New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said much maligned quarterback Mark Sanchez played “really outstanding in most of the game” in a 29-26 overtime loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Sanchez, who Ryan and the Jets (3-4) drafted in 2009 with the fifth overall selection out of the University of Southern California (USC), completed 28 of 41 for 328 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
“(Mark) was accurate with the football,” said Ryan, 49. “Our protection was good.”
With Tim Tebow, a talented football ballplayer who regrettably throws like a glorified version of Corky Thatcher, peering over his shoulder, Sanchez has amassed substandard stats of nine touchdowns, in comparison to seven interceptions, for 1,453 yards over seven contests.
Most concernedly for the 25-year-old Sanchez, who has tossed 64 scores, in contrast to 58 picks, for 10,662 yards in 54 career starts, is that he’s connected on a pathetic 53.2% of his passes.
By far, the greatest quality for a signal-caller to possess is accuracy and Sanchez is flatly the most erratic passer in the league today.
In stark opposition to the mediocre regular season numbers compiled by the 6-foot-2, 225 pound Sanchez, the 2009 Rose Bowl Most Valuable Player award winner has dominated in six career playoff games by throwing six touchdowns, to only 3 interceptions, for 1,155 yards and a 60.5% completion percentage.
Hence, the Mexican-American, who is tied for the second most postseason road victories by an NFL field general at four, has the potential to perform beautifully in the swamps of Jersey.
Regardless, considering it’s the former Trojans fourth year under center, the word “potential” can no longer be used when mentioning Sanchez.
It is impossible to confidently predict that Sanchez, whose contract was shockingly extended this past March for $40.5 million over three years through the 2016 season, is capable of flying the Jets to their first Super Bowl triumph since 1969.
Although being a likable guy who is easy to root for, Mark Sanchez is not a man destined for success in New York City.by