Mark Sanchez has certainly regressed since taking the New York Jets to two straight AFC Championship games.  52 turnovers the last two years?  And now he is competing with a West Virginia rookie for a job that was his just a few years ago. That is regressing for sure.  

But the real question here is, How bad is Mark Sanchez compared to the rest of the league?  We already know he isn't close to the Peyton Manning-Eli Manning-Aaron Rodgers-Drew Brees-Tom Brady group, but what about the lower end of the league?  Here is the list of quarterbacks (only guys who are starters or are fighting for starting jobs are considered, in other words, NOT Aaron Rodgers' backup) who are actually WORSE than the Jets QB who runs "Jets West."

  1. E.J. Manuel, Bills.  First of all, if you haven't taken a snap in the NFL, you are worse.  You still have to prove yourself.  That is E.J. Manuel.
  2. Geno Smith, Jets.  Same thing here.  Smith looks better in camp than Sanchez, but that is camp, not game play.  Sanchez still has those AFC title game appearances under his belt and used to throw a good ball.  Geno Smith has to prove at least half of this before we can shoot him up ahead of Sanchez.  Or at least the ability to play better than Sanchez this season with Sanchez where he is as a QB.
  3. Blaine Gabbert, Jaguars.  Should this guy even be in the NFL?  Ok, his offensive line and team are a joke, but he is overrated and can't throw a deep ball in a deep ball, pass-happy league.  Yikes.
  4. Brandon Weeden, Browns.  Another overrated variety.  Regressed since coming out of college.  Lucky to start this season.
  5. Christian Ponder, Vikings.  Has Ponder checked anyone down since leaving Florida State?
  6. Matt Barkley, Eagles.  Rookie.  Done.
  7. Mike Kafka, Jaguars.  Who?
  8. Tyler Wilson, Raiders.  He could walk into a grocery line and you wouldn't know who he is.  At least you know who Mark Sanchez is.
  9. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Titans.  This is a tough one.  Sanchez and Fitz are both horrendous but it comes down to this for the Harvard grad making the list.  If you take Fitzpatrick and Sanchez on two different teams with the same amount of offensive help, who makes more mistakes?  Fitzpatrick does.  It is splitting hairs, but it is the truth.

By:  Mike Lindsley, "Mid-Day with Mike, M-F 1-4, Yankees pre/post game host on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.  Follow him on Twitter at