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  • Writer's pictureDominic Konareski

Mark Sanchez is One of the Best Quarterbacks in New York Jets History

Updated: May 17, 2023

Mark Sanchez was drafted 5th overall in the 2009 NFL Draft by the New York Jets after completing his college ball tenure at USC. The Jets went 9-7 in the standings led by Brett Favre, now with Sanchez the Jets looked to have a franchise Quarterback.

In his first season Sanchez brought the Jets to an 8-7 record as he only started/played in 15 games, overall he threw for 2,444 yards which led to 12 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. Despite that the Jets were playoff bound via a wild card spot, in the playoffs Sanchez went 2-1, so close but yet so far to the Super Bowl. Sanchez’s sophomore season featured a totally different player as he went 11-5 with 17 touchdowns and only 13 interceptions to lead New York to the playoffs once again as a wild card team where once again he would lead the jets to two playoff victories and yet fall short. Even though Sanchez was not able to finish at the end, he gave Jets fans hope as they were so close to the Super Bowl back-to-back years as they have not been in it since the 1960s. Mark Sanchez came into the 2011-2012 season expecting to make the playoffs again and he did throw a career high 26 touchdowns, but a 18 interception run led to the Jets 8-8 .500% season. This was the beginning of the end for the promising QB as next season the Jets went 6-9 to give Sanchez a total record of 33-29, which marked the end of the Sanchise in the big apple.

Sanchez's best moments of his career came with the Jets as he passed for a total of 12,092 yards over 1,314 completions in 2,314 attempts with 68 touchdowns to 69 interceptions.

Mark Sanchez became a journeyman, bouncing around from team to team where his career would end with the Washington Redskins in 2018 where he went 0-1. Overall Sanchez went 37-36 in his career, even though it was a mainly short career that he butt fumbled through he will be one of the most memorable QBs in NFL history and will go down as one of the best New York Jets QB, mainly due to his career playoff record with the team.

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