SHOTS DOWN THE FIELD
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.