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Monday, March 11, 2013
Jets OC offers harsh reality at quarterback

By James Walker

New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said what many Jets fans probably did not want to hear on Monday. According to Mornhinweg, embattled quarterback Mark Sanchez is the early favorite to be New York's starter again in 2013.

Jets fans were hoping this offseason for something different. But when you look at New York’s old and overpaid roster, it's clear this team is in for a long rebuild and probably needs Sanchez -- a former first-round pick -- to play his best football for one more season.

It is clear Sanchez is not the long-term solution in New York. But the Jets are paying Sanchez to be the present solution. Money talks in the NFL and Sanchez is guaranteed $8.25 million next season. That is a lot of money to have sitting on the bench, especially for a struggling team like the Jets, who went 6-10 last season and do not have a lot of talent across the board.

If anything, Sanchez's large salary and tight cap prevents the Jets from going out and landing another expensive quarterback. That is why the Jets are searching in free agency for bargain-basement options such as David Garrard, 35, to compete with Sanchez. Perhaps a rookie quarterback in the first three rounds also could provide competition for Sanchez in training camp.

Sanchez has had dozens of chances in New York, which is not the norm in the "Big Apple." But consider New York's limited offseason resources, Sanchez will have as good as a chance as anyone to lead "Gang Green" again in 2013.