Just a scant few weeks go after long and weary week filled with Peyton to Jets rumors, Mike Tannenbaum held a conference call to announce the extension of Mark Sanchez. The Jets signed him to a three year extension worth a guaranteed $20.5 mill. It gave an apology to Mark Sanchez for going after Peyton and also provides cap relief for the 2012 season. But most importantly, for the first time ever the Jets are ready to be patient with something into which they invested so much.
Sure, Tebow talk is the rage, but the Jets extension of Sanchez and the way the Jets have openly explained their intended use of Tebow as a Wildcatter leaves everyone to believe that the Jets hopes are in Sanchez, not Tebow. If anything, Tebow will help Sanchez by pushing him, and giving Sanchez another Brad Smith-like wrinkle to the offense.
In 2001, the Jets hired Herm Edwards from Tony Dungy’s staff in Tampa Bay. In his five years as coach he made the playoffs three times, losing twice to the Oakland Raiders, and losing in the infamous game vs. Pittsburgh where Doug Brien missed three field goals. The other two seasons, Pennington was hurt for more than half of and he did not have time to make the playoffs. After the 2005 season filled with injuries the Jets gave up on Herm, trading him to the Chiefs, even though he had seemed to be a successful coach in his 5 years in New York.
In 2008, after Chad Pennington was the Jets starting QB for 6 years, the Jets decided to make the big splash in going to get Brett Favre, instead of giving Pennington the benefit of the doubt. Although many will say that if Favre wasn’t hurt in 2008, the Jets would have been championship contenders since they started the season 8-3. The fact of the matter is Pennington and the Miami Dolphins made it farther than the Jets did that year. Finally at the end of that miserable Favre experiment, the Jets fired Eric Mangini thanks to Woody Johnson's "Decision Tree" of Woe. Just two years before, the Jets were praising Mangini for his decision making ... so what went wrong?
Although I agreed with the firing of Mangini at the time, it proves that the Jets just have never stood firm long enough with their investments and give up too quickly After so many times in which the Jets admitted defeat with their decision-making, maybe it is time the Jets stood by their decision a little longer. That is what they did with their decision to extend Mark Sanchez on Friday night. They gave up their first round and second round pick in 2009, along with two defensive players in return for their franchise QB. This extension, shows the fan base for the first time in a long time that they're not giving up on their most important investments and that “Sanchise” is the guy. Tebow or no Tebow.
Under Woody Johnson, the Jets have rarely tried the tempered approach, so why not give it a try now?