Everyone keeps saying that the key to the Jets success to win a Super Bowl AND to get over the New England Patriots is Mark Sanchez. The biggest gripe is that he shows flashes of greatness but doesn’t have the consistency. His completion percentage last year was in the basement compared to all QB’s. So I wanted to take a deep dive, I mean DEEP dive into every TD thrown to see why and when Mark excels.
Would you believe he’s at his best when the Jets are trailing.
Mark Sanchez threw for 17 touchdowns in the regular season last year. Would you believe that 11 of them were when the Jets were tied or trailing in the game. Is he a slow starter in the first half? Well if you are measuring just by TD’s in 2010 he threw ONE TD in the first quarter. Braylon Edwards scored 6 times of which only one was thrown to him when the Jets were leading. So clearly Braylon was the go to guy the most when it was needed to regain a lead or tie the game. You would think it was Santonio Holmes but the stats don’t lie.
The question is can Plaxico play the role that Braylon did last year. Ideally if we could change any stat below, I would say let’s get the lead and stop playing from behind.
Here is another amazing stat that just JUMPED OUT AT ME looking at the chart below. If Mark throws a TD in a game, the Jets win with the exception of the Bears game. Mark tossed 16 TDs in wins, and 1 TD in a loss. Wow. Oh and the game that they lost, Mark threw a TD to tie the game but the Jets lost on a kick. It was still a very close game.