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Week 1 vs. BAL
Passing: 10 - 21, 74 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 2 / 5 / 0
Although Mark Sanchez's performance didn't harm the Jets in terms of turning the ball over, the former USC Trojan did not come up with enough plays to help his team either. Time and time again, Sanchez settled for the check down and was unwilling to test the back end of the Ravens defense. When Sanchez did go deep, one Braylon Edwards penalty negated what would have been a huge completion down the seam to TE Dustin Keller and on another occasion, blanket coverage by Revis on WR Jerricho Cotchery meant an incomplete pass.
Sanchez showed a distinct lack of patience in letting the play develop throughout the game and was often criticized by Ron Jaworski on commentary for this. When faced with a three man rush, Sanchez once tried to run for the first down but decided to slide short of the line to gain when he could easily have gone head first to secure the first down. Sanchez demonstrated this again later in the game against a three man rush. This lack of patience cost him and his team near the goal line on 3rd and 7 when WR Braylon Edwards was about to cut in at the back of the endzone. Instead of waiting for Edwards to come open, Sanchez threw a high, uncatchable pass for Edwards, meaning the Jets had to settle for a field goal.
The one positive aspect of Sanchez's performance was his steady command of the offense. Sanchez would often audible into better plays based on the Ravens defensive front seven. Despite this, the offense was ineffective from start to finish and Sanchez will need to improve if this team is to stay competitive.
Week 2 vs. NE
Passing: 21 - 30, 220 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 4 / 2 / 0
At first, the man known as 'Sanchize' looked much like he did in week one --- a little flustered and out of rhythm. From the second quarter on, everything clicked and Sanchez looked far better and more like the franchise QB the Jets hoped he would be.
He showed patience, kept the play alive with his feet while looking downfield and found his receivers, making smart decisions when he threw to them. Two of his touchdown passes showed very good touch, placing the ball just where his WRs needed it and the third was a rocket to the back of the end zone for Cotchery. Sanchez also showed the same poise and patience for a two point conversion.
Sanchez took the very rudimentary command of the offense he showed in week one and moved it to the next level. He now needs to do it on a consistent basis. While the he still has his flaws, this was a very good game from Sanchez and it showed what he is capable of.
Week 3 vs. MIA
Passing: 15 - 28, 256 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
Sanchez looked poised and in control throughout the entire game, moving the chains efficiently and delivering the ball on point and with authority most of the night.
Early on he looked often for tight end Dustin Keller, hitting him twice for touchdowns in the first half, the first with a perfectly thrown ball. He spread the ball around effectively, basically keeping the defense on its toes the whole half. The play-calling definitely changed and was less effective in the second half, but Sanchez remained pretty consistent, making good decisions with the ball and keeping plays going with his feet.
He did dodge two bullets, including one 'what were you thinking' half toss right at a Dolphin defensive linemen which, inexplicably, was dropped. Sometimes when you're on a roll, everything falls your way including 'gimme' interceptions. Sanchez also bounced a few passes in the dirt, but overall his passes were well thrown and on target.
Sanchez led an efficient, well managed drive to ice the game at the end of the fourth. He continues to show excellent progress as a quarterback and leader. The last two games, he's thrown for 6 TDs and no interceptions, a far cry from the beginning of the year and most of last year.
Teams are making Sanchez beat them through the air and he is happy to oblige them the last two weeks.
Week 4 vs. BUF
Passing: 14 - 24, 161 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 1 / 0 / 0
Sanchez continues to run the offense very efficiently and has yet to turn the ball over this year. Even though he was not required to throw the ball often, he did a good job with the passes he had, once again keeping plays alive with his feet and either finding open receivers or threading a needle to his targets.
Since the ground game is so efficient he's also getting very good at working in the playaction passes, especially when offensive coordinator Marty Schottenheimer runs him on a bootleg, which is often. The playaction worked to perfection on a touchdown throw to Dustin Keller. Late in the 3rd quarter. In fact it worked so well that not only was Keller open, but no less than two other Jets were also open in the end zone.
Sanchez continues to do as much as he needs to in order to win, while protecting the ball and the offense looks better each week.
Week 5 vs. MIN
Passing: 21 - 44, 191 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
The enormity of all the sub-plots in this game could have overshadowed Sanchez, but the youngster was ready to take on the ageless wonder, Brett Favre. And on this night, Sanchez shined almost as brightly as the lights on Broadway. He started the game with a 31 yard strike to Braylon Edwards in what was a statement play, showing the Viking's Defense that he was more than able to deliver the ball with confidence. He took a bunch of shots downfield and although the majority of them were unsuccessful, he was able to move the offense effectively between the 20's and keep the defense guessing due to the fine work on the ground by Ladanian Tomlinson. But it was his inability to finish, causing the Jets to settle for FG's that marred his fine play. Sanchez's most impressive drive came in the final minutes of the first half in a torrential downpour, but due to poor visibility and wet conditions, the Jets were forced to settled for their 3rd FG of the game. Sanchez accuracy slipped in the 2nd half which saw the ball get away from him a bit and allowed the Vikings to get back in the game. But he pulled it together down the stretch and concocted a clock eating cocktail late in the game when it counted, which lead to the Jets only offensive TD.
