New York Jets Filmroom: Re-Butting Mark Sanchez’s Role in the “Butt-Fumble”

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Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) drops to pass as Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams (94) rushes during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

You guys didn’t think I would go an entire off season without writing an article in defense of Mark Sanchez, did you? Of course not.

The Butt-Fumble. It’s a term that is in our lexicon thanks to our wonderful Jets. It has come back in recent weeks, as various media outlets televise countdowns from the 2012 season. Truth be told, the play was so unique and funny, the play will go down in history and never leave the lips of anyone who talks about the New York Jets.

Here is the play again, at full speed, for everyone to get their laughs in:

I know, hahaha very funny. Actually, it is pretty funny to watch Mark’s head snap back basically from getting tackled by Brandon Moore’ rear end. Even as a Mark Sanchez fan, I would be being dishonest if I said I didn’t laugh, after the fact, when watching the play.

A lot of people like to use this play as the prime example as to why Mark Sanchez is no good. People point to this play as how bad football can get, some people even point to it and compare with the Rich Kotite era, and use it as why Mark Sanchez needs to be out of a job.

I agree, Mark does deserve blame for not protecting the football. But when you look at the play, there are a couple of other factors in play, that have nothing to do with Mark Sanchez. And you know what? If both of these elements do not happen, the likelihood of the butt fumble is much less. It may not even happen. Let me show you what I mean.

The first factor, the mis-communication between Mark Sanchez and Shonn Greene. Greene is in the blue circle since he is a Titan now, and Mark is circled in green. Can you see, in the smaller circle, that Mark Sanchez is extending the football? He is expecting to have Greene there. Greene, however, is headed out into the flat. Clearly, a problem. Mark clearly is expecting Shonn, as he is extending the ball, waiting for Greene. If a handoff occurs, obviously, no butt-fumble. So where did that leave them?

Here. With the confusion that always comes from a broken play. The quarterback is stuck with the ball, trying to figure out something to do with it. Now we see the second factor. Keep an eye on the matchup of Brandon Moore vs Vince Wilfork, in the red circle. Mark is going to scramble to his right, and there is no butt yet. Keep an eye on it as we turn the page.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    great analysis, as always alan. now how ’bout the other 13 fumbles? :)

    • TheJetPress

      thanks matr……Hey I never said he had a perfect season..:)…I was just breaking down that one play wise guy LOL.

      You guys know by now how much of a sanchez backer I am :)

      • matr dontelli iii

        l don’t doubt that he’s salvageable and i’d hate to see him go elsewhere and be succesful, but the fumbles! (not to be confused with the buttfumbles). i know he didn’t have much to work with last year. i’m as optomistic as they get. i really think idzik is gonna do a great job and i think they have a good chance to be much better than the media trolls would have us believe (hi dick. hi manish.) it really depends on whether the offense stops scoring points for the opposition. the offense did plenty right back in ’09 and ’10. it wasn’t ALL defense. if he can’t learn to protect the ball i’m sure he won’t still be in there week 10. keep up the good work alan. always a pleasure to read your analyses.

        • TheJetPress

          Totally agree. It’s really difficult to say that he can’t be saved. He played too well in 2009 and 2010 in big spots to be totally gone. Like you said, it wasn’t all defense. I one thousand percent agree with that.

          The fumbles, though….ugh is all I can say. He has to protect the football otherwise he won’t be here or anywhere else as a starting QB.

          Thanks for the following of me, glad you enjoy what you read. Please keep coming back!

          • Dave Hanna

            agree- there are a few more players that to make things get screwed up- Mark should never have had to shoulder all the issues

          • TheJetPress

            It is understandable that it was put on him…when you watch the play at full speed Mark does look funny, but you have to look at the play honestly and see he wasn’t the only problem.

  • Annette’s Jet’s

    I think I just lost my lunch. Anyone have any memory loss pills for me?

    • TheJetPress

      Ha ha sorry…..didn’t mean to make you sick.