QB Mark Sanchez - Free Agent
|6-2, 227||Born: 11-11-1986||College: USC||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2009|
2018 Week 13 vs PHI (13 / 21 / 100 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Mark Sanchez came in as relief for Colt once he left the game with an injury. He didn't have much impact on this game in an unexpected debut. Mark hasn't been with Washington more than a month which meant they had to simplify the game plan. Therefore, he threw a ton of checkdowns and averaged less than five yards per pass attempt. He did manage to throw an awful interception while trying to make play escaping pressure. The offense was held scoreless in the second half with Mark at the helm.
2018 Week 14 vs NYG (6 / 14 / 38 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Mark Sanchez had an abysmal outing versus the Giants. He managed to accumulate just thirty-eight yards on ten drives and was ultimately benched. He added two interceptions as well and was subbed out for recently signed Josh Johnson. This might have been the last time we see Mark Sanchez at the helm for Washington.
2016 Week 17 vs PHI (9 / 17 / 85 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
Dallas rolled out all three quarterbacks in the regular season finale against the Eagles. Sanchez saw more than two quarters of action, more than Dak Prescott or Tony Romo, in mop-up duty. Sanchez had moments of clarity to his game, including a roll-out deep out pass to Brice Butler - a stick throw in the perfect location. Sanchez also added a seam pass to Cole Beasley, dropping the ball in the bucket for a long reception. However, Sanchez logged a number of inaccurate throws and poor decisions. One of his interceptions was a tipped screen pass attempt at the line of scrimmage, but he also was inaccurate into tight coverage on a crossing route to Gavin Escobar for a turnover. With two minutes to play and down seven points, Sanchez ended the game by going sack, poor throw, and sack.
2015 Week 10 vs MIA (14 / 23 / 156 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
In relief of Bradford, Mark Sanchez got his first action of the season. Under his control, the Eagles would only score three more points. On his first play, he dumped off to Ryan Mathews who was able to turn up the field for 17 yards. Things got messy from there. Sanchez had problems at the mesh point when attempting handoffs, and even tripped up DeMarco Murray on one attempt. He wasn't on the same page with his receivers, often throwing to open areas of the field where no one was, or throwing at the backs of his receivers when they weren't looking. But most of that can be excused by limited or no practice reps with the first team offense. Given the situation, he played well and kept his team in the game. Chip Kelly immediately went to a read-option approach and Sanchez responded positively. He kept plays alive with his legs when plays broke down. He looked sharp in the pocket when the protection was there. With his first possession of the fourth quarter, he navigated the offense into scoring position and would have regained the lead on beautiful touchdown pass to Ertz on a rollout off of play-action. Unfortunately, the score was erased by offsetting penalties and the Eagles settled for a field goal. Late in the game, setup with great field position, Sanchez completed three passes on three attempts to chew up 32 yards and moved into scoring position down by one point. On second down at the nine yard line, Sanchez stared down Miles Austin and tossed an ugly interception. He had an opportunity to win the game with 1:40 remaining. After three straight incompletions, which included Austin not looking for a pass, and two drops by other receivers, Sanchez failed to throw the fourth down pass beyond the first down marker. All things being equal, with a full week of practice he might just give this offense a spark should Bradford miss time.
2015 Week 11 vs TB (26 / 41 / 261 / 2 / 3 pass, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)
The Good. The Bad. The Sanchez. Chip Kelly's group came into Sunday favored by 6.5 points and got blown out by four times that amount. Three interceptions certainly didn't help. But this was a clinic on how not to play defense and how not to respond offensively when your defense is getting pummeled on the ground and shredded through the air. The unfortunate thing about an ugly, terrible loss like this one is how good the Eagles looked to open the game. They strung together a series of five first downs off the opening kickoff in route to a score and a seven point lead. All this despite DeMarco Murray fumbling the ball on his first carry of the game. The Buccaneers would then proceed to rattle off 21 unanswered points and ultimately take a 28-14 lead into a halftime. It was in the second half that the Eagles defense would be exposed. The Buccaneers put together a 9:47 touchdown drive and held Sanchez and Co. out of the endzone for the rest of the game. The Eagles offense had no chance of recovering and looked like a different team than what took the field to open the game. They managed only 10 first downs in the second half and a lopsided time of possession and turnover battle. In the end, it was a horrible showing for a home team in a battle for the NFC East. They've now lost two of their last three games and there's not much to suggest that things are going to get better anytime soon.
