Why Mark Sanchez is capable of leading Broncos in 2016

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Mark Sanchez
Mark Sanchez

The Denver Broncos have a problem. That seems to happen to most teams defending their Super Bowl. You probably would take their quarterback concerns if you cheer for one of the other 31 teams, because that would mean you were the champions of the NFL.

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So the Broncos starting quarterback job is likely down to Mark Sanchez and Paxton Lynch. This comes after Peyton Manning made the right decision to retire and John Elway made the right choice not to overpay for Brock Osweiler because of six games, with the latter being obviously bitter about losing his starting job in Week 17.

Though Sanchez probably drew the most criticism as a quarterback while with the New York Jets, he’s more capable than you think of leading this team. Who was his best wide receiver? Santonio Holmes, the guy who’s best remembered for his heroics in Super Bowl 43, and not much else.

Even C.J. Anderson wanted to make it clear how Sanchez is better than you may believe:

“People forget about (Mark) Sanchez, you know, he has two AFC championship belts. Even though he lost them (with the New York Jets), he has two under his belt, that he’s been to. And it shows, the leadership that he had when he was with the Jets.”

Sanchez has four playoff wins, all against elite quarterbacks (Carson Palmer, Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady,) on the road. He was not fazed by the pressure at all.

Furthermore, he was decent in nine outings for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014: 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions with 2,418 yards while completing 64.1 percent of his passes. Denver’s quarterback play surely can’t be any worse than it was in 2015. Sanchez will play in a rush-heavy offense with two elite wide receivers in Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas.

Sanchez is absolutely capable of relishing the game-manager role and being the Broncos starting quarterback for all of 2016. So if he does manage to get the job done, don’t be surprised after the season.

 

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