Don't Get Hurt Mark Sanchez

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Last season Mark Sanchez missed a late season game after he banged up his knee against the Buffalo Bills. Despite only entering his second NFL season, Sanchez has had problems with both of his knees and is coming off surgery on his left one this off-season. Beyond that, despite being tutored by Joe Girardi last year, he still needs to work on learning how to slide and how not to put himself in position to break his neck when he runs.

The point I am making is that Sanchez is vulnerable to injury. In 2010, if Sanchez gets hurt and misses any type of extended time, the Jets are trouble…big trouble. Here is a quick run down of other quarterbacks who could be on the Jets depth chart this season:

Kellen Clemens – It appears to be a foregone conclusion that Clemens is going to be released at some point this summer. Yet, in reality he is a better option than anybody else the Jets are currently considering to backup Sanchez. It isn’t a good sign that your best option was only able to manage 13/26 for 125 yards against the Tampa Bay Bucs last year. However, at least he knows the offense and has some recent starting experience. The Jets could probably manage with Clemens at the helm for 3-5 games if they had to, without their season falling apart.

PhotobucketMark “Bankrupt” BrunellI would be all for Brunell being the Jets #3 quarterback/player coach, but their backup quarterback? You are really going to cut ties with Clemens and let this 39 year old guy be one snap away from playing? I am pretty sure these are Brunell’s stats from the last three NFL seasons:

– 2009: 15/30, 102 yards, 1 INT

- 2008: No Stats

- 2007: No Stats

Am I missing something? I am literally not sure if Brunell would be able to manage even an entire game if Sanchez had to miss a week. It makes absolutely no football sense to cut Kellen Clemens and make Mark Brunell the back-up quarterback.

Erik Ainge – Ainge is entering his third season in the Jets system. He did progress well in the pre-season last year but he spent most of mini-camp and OTAs working behind Kevin O’Connell and Brad Smith, so I am not sure how high the Jets coaching staff on him. Ainge doesn’t throw a pretty ball but he has good size and is familiar with the offense. I would rather have him coming in off the bench instead of Brunell.

Kevin O’Connell – The Jets traded a 7th round draft pick for him, which means they must see some type of potential in him. He has also been spending the majority of the time working ahead of Ainge this off-season. O’Connell has thrown 6 passes during his entire NFL career. It will be interesting to see if he can make an impression during the pre-season.

Brad Smith – For five to ten plays a game, Smith is great as a quarterback on gimmick plays. Beyond that? I don’t think so.

JaMarcus  Russell – You know your backup quarterback situation is ugly when you are considering this guy to join your team.

3 thoughts on “Don't Get Hurt Mark Sanchez

  1. You’re absolutely wrong about Brunell. You can’t make a comparison between the two based on the stats of one game unless you’ve seen them play and do or don’t like what you see. Clemens’ performance against Tampa Bay was amateurish. He missed WRs by 10-15 yards regularly. Most division I 2nd tier college qbs could’ve stepped in with one week’s notice and have done what Clemens did.

    You can’t ignore Brunell’s career either. In the past, Brunell consistently had a qb rating in the mid 80′s. Last season, he threw 29 passes in a game that he wasn’t required to win. Unless you think that Brunell is to old too perform as a backup, you have to expect his rating to be in the 80s if he were to fill in for Sanchez for a good chunk of the season. The only advantage that Clemens has over Brunell is his knowledge of the system which isn’t a big deal if he’s going to stink it up like he did in Tampa. I’m almost inclined to want Brad Smith as the #2 if we don’t get Brunell.

  2. POST FROM AOLSTBO

    You’re absolutely wrong about Brunell. You can’t make a comparison between the two based on the stats of one game unless you’ve seen them play and do or don’t like what you see. Clemens’ performance against Tampa Bay was amateurish. He missed WRs by 10-15 yards regularly. Most division I 2nd tier college qbs could’ve stepped in with one week’s notice and have done what Clemens did.

    You can’t ignore Brunell’s career either. In the past, Brunell consistently had a qb rating in the mid 80’s. Last season, he threw 29 passes in a game that he wasn’t required to win. Unless you think that Brunell is to old too perform as a backup, you have to expect his rating to be in the 80s if he were to fill in for Sanchez for a good chunk of the season. The only advantage that Clemens has over Brunell is his knowledge of the system which isn’t a big deal if he’s going to stink it up like he did in Tampa. I’m almost inclined to want Brad Smith as the #2 if we don’t get Brunell

  3. AOLSTBO

    I disagree because Brunell hasn’t played a meaningful snap in the last three seasons. He physically isn’t ready to step in. Clemens is better suited to be the backup because of his recent experience in the Jets offensive system

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