Looking at the score and performance by the New York Jets defense yesterday in their 27-11 destruction of the Buffalo Bills, it is easy to overlook the miscues from Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Despite a nice game in which Sanchez executed the playaction to perfection, it was his interception in the first quarter which continued to show why Sanchez is not at the level he should be.
With a 15 play drive on the Jets first possession, Sanchez threw a horrible interception into triple coverage in the end zone.
“It kind of got away from me a little bit,” said Sanchez, whose throw to tight end Dustin Keller went directly to Bills safety Jairus Byrd.
“That’s the worst part,” he added. “That’s the worst play to have it. I think it’s just the way things have gone, those things need to be eliminated.”
The 24-year-old needs to stop making those throws. In addition to not looking for any other receiver, Sanchez focused on Keller and recklessly threw an interception rather than throwing the ball away.
“We know he’s still a young quarterback, and we have to play well as a team for him to be successful,” linebacker Bart Scott said. “If the quarterback plays well, he gets all the credit, and if he doesn’t, he gets the blame. It just comes with the job.”
“Guys know that I can battle and that I can play through adversity,” said Sanchez. “It’s obviously frustrating because you let those guys down, that’s the worst part of it for me. I’m not worried about making bad throws or bad reads. I can get those right. I know I can fix that.”
Aside from the interception and a fumbled snap from the shotgun, Sanchez completed 20 of 28 passes (season-high 71.4 percent completion rate) for 230 yards, one TD and one INT. His passer rating of 92.9, makes it the fourth time this season he’s had a passer rating of 90 or greater.
As for the play-action, Sanchez completed 11 of 12 passes for 129 yards and his only touchdown of the day. The 12 attempts matched his career-high.
“I’m not worried if we run it or throw it a lot, as long as we’re winning,” Sanchez said. “We were pretty efficient in the passing game [Sunday].”