Week 6 vs. DEN
Passing: 17 - 30, 198 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
The Broncos did a good job of forcing Sanchez to move out of the pocket, and they forced him into making a number of bad throws. On the first possession, Sanchez threw two passes that should have been intercepted. He wasn't able to tempt fate on the next drive though, as the Broncos picked him off on the second drive. Sanchez threw two picks, and had a very up and down day. He did pretty well off of the play-action using his favorite target Keller a number of times, and threw a nice TD to Edwards, but overall, he was pretty average until the final drive. On that drive, Sanchez converted 2 3rd down receptions then threw a 4th down bomb to Santonio Holmes that drew a pass interference call, which gave the Jets the win. This was a day where the coaching staff was thankful that they have a great defense.
Week 8 vs. GB
Passing: 16 - 38, 256 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 2 / 22 / 0
Although Mark Sanchez's overall stat line was soured by the two interceptions he threw on the day, neither was his fault. One saw Packers cornerback Tramon Williams essentially out-muscle a reception right from Jerricho Cotchery's arms while the other was yet another who-wants-it-more type grab-battle with Charles Woodson winning out over Dustin Keller. Overall the Packers just did an excellent job with pass coverage and constantly pressuring him throughout the game. As with Rodgers, there's likely nothing to worry about at all and Sanchez merely had a difficult outing against a skilled pass defense.
Week 9 vs. DET
Passing: 22 - 39, 336 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 3 / 1 / 1
As has been the case for his second season, Mark Sanchez was a little streaky, somewhat uneven and then completely lights out when his team needed him to be. Throughout the day he overthrew his receivers, he fumbled the ball three times (though never lost the possession) and on his interception he had Santonio Holmes open with good separation on the Lions cornerback Alfonso Smith, but underthrew it by about three yards.
On the other hand, he showed good arm strength, touch and accuracy when he hit Braylon Edwards in stride on a 74 yards bomb where he threw it about 50 yards through the air. More important was the way Sanchez led his team down the field with less then two minutes left in the game and down three points. The former Trojan QB showed very good poise in the pocket and even never looked rattled. He efficiently moved the ball downfield and got his guys to the line quickly to make the most of the meager clock left, setting the stage for a tying field goal and overtime. In overtime he once again showed good poise in the pocket, as well as accuracy when he hit Holmes on a deep pass for 52 yards which brought the Jets into field goal range for the wins.
Teams are focusing more and more on the run and making Sanchez beat them. Last week, it worked for the Packers. This week, it didn't for the Lions.
While he is still shaky at times, Sanchez has definitely shown he can lead his team to victory and he had a nice bounce back game from a disappointing loss to the Packers.
Week 10 vs. CLE
Passing: 27 - 44, 299 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 2 / 4 / 1
As has been the case for several games now, Mark Sanchez started a bit shaky and got better as the game progressed. He also was asked to throw a lot more as the game went on; of his 44 attempts, 31 were in the second half/overtime. For the second week in a row, Sanchez was asked to manufacture a late game drive to win in over time and once again delivered, this time with a 37 yard touchdown to Santonio Holmes, who did most of the heavy lifting on the play as he eluded three tacklers on his way to the game winning touchdown.
What was most impressive about Sanchez was the ability he showed to extend a play with his feet, dodging tacklers and buying his receivers time to get open. As he did so, Sanchez often kept his eyes downfield, looking for an opening and then delivering the ball with authority. Despite hurting his ankle in the fourth quarter, Sanchez did not seem to allow it to hamper his movement and it did not seem to affect him at all as he drove the team down the field twice in overtime.
Sanchez did throw one interception, a wildly underthrown ball late in overtime which served as a punt, and dodged another when he hit a Browns defensive lineman in the hands, though the player could not hold onto it.