2015 Week 12 vs DET (19 / 27 / 199 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)
It was rough day for Sanchez. His offensive line couldn't keep the Lions' defense off of him. He was sacked six times and turned the ball over once on a fumble. His final stat line is actually quite impressive considering the environment. He completed over 70 percent of his passes and tossed a pair of touchdowns in the process. The first score came on their third series. After a big catch-and-run by Trey Burton that set up the Eagles deep in Lions' territory, Sanchez rolled right and found Brent Celek, who was able to fight his way into the endzone. But Sanchez and Co. wouldn't even so much as sniff the endzone again until late in the fourth quarter. In true garbage time fashion, he stood tall in the pocket and hit Jordan Matthews for a 24-yard strike and score. All things being equal, Sanchez played well and was the least of the Eagles problems.
2014 Week 9 vs HOU (15 / 22 / 202 / 2 / 2 pass, 5 / 5 / 0 rush)
Sanchez entered the game after the Foles injury to start the 2nd quarter and started with a bang with a deep pass over the middle to Jeremy Maclin for a 52 yard gain. Later in the drive he hit Sproles on a quick 6 yard screen pass and followed it up a few plays later with a tight pass to Jordan Matthews in the endzone for a touchdown. It was an impressive first drive for Sanchez coming off the bench in place of Foles and leading the Eagles to a touchdown. Sanchez was picked off on a pass that he threw a pass to Josh Huff but Huff popped the ball in the air and the Texans got the interception. Sanchez led an impressive drive to end the first half to help get the Eagles in field goal range. He rolled out to the right and found Jordan Matthews with a nice touch pass for a 24 yard gain. He also found tight ends Celek and Ertz for 5 and 4 yard gains and picked up a first down down with his feet on a 3rd and 1 with a 3 yard gain straight ahead. Sanchez used Sproles in the passing game finding him for gains of 24 and 11 yards as Sproles did all the work on gaining the yards after the catches. Sanchez under threw Riley Cooper and the results were a 2nd interception for Sanchez on the day. The next drive was a very impressive one for Sanchez as he took the Eagles down the field on a 15 play drive that took nearly 8 minutes and resulted in a touchdown pass to Maclin and helped put the game away for the Eagles. He hit Maclin on a short screen pass which Maclin used his speed and turned it into a 21 yard gain. Sanchez then found Maehl for 8 yards , Huff for 9 yards and Celek for 3 yard gains before he hit Maclin with a dart for his 2nd touchdown pass of the game.
