It is fair to say that New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez has endured great scrutiny. Despite the fact that the NFL is now deep into its offseason, this negative discussion continues. Former Philadelphia Eagles QB and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski spoke of how “disappointed” he was from the play of this embattled signal caller. He said, “I believed [Mark] Sanchez entering his fourth season would improve. Instead, he regressed; his limitations further exposed.”
This recent commentary came during “Jaws’ QB Countdown,” where Sanchez came in no. 28 out of 32 starters. Comments compared decision making to that of a rookie. Jaworski is qualified as an expert on the position after 16 NFL seasons with 179 touchdowns and 164 interceptions. What it comes down for Sanchez is ball security. His interceptions are well documented — 36 over the past two seasons. It is pocket presence or lack thereof that simply defies logic. When pressure comes, a tendency appears for him to hold the ball out and fumble. Watching the complete lack of confidence from Sanchez became difficult. Despite a tremendous amount of hype that accompanied the former USC star, results never really followed. It is true that getting him out of the pocket on play-action plays can occasionally take advantage of his athleticism.
In order to have any hope of rehabbing his career, Jaworski feels that “a lot of work” must be done by Sanchez. While Sanchez’s battle for the starting QB job with rookie Geno Smith continues, time is running out for the man who was once considered their franchise savior.