– Rex Ryan continued his “LATE Public Support For Mark Sanchez” tour when he stated in an interview this past week that the Jets problems last season weren’t “all Mark Sanchez’s fault” and stated that Sanchez isn’t the only YOUNG QB that “took a step back last season” and that aside from Stafford most did. Besides the fact Ryan is repeating talking points I’ve personally been stating since the VERY end of the season, my real issue with this is of course the TIMING. Where was this emphatic support for Sanchez when he was getting DESTROYED during the weeks following the end of the regular season? Where was this when COWARDLY unnamed “sources” aka Manish Meta’s talking HOUSE plant named Seymour, was throwing Sanchez under the bus, backing it up over his head and repeating the process for 2-3 months????
Of COURSE the Jets offensive problems were bigger than Sanchez and in fact, I’m on record stating that Sanchez played well enough for the Jets to MAKE the playoffs last season. ALL in my head right? Well NOT exactly ~~> check out Sanchez’s numbers in the FIRST Patriots game and the Raiders game;
vs the Raiders Sanchez threw for 369 yards, 2 TDs, 1 int, he had 1 rushing TD and 1 rushing TD called back (a TD that would’ve tied the game at 31) after falling a centimeter short, a QBR of 96 and a 61.4 comp%.
vs the Patriots Sanchez threw for 166 yards, 2 TDs, 0 int, 105.6 QBR with a 61.5 comp%.
Now I absolutely LOATHE the “would’ve” “could’ve” and “should’ve” points of views and excuses but considering the blame and blatant disrespect that Sanchez has endured from the media and unnamed sources since the end of the regular season I’d say we’re WAY past tip toeing and dancing around legitimate and VALID points that support the argument that Sanchez wasn’t NEARLY as bad as SOME want to make him out to be because of his inconsistencies last season. In Fact, I’d say pointing out legitimate and valid pro-Sanchez arguments is MORE than fair game, it’s essentially fighting FAIR at this point. The point is, Sanchez played well enough for the Jets to WIN those 2 AFC games and would’ve put the Jets AFC record at 8-4 and into the playoffs as the wildcard. The Jets LOST those 2 games NOT because of “inconsistencies” or “turnovers” by way of Mark Sanchez but because the DEFENSE gave up 171 yards, 9 ypc and 2 TDs on 19 carries to Darren McFadden and 136 yards and 2 TDs to Green Ellis but more importantly, couldn’t stop Green-Ellis late in the 4th to give Sanchez (who just drove down the field effortlessly to hit Holmes for a 20 yard td strike on the previous possession) and the suddenly hot Jet offense a chance at a score to tie. Again, blame is to be had everywhere on this Jets team but had the Jets WON those 2 games and the Jets made the playoffs and somehow made another postseason RUN, what would we be talking about this offseason? One can ONLY wonder.