2014 Week 10 vs CAR (20 / 37 / 332 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Sanchez first pass on the night came from the Panthers 22 yard line where he under threw Jeremy Maclin in the endzone, he followed that up on third down throwing a hard pass into traffic that also went incomplete. Sanchez started his second drive also in great field position at the Panthers 43 yard line as the Eagles defense created another turnover. From there Sanchez found Maclin for a strike over the middle of 15 yards and later found Celek for a 21 yard gain which got the ball inside the Panthers 10 yard line before Sproles ran the ball in for a touchdown. On both completions Sanchez was reading the field very well and stepped up in the pocket to avoid pressure and make clean throws to his receivers. On the next drive Sanchez delivered some hard throws to both Matthews and Sproles that hit his receivers in the hands but went incomplete and the Eagles were forced to punt the ball away. Sanchez had a near perfect 91 yard touchdown drive at the start of the 2nd quarter as he found Jordan Matthews for back to back passes of 23 and 17 yard gains. The first one came on a 3rd and 14 as he dropped back into his own endzone and delivered a perfect pass to Matthews on the right sideline. He followed it up with a pass over the middle for another first down. Sanchez found Celek for a 20 yard pickup over the middle of the field on another hard pass right in the hands of Celek. Sanchez delivered back to back passes to Matthews for 20 yards where he did a nice catch and run over the middle and followed it up with a 13 yard touchdown at the goal line where Matthews made sure to secure the ball. Sanchez had great vision on the night and was stepping up, back and sideways to avoid the pressure from the Panthers and did so once again finding Matthews for the fifth time in the game for a 33 yard catch and run. It looked as if Sanchez threw an Interception but the Panthers defender stepped on the the sideline as he was coming down with the ball. Sanchez started the 2nd half with quick passes to Sproles of 13 yards, Matthews for 14 yards, and Celek for 9 yards but the Eagles were forced to punt as they could only reach the Panthers 45 yard line. Sanchez delivered a perfect pass to Celek on the very next drive as the first play went for 30 yards down to the Panthers 1 yard line. Sanchez stepped up in the pocket and threw another perfect pass to Celek for a 37 yard gain. On a third down and 10 Sanchez read the blitz from the Panthers and dumped off a pass over a Panthers defender and got the ball to Matthews as he avoided being tackled and got the ball to the endzone for the touchdown.
2014 Week 11 vs GB (26 / 44 / 346 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 0 / 0 rush)
Sanchez first play of the game was a first down pass to Riley Cooper over the middle of the field. He followed that up with a 20 yard strike to Jeremy Maclin two plays later showing some patience and delivering a perfect pass. After another McCoy run Sanchez dropped back to pass again but had little time and was dropped for a Packers sack where he took a vicious helmet to helmet hit and looked to be a bit shook up. On the next drive Sanchez once again felt the pressure of the Packers defense and was dropped for another sack where he was hit in the head once again. After being down 17-0, Sanchez delivered a solid drive for the Eagles with passes to Matthews for 5 yards, Sproles out of the backfield for a 16 yard gain, and another one to McCoy for 18 yards but was upended with his third sack of the game and the Eagles had to settle for a field goal. Sanchez made a nice pass down the field to Matthews but Matthews was unable to bring the catch in as the ball bounced off his fingers for an incomplete pass. Sanchez found Ertz for two first downs with pick ups of 12 and 15 yards and later came back to Matthews for a 40 yard pass down the field to get the Eagles into the redzone. To start out the second half Sanchez had some nice passes to Maclin and Cooper to get the Eagles on the move but ended up fumbling the ball away on a botched handoff to LeSean McCoy. Sanchez made a big mistake as he threw an interception to Julius Peppers for a 52 yard INT return for a touchdown. The pass was picked off easily by Peppers as he just dropped in the passing lane as Sanchez was solely focused on getting the ball to Celek. Sanchez followed that INT up with a touchdown drive on the next possession. He did so by moving the ball down the field for an 80 yard drive with passes of 7 and 4 yards to Maclin, 14 to Cooper, 6 and 22 to Ertz, and eventually finding Matthews for a 10 yard strike for the touchdown. Sanchez got picked off for another INT as Maclin fell down to the ground and it was an easy pick for the Packers. On the next possession Sanchez missed a high snap and the ball was fumbled and the Packers returned it for a touchdown. Sanchez came back in garbage time and threw a 36 yard pass to Matthews and later found Maclin for a 20 yard touchdown pass.
2014 Week 12 vs TEN (30 / 43 / 307 / 1 / 2 pass, 4 / 4 / 0 rush)
Fortunately for Mark Sanchez, he is replacing Nick Foles from this season rather than Nick Foles from last season. Had Sanchez come into this offense last year, he would have replaced a quarterback who couldn't throw an interception even if he took the ball and placed it in a defender's hands. This year, Foles had already set the table with a bunch of turnovers for Sanchez to sit at. Therefore, Sanchez's lack of accuracy and at times poor decisions are less significant in comparison to Foles. He is turning the ball over and largely relying on Kelly's scheme for his production, but that scheme isn't going anywhere anytime soon so there's no reason to think the production(and the turnovers) will disappear.
