Despite what many have said, Sanchez’s stats have improved every year since he took over the reigns as team starter. There is one skill that Mark has gotten quite good at, and one he is looking forward to showing his new offensive coordinator, Tony Sparano.
That skill is the hard count.
Unofficially, Sanchez drew 16 penalties with the hard count last year, up from only one in 2010. He talked about the development of the hard count with Lange as well:
“It’s funny, you have an unsuccessful season and a stat like that doesn’t come out. You go to the playoffs on a deep run, that’s part of the reason. It got buried,” Sanchez said, adding about his backup,. “I think Mark Brunell was part of the reason for that. He gave a hard count out at practice and you could hear it in Morristown. “You try to rep it at practice, make it sound the same as your regular count. It’s getting the guys up on the line quicker to make it look real. That success is a credit to all the guys on offense. It’s just 5 yards at a time but it’s huge.”
Mark is excited to get back to work and return fundamentally sound.
That can only be good news for us Jets fans.