I’m officially back from my Christmas Coma and I think the ugly loss (of which I was there) finally has sunken in. There are many reactions and calling of heads of coaches and certain players on twitter and from the media and I mostly agree with them with the exception of the opinion of Mark Sanchez. Some are saying that the “Sanchez Experiment” is over. WRONG.
A league source tells PFT that the Jets are beginning to realize that Sanchez may not be the answer at the position. That said, the Jets will not publicly acknowledge even the possibility that Sanchez is falling out of favor.
Let’s not forget about the fact that a brand new WR Corp was introduced, the complete and utter breakdown of the Offensive Line, the questionable game plans by Brian Schottenheimer, and finally the fact that Mark improved on almost all of his statistics from the previous two years. I’m also going to throw in the fact that he’s a QB playing in New York. That alone is a ton of pressure that most QB’s throughout the league could not handle.
It is NOT time to move on from Sanchez
If the Jets as an organization have no faith in the Sanchez, then why did you let him throw the ball 59 times against the Giants? Why did you abandon the run? Why do you ignore the fact that the Jets depth charts are horrible especially on the O-line. Why do you put all the pressure on Mark Sanchez in the Giants game? Exactly, because you DO believe in him and he is the franchise.
Drafted in 2009, his five-year contract expires after the 2013 season. I say figure out a way to improve this offensive line BIG TIME this year. I also believe it is time to move on from Brian Schottenheimer. Bring in someone who can design plays that fit to Mark Sanchez’s strengths. Mark has the tools but needs a very good mentor to take him to the next level. Brian is NOT that guy. Schottenheimer is a smart guy but he doesn’t fit with Sanchez.
If Mark doesn’t improve VASTLY, then in 2013, I agree, let’s move on, but NOW is not the time. He’s good enough to take us to the promised land but the problem lies with protecting him.
I don’t think it wise to cut ties with the QB who brought you to the AFC Championship his first two seasons. I get the fact that many will say that we got there DESPITE his play, but I’m not buying it.
I think if we stay with Brian Schottenheimer but move on from Mark Sanchez, it would set the organization back. It’s clear that the Jets have to make changes as we are not the same team as 2009 and 2010. I’m not going to address the defensive side of the ball but here is what I would do for the offense.
Improve the offensive line.
Replace Brian Schottenheimer.
Bring in a deep threat WR.
Add more depth to the RB position.
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