'No QB Has Played Under as Much Pressure as Mark Sanchez Will in 2012'

The Peyton Manning signing seems pretty simple to me, Hampton. Future Hall of Fame QB signs lucrative deal with team good enough to contend for a title (don't sleep on them with that defense) with young receivers and a legendary VP of operations. And once Peyton came in, Tebow had to go.

The Tebow-to-Jets part, though... that fascinates me. Not just because of Tebow, who is now a darling of the same sports community as Jeremy Lin, Eli Manning, Derek Jeter, and Mariano Rivera (it's good to be in New York now, folks). But because of the staggering, ungodly amount of pressure on the flimsy shoulders of Mark Sanchez.

The Jets' QB has already endured media venom and widespread calls for his job because of his disappointing 2011 season. But think about his offseason for a minute. First, a bunch of his teammates went the anonymous-source route and bashed him in the press. Then he had to publicly make nice with perpetual malcontent Santonio Holmes. Seemingly pleased with his efforts, the Jets took themselves out of the Manning sweepstakes by handing Sanchez a three-year, $50 million extension that put him under contract for the next five years.

At that point, he had to be thinking: I'm set here, I'm the starting QB, management has faith in me, I have total job security. Now the Jets bring in the NFL's current fan and media favorite with an incalculable Q-Rating potential and will drop him in the lap of the biggest, rowdiest sports market in the country. What the hell can Sanchez be thinking. I'm fucked. How quickly will the fans turn on me and call for Tebow? Two games? A half? Will Rex Ryan be the best man at Tim Tebow's wedding? Seriously, I'm fucked.

Put it this way: No quarterback in the history of the NFL has played under as much fan and media pressure as Mark Sanchez will in 2012.

Whaddya know, whaddya say, Patrick? What struck you about the whole Manning/Tebow business?

–Jake

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