Top 5 Landing Spots for Mark Sanchez Next Season

By Dylan Hughes
October 08, 2013 10:49 pm
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We've all been waiting to see if Mark Sanchez would try to rehab his throwing shoulder, or just have surgery on it, ending his season. Tuesday, it was released that Sanchez did in fact have the shoulder surgery, ending his season, and tenure with the Jets.

A shoulder surgery and Geno Smith showing up and winning games has most likely ended Mark Sanchez's time in New York with the Jets, but it's not over for Sanchez just yet.

Sanchez had much success his first two seasons, only for it to go down hill the past few. New York's failures over the past few years can't all be blamed on Sanchez. He never really had much of a receiving core, nor protection, which brought the bad out of Sanchez. He really looked worse than he is, and hopefully other teams realize that as well. There will be plenty of teams that could use a quarterback this offseason, so why not look at Sanchez?

Here are five possible teams that could sign Mark Sanchez after this season ends.

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14 months ago
Carolina? Umm, no.
14 months ago

Cam Newton is so inconsistent it is ridiculous. There is always a chance. Some teams surprise us, like the Colts trading for Trent Richardson.
14 months ago

"with some good coaching and useful teammates." Cam Newton needs exactly what you said... haha. Media is so quick to blame the stars and no one else...
14 months ago
Jacksonville is the only one of these 5 franchises with the requisite lack of judgement to consider Sanchez as a viable starter.
14 months ago
The only two that make ANY sense are Cleveland and Minnesota. The Jaguars should take a quarterback in the first round this year and I'm inclined to believe that Cleveland will too. Bottom line: Sanchez is doomed as a starter in the NFL until he proves his worth when/if he gets a chance to sub in from the bench.
14 months ago

Yeah, these are just possibilites. Honestly, there really aren't that many teams that actually need a franchise QB right now compared to past seasons. Out of all the teams, I'd say these 5, or 6 I guess, are the most reasonable.
14 months ago

Very true, I just think Mark Sanchez's next job is going to be as a back up in the NFL. I'd probably sub out Carolina and Philadelphia for Tampa Bay and Tennessee. Mike Glennon, right now is not a high-caliber starter and Jake Locker has proven that he can't stay healthy. Ryan Fitzpatrick is due to make over $3M next season on a non-guaranteed contract, so if he doesn't show anything filling in this year he could be out.
14 months ago

I was thinking about putting Tennessee in there, but I guess you could say I'm a Locker believer. I agree his injuries could lose his job for him, though. I wouldn't be surprised if he is signed as a backup, but ends up winning the starting job eventually.
14 months ago
Too much Sanchez beating. I would point to Eli, Ben, Rivers and soon to be Flacco. Why do I point to them? They have all had a degree of success: 3 SB winners and Rivers, at one point, was a top 3 statistical QB. On Rivers, when the talent around him faded, he forced things (like Sanchez) and started to turn the ball over (like Sanchez). This year, coaching/scheme have helped his game. Eli/Ben, have proven moment is never too big for them. But, now as their exorbitant cap numbers force their teams to surround them with sub standard talent, on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Guess what? They look awful. They are not able, on their own, to make up for the lack of talent on their aging teams (unlike Brady/Manning/Brees/Rogers). Flacco, just watch him the next couple of years as Baltimore suffers the same fate as NY and Pit. Sanchez' first 2 years were more than solid. He made a number of plays to win games. The past 2 yrs, the NYJ got slow, old, and expensive. Sanchez forced things because his defense, while statiscally decent, gave up points. He had a mediocre run game and probably the worst WR core in the NFL. If he were the starter this year, they would have won that NE game. He doesn't have the arm talent of G Smith, but he's capbale of making all the NFL throws needed for success. He's a great teammate (see his reaction, on sideline, after Nick Folk FG-the whole time knowing he'd have surgery the following day, meaning he'd likely never play in 'green' again). If he were on Tampa, they wouldn't be 0-4 (in fact, Schiano would love his rah rah style..not a Schiano supporter, but that's what he likes). Think Minny also a great spot, because playing indoors makes your arm better (see A Luck). Even Arizona might be a place he could succeed. But, he certainly should get a chance to start somewhere.
14 months ago
Too much Sanchez beating. I would point to Eli, Ben, Rivers and soon to be Flacco. Why do I point to them? They have all had a degree of success: 3 SB winners and Rivers, at one point, was a top 3 statistical QB. On Rivers, when the talent around him faded, he forced things (like Sanchez) and started to turn the ball over (like Sanchez). This year, coaching/scheme have helped his game. Eli/Ben, have proven moment is never too big for them. But, now as their exorbitant cap numbers force their teams to surround them with sub standard talent, on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Guess what? They look awful. They are not able, on their own, to make up for the lack of talent on their aging teams (unlike Brady/Manning/Brees/Rogers). Flacco, just watch him the next couple of years as Baltimore suffers the same fate as NY and Pit. Sanchez' first 2 years were more than solid. He made a number of plays to win games. The past 2 yrs, the NYJ got slow, old, and expensive. Sanchez forced things because his defense, while statiscally decent, gave up points. He had a mediocre run game and probably the worst WR core in the NFL. If he were the starter this year, they would have won that NE game. He doesn't have the arm talent of G Smith, but he's capbale of making all the NFL throws needed for success. He's a great teammate (see his reaction, on sideline, after Nick Folk FG-the whole time knowing he'd have surgery the following day, meaning he'd likely never play in 'green' again). If he were on Tampa, they wouldn't be 0-4 (in fact, Schiano would love his rah rah style..not a Schiano supporter, but that's what he likes). Think Minny also a great spot, because playing indoors makes your arm better (see A Luck). Even Arizona might be a place he could succeed. But, he certainly should get a chance to start somewhere.
14 months ago
When is someone going to tell Sanchez to loose the hair thing? Its what women use to keep their hair out of their face when putting makeup on.
14 months ago
The author of this article forgot to include the team that needs a new QB the most: the Texans.
14 months ago
I'm gonna throw my 2 cents in on this one... It won't be TN... The Titans are in love with Locker and IF he can stay healthy, that kid is gonna be good and by good I mean All-Pro. Philly is unrealistic due to Chip Kelly and his offense... Sanchez can't run it. I'm still wondering why Philly drafted Matt Barkley, because he can't run it either... Cleveland isn't gonna want him. They've got Hoyer coming back next Season and they're gonna draft a new and much younger QB this year... I don't see him in Minnesota due to the draft being too deep this year at the QB spot. The Vikings are gonna wanna stay young and they want someone with a big arm which is something Sanchez doesn't have... Carolina shouldn't have even been mentioned. They're still riding the Newton hype wave from his rookie season. They haven't figured out that he was strictly a beneficiary of the lockout because teams couldn't scout him. I guess the Panthers will realize that in 2 years when they still stink and his contract is up... When it comes to Jacksonville, they're so bad that I doubt even Sanchez would wanna go there as a guaranteed starter. Every single one of their QBs gets hurt.

