For the past four years, the New York Jets have suffered through watching quarterback Mark Sanchez squander every chance they’ve had at a postseason run. If they ever want to even sniff a return to the big game, they’ll need to sever ties with the NFL’s most inept starting quarterback.
Every season, the Jets field a stout defense. Although head coach Rex Ryan has proven to be as inept at coaching offense as his quarterback is at passing, there’s no denying that the man can organize a solid defense despite missing key pieces to the puzzle.
Even though Ryan’s offensive schemes are subpar at best, the talent is still there to support a sturdy playoff push. The only thing holding the Jets back, though, is Sanchez and his lack of confidence as a passer.
If you’ve ever watched Sanchez play, then you know he lacks confidence as a quarterback and leader of the Jets’ offense. When the pressure is on and the rush is coming, he tosses ducks instead of stepping up into the pocket and delivering a confident pass. Especially when his blocking breaks down, he throws erratic, off-the-mark passes that often end up in the defense’s hands.
So far this season, Sanchez has statistically put up one of the worst seasons among NFL starting quarterbacks. Not only is his 70.4 passer rating among the lowest in the league, but his completion percentage of 52 ranks him dead last among starters. Through nine games, Sanchez has managed only 10 touchdowns while throwing nine interceptions and has already fumbled eight times. Although his pass blocking has been lackluster at best, Sanchez has shouldered more than his fair share of mistakes this season for the Jets.
The worst part of this whole equation: even Sanchez’ teammates are losing faith in him.
While some have backed their quarterback out of respect, some Jets such as starting running back Shonn Greene haven’t been afraid to say what everyone else is thinking.
“You feel bad for Mark, but at the same time, you want to win games. We’re not here to protect people’s feelings. If you want to win games, you’ve got to try something. If somebody’s not getting the job done, you see if somebody else can do it. It’s the same with coaching, or any position. You don’t mean to belittle someone or say, ‘he sucks.’ That’s just the harsh reality.”
Please, tell us how you really feel Shonn.
And for any of you thinking that Tim Tebow could be the answer, don’t kid yourself. He’s a college quarterback stuck in an overrated, overhyped NFL quarterback’s body. Even though he made wins materialize out of thin air for the Denver Broncos last season, Tebow still isn’t capable of being a long-term starter. It just means that he pulled the biggest rabbit in NFL history out of his hat.
When the 2013 NFL Draft rolls around this upcoming April, the Jets better be thinking quarterback when they’re finally on the clock. Sanchez had his opportunity and failed to deliver; it’s time to let a new gunslinger give it a go.