Six Backup QBs that would Be Better than Mark Sanchez
Living in New York can either be very easy or very hard as a sports fan. If you’re a Yankees or a Giants fan you get blessed with World Series victories and Super Bowl championships. However, if you’re like me, you sit and sulk when the Mets and Jets continuously disappoint and just hope for a better season next year. When Mark Sanchez first became a Jet, it seemed like there was some hope. The team made it to the AFC Championship Game in back-to-back years and the Jets had arguably the best defense in the league. A lot has changed since then. The Jets run game has gotten significantly worse. More or less every potential offensive weapon the Jets have was hurt last year. Darrell Revis, the best cornerback in the game, is gone. The Jets missed out on the Tim Tebow train, and now are stuck with a deteriorated QB in Mark Sanchez – the man who has held the top spot on Sportcenter’s ‘Worst of the Worst’ since Thanksgiving, after running into his own offensive lineman’s butt. The Jets quarterback situation is so bad, that I would take other team’s backup quarterbacks and start them before Sanchez, so here it is, the six backups who I’d rather have start than number six, Mark Sanchez.
6. Jason Campbell – Cleveland Browns
Jason Campbell is no superstar, but none of the players on this list will be – they are backups. However, as the starting quarterback for the Redskins from 2007 through 2010 when he was signed by Oakland, Campbell played decent football. He never in his career had a season where he threw more interceptions than touchdowns. His lifetime completion percentage is 60.9 percent, which is great compared to Sanchez’s of 55.1 percent. Campbell had his best season in 2009, when he threw 20 touchdowns and finished the season with an 86.4 QB rating. Mark Sanchez’s QB rating at the end of the season has never even broke 80! Campbell has had injuries slow his career down, relegating him to a backup quarterback, but I’d still rather have him lined up behind center than Sanchez.
5. Colt McCoy – San Francisco 49ers
Colt McCoy’s win-loss record of 6-15 is no reflection on how he is as a player. At the University of Texas, McCoy was a two-time All-American and finished second in 2008 and third in 2009 in the Heisman Voting. McCoy’s NFL career simply needs a spark to get the fire burning. He has 21 touchdowns compared to 20 interceptions in his time as a pro, and has a lifetime QB rating of 74.8, 3.1 points better than Sanchez’s career rating. McCoy has a lot of potential, and at age 26 he has a long career ahead of him. I would much rather see a young college star rise to stardom than a washed up Mark Sanchez any day.
4. Matt Cassell – Minnesota Vikings
Matt Cassell’s career has been a roller coaster ride. In 2008, Cassell got his chance to shine when Tom Brady went down in the first game of the season. Cassell led the Patriots to an 11-5 season, and just missed the playoffs due to tie-breakers. He threw for almost 3,700 yards that year and completed 21 touchdown passes while only being intercepted 11 times. His QB rating was 89.4, which was the second highest of his career. In 2010 for the Chiefs, Cassell put up great numbers, throwing 27 touchdowns and only seven interceptions, finishing the season with a QB rating of 93. In 2011 Cassell somehow made the Pro Bowl, but now he is warming the bench for starter Christian Ponder. Cassell is only 31-years-old, and would have a much brighter future in New York than warming a cold bench in Minnesota.
3. Matt Hasslebeck – Indianapolis Colts
Matt Hasselbeck may be past his prime, but he can still play better than Sanchez. Hasselbeck is a three-time Pro Bowl selection, was on the All-Pro team in 2005, the same year he led the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, and holds pretty much every passing record for the Seattle Seahawks franchise. 2005 was his best year, when he threw for almost 3,500 yards, 24 touchdowns and had a QB rating of 98.2. Hasselbeck was a starter up until last year, when he was benched for youngster Jake Locker. Now, Hasselbeck is the backup for a much better youngster, Andrew Luck. Hasselbeck has proved throughout his entire career that he can play like a real NFL quarterback, which is much more than can be said about Sanchez.
2. Tim Tebow – New England Patriots
Hold it! Before you start the Tebow-Sanchez comparison, let me start by telling you that I don’t care what you have to say about Tebow. I don’t care that he’s not super accurate. I don’t care that he has God on his side. I don’t care that he comes with a ton of baggage. Tebow never got his shot in New York, and based on how Sanchez played last year he should have been given one. Tebow is one of the best college football players in recent memory, and rather than give him a chance, the Jets left a failing Mark Sanchez on the top of their depth chart. Say what you will about Tebow, but he should have been given a chance. Tebow has proved he knows how to win. I would much rather see Rex Ryan try out Tebow and fail than continue to fail with Sanchez.
1. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Tennessee
Fitzpatrick has been a pretty good starter for the Bills over the past few years. He has had three consecutive seasons with at least 3,000 passing yards, 23 touchdowns and a QB rating of at least 79. Fitzpatrick didn’t necessarily have the tools to succeed in Buffalo, but anything can happen in the Big Apple (or rather the dirty Jerz). Fitzpatrick has shown over the past three years that he can be an NFL starting quarterback, which is again much more than we can say about Sanchez.
What do you think of this list? Is there anybody else you’d rather see start before Sanchez? Share your thoughts. Comment below!
By Andrew Goodman – Goodman Sports