Has the Jets front office seen enough of Mark Sanchez and plan using his shoulder injury as a pretense to turn the page on the former first-rounder?
Rex Ryan said on Wednesday that it’s not happening… this week.
It’s possible, according Kristian Dyer writing for USA Today.
… a person close to ailing Mark Sanchez told USA TODAY Sports that the quarterback “believes the organization wants to see him placed on (injured reserve) and be done with him.”
The person added that Sanchez, who is nursing a shoulder injury, believes the Jets think “it makes it cleaner and easier” that way.
The person said Sanchez fears the “organization has turned its back on Mark and is prepared to move on. It is ready to start fresh with Geno.”
Another person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports that Sanchez’s shoulder “is progressing and it’s too early to tell if he will be placed on IR.”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comWe know how most of you feel about anonymous sources. Although we are 100 percent biased when it comes to Dyer, as he is a former contributor for TJB and someone whom I’ve talked to at length about journalistic ethics, I would urge you to trust his judgement here.
As far as Sanchez? Boo hoo.
While using a short-term injury as a pretense to shelve him for an entire season seems shrewd, I’m not concerned about the feelings of a man who gets paid millions of dollars to be terrible at his job and who reaps all the obvious rewards that come with being an NFL quarterback. Whether or not Sanchez thinks the team believes in him officially makes him the last person on my “People I Feel Sorry For” list. Sanchez ran out of chances last year for many (myself included) and the Jets are just throwing good money after bad at this point.
As to why the Jets would consider shelving him? It certainly is crafty. When Cortez came to the New World, he burned the ships, making it abundantly clear to his soldiers that returning was not an option. Shutting Sanchez down for the season would certainly make it cleaner for the organization and remove the temptation for fans and media alike to think about “what if” Sanchez was available to play should the rookie struggle.
We know what would happen should Mark Sanchez play … he’ll still be Mark Sanchez.
There is a negligible difference from a cap perspective of shutting Sanchez down by placing him on the IR versus benching or even cutting the fifth year quarterback. Putting Sanchez on IR would just open a roster spot for the Jets — nothing more. About the only benefit we could from the Jets placing Sanchez on the IR would be to keep the option of trading Sanchez this coming offseason. Good luck with all that, John Idzik.