The problem was that Ken O’Brien suffered very often from the same problem that Mark Sanchez did in 2011, terrible offensive line play. He was sacked, and sacked, and sacked. From 1985-1991, O’Brien was sacked an average of almost 44 times per season.
However, he still managed to lead the AFC in passing in 1985. He threw for 3,888 yards, 25 TDs vs only 8 INTs, a conference leading 96.8 passer rating. He managed all of that after being sacked an amazing 62 times that season.
But never did O’Brien say a word. He never complained that the team never took care of him. He was a true Jet, through and through.
In 1986, Kenny helped lead the Jets out of the gate to a 10-1 record, including that famous game in September where he and Dan Marino dueled to a record 927 passing yards. The Jets won 51-45 in OT, and O’Brien added 29-43 passing for 479 yards, and 4 TDs, with 1 INT. Unfortunately, his own and other key injuries derailed the 1986 season into a much talked about second round exit in double overtime against the Cleveland Browns.