What a long night for Mark Sanchez.
Coming into last night’s New York Jets vs. Baltimore Ravens game, it was clear what the Ravens defense needed to do to win: Pressure the Jets weak offensive line, get to the quarterback and force turnovers.
Even the Ravens probably didn’t expect the results. Four turnovers with three returned for touchdowns in their 34-17 victory.
Rich Cimini of ESPN NY broke down the four turnovers, with comments of all, including the killer Sanchez INT at 27-17.
1. The Reed strip sack. The first series for the Jets. Sanchez took a quick drop to the right and was hit from behind by Ed Reed who came in all alone. Jameel McClain returned the fumble six yards for a TD.
Blame game: Offensive Line. “We missed a protection call,” Jets head coach Rex Ryan said.
2. Sanchez’s fumble snap. Sanchez, in shotgun formation, mishandled a snap by rookie C Colin Baxter. Yes it was a high, hard snap, but your QB has to catch it. Baxter took the blame, said he “rocketed” the snap and was benched for three series after that.
Blame game: All Sanchez here.
3. The Ngata strip sack. Hammered in the back by Ngata, who blew past LG Vladimir Ducasse who was replacing the benched Baxter.
Blame game: Ducasse.
4. The Lardarius Webb 73-yard interception return for a TD. After recovering a Flacco fumble, the Jets were set at the Ravens 27, down 27-17. This was the moment to seize the game. Instead, Sanchez made a terrible throw to Santonio Holmes that Webb intercepted and ran back untouched. Holmes said, “He threw it too late.” We partly agree. He threw it too late and threw a horrible pass.
Blame game: Sanchez. A rookie throw that ended the game.