I saw a very curious stat about Sanchez's last loss to the Titans that practically jumped off the (web) page at me. He was benched after throwing 4 interceptions and losing a fumble.
For those of you that are quick, forgive me for mentioning that Freeman threw 4 interceptions and lost a fumble in the last game as well. And, well, the game was way out of hand by that point, but Free got benched, too. There's no coincidence. The major difference to me, at this point, is that Mark Dominic isn't as stupid as the Jets' general manager, considering both QBs were drafted the same year, and Sanchez got a respectable contract extension.
Now, I'm not advocating for Freeman to be traded or shopped around, like Sanchez will undoubtedly be this off-season (Welcome to Phoenix, Mark). But I am curious as to what the threshold will be. If Freeman continues to look as bad as he has in the next two games, will they try to shop him around? Mind you, they already traded Talib without a replacement. With Schiano in the fold, it seems the motto of the franchise is Belicheckian: trade a player while he's worth something, and get out while you can (Price, Winslow). Talib was useless to the Bucs at the end of the season and, considering all the headaches they endured, they got something for him, at least. Might they do the same with Free? They may, if they even remotely think there is an answer in this year's draft, and they could still give the newbie half a season riding the bench to develop. The trade deadline is week 8 in 2013. A lot of QB hungry teams may come calling by then.
What am I smoking, you ask? Well, Freeman was--if you subscribe to the notion that he sucks--Raheem's goat, not Schiano's. The NFL is a copycat league, and San Fran is awful hot right now with Kaepernick.
I guess the point of this article is, I'm tired of everyone saying Freeman is better than all the other options out there and I strongly believe this year is, and was, a test for Freeman; they went out and got a pro bowl free agent lineman, a top-flight receiver, a new running back, a tight end that isn't me-first, etc. If Freeman can't succeed with all that, when will he? (Yeah yeah, injuries to the line) It was, and is, a litmus test that will determine if he gets a contract extension or not. I don't think it will take too many games like the last four before the management wises up and says, maybe we should let the third string guy have a chance?
They still have a year left on Freeman's contract to figure it out, but I wouldn't be surprised if management has a contingency plan in place. And I wouldn't be at all surprised if Dominic goes all-out Washington style in the 13 or 14 draft if he thinks his guy is there.