Week 11 vs. HOU
Passing: 22 - 38, 315 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 2 / 22 / 0
Sanchez has become the type of player who will put his team on his back and carry them to a victory. Three weeks in a row now the team has needed him to lead them to victory and three weeks running he's been up to the task. He does have issues he is still working on; he overthrew both Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes during the game when he had them wide open. Still, he delivered when he needed to, most critically during the final drive of the game. First, he kept the play alive while under pressure, until he could deliver a shovel pass to LaDainian Tomlinson, who scrambled for a big gain. Then, he threw a perfectly timed pass down the sideline to a streaking Edwards, pacing the ball right in the wide receiver's hands as he split the defenders. He capped the drive off with an excellent lob to the corner of the end zone for favorite target Holmes. All in under 50 seconds. A big knock on Sanchez was that he wasn't someone the team could count on to win games. This is no longer true and Sanchez once again proved it on Sunday with cool poise, accurate passes and good overall leadership. He'll need to keep it up as he faces rival New England, Pittsburgh and the Chicago Bears as the Jets close the season.
Week 12 vs. CIN
Passing: 16 - 28, 166 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 3 / -4 / 0
Sanchez didn't have a particularly great game. He threw one horrible INT where he held onto the ball too long then tried to make a play and threw it right into the hands of Maualuga. Then the next series he threw a ball right into the hands of the defense, only to have the INT dropped. Sanchez did capitalize on a fumbled punt, and hit Santonio Holmes on a quick 13 yard strike in the endzone for his one TD. But he spent most of the 2nd half handing off, and also had 2 Brad Smith TD's eat into opportunities as well. In general, Sanchez has been making fewer mistakes as the year has gone on, so hopefully the INT wasn't a sign of things to come, and he'll bounce back with a good game next week.
Week 13 vs. NE
Passing: 17 - 33, 164 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: 4 / 20 / 0
Last night's performance by Mark Sanchez was easily one of his worst, if not the worst. Sanchez did very little right and a lot wrong. He was inaccurate on a lot of throws, incorrectly leading his receivers or placing the ball too high to be caught. Sanchez was skittish in the pocket and indecisive as he "re - loaded" and pulled the ball down on numerous occasions. Though it looked like he was able to connect with Holmes well, this was the result of many targets and forcing the ball to him. The two had a tough time reading each other and were not on the same page for some throws. Sanchez could not sustain drives and never got into a rhythm with any of his receivers, except Holmes at times. He also turned the ball over with 3 INT's with very poor ball security. He failed to see a NE LB in the redzone, throwing it right to him. On another INT, he woefully underthrew Edwards deep and the CB had an easy pick. On the third interception, Sanchez's decision making then went completely haywire as he threw it directly to the safety for an easy catch. Sanchez did not do a good job with his pre snap reading and finding holes in the defense to throw into. He was off balance all game and never felt comfortable against this confusing NE defense. Sanchez also looked to struggle in the cold and had some underthrown passes, possibly caused by the wind.
Week 14 vs. MIA
Passing: 17 - 44, 216 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 2 / 20 / 0
Sanchez is now on a two game jag where he has made tremendously poor decisions. As bad as his day was --- and despite his end yardage, it was bad --- it could have been worse. Miami defensive back Sean Smith should have had two or three interceptions but was unable to hold to them. Especially in the first half, Sanchez struggled with accuracy and timing. It was as if the early part of the season had never happened and he looked very much like the rookie who struggled in 2009.
He was also plagued by numerous drops by his normally surehanded wide receivers. Santonio Holmes dropped a sure touchdown and Dustin Keller dropped at least one first down.
Sanchez improved as the day progressed, but every time the team entered the red zone the offense stalled badly. Sanchez often held the ball too long and yet when he did throw, often made bad decisions.
It's unclear what has shattered Sanchez's confidence but until he is able overcome it, this team will struggle. Their defense keeps them in most games, but unless Sanchez can get back on track, that just means they will lose some low scoring games like this one.
Week 15 vs. PIT
Passing: 19 - 29, 170 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 3 / 15 / 1
Even before considering the strength of his opponent, Sanchez's play was a significant improvement from his last two games. But when considering he managed the game as well as he did against Pittsburgh, it's clear that it was his best game in a while. The Jets took a page from the playbook of the Patriots and --- to a lesser extent --- the Bills. They used short, rhythm passes to negate the Steelers' pass rush and move the ball methodically down the field. They were helped by a somewhat questionable personal foul penalty against Ryan Clark on their 3rd quarter touchdown drive, but Sanchez showed that he is capable of being accurate in close quarters and moving his team against an elite defense. One thing that Sanchez seems to do well but doesn't get a ton of opportunities to do is throw the deep ball. With weapons like Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards, the Jets are certainly capable of trying, and Sanchez threw a very nice deep ball to Edwards in the first half that landed perfectly in his arms. He still didn't have the look of a quarterback that can throw 30 times in a game and dominate it, but he looked much more competent in this game as a game manager.
