The pragmatic litmus test would be the market speaking:
At this point in time, I cannot think of:
1) a single team, including the jest who, if had the choice, would take Sanchez over Eli
2) No more than 6 or 7 teams at most who wouldn't trade their healthy starting QB for Eli vs.
no more than 7 or 8 teams (generously speaking) who would trade their starting QB for Sanchez
3) The likelihood that if respectively put up for trade, Eli would fetch a package including at least 2 firsts and a couple of seconds, while Sanchez would likely command a late second or early 3rd rounder in exchange.
These are the high water marks that an egalitarian unsentimental, pragmatic marketplace would realistically place on these 2 . Unless your world is viewed through green-colored vacuum-visioned lenses, you're gonna acknowledge the real world veracity of this assessment. One can argue over minutiae and ref calls to they're blue in the face: regardless, the market knows what it knows and presently doesn't consider Sanchez a valid starting QB with untoward upside.
"Yep. Blow it up. This might the worst team I've ever seen constructed in my life.
And then you throw in the terrible preparation and in-game coaching. There is no defense.
But do it right. Fire everyone in the building. No survivors. , JiF Jetnation