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Jets continue to make strange decisions regarding Sanchez

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When it comes to quarterback Mark Sanchez, the Jets can’t seem to get anything right.  Which means that they get pretty much everything wrong.

It started last year when they flirted with Peyton Manning, who had no interest in having his jersey number tattooed anywhere on coach Rex Ryan’s body.  Then, after Manning stiff-armed the Jets, the organization opted to give Mark Sanchez a McNabb-style financial apology, guaranteeing Sanchez $20.5 million with a deal that tied the two parties together for at least two seasons.

Then the Jets promptly traded for Tim Tebow, who had been supplanted by the aforementioned Peyton Manning in Denver.

Sanchez didn’t like it, the Tebow experiment didn’t work, Sanchez didn’t play well, and the Jets were stuck with him for 2013, at total compensation of $8.75 million with a fully-guaranteed, no-offset base salary of $8.25 million.

So the Jets used a high second-round pick on quarterback Geno Smith, launched a quarterback competition that may or may not have been rigged to give Smith the confidence that comes from winning the job, and inserted Sanchez in the fourth quarter of the third preseason game.  Sanchez’s shoulder got jacked up (technical term), he may or may not need surgery, and the Jets have now placed him on injured reserve.

But not normal injured reserve.  The Jets have used their once-per-year ability to shift a player from the roster to injured reserve and recall him later on a backup quarterback.

It means that the designation won’t be available if any other player suffers an injury that knocks him out for at least two months but not the full season, forcing the Jets to carry that player on the active roster.

The move also suggests that the Jets want to have Sanchez available later in the year, if the Geno Smith experiment mimics Peter Brady’s volcano — as it did in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s game against the Patriots.

Regardless, it still seems inevitable that the Jets will cut Sanchez after the 2013 season.  The only question is how many more weird things the Jets will do when it comes to Sanchez before the two sides finally part ways.

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33 Responses to “Jets continue to make strange decisions regarding Sanchez”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 14, 2013 9:24 PM

    All of this and more on next week’s episode of The Twilight Field.

  2. khuxford says: Sep 14, 2013 9:27 PM

    Honestly, I think they only made this move as a last ditch effort to stand behind the claim that the competition wasn’t rigged or even decided. It’s wasting a football move on a weak PR play.

  3. TheWizard says: Sep 14, 2013 9:29 PM

    Geno has that look like a lot of the young guys do now. Under control. Doesn’t have the deer in the headlights like rookie QB’s a generation ago used to have.

    If he can show incremental improvement, I doubt the Chez will see the field again this year.

  4. unislaya says: Sep 14, 2013 9:29 PM

    Rex Ryan’s favorite song is
    “I’m Different”
    by 2chainz

  5. Abattoir says: Sep 14, 2013 9:30 PM

    It’s not strange at all. The Jets are doing everything in their power to bench Mark Sanchez, without actually benching him.

    I’m guessing they don’t want to hurt the Sanchize’s feelings.

  6. metsjetsdrink says: Sep 14, 2013 9:31 PM

    Why is PFT so obsessed with the Jets? How is this move strange? They aren’t sure Geno will play well this year, but they have a top defense to be competitive. They are just hedging with a true back up for the second half of the year. SHOCKING!

  7. bills399 says: Sep 14, 2013 9:32 PM

    the jets should change their name, its offensive

  8. drcap says: Sep 14, 2013 9:39 PM

    I agree that the Jets seem dysfunctional. But I disagree that using their only IR-with-return is a bad move. How many teams try to hoard that move, and then never use it? Using it on a QB is a good move, even if that QB is mediocre. And to his credit, Sanchez has won playoff games.

  9. jimthebuilder27 says: Sep 14, 2013 9:43 PM

    This is a waste, what if an important player (say Mangold) got hurt, could return, but now they’d have to put him on season-ending injured reserve?

    And to those who say Sanchez has won playoff games, he didn’t have to carry the team. He had a great defense and running game. Not anymore!

    What a pathetic franchise.

  10. cool10857 says: Sep 14, 2013 9:46 PM

    The Jets front office including the owner, general manager and head coach on down are totally incompetent. You could not find a bigger group of morons if you tried.

  11. tannethrill says: Sep 14, 2013 9:46 PM

    They’re trying to squeeze five quarters out of a dollar and use him for trade bait. Rebuild mode regardless of what Rex puts together.