Week 16 vs. CHI
Passing: 24 - 37, 269 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Sanchez had a near perfect day but his one big mistake sealed the game for the Bears and that's really most of what the press will discuss, but there was far more too it. After a week where the Jets publicly said they were concerned for the young QB's shoulder, Sanchez showed no real signs of any injury though. To start the game, he hit 9 out of 9 passes and each one showed good zip and accuracy. Sanchez especially was in sync with tight end Dustin Keller who was a target for three out of four passes during one series in the first quarter.
The good for the day also included a 23 yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes. Sanchez scrambled out right and saw Holmes break free uncovered into the end zone, then delivered a well thrown ball for the score.
The bad for the day came late, when the Jets were driving down the field with less then a minute left, trailing 38-34. He saw Holmes running with good separation down the field and delivered a good pass. He didn't see Bears safety Chris Harris release across the middle and head off the pass with perfect position. Harris was able to release because linebacker Chris Urlacher dropped into coverage in the middle, which freed Harris up. Harris made the catch and that was all she wrote for the Jets.
Despite that mistake, Sanchez had a very solid day and continues to rebound from an ugly stretch of games just prior to the victory against the Steelers. Word is that he will not play in Buffalo next week in order to rest his shoulder and get ready for the playoffs.
Week 17 vs. BUF
The rumor all week was Sanchez's throwing arm continued to bother him and that seemed to be supported by the fact that the former USC QB didn't throw one pass during the series he ran in the first quarter and was pulled for Brad Smith on third down all three times the team reached it during that drive. Sanchez handed the ball off well, but it was clear the team was more worried about getting him healthy for the Wild Card game then keeping his throwing rhythm going.
Week 18 vs. IND
Passing: 18 - 31, 189 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / 6 / 0
The last few weeks there had been much speculation as to the true extent of QB Mark Sanchez's shoulder injury. Some thought the Jets were overplaying it in an attempt to throw off the Colts' game planning. This was very clearly not the case for much of the game.
It seemed evident that there was at least some discomfort for Sanchez as nearly ever throw throughout the day was high and long. Now, Sanchez isn't the most accurate passer at times but the way he was pushing the ball, it seemed like he was overcompensating quite a bit. He was trying to throw too hard and for most of the game couldn't hit his receivers.
When it counted though, Sanchez was able to piece together a very good series to get his team into a position to win. With less than a minute to go, Sanchez had to complete several passes to get his team to where kicker Nick Folk could ice the game.
Sanchez hit two straight passes to his big guns - Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes - and then after a LaDainian Tomlinson run, threw another pass to Edwards for a first.
The pass was - not surprisingly - high again, but Edwards was able to use his body to block out the defender, reach up and come down with the ball.
Sanchez was not terribly sharp against the Colts. He will have to find a way to settle down and make accurate throws and good decisions against the Pats in the next round.
Week 19 vs. NE
Passing: 16 - 25, 194 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
Sanchez started slow, but hung in and kept a play alive in the second quarter, directing Braylon Edwards to a spot downfield to make a deep catch inside the Pats 10 to set up the Jets first TD of a game, which Sanchez threw to Ladainian Tomlinson. Sanchez followed a botched fake punt by the Patriots with a third down TD throw to Edwards right before the half, on a play where Edwards did most of the dirty work, running through two tacklers for the TD. Sanchez also found Jerricho Cotchery open in the fourth quarter for a long catch-and-run gain after the Patriots had pulled back within three points. He followed with a nice throw to Santonio Holmes in the corner of the end zone for his third TD of the day to give the Jets a commanding lead. Sanchez wasn't flawless, but he was confident and focused all day, he avoided any big mistakes, and he made the plays when it mattered in the red zone.
Week 20 vs. PIT
Passing: 20 - 33, 233 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 3 / 6 / 0
Sanchez was let down by his teammates at times, but the Jets were rarely let down by Sanchez. He did give up a defensive TD when he was sacked while throwing at the end of the second quarter, but otherwise he stood tall under pressure and made a lot of key throws all day. Early on he was victimized by a Jerricho Cotchery drop and some penalties, but from the two-minute drill to end the first half on, Sanchez was almost flawless. The Jets had one three-and-out in the third quarter, but otherwise every Jets drive in the second half either ended with a score or at the Steelers one-yard line. Sanchez also seemed to have hurt his throwing shoulder on the big sack by the Steelers in the first half, but he came back in the game and played some of the best football in his career. His deep ball TD to Santonio Holmes early in the third quarter gave the Jets new life, and if the defense had been able to get the ball back for him one more time, Sanchez might have completed the biggest comeback in conference championship history. The playcalling on the goal-line stall-out was more to blame than Sanchez, and along the way he made many tough throws to keep the drive going. He has grown up a lot in his second year and he was the best QB on any of the four teams that played on Sunday.