Today we continue our series of evaluating how each player on the Jets performed this past season, along with looking forward to what their role on the team will be next year…up today, quarterback Mark Sanchez
Stat Line – 278/507 (54.8 completion percentage), 3,291 yards, 17 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, 75.3 QB Rating, 3 rushing touchdowns.
Playoff Stat Line – 54/89 (60.7 completion percentage), 616 yards, 5 touchdowns, 1 interception, 95.5 QB Rating.
Best Moment –It is hard to argue with him outplaying Tom Brady is his own building to lead the Jets to a divisional round upset victory. However, Sanchez also put together game winning drives in three consecutive November games against Detroit, Cleveland, and Houston.
Best Game – Considering the situation, his best game was against New England in the playoffs. Statistically, his best performances were against New England in week 2 and Miami in week 3 when he posted quarterback ratings over 120 in consecutive weeks, throwing 6 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.
Overall Evaluation –You can see the best part about Mark Sanchez’s game by looking at his regular season stats compared to his post-season stats. When the spot gets bigger, his elevates his level of play which is a terrific characteristic for any quarterback to have. He also made strides in protecting the football, alluding the pass rush, and becoming more of a team leader. Sanchez still needs to improve his overall accuracy and consistency but there is no reason not be very optimistic about his future as the Jets franchise quarterback. In two years as a NFL starter, Sanchez has a 19-12 regular season record and is 4-2 in the playoffs, with all four wins coming on the road. (B+)
Future – He is the future of the Jets offense and this team will ultimately go as far as he takes them. It will be interesting to see if the Jets start moving to a more pass happy approach and how Sanchez handles it, if they ultimately decide to.