7:32 PM EST, December 18, 2012
A retread like Vick
It's time for the Jets to put Mark Sanchez out of his misery: Cut him, bench him or trade him.
Sanchez's erratic play can't be tolerated anymore, and Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy aren't the answer. Regardless of whether Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum return, Sanchez shouldn't.
If the Jets want to upgrade at quarterback, it won't be easy. Alex Smith or Matt Flynn aren't bad choices via trades but would be tough to pull off.
That's why the Jets will wind up with a retread like Michael Vick once the Eagles discard him. Vick turns 33 before next season and is a flawed quarterback, but it's better than sticking with Sanchez.
Anybody but Sanchez
The opening-day starting quarterback for the Jets in 2013 might be Michael Vick. It might be Matt Moore. It might be Geno Smith. It might be Matt Barkley. We can't say for certain.
But what we can say for certain is their opening-day starting quarterback won't be Mark Sanchez. Changes are coming for the Jets, and one of those changes is going to be at quarterback. It is likely the Jets will have either a new general manager or head coach, or both, and the new man or men will want a new quarterback.
The Jets can't sell Sanchez to their fans anymore. So the Jets will be in the quarterback market this offseason. Whether by free agency, trade or the draft, they will find one.
Smith or perhaps Vick
The Jets' 2013 opening-day quarterback is not on the current roster, and maybe the guy who will make the decision isn't on board yet, either.
Rex Ryan's steadfast support of Mark Sanchez could be his undoing. Both careers have hit the iceberg.
It's likely that Sanchez has taken his last snap as a Jet. Only ABC has had more prime-time disasters than Sanchez this fall and while Ryan may return, his leash got tighter with every turnover Monday night.
Tim Tebow probably is gone as well and Greg McElroy remains unproven. That means next year's starter is wearing another NFL uniform. Alex Smith is the favorite, but Michael Vick has performed a Meadowlands miracle once before.
Could be Sanchez again
Los Angeles Times
It could be Mark Sanchez starting next season's opener for the Jets, if only because of the financial handcuffs involved. The Jets owe him $8.25 million next season, no matter where he winds up.
But that surely would cause a revolt among Jets fans. Tebow's gone. Alex Smith could be an interesting option, because he'll be looking to get out of San Francisco. Another interesting scenario would be the Seahawks dealing Matt Flynn, then acquiring Sanchez to back up Russell Wilson.
Or what if the Jets reach for USC quarterback Matt Barkley in the draft? Sanchez might have some words of advice for Barkley when handing off the baton — namely, "Look out behind you!"
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