Matt Cavanaugh Tells it to Mark Sanchez Straight

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Sep 25, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Jets 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Mark Sanchez has received a great deal of coddling from the Jets organization in his first three years with the team. One guy that hasn’t done that, however, has been his quarterbacks coach, Matt Cavanaugh. He spoke for the first time of 2012, talking about the turnover issue that has impacted his young quarterback.

“There were turnovers that were not his fault that were credited to him,” Cavanaugh told the Daily News in his first public comments since the Jets missed the playoffs at 8-8 last season. “But there were enough that playing that position he needs to cut some of those down. Most of them came from just poor decision-making.

“So I spent a lot of time with him talking about ‘Let’s get focused on managing the game,'” Cavanaugh added. “Taking the big plays when they’re there (and) understanding that… even though it’s drawn up to be a touchdown, not every play has to be a touchdown. Not every play has to be a completion. Sometimes throwing it away is a good thing. Sometimes taking a sack is better than throwing an interception.”

Sanchez, according to Cavanaugh, didn’t have these themes sink in until 2011 fell apart over the last three weeks. The success of the team masked the problems that Mark Sanchez was having.

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