It was an all-out disaster yesterday at MetLife stadium. Nothing went right as the Jets fell to the San Francisco 49ers, 34-0. The offense lacked any spark, and the defense couldn’t stop a cold, especially against the run.
One guy who was particularly bad yesterday was starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. He completed less than 50% of his passes for the third straight game, going 13-29 for 103 yards and 1 INT. That will not win too many games.
Rex Ryan, for the time being, will stick with Mark Sanchez as the starting quarterback. Here is Mark on his emotions after yesterday’s game:
I think the whole team was (angry). I know the whole team was. Guys are just upset and frustrated. This is not the way we imagined this game going and (we) just left too many opportunities out on the field. San Francisco took advantage of them. It just wasn’t our best. That’s the unfortunate thing. We just have to get better and dig ourselves out. We’re 2-2. It’s not the end of the world. We have a lot of football left. It’s the guys in that locker room, myself included, that have to improve and turn this thing around.
Despite his struggles, and the backup QB looming in the background, Mark is not feeling more pressure than in the past:
No, they’re similar times. We’ve been on the other end of that kind of game before. I keep telling myself that. I keep reminding myself how well we were prepared during camp and each week how much effort coach (Tony) Sparano puts into each game plan and how well players learn the system and stuff, but it’s nothing you can’t come back from. So, that’s where my head’s at. Stay positive and rally these guys.
He’s right to feel that way. If he allows himself to hear footsteps behind him, his play will not improve, it wll get worse. He has to remain confident, otherwise he will never turn it around. But one thing is for sure, and that is that Mark Sanchez has to get better, now.