After Mark Sanchez took the New York Jets to two AFC Championship games and a record of four wins and two losses in the playoffs everything seemed to fall apart of the former USC standout. The last two seasons were a nightmare for Sanchez culminating in season-ending shoulder surgery after getting injured for in the third preseason game against the New York Giants. Now Sanchez has officially been released by the New York Jets. Coming in to take over the Jets or at least be in competition for this upcoming season with $5 million in the bank account is former starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles in Michael Vick who will be fighting with Geno Smith as the top dog in the offense throwing the ball.
While it's easy to say that this move should have been done a couple of months ago, or when the free agent period began, the truth is that it had to be made because you could see the mental game of Sanchez deteriorating for him as he continued to force passes that would end up in the hands of the opponents' secondary.
There is no doubt in my mind that half the things that brought about Sanchez's regression were self-inflicted and the other half was also done by Rex Ryan as well as former general manager Mike Tannenbaum. While you saw Ryan continue to support his quarterback, you knew that there would be a time that the Jets were going to have to make a solid change at the position.
What does Michael Vick bring to Gang Green when his head is screwed on right? A solid passer and a scrambler when he needs to move the ball forward, but to be honest when things don't go the right way the entire plan falls apart and he forces passes that gets picked off as well as not securing the ball when he is sacked.
But the real number one thing that he was brought over by his former and now re-acquainted offensive coordinator in Marty Mornhinweg is that when these two were in Philadelphia, it sounds like they know what to do on the football field but now Vick has to face Tom Brady and Darrelle Revis twice in a season.
Some are thinking that there is relief that Sanchez is gone, but there are others who also believe that bringing over Michael Vick is a lot worse than keeping Sanchez. The truth is that right now Geno Smith needs a mentor to become the quarterback that both Ryan and general manager John Idzik think he can be.