Reason to Believe in Mark Sanchez, and Co. in the New York Jets’ West Coast System


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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  • Jetsluva

    UGH! I’m so tired of hoping that Sanchez will play well for this team. Not just survive because he has a very good team around him. Sanchez just isn’t a good QB. He’s only OK with everything stacked around him. He isn’t a guy that you can expect to WIN games for you week after week. I actually have no problem if Sanchez turns it around and is successful, I just don’t have any faith that he will be able to do that. Why all the sentiment for Mark when we have Geno who is a stronger and more accurate passer, has better legs and escape ability and is better under pressure than Sanchez? Geno just didn’t throw INT’s in college despite facing a lot of pressure. Geno is the antithesis of Mark as a QB.

    This preseason is gonna be very intense. This is a true competition and I’m anxious to see how much Geno can adjust to the NFL level. What gives me hope is that he was so competitive with Mark already. Geno may have things to learn but he wasn’t too far behind a 4 year starter which isn’t good for Sanchez. Geno finished the OTA’s strong and I think he’s gonna be a fast learner and come into camp ready to take the job. We’ll see.

  • JETSerious

    I hear your frustration, man. I had my doubts even while writing this, but I can see the team succeeding with Mark under center. With a strong running game under Chris Ivory (which is yet to be seen), and a top defense, Mark can win. You’re right, he cannot take over a game… But until Geno is ready, he’s what we’re rolling with. I am with you. I think Geno is pretty darn close to taking the job, but I don’t want to see him get thrown into the fire if he’s not ready.

    Trust me, I’m not all, “Team Sanchez”!!!

    No. I’m a Jets fan first and foremost.

    Root for the team…And let the best QB win the job!

    • JETSerious

      By the way… Thanks for comment! Keep on reading, and I love the avatar pic of Geno!

  • Paul Newbold

    The only reason I have to hope that Sanchez plays well is…..we might be able to salvage a draft pick out of him, instead of cutting him! Sanchez flashes, but so does lightning! How many times have you been struck? Sanchez’s problem since USC has been consistency, and his inability to take coaching. He can throw a beautiful fade today in practice, but will miss it terribly on game day! Granted he didn’t have many scoring weapons the past two season’s, but the turn overs?? Sanchez never was and never will be an elite quarterback! The Jets need an elite quarterback….thinking back…have we ever had one? I mean not counting the veteran quarterbacks we have grabbed in FA, when was the last quarterback the Jets truly developed into a “star” in this league? Hopefully we can grab a pick from some sucker next season, bundle a few surplus picks and find an “elite athlete” for the position in the draft. I’m not sold on Geno Smith, and regardless, after we unload Sanchez, we will still need a legitimate back up!! Next season’s QB competition will excite me….this season, not so much. I hope they play Sanchez and allow Smith to mature and learn!!

  • Bennny K

    I’m not going to break down plays, games or stats. With over 100 turnovers in four years we need to move on from Sanchez. I’m done with him, I just hope the powers to be (hopefully Idzik and MM) feel the same.