Inside the Jets vs. Texans Film Room: Offense

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Oct. 8, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) is sacked by Houston Texans outside linebacker Brooks Reed (58) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Time to go inside the film room, and take a look at the offensive side of the football from the Monday night battle with the Houston Texans. There is a lot that can be talked about in this one, but I wanted to take a look at a popular topic around the New York Jets. That topic is the starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez. Jets fans fall on all sides of the map on this guy, from those that love him to those who want him out the door yesterday, (I’m talking to you, Frankie Vittorini).

But all joking aside, one thing is for sure, Mark Sanchez drives Jets fans crazy. Why? Inconsistency. After looking at the tape, there is a huge difference in Mark’s accuracy when he throws inside the numbers vs. when he throws outside the numbers, and this showed itself on Monday night. Here are two prime examples. First we will look at a throw inside the numbers, the early Jeff Cumberland touchdown.

Mark Sanchez is lined up in the gun, Jeff Cumberland is lined up in the slot (circled in green). He ends up one on one with the close defender circled in red, as the deep safety comes up to help on a shorter route on the wide receiver. The green arrow indicates Cumberland, who runs a post pattern down the left hash mark.

Mark Sanchez is looking at Jeff Cumberland all the way here. Look in the red circle, you can see that the defender has Cumberland covered to the inside. If Mark makes the throw to the inside(the broken black line), the defender has him blanketed, and Cumberland is not likely to break free to make the catch. The only way Mark can make the completion is if he makes the throw to Cumberland’s outside shoulder(the blue line). Take a look at how it turns out.

Sanchez makes a beautifully placed throw on the outside shoulder of Jeff Cumberland……

Jeff Cumberland goes up for the grab, bobbles slightly, then secures it for a touchdown. The point is that the play was between the numbers, and Mark made a great throw. He put it in the only spot that his receiver could have made the catch.

Even Mark Sanchez doubters liked the throw, as our buddy and Flight 5 Co-Host Frankie Vittorini put it to us via Twitter during the game:

Sanchez is money, deep middle.

This is when Mark is at his best, making throws like that. But, sometimes we see the other Mark, especially when his is throwing outside the numbers, and that is what drives Jets fans like the aforementioned Frankie Vittorini(@hashtagfrankie) crazy, and rightfully so. We will take a look at the example of that on the next page, the Cromartie incompletion.

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