Mark Sanchez had an average game on Monday, some great throws, and some that weren’t so great. Some of it is because he is getting used to his receivers, some of it is on Mark.
There were two costly interceptions that changed the game, the one at the end of the first half, and the one and the end of the game. These were not great throws, but one was a great def play, and one went off the tight end’s hand. There was definitely blame to go around on both of these. Mark talked about them both. First on the one from the first half:
It’s a quick throw. On any of those underneath routes, if you don’t get those guys hands down, that’s just the way it goes. J.J. is smart. He knows when he’s not getting a pass rush. Our offensive line, for the most part, played really well tonight. They kept that guy out of there. They did their very best against a good pass rusher. He’s going to get some plays, it’s just inevitable. He’s a hell of a player. He knows though, as a good rusher, that when he’s not getting any pressure and they stone him up front, then he’s just going to wait back, sit there, and time his jump, and just watch for my arm to be cocked and ready to throw. He just jumps up and tries to tip it. That’s part of his deal and we’ve got to find a way to keep their hands down.
And then on the one at the end of the game:
Could it be more in front of him? Sure. But, it’s third down and half-a-mile or whatever it was. So, we have to get some yards and put us in a position to go for it on fourth down and that would have been it. But, Jeff made some great catches for us tonight. He’s not going to make them all, nobody is. We’ll just keep repping it, keep working it, and try to put it in front of him.
Mark is passing the buck to much here. Whether JJ Watt made a great play or not, the first half INT was behind the receiver. He should step up and take ownership of that, and he didn’t. Same thing with the Cumberland INT. Yes he could have, and probably should have made the play. But to brush off the idea that the throw could have been better is irresponsible. The throw could have been much better.
Mark is starting to talk like he is entitled. That’s a scary place to go, because it might take him to the bench.