2014 Week 13 vs DAL (20 / 29 / 217 / 1 / 0 pass, 7 / 28 / 1 rush)
Sanchez led a perfect opening drive for the Eagles completing a couple of passes to Cooper, one to Maclin and another to Sproles and then punching the ball over the goal line on a 2 yard quarterback keeper where he faked the handoff to LeSean McCoy and dove into the endzone for the touchdown. On the Eagles second drive it was much the same as Sanchez came out with some confidence and showed some great ball placement as he hit Matthews for 15 yards on a nice rollout pass and then followed that up with a 13 yard strike to Maclin for another quick first down. Sanchez then looked in Cooper's direction and delivered back to back 7 yard passes with the 2nd being a first down play. On the very next play Sanchez rolled out to his left and threw a perfect pass in stride to Jordan Matthews for a 27 yard touchdown. On the Eagles third drive Sanchez ended up fumbling the ball as he felt the pressure in the pocket but the Eagles were lucky enough to recover the football. On the very next play Sanchez found a wide open Jeremy Maclin on the sideline and Maclin had a great catch and run where he took off for a 58 yard gain. Sanchez just missed an open Brad Smith for what would have been another touchdown but just overthrew him near the endzone. Just before half time Sanchez put together another very impressive drive which consisted of 14 plays and completions to Sproles for 6 yards, Maclin for 11 and Matthews for 4 and 5 yard gains. Sanchez found Maclin for a 7 yard completion early in the third quarter and followed it up with a 8 yard quarterback keeper and a first down. Sanchez led another impressive 15 play drive to give the Eagles another field goal but more importantly to keep the momentum and game flow in the Eagles favor. He found Maclin for a 6 yard gain and a first down and then followed it up with a 13 yard run of his own and another first down.
2014 Week 14 vs SEA (10 / 20 / 96 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Sanchez started out the game with 3 straight very short passes with the first two falling incomplete and the last one being a 6 yard reception to Jordan Matthews out to the left sideline. Sanchez found Jeremy Maclin for a 1 yard touchdown on a WR screen pass at the Seahawks goal line to help the Eagles take advantage of a Seahawks fumble a few plays earlier. On the next drive Sanchez had a nice rollout throw to Matthews for a 17 yard completion as he looked very confident outside of the pocket and threw a perfect pass on the run. Sanchez made his best pass of the game to TE Zach Ertz down the field for a 35 yard touchdown strike near the left sidelines as Ertz dove across the goalline to ensure the touchdown. Sanchez was feeling pressure all day long and saw even more in the 2nd half and on one instance had to throw a short pass to Maclin and caught hammered after the pass by a Seahawks defender. After the Eagles defense got the ball back for the offense after a Marshawn Lynch fumble, Sanchez took the first play from scrimmage and threw an interception as he tried to get the ball to Cooper down the field. The ball seemed to die in midair as the wind held up the ball and Cooper had no shot at making a play on the ball as it was well short of his grasp.
2014 Week 15 vs DAL (17 / 28 / 252 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Sanchez struggled on the first two drives as on the opening possession he had 1 completion for 0 yards to Riley Cooper an another in-completion in the direction of McCoy and then on the second drive was sacked on his only time he dropped back in the pocket. Sanchez finally got the offense moving on the Eagles third possession as he found Celek for 5 yards and then again for a big 23 yard gain and also had passes to Sproles and Ertz mixed in to help set up a Chris Polk running touchdown. Sanchez looked more comfortable once again on the next drive as he found Ertz, Maclin and Celek all for first down passes and helped set up an Eagles field goal. On the first drive of the third quarter Sanchez looked in Jeremy Maclin's direction often picking up a first down early and then on a third and long finding him down the sidelines for a huge 72 yard catch and run which helped set up the Eagles for a Chris Polk 1 yard touchdown run. Sanchez was picked off on a pass that was intended for Zach Ertz as he overthrew Ertz and Ertz tipped the ball as he was diving for the ball and it went right to the Cowboys defender. On the next drive Sanchez found Josh Huff over the middle and Huff exploded for a big after the catch run for 44 yards. He had another completion to Zach Ertz for 6 yards but was held short of a first down and they had to settle for a field goal. Sanchez ended the game with a 17 yard reception to Riley Cooper and then was picked off on a pass that was well short of his target Jeremy Maclin.
