New York Jets: Sanchez Apologist Time

A healthy dose of reality on Mark Sanchez

I had originally thought that the two biggest defenders and apologists for Mark Sanchez out there were myself and Rob Celletti, with Trent Dilfer not too far behind. However, I have been intrigued by a new Twitter account @SanchezDEFENDER, which is dedicated specifically to defending the “most unfairly criticized quarterback in the NFL.”

Check out a few of these tidbits –

  • 11 comeback drives, two AFC Championship Game appearances, 4-2 playoff record, 30 wins overall in less than 3 seasons. (just the 6th QB in NFL history to reach 30 wins in 3 seasons).
  • Sanchez has a 96.8 Passer Rating in the 4th quarter this season, 8th best rating in the league overall. 8 TD’s to 1 INT
  • Eli Manning finished his 3rd season with 24 TDs and 18 ints and a 57% completion percentage (Sanchez currently has 19 TDs, 11 INTs and a 56.5% completion percentage).
  • Sanchez 8th best passer in the league when throwing on the run. 96.0 passer rating.
  • Mark Sanchez has THE MOST game winning touchdown drives of all QB’s since he entered the league
  • Sanchez has IMPROVED in every statistical category year over year.
  • To anyone questioning Sanchez’s arm strength. Exhibit A:

Nobody is trying to say Mark Sanchez is anywhere near being one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Yet, the way he is trashed by critics, you would quickly assume that he is one of the worst, which he is not. Sanchez is a young, developing quarterback who has had substantially more success than many his peers who are at the same stage of their career. Look at what Matthew Stafford and Josh Freeman have accomplished so far in their career, it doesn’t come near touching what Sanchez has done.

Then let’s take a closer look at the NFL’s golden boy, Tim Tebow. “All he does he is win! Right? Give the guy his credit. Stop hating on him!”…

Tim Tebow is 7-3 in his career as a starter. In his rookie year, he got to sit on the bench for most of the season. He came in towards the end of the year and went 1-2 as a starter. Mark Sanchez won two playoff games his rookie year, with zero time on the bench. In his second year, Tebow is 6-1 as a starter. In Sanchez’s second year his team went 11-5 and won two more playoff games. The comebacks? Sanchez had five last year. He was Tebow before Tebow, just without the prayer service after each win.

The national admiration for Sanchez’s ability to WIN football games and be consistently clutch will never occur because of the team and coach he plays for. However, don’t buy into the myth of his regression and the talk of him being a subpar player who will never be able to consistently lead the Jets to being a successful franchise.

What Mark Sanchez has been is a young quarterback, who has improved each year and won an exceedingly high amount of games while showing a unique ability to be clutch. I will take that from my franchise quarterback.

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 EVP of Content at Whistle Sports