Let me preface with something I’ve said many times: I don’t think bad coaches can ruin a great QB, so it’s probable that Mark Sanchez was never going to be great anyway. Having said that, the thing that always did and still does piss me off the most about the Sanchez era, was the CONSTANT worry and over the top focus on turnovers and trying to get in his head about not making mistakes. In my opinion that’s the worst thing to preach to a young QB. Nothing good about making a QB over think and doubt himself. And if anybody ever paid attention, it never worked. The more they stressed mistakes and turnovers, the more he made and the worst he got. Say what you want, and I know you will but Mark Sanchez was at his absolute best (the few times) over the years when they just let him go out there, not think too much, and just let it fly and wing the ball over the field. But, former Jets OC Brian Schottenheimer and HC Rex Ryan were too inept and clueless to notice that trend. That should always be the mentality and goal every time when grooming a young QB and the absolute LAST mentality I want in this kid’s mind, in MY young QB’s mind is for him to be afraid to make mistakes and turn the ball over. I want him going out there and winging the ball all over the field, and if there are turnovers along the way, so be it!
Again, a naturally great QB will be great regardless. Situations may dictate how much he dominates – but if he’s great, he’s going to find some level of success regardless of the situation. So NO, I don’t think Ryan prevented Sanchez from being great. With that said, teams have found success and won SB’s with QBs that were not elite, or hadn’t developed into elite QBs yet. Having a great QB gives you the greatest chance of winning, but it’s possible to find success with a decent QB having a good year. I think Sanchez had a lot more potential coming into the league than the butt fumble he has NOW become. Let’s be honest, winning a SB with Sanchez under center was a perceivable possibility at one point. Had he been developed by the right people, who knows? He might have still only gone down as a decent/average QB, a game manager type, but even those types have won SBs in the past. Look at someone like Brad Johnson, who overall was considered a game manager, but he had a couple of good seasons, and in one of them won a SB. I think Sanchez at least had potential for that in the beginning.