2014 Week 16 vs WAS (37 / 50 / 374 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 22 / 0 rush)
Mark Sanchez was up and down for much of the first half, keeping the Eagles offense moving but also turning the ball over on the first possession of the game. Sanchez was stripped of the ball getting sacked by Ryan Kerrigan when he failed to step up in a clean pocket. But Sanchez also converted a 3rd and 25 to rookie Jordan Matthews in the second quarter to keep a drive alive. He later capped the drive off with a short TD pass to Riley Cooper after missing a wide open Ertz in the end zone on the previous play. Sanchez caught fire in the second half, at one point completing 9/10 passes and another TD to a wide open Cooper down the seam. Sanchez leaned on his TE Ertz, who broke the Eagles all-time reception record with 15 catches in the game. With the Eagles tied at 24 and driving down the field with less than two minutes left, Sanchez gave the game away with an INT that gave Washington the ball at midfield which they were able to convert into a game winning Forbath FG.
2014 Week 17 vs NYG (23 / 36 / 292 / 2 / 1 pass, 7 / 22 / 0 rush)
Mark Sanchez had an average performance that was somewhat disappointing as he left a lot of potential plays on the field. Sanchez used his tight end Ertz a lot over the middle of the field for first downs and kept a lot of drives alive with big plays to Ertz. Sanchez scored his first touchdown on a play action pass play to Matthews. Matthews got wide open on a long developing crossing pattern and got good blocks by his receivers to ensure he reached the endzone relatively untouched. Sanchez had Cooper open deep but missed the receiver with an overthrown pass. Sanchez got picked off down the field on a deep pass into double coverage but was saved by a pass interference call against the Giants. Sanchez's second touchdown pass came in the redzone as he found tight end Celek wide open in the endzone as he ran a crossing pattern. Sanchez also showed nice chemistry with receiver Matthews, finding him a lot for big plays and first downs to keep drives alive. Sanchez had a poor interception later however, as he forced a pass that was late to the outside and a Giant defender stepped in front of it. Sanchez showed good pocket awareness and made a terrific play stepping up to avoid pressure and hitting Maclin over the deep middle part of the field. Sanchez missed a lot of his receivers in the redzone however and was just off target on a lot of passes short that could have resulted in many more plays/touchdowns for Philadelphia. He played well at times and helped the Eagles score a lot but he was lucky to get away with only one turnover.
2012 Week 1 vs BUF (19 / 27 / 266 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Although the Jets offense did not enter the season with high expectations, Sanchez looked great against the Bills this week and put the Tebow talk to rest for a little while. Although he was victimized with an interception early in the game, he quickly recovered and led the Jets on a couple of touchdown drives to pull out to an early lead in the game. Mario Williams and the Bills improved pass rush could not get any pressure on him, and Sanchez generally made good decisions and got rid of the ball quickly while spreading the ball around to several different targets. He hooked up with Jeremy Kerley early on and the rookie Stephen Hill came down with a pair of touchdowns in the game to give Sanchez 3 total. Tebow only saw a limited number of snaps from under center and did not attempt any passes in the game.
