Let's take a look back at the erstwhile Sanchize's rise and fall in Gotham:
April 25, 2009: The Jets send their first and second-round draft picks, plus three players to the Cleveland Browns to move up and select Sanchez with the fifth pick in the draft. Sanchez takes on the burden previously inherited by the likes of Chad Pennington, Ken O'Brien, Browning Nagle and Richard Todd: Joe Namath's Rightful Successor.
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Sept. 13, 2009: To the surprise of no one, Sanchez beats out Kellen Clemens for the starting job. Things start out beautifully: After a pregame pep talk from the aforementioned Broadway Joe, Sanchez throws for 272 yards and a touchdown in a 24-7 road win over the Houston Texans. Fan confidence level in the Sanchez era hovers somewhere near 812 percent.
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Oct. 25, 2009: CBS cameras catch Sanchez wolfing down a hot dog on the sideline late in a 38-0 win over the Oakland Raiders. This innocent, albeit unusual, act leads to a solid rogering from the local and national media. The episode proved two things: 1) Playing under the New York spotlight presents unique challenges, and 2) The media can sometimes be insane.
Jan. 24, 2010: The Jets are knocked off by the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game. This comes after Sanchez helped lead the Jets to back-to-back playoff wins over the Cincinnati Bengals and San Diego Chargers. The loss to Peyton Manning and Co. hurts, but the future seems bright for Sanchez.
August 2010: Sanchez and the Jets appear on the sixth season of HBO's "Hard Knocks" series. The season represents the award-winning series at its zenith, and Sanchez comes off as the goofy and charismatic golden boy of the organization. If our memory serves us, Mark Brunell warns Sanchez to stay away from his daughter during one quarterback meeting. Good times.
Jan. 16, 2011: Speaking of zeniths, the Ryan/Sanchez combo reaches its unquestionable high point in a road win over the New England Patriots in the divisional playoffs. Sanchez badly outplays Tom Brady, throwing for three touchdowns without a turnover. Sanchez now has four road playoff wins in two seasons.
"He's just now getting better and better and better," Ryan said.
March 9, 2012: After getting a hard no from the Peyton Manning camp, the Jets turned around and give Sanchez a rich contract extension. This despite the fact that Sanchez was coming off a 26-turnover third season and was under contract for two more years. The extension was head-scratching, but not at the level of what happened next ...
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Aug. 24, 2013: The Snoopy Bowl loses its innocence. Sanchez suffers a right shoulder injury in the fourth quarter of a preseason game against the New York Giants. The Jets downplay the injury for weeks, but the quarterback is headed for season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum. Ryan is roundly criticized for playing his likely Week 1 quarterback behind an offensive line of future truck drivers and cable delivery men.