Here is why, in my opinion, Mark Sanchez has not hit the wall.
First of all, the Jets need to re-establish their identity. Oh, Tony Sparano talked about it a lot during the offseason, but where has it been? Mark Sanchez has been at his best when the Jets have been a run-first football team. Mark, to be effective, must be able to work off of play action, rollouts,..etc. Like it or not, he is not the guy that is going to dominate a game with his arm. Tony Sparano seemed aware of this, when talking about getting back to being a physical, run-first team. However, Mark Sanchez is on pace to record the most passing attempts of his career. In the short term, the Jets need to play into Mark’s strength. They need to limit his attempts and get the ground game going.
Secondly, the Jets have written a playbook on how NOT to develop a quarterback. To all of my Mark Sanchez haters that read this blog, whether you want to admit it or not, it’s the truth. The Jets have done everything possble to not allow this young man to succeed. Be honest about it, and you will know that it is true. What great quarterback has had to change almost all of his weapons, every single season? Go ahead, I’ll wait. DOESN’T HAPPEN! Note this comparision next is not comparing the QBs, just their situation. How long did Peyton Manning get to work with Marvin Harrison? Did they change that up on him every year? NO! Why? Because the Colts understood that to develop a quarterback, he needs to be able to develop chemistry with his weapons. Another example that comes to my mind is Joe Montana. Again, not comparing their ability, just how they were groomed. Joe Montana had the same receivers to work with, almost EVERY YEAR! Yes, they moved from Dwight Clark to Jerry Rice, but that was after several years of having Dwight Clark on the team. For several years going forward, BOTH of Montana’s weapons remained consistent, Jerry Rice and John Taylor. Again, the 49ers understood how to develop a young quarterback.
Finally, I forgot who said it, but it is accurate. The saying goes, “When you have two quarterbacks, you have no quarterbacks.” How often has a two quarterback system worked in the NFL? Again, I’ll wait. The answer is never. It almost ruined the Cowboys when they tried it in the 70s. Heck, when the Broncos tried it with Kyle Orton and the guy that walks on water, Mr. Tebow, they won 4 GAMES! No quarterback is going to be successful in this situation. I said it in the beginning of the year and I say it again, this setup was bound to fail from the day the trade was closed.
I am ready for all of your tweets now, about how I make excuses for Mark Sanchez. Read this article carefully, I very much do NOT do that. I have taken Mark apart a lot for how inaccurate he is. He doesn’t make consistent plays, and they are plays that he should be able to make by now. He is not an elite quarterback, and he may never be one. That being said, he CAN still work in this system. If the Jets started developing him correctly, and got back to their identity. The problems I have identified are factors in his play, whether Mark’s haters like it or not. Be honest about it.
It may be too late for Mark Sanchez to make it here. In my opinion, that will be a shame.