  12. j0esixpack says: Sep 14, 2013 9:51 PM

    This goes even further back than that.

    The Jets drafted this kid young and his own college coach, Pete Carroll, actually went on record saying that his own player wasn’t ready for the NFL.

    So of course the Jets draft this young fragile QB and throw him to the wolves. Things go ok for awhile but then the doofus of a head coach goes and puts a ton of pressure on the kid by “guaranteeing” they’ll win a Super Bowl.

    That pressure probably doesn’t help – and of course they fail to make it to a Super Bowl in the era in which man has step foot on the moon

    So of course the coach makes the same guarantee again

    Then, to bolster his failing confidence they needlessly give him a TON of money – and then promptly flirt with Manning and Tebow to again undermine his confidence.

    Having Rex “guarantee” Sanchez would always remain the starter doesn’t help (though maybe the cost of tattoo removal works in his favor).

    No – the Jets botched this up in a good dozen ways – it’s amazing Sanchez is as good as he is.

  13. 1pwrightt says: Sep 14, 2013 9:52 PM

    Sanchez? Manning? Tebow? Sanchez ? Geno? No its Sanchez? No its Gino? Next week don’t be surprised if they call up 99 year old Jeff George.

  14. jchuber says: Sep 14, 2013 9:55 PM

    The jets are a three ring circus act. And the ring masters are Ryan and his abrasive boss. And I’m sorry, but it’s not a laughing matter!!!!!

  15. thegonz13 says: Sep 14, 2013 10:01 PM

    The first strange decision was drafting him. It went south from there…

  16. tfbuckfutter says: Sep 14, 2013 10:01 PM

    TL;DNR version:

    The Jets are retarded.

    The postscript:

    When Sanchez comes back with another team he will probably be super motivated and actually turn into a legit QB.

  17. broncosaddict says: Sep 14, 2013 10:17 PM

    Whatever happens, Sanchez needs to stop using teenage girl hair accessories.
    I dont know how often he wears them, but it seems to be in most of the pictures I see of him.

  18. craniator says: Sep 14, 2013 10:24 PM

    I think metsjetsdrink nailed it. This is , in some ways , similar to the way the media deals with Dolphins’ transactions — another team doing it = okay , Dolphins doing it = not okay.

  19. brownsclown says: Sep 14, 2013 10:41 PM

    Strange? Not for these clowns who make the cast fr ‘Fringe’ and ‘The Twilight Zone’ look like Ma & Pa Kettle!

  20. brownsclown says: Sep 14, 2013 10:42 PM

    Strange? Not for these clowns who make the cast from ‘Fringe’ and ‘The Twilight Zone’ look like Ma & Pa Kettle!

  21. mikelitoris1 says: Sep 14, 2013 10:45 PM

    A year from now when Dirty Headband relocates to Green Bay, we’ll have to hear him complain about not getting a fair shot to beat out Aaron Rodgers.

  22. barbeaux says: Sep 14, 2013 10:55 PM

    The mgmt staff of the jets is terrible

  23. cwk22 says: Sep 14, 2013 11:24 PM

    New GM should put an end to these constant distractions around suckchez. As a fins fan I once thought all of this was funny. But now I just feel sorry for Jets fans having to deal with it everyday.

  24. jetsfansince90 says: Sep 14, 2013 11:56 PM

    Not really an odd move I mean Geno Smith is starting right now his back ups are Brady Quinn who hasn’t really proved to be much of anything in the NFL and Matt Simms who while he had a good preseason hasn’t started a regular season game. If they can bring Sanchez back off IR if something happens to Geno which may with the amount of sacks the kid takes. There’s a qb who yes is inconsistent but better to try and compete than throw in the towel. But hey gotta cause drama that doesn’t distribution with the jets

  25. sdchicken says: Sep 15, 2013 12:14 AM

    I think if you look at the loss of offensive talent, which was average with Shonne Greene and an older LT, Braylon in his prime, and me first Santonio….

    Look at the regression in offensive coordinators, going to Sparano’s outdated predictable run first, and confusing style of only putting in Tebow after Sanchez had just completed 3 straight passes…

    A coach with a brash ego predicting Super Bowl after Super Bowl, putting ridiculous pressure on him, nobody would succeed under all of this nonsense.

