This play is going to involve Jeff Cumberland, as we saw the other night. Cumberland, circled in green, is going to come out of what looks like a blocking position and run a seam route. Again, keep your eye on Michael Griffin, circled in blue, playing the single high safety.
Again, or maybe still, Mark Sanchez is locked in on his intended receiver, Jeff Cumberland (both circled in green). It would appear at first glance that Cumberland is open. He seems to have a step on the linebacker, circled in blue. But, what Mark misses again is the single high safety, also in blue. He is staring Sanchez down, and already inching towards Cumberland. Yet, Mark gets sucked in, and targets Jeff.
Just like before, Sanchez lets it fly, and Griffin closes in from his safety position…………
And records his second pick of the night, and Mark’s fourth thrown for the game. Then we know how it ended.
These are the mis-reads that you expect from a rookie. Not from a guy that went to the AFC championship game two times in a row. Mark has been through the battles by now. He has seen a lot, and been through a lot. He needs to be far better than this by now, but he has lost so much confidence that, sadly, he is not.
And that is why he had to be benched. Unfortunately, the move was made too late to save the 2012 season. It also likely ends the Mark Sanchez era as the starting quarterback in NY.
It will be the best for both parties if it does end.