Don’t hate Mark Sanchez just yet

Closeup of Jets QB Sanchez

Why do many, like Adam Schein, view Mark Sanchez as the worst quarterback option for the Jets or any NFL team? Is this criticism really well placed?

Lets first acknowledge that in his first two years in the NFL, Sanchez has been part of a Jets team that went to two consecutive AFC Championship games. Sanchez could be credited for taking the team far into the playoffs but many critics credit the Jets defense and running game for this. Not Sanchez’s quarterback skills.

If that’s the case, how can Sanchez be the culprit behind the Jet’s losses in the recent seasons. If Sanchez is the reason for the Jets’ losing seasons, wouldn’t he also be the reason for their wins early on? By discrediting his success how can critics later turn and have him as the sole reason for the Jet’s losing seasons.

Personally, I don’t think Sanchez deserves the credit for the Jets success early on and, as it follows, he is not the reason for the Jets losses. The Jets offense has confined his passing skills to play action throws; dependent on a strong running game. It was simply run the ball then try to fool the defense that you’re running in order to have a receiver open to throw to.

The focal point of the offense has always been on the running backs. Is it really farfetched to argue that as the running game declined and the Jets continued to run play action for the majority of their passing plays, Sanchez was put in a losing situation? And that’s not even taking into account the decline in the receiver talent.

This is not to say that Sanchez is a great quarterback but rather that his actual abilities have not been showcased. Don’t forget that in his worst season last year Sanchez was splitting quarterback time with Tim Tebow. Skip Bayless argues in favor of Tebow saying that the Jets never gave him a fair chance to quarterback. Isn’t this the same argument that can be said about Sanchez?

How can a constructor be blamed for the collapse of a building when he constructed the first and fourth floors of a building while another completed the second and third floors incorrectly? Why was it even set up to have different constructors? Wouldn’t it be Rex’s fault, I mean the architect’s?

The conclusion should be that Sanchez isn’t a horrible quarterback. Its too inconclusive to affirm that. It’s more reasonable to state that we still don’t really know what caliber quarterback he is. Credits: cool13902008

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Written by Nassau Jones

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