By Alan Satterlee (@Speedkills_FFW)
It’s pretty hard to believe looking in the rear view mirror but the Jets used the 5th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft to select Mark Sanchez. To be fair, the 2009 draft has proven to be quite weak side of drafts with hindsight. Andre Smith went the pick after Sanchez at 1.06 (he hasn’t been anything overly special either), Darrious Heyward-Bey went the pick after that, Knowshon Moreno was the 12th overall pick of the draft and the next QB taken in 2009 was Josh Freeman with the 17th overall pick. That draft also saw Brandon Pettigrew and Beanie Wells go in the 1st round and Brian Robiskie be selected with the 36th overall pick – 2009 was a weak, weak draft! That draft in fact was perhaps the weakest QB draft in our lifetime. After Sanchez and Freeman (plus Matthews Stafford at 1.01), Pat White went in the 2nd, Stephen McGee was the next QB in the 4th, Rhett Bomar and Nate Davis in the 5th, with Tom Brandstater, Mike Teel, Keith Null and Curtis Painter in the 6th to round out the QBs selected in 2009 – arguably the worst QB class ever. Strong words, but go find a weaker QB class I dare you. Back to Mark Sanchez – he hasn’t been crazy horrible. Sanchez has a 33-29 win to loss record, he has a close to .500 career TD/INT ratio of 68 TDs to 69 INTs, Sanchez led the Jets to the AFC Championship game in 2009 and 2010 (to be fair he did not in 2011, 2012, 2013), Sanchez sports a 9:3 TD/INT ratio in the playoffs and Sanchez was the 10th overall fantasy QB in 2010. Still, at the end of the day Sanchez couldn’t get the job done and Sanchez left the Jets scrambling for a new direction and “set the team back five years” as the rule of thumb goes for QBs drafted high in the 1st round of the NFL draft that bust. Crazier things have happened but imagine if Nick Foles goes down early in 2014 and all of a sudden Mark Sanchez is directing the Chip Kelly ship with all that talent they have! That said, Sanchez needs to beat out 2nd-year QB Matt Barkley to be the main backup QB this season. Sanchez signed a one-year, $2.25M deal with Philadelphia.
|2013||New York Jets||0||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||--||0.0|
|2012||New York Jets||15||453||246||54.3||2,883||192.2||13||18||34||66.9|
|2011||New York Jets||16||543||308||56.7||3,474||217.1||26||18||39||78.2|
|2010||New York Jets||16||507||278||54.8||3,291||205.7||17||13||27||75.3|
|2009||New York Jets||15||364||196||53.8||2,444||162.9||12||20||26||63.0|
Well, at this point it doesn’t look like much. We shall see if Sanchez locks down the backup QB job (I suspect he will) and if so only an injury to Nick Foles would get Sanchez back on the field.
Really the only impact is to Matt Barkley’s fantasy value (which is pretty much close to null and void right about now). This time last year, Barkley was a dynasty sleeper with Michael Vick a little iffy, Nick Foles a question mark as well, and Barkley a deep sleeper to win the starting job (at least for those with wishful thoughts who had Barkley in dynasty leagues).
OLD TEAM IMPACT
Jets’ fans are likely just looking forward to a new chapter. Geno Smith is the new Jets’ QB of the future (and perhaps the QB of the present depending how camp battles shake out), and Michael Vick is waiting in the wings to give J-E-T-S 2014 a shot in the arm. Sanchez won’t be missed one bit and in fact the Sanchez era couldn’t end soon enough for most Jets’ fans. After a 43:31 TD/INT ratio for Sanchez in 2010-2011, 2012 dipped to 13:18 (including the embarrassing “butt fumble” play on Thursday Night Football against the Patriots) and Sanchez didn’t even see the field last season.