Now, let’s take a look statistically, and see how Mark Sanchez really did in 2011. Take a look at these 2 stat lines, and tell me which you prefer:
3,336 yards passing, 23 TDs, 20 INTs
3,474 yards passing, 26 TDs, 18 INTs.
Who out there thinks that the lower line is better? I do. Guess what? The bottom line is Mark Sanchez. The top line? Eli Manning in his third full year as a starter (2007).
Mark Sanchez had better stats than Eli Manning in his third year, but did the Giants bring in a backup to “pressure” him? No. They gave him weapons.
Mark Sanchez accounted for 32 TDs in 2011 (6 rushing), which is a big number. For comparison sake, how many TDs did Tony Romo account for? 32. How about Alex Smith, a guy that led
his team to the brink of the Super Bowl? 17. 17 TDs are all he accounted for in 2011. Eli Manning, the Super Bowl Champ? He scored 30 TDs in 2011. Mark Sanchez actually
outscored the Super Bowl championship QB.
Clearly, Mark Sanchez can get the job done, there isn’t any doubt.
So what’s the problem?
The offensive line, first and foremost. We outlined the problems earlier in this post. They need depth, and they need to become more solid, and get back to being the force that they were
in 2010 and 2011. Better decisions are made when the quarterback is not on his back.
Secondly, what hasn’t been consistent for Mark Sanchez’s years as the QB of the Jets? His wide receiving corps, that’s what. It has been a revolving door, from Brad Smith, to Jerricho Cotchery
, to Santonio Holmes, to Plaxico Burress, the list goes on and on. How can the QB get chemistry if his weapons keep changing? Do the consistent Super Bowl contenders change their
WRs every season. Absolutely not, because it’s ridiculous.
It’s time to get off of Mark Sanchez’s back, and let him play. Get him weapons, protect him, and leave him alone. He can play, if we let him play.