Then, the Jets traded up to get him in the 2009 draft as we all know. They moved up quite a bit to get this guy, so we know the expectations that came along with that.
2009, the Jets finished with a 9-7 record, some say they backed into the playoffs. Whatever you think about how the Jets got in the playoffs, they got there, and they got hot.
In the wild card game against the Bengals, Sanchez led the Jets to victory with a performance of 12-15 passing for 182 yards and 1 TD, a 139.4 passer rating. On the road.
This is the guy everyone wants to run out of town.
They went on to beat the Chargers the following week to move to the AFC championship game, although he had a mediocre day throwing, with a 12-23 performance for 100 yards
1 TD and 1 INT. Bottom line, they won.
Again, on the road.
The Jets lost to Peyton Manning and the Colts the following week to end their Super Bowl hopes. Some say that they went this far despite of Sanchez, that the running game
and the defense. Nevertheless, they got there, and Sanchez was the quarterback.
2010 came, and the Jets had a much improved record at 11-5. Sanchez threw for 3291 yards passing, along with 17 TDs and 13 INTs. Back to the playoffs they went.
The wildcard game was against Peyton Manning and the Colts. Sanchez had a mediocre game, throwing 18-31, but he led the game winning drive at the end of the ball game that led to the Nick
Folk game winning field goal.
Playoff win 3, on the road.
The following week, the Jets upset the heavily favored Patriots, with Sanchez having a great game, putting up a passing ratio of 16-25 for 194 yards and 3 TDs.
Playoff win 4, on the road.