Tomorrow afternoon, the Jets take on the 2-10 Jacksonville Jaguars. As we have talked about before, the Jets begin this final quarter of the 2012 season playing for pride, as the playoffs are pretty much out of reach. But, they are not only playing for pride. They are playing for jobs. This is especially true for the guy pictured right, and he knows it. He is not only playing for his job.
He is playing for Rex Ryan’s too, and maybe Tannenbaum’s.
Mark Sanchez is up against the wall, starting with tomorrow’s game. For the first time in the three plus years he has been the quarterback, Mark Sanchez was benched. It was clearly a shock to Mark’s system, so much so that he didn’t even believe it when his offensive coordinator broke the news. Mark was so surprised, and in disbelief, that he had to go ask Rex Ryan if it was true. He took a hit to his system and his confidence. I have made the argument all week that he should not start this week because his confidence is so shot, but that is immaterial now. Mark is back in the lineup, so we go forward. He came out of the game, and he knows he can come out again.
Tomorrow afternoon, Mark takes the field against the 28th ranked pass defense, and the 31st ranked run defense. All of the elements are in place for Mark Sanchez and the Jets offense to have a bounce back performance. But does anyone EVER have confidence that this offense is going to have a great performance? I know that I sure don’t. We have all seen the decision making of Mark Sanchez. It isn’t good. Would anyone be really shocked if he threw another 3 INT’s tomorrow?
Mark knows that he is being held accountable now. He knows that he is on a short leash, and could come out of the game if he struggles. With the playoffs being out of reach, the Jets are clearly looking at Mark to see what they have going forward. Will he improve, and reaffirm the organization’s confidence in him, or will he continue to struggle, and reaffirm the need to bring in competition? Only time will tell, and that starts tomorrow.
Mark’s interview starts tomorrow.