No, Mark Sanchez does not have to worry about Peyton Manning (but who saw Tebowmania coming?)
I like to look at old predictions that went horribly awry – not to make fun of the person who made the prediction, but to analyze WHY the prediction went awry.
Today I want to look at a prediction that was entirely accurate – but still went horribly awry.
The following news item appeared in the Huffington Post (and other sources) on March 10.
After New York “looked into” pursuing Manning, Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum announced Friday night that the team extended Sanchez’s contract by three years.
The statement above is entirely true. But the article continued:
The move ended speculation the Jets could push him aside to make way for the former Indianapolis Colts star who’s now a free agent.
“I’m going to be the starting quarterback for the next few years here, and that’s exciting,” Sanchez said on a conference call. “It gives the team just a reminder that I’m the leader of this team.”
Yep, Sanchez is still the main man for Rex Ryan’s Jets, not Manning.
“To find out that I could come back for three more years means the world to me,” Sanchez said. “I’m absolutely pleased to be a Jet.”
However, there are infinite possibilities in the world, and the contract extension for Mark Sanchez did NOT mean that his job was secure.
As many of you know, less than two weeks after that contract extension was given to Sanchez, Peyton Manning did find a team – the Denver Broncos. However, the Broncos already had a quarterback, Tim Tebow. Perhaps you’ve heard people talking about Tebow. And the next thing you know, Tebow found a new team – the New York Jets.
It just goes to show that you can’t take anything for granted, and something that seemed to be a sure thing just two weeks ago is suddenly less so.