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Attention Critics: Mark Sanchez is Not a Terrible Quarterback

Time and time again, Jets fans have to defend the ability of our Quarterback, Mark Sanchez.


Sanchez is undeniably a polarizing figure. Often times, he receives too much acclaim or too much vitriol for his play on the field and the image he portrays off-the-field. If you are a pure blooded castigator, Sanchez is an easy target. Whether it's his tighty-whitey pants in GQ, his inconsistent play, or his ability to be easily captivated by show tunes, you have a wide array of angles to spit blood-soaked hate in his direction. 


You wanna call him a fairy for loving show tunes? FINE, go for it. You wanna ridicule him for getting too close and personal with credulous 17 year old females? GO RIGHT AHEAD. You want to point out his average completion percentage or inability to score in the 1st Quarter? GET JIGGY WITH IT. If we are having a debate about Mark Sanchez, I'll even help you think of jokes around these topics. IT'LL BE A REAL NICE EVENING. 


But what you CAN'T say about Mark Sanchez is that he is a terrible Quarterback. 


You CAN'T say that Sanchez doesn't make plays in big spots. 


And you definitely CAN'T say that he doesn't have the ability to lead the Jets to a Super Bowl someday. 


FACT: You sound like a misinformed idiot if you mutter any of these sentences above. You're just blinded by your own hate. You're like a central park horse who's wearing blinders and just shitting all over the sidewalk hoping that tourists step in it. That's how miserable and ridiculously hatterrific you sound and you should just stop now. 


LET ME MAKE THIS CLEAR. Mark Sanchez, #6 for the New York Jets, needs to improve. He is no where near his potential at this point in his career. He has flaws that need to be addressed. He has inconsistencies in his game that need to be sewn up. He is no where near a perfect QB. ANY Jets fan knows this very well. 


Here are 5 characteristics of what a terrible QB looks like:

  1. You never engineer any game winning drives or comeback wins
  2. You don't have the respect of your teammates
  3. You don't get better as you play more games
  4. You don't get to the playoffs or win games in the playoffs once you get there
  5. You get injured all the time and can't consistently stay on the field


Let's apply Sanchez to numbers 1-5 above:

  1. Sanchez has orchestrated 7 4th Quarter comebacks and 8 game winning drives in his short career. To put this in perspective, Aaron Rodgers has 3 4th quarter comebacks and 5 Game winning drives. (I'm not saying Sanchez is better than Rodgers so relax over there).
  2. Any follower of the Jets can reasonably assume that each and every Jets player respects their captain, Mark Sanchez. Nothing has ever suggested otherwise.
  3. Sanchez has improved in the following statistical categories since his rookie year: QB Rating, Yards per game, Net yards gained per pass attempt, TD%, Completion%, and I can find more if you'd like. 
  4. Sanchez has been the Quarterback on a team that has made it to the Playoffs 2 out of 3 years and has won 4 out of 6 playoff games. All on the road. 
  5. Sanchez has never missed a start in his career this far. #knocksonwood


So if you are an intelligent person, how can you earnestly and realistically tell me that Sanchez is a terrible Quarterback? You can't. AT WORST, he is a slightly above average QB. At best, he is one of the best young QB's in the game. Not too mention he only started one year in college. Based on his age, experience, and a myriad of other factors, he has already accomplished more in 2.5 years than 80% of what the rest of the NFL QB's.


So in the future, if you want to tweet at me, email me, text me or send me (or any Jets fan) an effin smoke signal about Mark Sanchez, choose your words wisely or prepare to swiftly lose an argument. 


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Comment by Franklin Delano Spike on November 28, 2011 at 11:29pm

Jets need to do what SF did with Alex Smith and simplify some of the variables in individual plays.  You can still have a full playbook, just making some route options less complex.

Jets still need their heads out of their ass

Comment by clint gritt on November 28, 2011 at 10:34pm

My pleasure man.  Thanks for your timely response.

Comment by NYsportsGUY on November 28, 2011 at 6:17pm

Thanks for the comment, Clint. You provided a very valuable and insightful counter-argument backed by stats and logical inferences. 

Comment by clint gritt on November 17, 2011 at 10:00pm

This is actually kind of offensive Sir.  The man indeed is a terrible QB.  Some homers including yourself obviously will pretend he is good but you are wrong.  I can't thin that you really honestly believe what you say.  As far as him leading to the Super Bowl win?  That is embarrassing.

The team actually may have the talent to make it if you had a good QB.....but with Sanchez?  No chance at all.  I do not even thin he has the capacity to get all that much better.  He does not belong starting on a good NFL team.  Sorry.

Comment by Matthew Segreto on November 6, 2011 at 7:55am
Until his coaches actually believe in him, and open up the playbook, he will never obtain the confidence that a great quarterback has.  Not the confidence that comes through in an interview because he has that for sure.  Im talking about the confidence that he can make the 3rd & 13 play downfield.  I have been saying for a few years now I don't think he is a good quarterback.  Its just that he has been on a good overall team the last few years that has covered up his flaws.  If he was on Alex Smith, Matthew Stafford, or Cam Newtons team for starters, he would have never made it to the AFC championship game which seems to be your big play in the article above.  Sanchez didn't get them to that game.  The defense did.
Comment by NYsportsGUY on October 24, 2011 at 12:39pm

Thanks for the comment, AJ. All the stats point to an improving QB. I couldn't find a category where any clear cut negative trends existed

Comment by ajfinelli on October 24, 2011 at 9:52am
Everyone seems to forget that this is his 3rd year in the league.  As mentioned in this article, he is no where near his potential as a starting quarterback in the NFL.  As long as he keeps progressing from year to year, he will have a successful career in the NFL.  Most QBs in the NFL don't even start a single game until their 3rd or 4th year. 
Comment by NYsportsGUY on October 23, 2011 at 11:08pm
LOL ok thanks Franklin Delano Spike, Sir
Comment by Franklin Delano Spike on October 23, 2011 at 10:17pm

"Sanchez has never missed a start in his career this far. #knocksonwood"


Sanchez sat out Week14 2009 @Tampa because of him hurting his knee and Joe Girardi doing a bang up job being his sliding coach.

Comment by NYsportsGUY on October 23, 2011 at 7:59pm
10 NYSS points to the person who can tell me what movie I got "It'll be a real nice evening" from?

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