I will be able to tell my kids and grandkids that I was actually in attendance when the infamous butt fumble occurred on a brisk Thanksgiving night in 2012. It was the worst game I have ever attended and solidified my disdain for Mark Sanchez. Of course hindsight is 20/20, but the New York Jets were clearly wrong in their picking of Mark Sanchez in 2009. The man, like many other quarterbacks, looked great in a t-shirt and shorts while throwing without any pass rush, but that does not transfer over into real NFL games. Sorry Mark.
The Jets were successful with him early on because the rest of the team was just flat out good, Mark just had to put the ball in the hands of Thomas Jones or Shonn Greene and LT, with some play action passes thrown in there. Once his team around him deteriorated, so did he. Blind to this regression, former general manager Mike Tannenbaum thought it would be a great idea to give the guy who led the league in turnovers an extension. Great move Mikey.....
Pete Carroll gets the last laugh here. He was not shy in telling the media that Mark should have given himself another year to “rectify” any flaws he had so that that NFL teams could do a better job in evaluating his skill set. To his credit Mark had great stats in what would be his final season as a Trojan throwing 34 touchdowns while throwing only 10 picks. It's just a shame to see a guy take loyal fans' money and not produce on the field, Mark is obviously not the first to do so. I began to question Mark's determination to improve when I went to Cortland last season to watch Jets training camp. Tim Tebow was one of the first players onto the field, Sanchez was the last quarterback to arrive which surprised me.
Moving forward with Geno Smith, I do not think Jets fans will despise Mark Sanchez. He was the quarterback of two great Jets teams and has four road playoff wins to his credit. Maybe New York put too much pressure on the California kid by dubbing him the next Broadway Joe. But that's the price of playing in New York, if you win, you're a legend, if you lose, you're a bum who doesn't deserve to play here ever again. Mark will hopefully compete for a starting job somewhere else, with a team that will fit his style of play.