New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez sucked in 2012. And he wasted no time sucking hard in 2013.

Sanchez’s first pass of the 2013 pre-season was incomplete. His second pass, a 3rd-and-9 throw to Ryan Spadola, gained 10 yards. Gasps of amazement at Sanchez's competence on that play rippled through the Ford Field crowd.

Then his third pass was picked off by Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah and returned 14 yards for a touchdown.

The Lions would go on to win 26-17.

That ugly tone-setting pass by Sanchez provided a perfect reminder of why the fifth-year veteran won’t have a job this year – and shouldn’t have had a job last year.

Sanchez floated backward on the play, nervously jitter-footing away from pressure, and then lobbed a lame duck right into the hands of the Detroit defensive end.

It was the kind of throw that high school quarterbacks know not to make, let alone highly paid “professional” quarterbacks like Sanchez.

Worth noting that Sanchez began his NFL career in 2009 and that Ansah, a native of Ghana and Detroit's top pick in the 2013 draft, played football for the first time in 2010.

The rest of Sanchez's evening went quite a bit better. In fact, he finished the game 10 of 13 for 125 yards, 9.6 YPA, 1 TD, 1 INT and a sterling 99.8 passer rating.

However, the bust who misled the Jets to a No. 30 ranking in Real Quarterback Rating (57.5) and should have been benched last year, certainly won’t last long this year. 

Greg McElroy was fairly sharp in his effort (11 of 19, 145 yards, 7.6 YPA, 1 TD, 0 INT, 99.7 rating), as was rookie and likely 2013 starter Geno Smith (6 of 7, 47 yards, 6.7 YPA, 0 TD, 0 INT, 94.6 rating).

It was one game, just one preseason game. You wouldn't normally read too much into a single play.

But in Sanchez's case, it's not a single play. It's part of a long, well-worn, four-year pattern of ineffectiveness, low-lighted by the comical Mark Sanchez Butt Fumble in 2012 that's symbolic of his career and that has played on a seemingly endless loop on ESPN since November.

Yet for reasons beyond the support of the Facts, it appears Rex Ryan still believes Sanchez is an NFL quarterback. In grand comic-circus Jets fashion, Ryan actually claimed after the game that he didn't even see the pick-six.

The reality is that the rest of the world has already seen enought: the Jets will be better off with McElroy or Smith or probably even you at quarterback. It's time to stop pretending otherwise.