2011 was not an all bad season for Mark Sanchez. It just ended badly.
The first thirteen games of 2011 were showing off the appropriate stages of development. The Jets had run an 8-5 record, and Mark Sanchez had been efficient to this point. He had thrown 21 touchdowns versus only 11 interceptions. He added five rushing touchdowns to this point, totalling 26 scores to that point in the season.
The beginning of the end came against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Jets were blown out by a score of 45-19, and Mark threw three interceptions that day. His need to push the envelope to make a play grew, so his decisions grew worse. By the end of the season, we had the implosion in Miami with interceptions to defensive linemen. Although he did complete over 60% of his passes in that week 17 game, it was far from the way he wanted to end the season. Still, Mark accounted for 32 touchdowns in 2011, 26 through the air and six on the ground.
Then, we had 2012 which was about as bad as it could get for Mark. His decisions got worse and worse, as did his play. By the end of the year, everyone was calling for his benching, and he didn’t even resemble the player he was starting to become the previous seasons. Then, we have the preseason injury last year, leading to Geno Smith‘s starting all 16 games his rookie year.
It all culminated yesterday in Mark’s release. We could talk all day about the lack of weapons, and whether or not this is on Mark, the team, partially on both…etc. The truth of the matter is that Mark Sanchez’s time in New York is over, so it’s time to move on.
Whether or not you all agree, Mark’s time in New York was positive overall. He brought us two seasons that we will never forget. Mark will find success in this league again, outside of New York. I, for one, thank him for the memories, and wish him the best, no matter where he winds up.
If only it could have ended with the ultimate prize.