Is Mark Sanchez One of the New York Jets' Top Five Quarterbacks of All-Time? Fan's View

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Does Mark Sanchez deserve to be considered one of the top five New York Jets quarterbacks of all-time despite a woeful 2011 season that included 18 interceptions and just a 78.2 quarterback rating?

Judging by regular season stats, Sanchez ranks just outside the top five all-time among New York Jets quarterbacks.

His 27 regular season victories puts him behind Joe Namath, Ken O'Brien, Richard Rodd, Vinny Testaverde and Chad Pennington in the ranks of winningest Jets quarterbacks in franchise history.

Each of those men also tallied more regular season passing yards in their Jets' careers than Sanchez, who threw for 9,209 yards in three seasons.

Sanchez, now 25 years old, led the Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship Games in 2009 and 2010, and he says he's coming back stronger than ever in 2012.

"Just starting with this first couple of weeks, one of these things is in the weight room, to really push myself and get a little stronger, a little thicker and maintain my agility, my speed and things like that. That was No. 1 physically," Sanchez told reporters at organized team activities this week, according to an ESPN.com report.

Sanchez has all the intangibles that the rest of the top five don't five, and that would include the greatest stat of them all - four road playoff victories.

His postseason success certainly adds to the argument that he should be considered one of the top five Jets quarterbacks of all-time, as his 4-2 playoff record included several historic upset victories over teams the Jets weren't expected to get by.

Sanchez out-dueled legendary quarterbacks like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning over the course of the 2009 and 2010 playoffs, while throwing nine touchdown passes in his six postseason appearances.

He shines when the lights are brightest, and that has to account for something when you consider the Jets' top five quarterbacks of all-time.

Besides Todd, Testaverde and Namath, no Jets quarterbacks took the team as far as the AFC Championship Game.

With the top four spots essentially settled in Namath, Todd, O'Brien and Testaverde, the No. 5 best quarterback in New York Jets history is a tight battle between Pennington and Sanchez.

Pennington took the Jets to the playoffs three times, but never to the AFC Championship Game.

He tallied 32 victories with the Jets, but it took him eight seasons to do so. Sanchez tallied 27 victories in just three seasons.

Is Mark Sanchez one of the New York Jets' top five quarterbacks of all-time? Let me know in the comments.

Eric Holden is a lifelong New York Jets fan. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.

Sources

www.nfl.com, NFL, player and team stats

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