris Jackson, Kevin Kolb, Blaine Gabbert, Matt Moore, Colt McCoy, and Tim Tebow (those names are just quarterbacks that are on worse offensive situations than ours). Plain and simple either Sanchez will be an inconsistent, bottom 10, regular season quarterback who has the "it" factor or he'll progress past his inconsistency due to better coaching. However, he does not possess that natural ability to be a good quarteback no matter who the OC is.
So most likely at best he will be an average starting quarterback who only plays well for playoff games, or we get the same back up quarterback-like play that we've seen during the regular season. Although my opinion isn't one that should ever be used for general management decisions, I feel like Sanchez is not the long term answer for this team. There is that chance that he could blossom into an elite quarterback with a good coordinator, but I think that you either possess the ability or you don't. Sanchez doesn't have the ability or the upside to be the next Stafford, Newton, or Daylton. If we want to make a run at a SB next year, I think it would be in the best interest for the short term to find a way to get Peyton Manning on this team.
I don't even know where to look for information about the Jet's salary cap this next season, but if there is a way to make it happen then I think we should try to sign him. Yes you read that correctly, I DO think that Peyton will be released because it may be done out of respect for him (although yes that does sound absurd) and the fact that he may not want to be traded to the joke that is the Browns or the Redskins. If I am Peyton I want to go out winning and plain and simply we are the best team out there that has an opening for the QB position (besides MAYBE SF). He would have to be willing to take less money (which probably decreases the chances of it happening) and we would have to trade away Sanchez but in the short term it is worth it.
If Manning were to join then we instantly become an elite offense and defense in the NFL. And if Manning is on the team for the next two to three years we have a QB in the stable that could potentially be: 1) a better leader for the franchise 2) a more accurate passer and 3) a QB who may possess a better ability to read defenses. That QB is Greg Mcelroy. We give him another year or two and we may be looking at a steal in the 7th round. He performed very well in the pre season and I walked away impressed. Again, he is a long shot but I really don't think Sanchez is the franchise quarterback that we thought he might be. In my opinion it may be best to move on although there would be reprecussions for sacrificing long term success for short ones.