Unnamed coach says Mark Sanchez would start for his team
My buddy sent me this headline earlier today, and my immediate, partially mocking response was "an NFL coach?", because I could not fathom how anyone on an NFL coaching staff would want Sanchez as a starter on his team. Keep in mind that this unnamed source is not necessarily a head coach, but this is still worth noting.
Sanchez was absolutely horrendous in his most recent season as a starter, registering a 66.9 passer rating and chucking up 18 interceptions to just 13 touchdowns. With a ridiculous 52 turnovers between 2011 and 2012, Sanchez constantly looked lost, inaccurate, and flustered, displaying more of a third-string skill set than that of a starter. Now coming off a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, it is almost laughable that a coach could think so low of his quarterbacks that he believes Sanchez would be superior to them.
There are some teams with horrid quarterback situations, so it's worth speculating which team this coach could be from. The Jaguars, Vikings, Raiders, Browns, and Texans all badly need a new signal caller, but each of those teams has a top-8 pick in this year's draft, so they could all probably find a better option than Sanchez in May. Perhaps the coach could be thinking of Sanchez as a stopgap for the young quarterback his team hopes to draft.
Sanchez is not yet a free agent, but he is fully expected to be cut before receiving a $2 million roster bonus in March. It will be interesting to see where he ends up, because - believe it or not - you could do worse for a backup quarterback these days.