2012 Week 2 vs PIT (10 / 27 / 138 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
This game was all about rhythm for Sanchez. Early on, he had great rhythm and was on point with his throws. His first came on a 3rd-and-9 after New York committed an illegal substitution penalty to force them into a longer 3rd down. Sanchez showed poise, though, and hit Santonio Holmes on a curl route for the first down. Two plays later, Sanchez hit Jeremy Kerley down the seam for a 45-yard gain - New York's longest of the day. Three plays after that, New York lined up in a run formation, but Sanchez threw a quick slant to Holmes for an easy TD. He looked to be carrying over the momentum from his great Week 1. New York started a drive with 7:47 left in the first half and went three-and-out. They didn't get the ball back until there was just over a minute left. That break - combined with halftime - completely took away Sanchez's rhythm. The team tried to get him back into a rhythm after halftime with a quick pass to his tight end. That drive stalled because of penalties though. After Sanchez's TD to Holmes, he only completed two passes to wide receivers for the rest of the game - one each to Holmes and Kerley, but both came on the final drive when the team was down by 17 points with under a minute left.
2012 Week 3 vs MIA (21 / 45 / 306 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
The word 'erratic' is the best way to describe Sanchez's afternoon. On the Jets' first drive, Sanchez's pass to Clyde Gates was underthrown and intercepted by cornerback, Richard Marshall. On his next two drives, Sanchez kept checking down to his running backs and tight ends. When Miami applied pressure up the middle, Sanchez continued throwing off his back foot into double and triple coverage. In fact, Sanchez did not complete a pass to a wide receiver until he found Santonio Holmes on a key 3rd-and-15 pick-up mid-way through the team's fourth drive. For the entire first half, Sanchez's receivers had a difficult time beating press, man-to-man coverage. Sanchez was able to make some plays in the second half, but he kept trying to force the ball to his receivers. Early in the second half, the Jet defense created a turnover and gave Sanchez the ball on the Miami 26-yard line. However, Sanchez was once against victimized by Miami's pressure and threw an interception into double coverage in the end zone. Two drives later, Sanchez redeemed himself, looking off the safety, Reshad Jones, and hooking up with Jeremy Kerley for a 66-yard gain. This completion put the Jets in the red zone, but the Jets once again failed to hit pay dirt. On 2nd-and-goal from the Miami one-yard line, Sanchez avoided the rush, but overthrew a wide open Jeff Cumberland in the back of the end zone. After a penalty and an unsuccessful rush, the Jets settled for a field goal. Sanchez saved his best play for the fourth quarter and overtime period. With 3:20 left in the fourth quarter, Sanchez hit Kerley on a quick slant route for a seven-yard touchdown. Sanchez and Holmes made big plays late in the game, hooking up four times for 89 yards, including a key 38-yard gain down the left sideline to set-up the game winning field goal. If Sanchez wants to keep opposing defenses from loading the box, he must continue feeding the ball to Holmes.
2012 Week 4 vs SF (13 / 29 / 103 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Sanchez delivered another stinker. This was Sanchez's third straight game under the 50-percent completion mark. To make matters worse, his offense has generated just one touchdown in its last 34 possessions. Sanchez routinely overthrew wide open receivers and was only able to pick up two first downs in 13 opportunities. Sanchez no longer demonstrates the elusiveness he once showed to avoid oncoming rushers. For most of the game, Sanchez's protection was pretty sound. However, Sanchez was routinely victimized by Aldon Smith for hanging onto the ball for too long. When Sanchez felt pressure, he did not set his feet and deliver the ball. Instead, Sanchez had a bad case of 'happy feet' which resulted in underthrown balls. Alike last week, Sanchez continued to turn the ball over the in red zone. During the second quarter, Sanchez fumbled away a possession that would have resulted in a field goal attempt. Sanchez's success is predicated by developing rhythm, but was unable to do this against the 49er defense. In his defense, Sanchez did not have Stephen Hill or Dustin Keller. Santonio Holmes was lost in the fourth quarter with an apparent foot injury. However, Sanchez must set his feet and complete passes to his open receivers if he wants to keep his job. It's worth noting that the Jets did not pull Sanchez in favor of Tim Tebow. Chants of 'Tebow' began to resonate through Metlife Stadium, but even with the lopsided score, the Jets do not want to create a media firestorm. For now, it appears that the Jets will stick with Sanchez, but chants of 'Geno' (Geno Smith) may start if this offense remains stagnant.
