Boy is the heat really turning up for Mark Sanchez. Jets fans and media alike were hoping for the guy the Jets traded up and put their future into would have made the next step in his third season by showing signs of major improvement. Mark is still struggling.
Jets fans wonder how Sanchez can ever become an accurate passer given that he has completed just 55.2% of his passes. But through an equal number of starts, Manning’s completion rate was 54.7%. Manning has a better TD rate, but Sanchez has rushed for eight more scores. Their interception rates were similar, too—3.4% for Manning versus 3.6% for Sanchez. Add it up and you have a 73.8 passer rating for Manning in his first 41 starts that’s nearly identical to Sanchez’s career rate of 72.9 through Thursday’s loss in Denver—his 41st as Jets starter.
“We’ll go out there and play tomorrow. That’s how I feel about Mark,” Ryan said on Friday. “This is our quarterback, he’s going to be our quarterback for as long as I’m here, which I hope is a long, long time.”
It is part ego-protection by Ryan and part unwillingness to criticize a player who will dictate the final six games of the season.
Five times this season, Sanchez has thrown at least as many interceptions in a game as touchdowns.
“He can make all the throws. He’s a competitive guy. Has it been perfect? No, absolutely, but it hasn’t been perfect for our entire team,” Ryan said. “We know we have the right guy and we just have to get a little bit better.”
Ryan is right that it isn’t all the fault of his quarterback, but it also isn’t as clear-cut as the Jets head coach makes it. - Read Full Article
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@e_man’s Take – Rex HAS to support Mark publicly even if he doesn’t want to! He must stand by his man regardless if he doesn’t think he’s the guy for the job moving forward. The Jets have made their bed and must stick with their man for at least the end of the season. Whether Mark remains the long term solution remains the question and we’ll have to see if Rex STILL supports Sanchez at the end of the season. I guess it all depends how far in the playoffs the Jets go, if they go at all.
If the Jets stay with Sanchez, I think they need to make a change at offensive coordinator as well as officially taking off the “shackles” and let the man throw down the field and make and call all his plays. The Jets SAY they support Sanchez but currently their actions don’t back up the words.
If the Jets go in a different direction (I can’t believe we are talking about this), I hear the whispers of Peyton Manning might be a choice. I thought we learned our lesson with the Brett Favre experiment, but if we go that route, then we are demonstrating once again that short term win now philosophy trumps the long term thinking, again.
Our friend Tyson Rauch @trauch21 from The Examiner writes an interesting article listing what the Jets need to do NOW with Mark Sanchez to get the Jets into the playoffs:
Entering his third season in the NFL Mark Sanchez has proved that he can be a very effective quarterback. Sanchez has engineered several fourth quarter comebacks in addition to having some big games in the playoffs. It is up to Rex Ryan and his team to help Mark Sanchez get back to his winning ways. Failure to do so will result in a lost season.
Let the kid play- It is one thing to say you have confidence in your quarterback, it is another to show it on the field. It is time for the Jets coaching staff to take the handcuffs off Mark Sanchez and just let the kid play. Let the kid fire the ball around, have some fun, and regain the confidence of his teammates. Ground and pound is great when it is working, but with the inconsistent play of the offensive line it is just not realistic. At this point the running game is repeatedly putting the offense in third and long situations which is a recipe for failure. If you are scared to let the kid throw the ball, then he should not be in the game.