When Brian Schottenheimer went to St. Louis, he was replaced by Tony Sparano…a.k.a. Terrible. Yeah, Mark Sanchez had his struggles in 2011 under Schotty, but you have to give him credit for what he did do. The Jets were ranked NUMBER 1 in the NFL that year, in regards to Red Zone Scoring %. A healthy Santonio Holmes was a big factor, as well as bringing in Plaxico Burress. But Sanchez did good things in 2009, 2010. He made a few clutch passes in the playoffs, and has a 4-2 record in the playoffs with Santonio, Braylon, and Jerricho. The Flight Boys were my favorite to watch, and Sanchez had weapons. Last year? Not so much.
Anyway, you don’t accomplish these things playing like he did last year. To his defense, Santonio went down, Stephen Hill kept dropping passes, and Mark had a lack of talent around him. Jeremy Kerley is the only player worthy of a pass. He is a star in the making. But Santonio is getting healthy, Stephen Hill won’t be a rookie anymore, and Mark will be in a system of familiarity.
Ray Lucas made a good point on Jets Nation (SNYTV) Sunday, that Stephen Hill didn’t really “fit the system last year”. I believe he will have a great year this upcoming season, and I’m looking forward to seeing exactly how he and Mark will grow together.
I believe Mark will remain the starter come week 1.
Geno Smith needs to sit a bit, and should get the call when the moment is right. He needs to adjust to the life under-center, and needs time to watch from the sidelines. Mark should and will be the starter, but if he cannot get his confidence back, we could be looking at Geno Smith under-center rather sooner than later.
All together, I’m stoked to watch the new regime develop under General Manager, John Idzik. I feel that as a fan, I’ll be witnessing more good than bad. With the transition from Tannenbaum to Idzik now over, the future appears to look bright. Mark will play good until he does not, and Geno will get his shot to turn things around. Either way, I feel that one of the two will ‘Show Us The Wins’!
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