Since the end of the season there had been talk of the walking Hall of Famer Peyton Manning coming to NY. I was one of the people that wanted the Jets to show restraint and stick with what they have in Mark Sanchez. Now I'm not a complete idiot, if Manning threw himself at the Jets I wouldn't be upset about the situation. I just would have to think about how that cripples us long term.The Jets would be going all in with Peyton and if we failed we would have to scrap the plan and rebuild again. This would also entail giving up on Sanchez after only three years.
I've been on here defending Mark Sanchez any chance I get, I really do believe in this guy. Sanchez has his heart in the right place and he wants to be great. Every QB has their ups and downs. However when you play for a play-off contender and your coach talks as much crap as Rex Ryan does everything you do is looked at under a microscope. Sanchez obviously has his flaws as a passer but we also see the times when Sanchez plays well and the good things that he does that give us hope that Sanchez can still be a great NFL QB. His ability to evade sacks and buy time in the pocket. His ability to make accurate throws on the run. His ability to lead the team from behind and make plays when we need it the most.
In giving up on Sanchez we would be turning our back on him after only three years, and thats three years with the same Coordinator. We always seem to forget that Sanchez was only a one year starter and played a total of 16 games in college. If that were divided among 4 years that would be just 4 games a year that he played. He still has room to grow, he looked uncomfortable in Schotty's system. If Chad Henne and Matt Moore can succeed in Sparano's offense than I'm positive Sanchez can. Also apparently Sparano and new Wr's Coach Sanjay Lal will be incorporating some Raiders passing concepts which specializes in the Play Action and Vertical passing games. I'm excited to see how Sanchez does in this new hybrid Dolphins/Raiders hybrid offense. I feel our Offense will successfully compliment our Defense.
Now I've been one to say that Sanchez does need a viable backup to push him. Since Sanchez has come to the Jets he's been handed everything. He had to "compete" with Kellen Clemens for the starting job. He's never had to worry about getting benched. He gets handed a new contract (I'll touch on that more in a bit). So you see why it's easy to say the Jets coddle Mark Sanchez, but we need to understand that isn't Sanchez's fault. He can't help it if everything is handed to him, all he can do is work as hard as he can. But at the end of the day competing against somebody will always bring the best out of you.
Now about the Contract. It definitely has its Positives and its Negatives. I'll start with the negatives: Sanchez had two years left on his deal and the Jets could have made Sanchez play for his extension and cut him loose if he continued to regress. Now the Jets are financially tied to Sanchez for the next 2 years. The extension sends a bad message through the locker room. The Jets all offseason talked about how poorly Sanchez played, and what do they do? They reward him with a 3 year extension. We fought with Revis in a well documented contract dispute after he played arguably the best year a Cornerback had ever had. We also had a contract dispute with Mangold. Even now we've yet to secure the services of Sione Pouha. Also guys like Keller, Moore, and Devito have expiring contracts. This shows a lack of consistency in MO. There is no incentive to play well and there is no consequence if you don't, as long as the coaches back you up you have nothing to worry about.
Now the positives: First and foremost it clears up cap space and gives us room to sign Free Agents. It also shows that the Jets still do believe in Sanchez. Yes some people can call it an apology contract but from everything thats been said it seems the Jets were never serious about pursuing Manning. They put out feelers and did their due diligence but at the end of the day the decided to commit to Sanchez which is huge statement for the team to make after a year in which doubts have arisen about Sanchez's status as the teams Franchise QB. This also backs up everything Rex Ryan has been saying since he brought Sanchez here, that as long as he was head coach than Sanchez would always be his QB.
So all in all guys I do think the Jets miscalculated the timing of the contract, however I think that it could pay off tremendously in the end. I'm excited to see how he will progress and I'm excited for at least another 5 years of The Sanchize.