2012 Will Define the Rex Ryan/Mark Sanchez Era

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Sept. 30, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) throws to wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) during the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Everbody’s favorite whipping boy, Mark Sanchez. There is a lot of blame to go around, all over this offense, as we have seen the last few weeks. But, as the starting quarterback, Mark is going to take a lot of the blame, as he should. Ultimately, the performance of an offense runs through the quarterback.

Mark has had no help as far as the construction of this offense, we discussed that in depth yesterday, and many other times before. The running game is not performing anywhere close to where it needs to. He hasn’t had his favorite receiver, Dustin Keller, in weeks. It has not been easy for Sanchez. But with all that said, Mark still has to improve his performance. His decision making is still wildly head-scratching at times, and his throws are inconsistent. He can make all of the throws, and makes beautiful ones at times, and others don’t even look NFL level. Here is what Mark had to say about his accuracy:

No doubt. Have I missed some throws this year? Absolutely. When I look at the tape there’s a bunch of throws each game, a handful of them that you want back. Those are the ones I can control. The other ones after that, we have to be in the right spot. We have to keep fighting get open at the wide receiver position. (We have to) be sharp with our landmarks. I have to control what I can, and that’s meeting with these guys extra and make sure we’re on the same page so there’s no questions going into the game. They’ll be in the right spot and leave it to me to deliver the ball.

With Tim Tebow lurking in the wings, all eyes will be on Mark Sanchez on Monday night. He is now going to move forward and operate without his number one receiver, and we still don’t know if Dustin Keller is going to be available to play. But it doesn’t matter.

Mark has to take this team over, and elevate his play. They are crying out for leadership, and Mark has to be the guy to give it to them. He needs to step up, be more accurate, and lead this offense to victory. If he can do that, he will silence the critics. If not, things will go South very quickly.

Time will tell, and soon. For Rex, Sanchez, and this era in Jets history.

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