New York Jets: Will Mark Sanchez Be an NFL Starter in 2013?

Patrick MintonContributor IIDecember 3, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 02:  Greg McElroy #14 of the New York Jets talks with quarterback coach Matt Cavanaugh while teammate Mark Sanchez#6 and Tim Tebow #15 stand by in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals on December 2, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The New York Jets defeated the Arizona Cardinals 7-6.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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After a tumultuous week for the New York Jets franchise, you wouldn't know that they came away with a win against the Arizona Cardinals this past Sunday. All the buzz surrounding the team has been related to Rex Ryan (finally) yanking Mark Sanchez from the game and choosing to go with their third string quarterback, Greg McElroy.

Most would agree that Sanchez wasn't given ample talent to succeed this year, but that he has shown that he can effectively manage an offense when he has a team that is built to win. After watching him perform efficiently in the 2009 and 2010 playoffs, taking the team to the AFC Championship, some do believe he still has the skill set to be a starter.

Unfortunately for Sanchez, this Jets team is a far cry from that roster that carried an inexperienced quarterback to the brink of a Super Bowl. The roster is not one or two players short from making a run again; this team looks like it may be in a full rebuilding mode as soon as this offseason. Mark
has been under center for four seasons now and by the time this team is reassembled, it is quite possible that his opportunity to prove himself will have come and gone.

The Jets have Sanchez under contract in the upcoming 2013 season, thanks to the extension they offered him after they struck out with Peyton Manning. Mark is due to make starter money on a team that is already strapped for cash—their replacement options will be few and far between. As the
contract is structured in such a way that would make it rather difficult and costly for the team to part ways with him, it seems he will most certainly be a Jet in 2013.

Simply by default, it looks as though he will be under center for a fifth year wearing Green in the swamps of New Jersey. The Jets have many holes and personnel needs, so they're best hope will be to draft the best available talent on the board come draft time. If that player is a quarterback, the team may find it beneficial to start him immediately, in which case Sanchez would be a backup.  Beyond that possibility, it would be tough to imagine a situation where Sanchez wouldn't be the guy.

The team’s problems go far beyond the quarterback position; there are many issues you can point to. However, are we certain that the team won against Arizona because of McElroy? It was also the first game that Fireman Ed was not in character due to his protest. Maybe Fireman Ed was the problem all along.