    Sanchez hasn’t demonstrated progress, but I bet he turns into another alex smith story in a few years if he goes to a stable team.

  26. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Sep 15, 2013 12:58 AM

    *hits play on boom box*
    *Holds boom box over head*

    “Baby, come back!”

  27. badintent says: Sep 15, 2013 1:31 AM

    Mark had a monster Oline at USC to protect him, create a great running game to take the load off his small shoulders and gave him stud receivers to throw to . He only had to manage the game with no fumbles and picks. He saved those for the Jets when he was rushed and had to make NFL quick decisions. This guy had CFL on his DNA from the get go. At best. OR maybe the Russian Football League

  28. kev86 says: Sep 15, 2013 7:00 AM

    Jets are messy. Always have been.

  29. zeeman911 says: Sep 15, 2013 7:44 AM

    Looks like be jets will be drafting another QB next year….

  30. jimmysee says: Sep 15, 2013 7:51 AM

    The Jets may decide to cut Sanchez — But if he’s managed his money correctly, he’ll be set for life and can find a job coaching high school football back in SoCal.

    Not the ending he wanted — but not a bad ending to the story.

  31. chlstn says: Sep 15, 2013 9:17 AM

    Forget Sanchez. He’s done. Smith will settle in very nicely.

  32. bigcatdc says: Sep 16, 2013 8:16 AM

    barbeaux | Sep 14, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT
    The mgmt staff of the jets is terrible
    ____________________________

    The previous management was less than stellar in NFL terms where you have to hedge short term success for longevity and consistency–See NE, Seattle.

    The Jets brought in John Idzik who was the de facto GM of the Seahawks from 2007 to 2012 and was able to balance their cap to a level that they could achieve the consistency and longevity for which they are now known.

    Idzik is stuck with a coach and at least one quarterback he doesn’t want. Sanchez is obviously as good as gone and all signs point to this year as the one chance Geno will get to be the Jets’ long-term QB. If he underperforms, all three could be gone by this time next year.

    As a die-hard Redskins fan (and yes, I say Redskins and will continue to say Redskins no matter what Peter King thinks of the name) I am more than aware of what fiscal irresponsibility can do to destroy a team for a generation.

    To all you Jets fans, good luck is year– it might be a rough one, but with Idzik’s purportedly genius mathematical and football mind, he should have your ship righted in far shorter a time than the nearly twenty years I’ve had to cringe at Synder’s ridiculous acquisitions and overpayment of formerly great players far past their prime who played for the Skins for little more than the huge paycheck they got every week.

    This season might be rough, but your new GM is the real deal from everything people I know in the NFL and in finance have to say. You Jets fans can email me here to say I told you so when in four years (+/-) or so your squad is led by a true franchise quarterback not currently on your roster to the Super Bowl.

  33. bigcatdc says: Sep 16, 2013 8:17 AM

    barbeaux | Sep 14, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT
    The mgmt staff of the jets is terrible
    __________________________________________________________________

    The previous management was less than stellar in NFL terms where you have to hedge short term success for longevity and consistency–See NE, Seattle.

    The Jets brought in John Idzik who was the de facto GM of the Seahawks from 2007 to 2012 and was able to balance their cap to a level that they could achieve the consistency and longevity for which they are now known.

    Idzik is stuck with a coach and at least one quarterback he doesn’t want. Sanchez is obviously as good as gone and all signs point to this year as the one chance Geno will get to be the Jets’ long-term QB. If he underperforms, all three could be gone by this time next year.

    As a die-hard Redskins fan (and yes, I say Redskins and will continue to say Redskins no matter what Peter King thinks of the name) I am more than aware of what fiscal irresponsibility can do to destroy a team for a generation.

    To all you Jets fans, good luck is year– it might be a rough one, but with Idzik’s purportedly genius mathematical and football mind, he should have your ship righted in far shorter a time than the nearly twenty years I’ve had to cringe at Synder’s ridiculous acquisitions and overpayment of formerly great players far past their prime who played for the Skins for little more than the huge paycheck they got every week.

    This season might be rough, but your new GM is the real deal from everything people I know in the NFL and in finance have to say. You Jets fans can email me here to say I told you so when in four years (+/-) or so your squad is led by a true franchise quarterback not currently on your roster to the Super Bowl.

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