You have heard me say that the Jets have set Mark Sanchez up to fail. But is that in fact not the case, and the Jets want Mark Sanchez to succeed after all? Here is Rich Cimini’s take:
This notion that the Jets are setting up Mark Sanchez to fail because they want Tim Tebow to be the starting quarterback is total bunk. (One talking head actually suggested “the fix is in.”) To paraphrase Wes Welker, the Jets have 20 million reasons to root for Sanchez — the $20.5 million he’s guaranteed in 2012 and 2013. Like they say in the old mob movies, just follow the money. That’s how it works in professional sports. Why would the Jets want Sanchez, the handpicked QB of Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum, to crash and burn? Yeah, the coaches and players are talking up Tebow (Darrelle Revis was in full gush), but it’s just hot air in May. Here’s the thing about players: They’ll back whichever QB gives them the best chance to win. Right now, that’s Sanchez. The organization hopes it stays that way.
I see what Rich is saying, regarding the fact that Sanchez’s extension is motivation for wanting him to succeed.
It is a mixed message. Why bring in one of the most popular athletes in the world to be the backup quarterback, with a sensitive quarterback as your starter? It doesn’t make sense, as I have said before.
And finally, the Jets said they “knew what they were getting themselves into”, with all the attention he gets.