Has Mark Sanchez Hit a Wall?

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Oct 28, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) calls out a play against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Dolphins won 30-9. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Let’s talk about everybody’s favorite whipping boy, Mark Sanchez. Nobody receives more criticism than this guy, some because Tim Tebow is here, some just because of his poor play. I am not here to say that the criticism isn’t warranted. He’s a starting quarterback in the biggest media market in the world, and an inconsistent one. Whether you put all the blame on Mark Sanchez’s abilities, or you factor in outside issues, the fact remains that he has been terribly inconsistent. Mark is a world beater at times, and a pee-wee leaguer at others. So I ask the questions, after almost four years in the league:

Has Mark Sanchez hit a wall?

It certainly is an argument worth making, as pointed out by William Spano during the Flight 5 spreecast this past Friday. He makes an interesting point, talking about the fact that going to the AFC title game in his first two seasons should have been a springboard for Mark Sanchez. It should have propelled him forward into a career that would move towards being an elite quarterback. Instead, you could make the argument that since the 2010 AFC title game, Mark Sanchez has taken steps backwards, making some mistakes that he made when he was a rookie, and baffling a lot of Jets fans.

When you take a look at the guy with the eye test, it is more than a fair point. Mark, at times, does not look like a leader. Instead of putting the Jets in position to win, he has at times put them in position to lose. He throws interceptions that are born out of terrible decisions. Even more than that, he makes bad passes due to simple inaccuracy. He can put the ball in the right place when he is on his game, but when he is not, his ball can put his receiver in harm’s way, and certainly doesn’t give his man a chance to make a play.

You can take a look at his demeanor and have a problem too. He never gets in the face of his teammates, trying to lead them and lift them up. Let’s face it, there are times that when things aren’t going well, he sulks, both on the sidelines and even on the field. Then, we hear him go into his post game press conferences, and many are not impressed. He doesn’t take a lot of responsibility for his play, and that understandably bothers fans. So, the question is a good one. Has he hit the wall?

I will talk about it more on the next page.

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