Mark Sanchez: Worst Quarterback Ever?

I always find the incessant criticism of Mark Sanchez both entertaining and not surprising. He is the face of the most obnoxious, brash talking team in the NFL alongside Rex Ryan. Just like people can’t stand Ryan, people can’t stand Sanchez and refuse to credit his success while only focusing on his shortcomings.

Let’s be clear, Sanchez has been far from great in his first two years as a NFL starter. Yet, considering he started 16 games in college and he was thrown in as the starter from day one, I think he has shown enough to believe he will develop into a very good NFL quarterback.

He is constantly characterized as an “average” to “below average” player by the national media. You never hear anybody talking about him developing into a better player as the years go on, even though he took major strides in year two. However, you get people like Bill Barnwell saying Chad Henne can develop into Drew Brees. Matthew Stafford, Josh Freeman, and even the pathetic in any big spot Henne all get discussion about developing into future stars but not Sanchez, the guy with 19 regular season wins and 4 road playoff victories in two years.

The stat line on Sanchez’s first two years won’t impress anybody on paper. Yet keep in mind he threw 5 more touchdowns, 7 less interceptions, over 800 more yards, and won two more regular season games from year 1 to year 2.

I am really not concerned about the paper stats. I know that Sanchez plays better when the spot is bigger. I know he is clutch and I know he has taken every step since being drafted to becoming the leader of his team. I also know that average or below average quarterbacks don’t go into New England and go for a 16/25, 195 yards, 3 TDs and 0 INTs stat line while knocking Tom Brady out of the playoffs.

Other young quarterbacks get passes for being inconsistent, they also seem to get passes for not winning. Fortunately, Sanchez doesn’t even need to worry about a pass for the latter. The Jets are in good shape with their quarterback position and will be for the long term with Sanchez under center.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • Bruce Harper

    So you’re saying that winning games is important! What a concept! Recently Sanchez finished a game with the following stat line: 8 completios 16 attempts 63 yds no touchdowns.He sucks! Oh by the way, the final score was Jets 37, Bengals 0. I have a very sophisticated view of football-we want to score more points than the other team. If we do that, I can forgive a lot of statistical ugliness.
    Sanchez has one major problem as a qb=he starts games slowly. This really has to improve=and Schotty and Rex also have to speak to this.

  • Jimbo

    Ha dont be naive…Pick one statistically bad game for him and put it there…what it comes down to with Sanchez, is when he’s needed to be good (playoffs, two minute drills) he has been great. Thats more than you can say for 75% of the QBs in the league. 4 road playoff wins, and 5 fourth quarter/OT comeback wins in 2 years, thats not a fluke, that’s a trend.

  • Jimbo

    Sidenote, I think Stafford can be REALLY good if he can stay healthy, and Freeman has potential too, but I think Sanchez has proved more than either of them that he can be a long term starting QB option for the team he plays for.

    I will never pretend to know more than sports writers, but I just cant see how Henne keeps getting talked about like he’s going to be a great QB. I have never even seen a flash of brilliance from him…

  • James

    Mark Sanchez is absolutely horrible. The jets defense consistently carries New York through games. When’s the last time the jets won an offensive headed game? He holds the ball too long and takes sacks, throws off balance passes and just generally makes bad decisions. It’s heartbreaking because if they had just about any other quarterback active in the NFL they’d have won a superbowl by now. One of the worst 4 quarterbacks in the league.

  • Jim

    I’ve been a die hard football fan for 47 years and Sanchez is by far, the worst QB I have ever seen!