With the news breaking out that Mark Sanchez has suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder, it seems that his season is finished. Although Sanchez has denied that he immediately needs surgery, it appears to be necessary for Sanchez to undergo surgery in the near future. Also, with Sanchez now out for an extended period of time, Geno Smith will be the starting quarterback for the weeks, maybe even years to come—Geno Smith played well in his NFL debut, throwing for 256 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception in an 18-17 win over the Buccaneers.
Not only is Mark Sanchez’s season over, but perhaps his career with the Jets, too. Now that Geno Smith will have every possible opportunity to establish himself as the Jets’ quarterback of the future, Sanchez will be passed over, and either cut or traded at the end of the year.
Sanchez has had a poor career so far with the Jets, the highlights only being his AFC Championship appearances in his first two years. However, during those two years the Jets were mainly carried by their stout defense, and Sanchez threw just 29 touchdowns compared to 33 interceptions in those two seasons. After that poor start to his NFL career, he went on to have two of the worst seasons for a quarterback in Jets history; throwing on average just over 205 yards a game. Also, Sanchez turned the ball over 52 times over the past two years, and he only accounted for 45 touchdowns during those years, including an abysmal year last year in which he only scored 13 total touchdowns.
While Sanchez had a chance to beat out rookie QB Geno Smith for the starting job this year, Rex Ryan foolishly inserted Sanchez into the fourth quarter of a preseason game. On his second series, Sanchez was hit immediately after throwing the football by Giants’ DT Marvin Austin. After the hit, Sanchez writhed in pain on the ground, clutching his shoulder. Although at first the injury didn’t appear to be serious, it became clear that he would be out for an extended period of time.
Unfortunately, the news that this injury might be season ending is far worse than anyone could have imagined. However, when one door closes, another door opens, and Geno Smith might be the long term answer for the New York Jets.