Time to talk about everybody’s favorite QB. Either you love him, or you hate him, but he certainly is a topic in this area, and with this fanbase. It’s for good reason of course, as he is the starting QB, so let’s hit it.
He had a good day, did Mark. 25-37 for 328 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT is not a bad stat line by any means. He made some big time throws. He also had his head scratching moments which make Jets fan go insane, and want him off the team. Let’s get into some specifics.
We won’t go into the Hill interception, it’s too ugly to talk about. Terrible throw on all levels. We also won’t look at the final play of the game. No, Mark Sanchez had no time on the play, but Mark has to protect the football, and get ready for the next down. As soon as there is a guy in his face, he has to tuck that ball in and protect it, and he didn’t. Let’s look at a couple of throws.
Look at the small window that Sanchez has to put that ball into. There are three defenders in the area, marked with the numbers. And, there is a Jet in the lane, Jeremy Kerley. He is threading this ball between three defenders, and Kerley. We all saw the result, perfect throw, TD.
Let’s actually go back to early in the game, on the first drive for the Jets. On back to back plays, the Jets run a seam route in the slot, first to Kerley, and then to Stephen Hill. Let’s compare the results, and you will see why Mark drives people nuts. First the Kerley play:
Jeremy Kerley is lined up in the slot, indicated by the green circle. He will run up the seam, which is shown by the green arrow. The two key defenders are circled in red, the linebacker lined up against Jeremy, and the safety help over the top. The LB is obviously a mismatch, but he has safety help over the top. Mark has to place the ball carefully, putting it over the top of the linebacker and in front of the safety. Take a look:
Mark Sanchez makes a perfect throw, right between the two defenders. It’s a 24 yard hookup, and a first down for the New York Jets. Now, take a look at the very next play:
This time, Stephen Hill is lined up in the slot to the left of Mark Sanchez. Stephen Hill is going to run a similar route to Kerley, as indicated by the green line. He is going to start the route as a corner route, and then break it to the inside, and find a soft spot in the zone. Here is a wide open 6’4″ receiver, can Mark hit him?
No he can not, as he actually overthrows Hill. That is a difficult task when throwing to a receiver of that size. See what I mean? One play before, he makes a beautiful throw to Kerley, and then the next play, makes a terrible throw to Stephen Hill. So it was a good day for Mark Sanchez, but still imperfect.
That’s how you could describe the day for the offense. It was very good, but just not good enough in the end.
Stay tuned this afternoon as JETSerious breaks down the defensive film.