The Jets went back to Mark Sanchez yesterday, and they won the game. To his credit, Rex Ryan stuck to his theory that Mark gave them the best chance to win, started him, and they won. But did we get a little bit of insight as to how they REALLY feel about Mark? I think that we did.
Mark was more efficient yesterday, going 12-19 for 111 yards. Mark made good sharp reads, and good decisions. He also didn’t throw any interceptions, which is a nice step up for Mr. Sanchez. It’s hard to remember a zero INT game for Mark, is it not? But look at the performance, throw by throw. Did they ever really ask Mark to do anything? Not much. Especially when you take a look at the second half, Sanchez didn’t do much at all. He only dropped back to pass eight times in the second half, leaving the work to the ground game. Did he make throws when he had to? Absolutely. Look at the 37 yard hookup to Cumberland, it was huge.
But, what the Jets DIDN’T do was trust Mark Sanchez to lead a drive. The play selection was not just balanced, it was run heavy. That says that they don’t have enough confidence in their quarterback to win the game for them. They have him out there solely to not make mistakes, which isn’t a good position to be in. A game manager is one thing, but it was almost like he was less than a game manager. For a while, he was almost like a glorified running back coach, just handing the ball to the backs.
They won, no taking that away, but this is what concerns me: if they don’t trust their quarterback to make the throws, why is he the guy in there? If he “gives you the best chance to win”, shouldn’t you trust him? If not, maybe McElroy should be the guy in there. Just another perspective..