Mark Sanchez will have another opportunity to prove that he is capable of leading a team to the promise land when he takes over as the starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos. The team was left searching for a viable option at the quarterback position after they team went on their Super Bowl championship run to close out the 2015 season. “The Sheriff” Peyton Manning decided to retire, and his replacement Brock Osweiler signed with the Houston Texans.
After those two transactions had occurred, the Broncos front office made the decision to trade for Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez for a conditional pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. For those that know anything about Mark Sanchez, they know that he comes in different versions. The version that the Broncos are hoping to experience this season is the guy that led the New York Jets to two consecutive AFC Championship game appearances during the 2009-2010 seasons.
During those years, Sanchez played the role of a game manager that made crucial plays when it mattered the most. However, what people fail to realize is that the Jets had one of the best defenses in the league that was coached by current Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan.
To compliment the ball clubs strong defense, the team also had some playmakers on the offensive side of the ball as well. Thomas Jones rushed for 1,402 yards and 14 touchdown scores in 2009. Mark Sanchez also had players at the skill positions such as Braylon Edwards and tight end Dustin Keller to throw the football to generate big plays on offense.
Unfortunately, after the Jets made their back-to-back AFC Title runs, the team fell back to mediocrity as Mark Sanchez and the rest of the organization would become the laughing stock of the league. Sanchez is recognized for the infamous “butt fumble” that occurred on Thanksgiving Night during the 2012 season more than anything else that he has accomplished in his career as a starting quarterback in the National Football League.
After spending the entire 2013 season on injured reserve when he suffered a shoulder injury in a preseason game against the New York Giants, Sanchez signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. Under head coach Chip Kelly’s guidance, Sanchez would show flashes of being one of the best quarterbacks in the league during the 2014 season. I remember the Monday Night matchup against the Carolina Panthers when Mark Sanchez had one of the best performances of his career.
He threw for 332 yards and two touchdown passes. The Eagles would go on to win the game by a score of 45-21. The game that almost convinced me that Chip Kelly had found his quarterback to build his offense around in Philly was the 33-10 beatdown that occurred on Thanksgiving Day against archrival, the Dallas Cowboys.
Unfortunately, the honeymoon with Sanchez would come to an end when the Eagles would go on a three-game losing streak, which resulted in the team missing out on the playoffs. From that year forward, Sanchez would not start another game as the Eagles starting quarterback.
Now that he is with the Broncos, the best that he can do is put on an audition for other teams that are willing to award him with a big payday to become their starting quarterback. Sanchez will have two viable options at the wide receiver position to throw the football to such as Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
On top of that, he will also have a solid running game to compliment him as well. I believe that Mark Sanchez can succeed in Gary Kubiak’s scheme, but he must remain consistent to keep the whispers of Paxton Lynch’s name from coming up among members of the Denver media.
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