Trend Spotting: Reconsidering "The Sanchize"
This week in Trend Spotting, I take a look at the disastrous career trajectory of Mark Sanchez, and wonder whether perhaps the prevailing rhetoric is grounded in a mountain of misinformation. Right now he’s sitting out with a shoulder injury, and there are rumors circulating that the Jets might place him on injured reserve, leaving their quarterbacking duties in the hands of second round pick Geno Smith. It’s hard to believe how quickly Sanchez has fallen out of favor in New York, especially considering what he has already managed to accomplish in his four-year career (most notably, he’s the Jets’ all-time leader in road playoff wins).
In Sanchez’s first two seasons, the Jets reached the AFC Championship game, losing both times in relatively close battles (to the Colts in 2010 and the Steelers in 2011). Despite the success he enjoyed, Sanchez was considered nothing more than a “game manager” for those Jets teams, while Rex Ryan’s dominant defense and the Jets’ top-tier offensive line was given all of the credit for the team’s success.