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17 Nov 2011

ESPN: The Truth About Mark Sanchez

I'm a well-known Mark Sanchez detractor, so perhaps you'll be surprised to see me defending the Jets quarterback in this piece. The main point: There's a difference between horrible and slightly below-average, especially when you're talking about a third-year player who still has potential for improvement.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 17 Nov 2011

4 comments, Last at 22 Nov 2011, 12:43am by Anonymous(not that one)


by commissionerleaf :: Thu, 11/17/2011 - 8:14pm

I don't disagree, and I'm a big Sanchez detractor as well. He makes more poor throws than poor decisions, and the Jets don't need Tom Brady to win games, given their defensive abilities and -ahem- what used to be a running game.

Sanchez is not and will never be a big F Franchise Quarterback in the sense that no one in town will doubt that he should be leading the team. He's more in the Matt Cassel/Shaun Hill/Jon Kitna category of players who are replacement level (-ish) and nonetheless end up, for one reason or another, starting a lot of games.

[Put it this way, if the Jets had the first pick and the chance for Luck... they would draft him, not trade the pick like the Patriots, Packers, Giants, etc. would be happy to do.]

Sanchez is a great temporary answer for a team that can win on defense and pounding the rock, and has good receivers to make the most of their quarterback like product.

by tuluse :: Fri, 11/18/2011 - 4:30am

Jon Kitna is way better than any other QB in your post. If the Jets had an in his prime Kitna they would probably be the favorites in the league right now.

That said, I feel like Sanchez has taken a step back this year. I've seen him play better in the past than he is right now, and I think you have to blame the coaching staff. Sanchez appears to have correctable mechanical flaws. I say that because his accuracy is so hit or miss. Some time he is deadly accurate and sometimes he is Tim Tebow minus the running. That leads me to believe it's a mechanics issue and one that he some times does right, so it should be correctable. Also, as Temo pointed out the final word on Jets Pats, Shottenheimer threw on every single 3rd down.

So he isn't fixing Sanchez's flaws, and he's done a bad job play calling. What is it that he does well?

by Penn State Parent (Wall Streeter) (not verified) :: Sun, 11/20/2011 - 1:46am

Mark Sanchez is a horrible quarterback not slightly below average as Schatz claims. He is the leader among all quarterbacks in the league in fumbles lost and pick six plays. He has a total quarterback rating of a 36.3 good for 28th amongst the 34 qualifying quarterbacks (none of those quarterbacks who rank below him have the same quality of wide receivers, an elite defense, nor do they have the best center and an all pro left tackle). So what has he got going for him, he's dead last in completion percentage on deep balls thrown this season, he struggles to complete one touchdown pass in any given game (he averages 1.4 TDs per game), and he throws on average one interception per game. Football outsiders compares him to Tony Banks, a second draft pick from years ago who was last a backup for the Houston Texans years ago. He is being paid almost $18 million to play for the Jets this year. Can you blame Brian Schottenheimer (the New York Jets Offensive Coordinator) for trying to minimizing the use of Sanchez and avoid using making him take risky deep throws especially after Rex demanded they run the ball. The kid has the physical tools to make the throws except he is a little undersized and he lacks the intelligence to play quarterback. Mark Sanchez does not strike anyone as an intense personality; what some might ignore is the overpaid entitled kid who cares more about getting attention then actually learning how to make the plays. The quarterback can't just memorize the playbook, they also need to be able to adjust to the defense and make the correct decision in that situation. More than half the time Mark Sanchez does the exact opposite. The Jets won't win the Superbowl ever with this kid because he is not going to be able to reach that potential everyone mentions. The IT factor described by the bone head former player analysts is just a bias for the people who smile a lot and act very positive. Tom Brady does not smile as much as Mark Sanchez, he was a sixth round pick (Sanchez was a top five pick) and he has three times more Superbowl rings than Sanchez will ever have.

by Anonymous(not that one) (not verified) :: Tue, 11/22/2011 - 12:43am

writer using stats to make a poor argument