Where does Sanchez go then??? Tampa is an option, although I personally feel that Mike Glennon has the tools and talent to be a starter. He's got the arm, the size, and speed to run. More importantly, he's a smart kid. IF he doesn't settle in as the starter, I'm blaming it on coaching. Schiano is bloody worthless and a joke. He needs to go back to coaching in high school.

I think a front runner to sign Sanchez is gonna be the 49rs. Yup, I just said that. Here's why... Eventhough they have Krappernak and McCoy (I think Colt could be the future starter in SF), the 49rs were one of the teams that pursued Freeman VERY heavily. That say's to me that Harbaugh isn't sold on either of the of his guys. I'm not sold on Krapparnak at all for the same reasons I was never sold on Newton. They both were the beneficiary of lack of scouting. Harbaugh is looking for the big gun he knows he doesn't have. Sanchez might be the right guy.

Dallas... The last time Romo had a good backup was Kitna, but he retired. Now, Jerry Jones and company are praying that Romo doesn't go down. Eventhough I hate Dallas and wish them nothing but failure, I think Sanchez would be a very good fit behind Romo. This move would have Jerry Jones written all over it.

Houston... I like Schaub, but his days are numbered (He's got until the draft). Kubiak is trying to encourage Schaub back to playing well, but this is vintage Schaub. He's up and down and he's not gonna win a Superbowl for your team. Sanchez has been close enough to where I think he could do it given the right situation. Houston has most of what he needs and the head office and fan base are ready for a change which is why you'll be seeing Keenum very soon.

Oakland... Despite a couple of good flashes during games this season, even the Raiders know that Pryor isn't the answer. They're going draft for sure this year, BUT I think they try to sign Sanchez as their starter until whoever it is they drafted is ready. Any QB playing in Oakland is bound to fail though. They're the west coast version of The Jets.

These last 2 are long shots, but make sense. The Bengals... Dalton has been a solid starter and keeps getting better. He's the leader of that team, but if he goes down there is nothing behind him. With Sanchez you have a relevant backup that can also start if Dalton's progression stops.

My last long shot is Seattle... Pete Carroll would be what lures him their. He won't have any shot at starting because unlike Carolina and the 49rs, Wilson IS a franchise QB who keeps getting better and better every game and that's scarey because he's already good. Sanchez would have the benefit of basically going back to college and finally getting the tools that no one in the Jets organization bothered to teach him. I can see him spending 2 years in Seattle and then heading out to start somewhere else.
14 months ago
Mark Sanchez needs one more chance to recover his less than stellar play with the Jets of which I think was a bad fit for him especially coming from USC college offence.

I would like to see him go to the Vikings, they need help and this would give Mark a chance to save him self and the Vikings...a chance to do what Smith did going from SF to KC.

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