Can Mark Sanchez Please Anyone in New York?

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Sanchez’s average yards per pass is very low, 4.7 yards to be exact. That is horrible, to put it bluntly, and gives Jets fans every reason to complain.

And complain, people are doing a lot of. Look at the Twitter timelines out there for Jets fans, bloggers..etc. Everyone is upset at Mark for not taking shots down the field. “All he does it dump it off,” is the common theme among many fans.

What I want to talk about is, why he is not taking shots down the field. The answer is, protection, protection, protection.

Mark has been sacked 5 times in only 3 quarters of play. 5 times. Take it further. He has attempted only 17 passes. So look at the numbers, he almost has approximately 1/3 of the number of sacks as the number of dropoffs. In only three quarters of play. Imagine if that was the pace that Sanchez is sacked during the regular season. He would have a tough time getting through the season without injury.

Shots down the field take time, folks. Watch the tape, the line is barely giving Mark Sanchez two seconds to get the ball out. Stephen Hill is fast, but he can’t actually fly. A shot down the field takes at least three seconds to develop. If Mark Sanchez is only getting two seconds, all he can possibly do is dump the ball off.

To all of the people that want him to take shots down the field, do you want him to do it just for the hell of it? Then, when it gets picked off, all the stories would be about how Mark Sanchez was reckless with the football. You can’t have it both ways.

You want Mark to be efficient with the football, and other than the pick 6, that is exactly what Mark has been so far.

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  • Jack Brokenshire

    Thank you someone with a level of insight, I am a Jets fan, although not in NY and I totally agree, I’ve been reading all offseason “fans” saying this and that about Sanchez and the problem is the protection not just for Sanchez to set up a pass but also for the run, the 3rd & 2 play followed by 4th & 1 in previous seasons we would have got that play no problem yet this season, granted only the preseason we struggled, hopefully as we’re game planning vs Carolina then we may see some wildcat and Sanchez can hand to Tebow and he’ll be able to convert. I hope we can get things sorted because I personally think Sanchez will have a good year, provided he’s not flat on his back every other play, I’ve been impressed with his progress in the offseason, his commitment and leadership and really wish him well because like it or not Jets “fans” he’s our QB and we need to support him and the team, lets go Sanchez and my JETS!