The New York Jets finished the 2012 NFL regular season with an ugly record of 6-10 and missed the playoffs for a second straight season as a result.
Following another disappointing season, the Jets organization decided to finally address a few problems troubling the team moving forward. The quarterback position will be a high priority for the Jets’ front office with so much turmoil and controversy brewing over the last year or so as a result of the Tim Tebow trade and Mark Sanchez benching.
Once the season was officially over for New York, the consensus was that the Jets would trade both Sanchez and Tebow. The team apparently came to the conclusion to cut their losses and start from scratch under center, but now it appears that the Jets have changed their tune by deciding to retain Sanchez for at least one more season.
With the Jets seemingly ready to keep Sanchez next season, the question remains whether or not he’ll start or become a backup.
Reportedly, Sanchez will have a chance to compete for the starting job next season according to GM John Idzik via Kevin Armstrong of the New York Daily News:
New Jets GM John Idzik called Mark Sanchez after accepting the job and made one thing clear to the embattled quarterback: Competition is coming.
“I feel comfortable with Mark being a Jet,” Idzik told WFAN Monday morning. “I told him we’re going to add competition and everyone should be up for it. It’s going to make Mark, and everybody else, better.”
Although Sanchez will have another opportunity to redeem himself next season, the Jets’ front office is actively exploring other options with the team reportedly showing interest in former number one overall pick JaMarcus Russell.
Along with Russell, the Jets may also look in the direction of the soon to be released Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks’ Matt Flynn. With Smith asking for his release following the Super Bowl and Flynn said to be on the trading block after the emergence of rookie Russell Wilson, New York will have some options to upgrade the quarterback position in the off-season either via trade or through free agency.