NEW YORK – For more than three decades the Jets have searched for a quarterback, searched for Joe Namath, searched for someone with both the physical tools and mental makeup to win in New York.
They’ve tried hotshot college guys and big-money free agents. They even tried Brett Favre. Over and over and over again it’s blown up on them, the Meadowlands becoming a graveyard for green and white signal callers as much as Jimmy Hoffa.
Now here comes Mark Sanchez, California cool out of USC, the product of the boldest deal of the NFL draft. The Jets gave up three players and two picks to bank the future on this guy rather than sit tight and get Kansas State’s Josh Freeman, the draft’s third-rated QB, for nothing.