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A Solution for Mark Sanchez?

By Alan Schechter

Jan.1, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

There has been a lot of talk about this guy pictured to the right, as well there should be. Any starting QB in this town will be the center of a lot of attention, and Mark Sanchez is no different. His inconsistent play has been a catalyst for much of that talk.

Whether you like him or not, I think we can all agree that the success of the Jets in 2012, hinges a great deal on the sucess of Mark Sanchez’s right arm.

Many of you probably saw the post about Matt Cavanaugh’s comments earlier, where he talked about how many of Mark Sanchez’s mistakes come from bad decision making.

There was a discussion today amongst some of the bloggers regarding this. Why didn’t Cavanaugh figure this out sooner? Why did they retain Cavanaugh?

This discussion got me thinking. Maybe Mark Sanchez does need a new voice inside his head, at least part of the time.

Cleary the themes of Cavanaugh’s teachings are not sinking in. Mark’s inconsistent play is direct evidence of that. He went severely downhill the last 3 weeks, after the early part of the year that showed a lot of promise.

So, who is a guy that is smart, knows how to play QB in New York, and made good decisions with the football? This guy! (see next page)

Jul 25, 2008; Hempstead, NY, USA: Chad Pennington

Why not Chad Pennington? Bring him in to help with Mark Sanchez, even to consult.

As a Rhodes Scholar finalist, he is one of the smartest players ever to wear the Green and White. As far as decision making, he was one of the best. Whether you liked Chad Pennington or not, you couldn’t argue with his decision making.

Having the highest completion percentage ever is clear evidence of that.

You can argue whether or not Chad Pennington had the arm strength to make all of the throws. Not an issue, because this is not Mark Sanchez’s problem. His problem is with his decisions, and Chad Pennington would be as good of a force as any in teaching Mark to make better ones.