Please Have Several Seats: Mark Sanchez and The New York Jets

We’ve heard the expression, “time heals all wounds,” and in most instances this holds true.

The NY Jets are obviously banking on it, with the audacity to even suggest that Mark Sanchez might be the starting QB again.

Sanchez has been the centerpiece of Gang Green’s underachieving ways the past two seasons. Since leading them to consecutive AFC Championship games (‘09 and ‘10), the fast-moving NFL flavor train has made Sanchez’s early success seem like decades ago.

Last season, the curly-haired, playboy’s game torpedoed. He was a turnover machine with a knack for destruction.

Remarkably, as the ’13 season draws closer, the Jets are hoping one offseason is enough time for Jets fans to forget how God-awful Sanchize became. By season’s end, he was a popular whipping post for sports journalists, and Jets fans were salivating at the chance to draft another QB.

It looked as if Jets brass finally got the idea, and started the abandonment of their obsessive relationship with the ex-USC star, by drafting West Virginia aerial ace Geno Smith with the 39th pick of the second round. It was widely anticipated as the beginning of the end for Sanchize, a guy who never delivered the big-city goods.

The last thing Jet fans thought when they ended last season’s 6-10 debacle, was that they’d have to live through another season of No. 6 playing football like a mute drunk crossing the freeway.

Anybody falling for the Jets’ various spins on why “the butt-fumbler” is being considered as a starter deserves every interception Sanchez hoists this season and should get familiar with the expression, “once a sucker, always a sucker.”

Since we are throwing expressions around, how about the one that says “a leopard doesn’t change his spots.”

Rex Ryan is still head coach. GM John Idzik is ghost-like and owner Woody Johnson still has a greater appetite for controversy-causing headlines than concrete decisions and building a winner.

Reports have it that Smith is holding a “slight edge” over Sanchez in the QB battle. When hearing this, one could only assume that Smith was playing terribly. We know he can throw the rock. We all saw the 656 yards and 8 TDs he wrecked Baylor with last season. Smith lives in the sky and the Jet’s air-attack has been grounded for most of Sanchez’s brief career.

Smith hasn’t thrown a pick in training camp, but there was Sanchez on Monday throwing the first pick of 11-on-11 sessions, badly tossing behind a receiver and right at a linebacker.

That’s typical Sanchez. Smith won’t be throwing too many short balls and missing the deep receiver. It’s obvious, the Jets are pussy-footing with this decision and trying to milk the back headlines as usual.

You’d think after the Tim Tebow fiasco, NY would want to stay as far away from a QB controversy as possible. Instead, they are dragging out a decision that was already made when ‘12 ended and Smith was drafted.

Ryan’s spitting that typical Jets double talk down to the wire, concerning his new arm.

“I think he can throw the football, there’s no doubt, “Ryan told at Jets training camp, on Monday. “He’s accurate with the football.”

Yeah Rex. He’s everything Sanchize ain't. So what’s the problem here?

“I think the big thing for him now…like he took a couple of sacks today, instead we got to get rid of the ball. So that’s something where (Smith) can improve his game,” Rex continued.

Well if the Jets are really about those rings and things, letting Smith work through his learning curve on the field, as the starter, is the only option. There isn’t a gauze pad rotund enough to cover up the gaping wound Sanchez has left in the hearts of New Yorkers. His day is done. The Jets need to stop clowning and set off the Geno Smith Era.

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.