The Mark Sanchez question has finally been answered. For the last week, Sanchez had the option to get the season ending surgery, or to rehab his shoulder by going on the IR Designated to return list.
He chose rehab and will be put on the Jets, IR to Return list. If you remember, Sanchez suffered the shoulder injury in their Preseason match up against the Detroit Lions, in which Rex Ryan had Sanchez play well into the fourth quarter. Sanchez is now out until at least Week 11, where it is likely the Jets will be out of playoff contention and his future with the team in doubt.
This means they have an open roster spot. If I were the GM, I would fill it with a quarterback to back up Geno Smith. Yes they have Matt Simms, but are they really willing to play an entire season of football with two rookies? According to KFFL, their are still a handful of quarterbacks who have played in the league. To me, those options are better than what the Jets have backing up Smith.
* Jimmy Clausen (2nd Round 2010 Panthers)
* John Skelton (5th Round 2010 Cardinals)
* Vince Young (3rd Overall 2006 Titans)
These are the best three quarterbacks that Free Agency has to offer. Unless the Jets go out and pull off some sort of trade, these are the guys that are much better option in case Smith goes down than Simms. Skelton had marginal success with the Cardinals in particular 2011 when he helped spark the turnaround from 1-6 to 8-8. 2012 was the end for him, and he struggled to pick up the Bengals west coast offense.
Young looked good during the Preseason with the Packers, but his inability to pick up their offense fully, cost him his job. He’s probably their best bet in Free Agency.
Clausen only had one real chance to start, and that came in 2010. Both he and Matt Moore struggled, but Clausen was the lesser of two evils, and he started more games. However when they finished 2-14 they were awarded the first pick in the 2011 draft, and Cam Newton replaced Clausen. Like Moore, I think Clausen would benefit with a change of scenery, and a new team.
Now… I have always supported Sanchez. I think he’s in a poor position in New York, and I think another team would give him a shot to start based solely on everything that he did early in his career. But he’s running out of time. Sanchez and Ryan are on the hot seat together and if Ryan does not produce this year, Sanchez is packing his bags with him next year.