As the title of this FanPost indicates, this is a farewell to Mark Sanchez. By no means have the Jets publicly stated that this is the end, but barring an unexpected turn of events, Mark Sanchez has played his last down as a Jet. I have always been supportive of Mark, through the good times and the bad, but it is clear that the organization must move on.
As a resident of Los Angeles, I was ecstatic when the Jets selected Mark in the first round of the 2009 draft. After seeing him play at USC, I assumed he was destined to lead the Jets to greatness. When the Jets advanced to two consecutive AFC Championship Games in 2009 and 2010, I thought that the best was yet to come. Unfortunately, for all of us, Mark failed to develop into a franchise quarterback over the course of the next two campaigns.
This Summer's "quarterback competition" has been well documented, so I will refrain from touching upon that, but heading into week six, Geno Smith is entrenched at QB. Mark's injury sustained during the competition may serve as a blessing in disguise for him. After this season, the Jets will almost certainly release Mark, giving him a chance to salvage the rest of his career with another team. If he rehabs his shoulder, works hard to get into shape, and puts the past behind him, I believe that Mark can go on to have a successful career in the NFL.
At this time, I would also like to commend Mr. Sanchez's professionalism and class in handling everything going on around him. It would be easy for him to sulk and be a poor teammate, after seeing Geno Smith take his job. He could have been disruptive to the team or standoffish in the locker room. Ironically, it is Sanchez's fellow 2009 first rounder, Josh Freeman, who conducted himself in this manner. It is worth noting that Alex Smith, who handled his benching last year properly, is now at the helm of the 5-0 Chiefs.
Farewell, Mr. Sanchez, I have much respect for you and wish you nothing but the best!