2012 Week 5 vs HOU (14 / 31 / 230 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Every week feels like a job audition for Sanchez. After this performance, he barely did enough to warrant another start. Facing one of the league's toughest defenses, Sanchez had his share of big plays and big blunders. On several occasions, Sanchez was able to avoid Houston's ferocious pass rush, step up in the pocket, and deliver the ball to his receivers. On a key 3rd-and-7 during his third drive, Sanchez found Jeff Cumberland in the end zone for 27-yard touchdown. Sanchez was able to sidestep the oncoming behemoth known as J.J. Watt and deliver a sharp pass that only Cumberland could catch. This play tied the score at seven and gave the Jet offense a much-needed boost. While Sanchez was able to successfully lead his first red zone trip, his second trip would not be as rewarding. After completing three straight passes, two to Chaz Schillens and one to Jeremy Kerley, Sanchez once again found himself in the red zone. With the Texans holding a 14-7 advantage right before halftime, Jet fans were hoping for at least a field goal. Instead, J.J. Watt used his massive wing span to tip a Sanchez pass that resulted in an interception. Watt made several huge game altering plays against Sanchez, but this one was the most pivotal. Red zone turnovers have plagued the Jets and subsequently taken points off the board. Sanchez has to take the points when he can get them. Sanchez's second interception occurred during his team's final drive. Jeff Cumberland ran a crossing route in the middle of the field, but was unable to come down with the catch. The ball was tipped up and intercepted, effectively ending the game. With such a slim margin for error, Sanchez cannot afford to make these mistakes. During the game, the Jets spent so much time alternating personnel packages. During the second half, the Jets had to burn two timeouts because they couldn't get the right personnel on the field. Given their issues on offense and revolving door of offensive personnel, establishing any sort of offensive rhythm has been impossible. While it's easy to blame the players for lackluster results, the coaches must be held accountable. It's also worth noting that Sanchez was once again below the 50-percent completion mark.
2012 Week 6 vs IND (11 / 18 / 82 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
After four weeks of ugly football, Sanchez was able to orchestrate an efficient offensive attack. Sanchez established 'Ground & Pound' early on, feeding the ball to Shonn Greene and allowing the offensive line to take care of their assignments. The ground game's success paved the way for Sanchez to find open receivers. On his second drive, Sanchez mixed intermediate passes and running plays before finding Stephen Hill on a five-yard in-route in the back of the end zone. The window was small, but Sanchez stepped up and powered the ball to Hill. Two drives later, Sanchez once again led the Jets into the red zone and found Jason Hill in the back of the end zone for another five-yard touchdown pass. Once again, the window was small and Sanchez powered the ball to his receiver. The Jet play calling was much better this week. All of Sanchez's pass attempts were within 15 yards of the line of scrimmage. This allowed Sanchez to develop rhythm and feel comfortable with the game's speed. Also, the Jets offense didn't commit a turnover for the first time in 17 games. For all of the talk about job security and the looming presence of Tim Tebow, Sanchez didn't let it affect him. For now, Sanchez won't hear too many fans clamoring for Tebow. However, he must build upon this performance next week in New England.
2012 Week 7 vs NE (28 / 41 / 328 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Considering the circumstances and the opponent, Sanchez had his best game of the season. Sanchez posted season highs in both completions and yards, but also had his share of miscues. Sanchez and the Jet offense rallied from a ten point, fourth quarter deficit to score 13 unanswered points. Sanchez's best drive occurred during his team's ninth drive and first fourth quarter possession. Sanchez methodically orchestrated a 14-play, 92-yard touchdown drive that ended with a Dustin Keller six-yard touchdown reception. Sanchez powered the touchdown pass into an extremely tight window in the middle of the end zone. Sanchez was 3-for-3 on third downs during this drive and routinely stepped up into the pocket to avoid the Patriot pass rush. Sanchez's stat line was bolstered by the return of a healthy Dustin Keller and the explosive play of Jeremy Kerley. When the Patriots shifted to zone coverage, Keller found the soft spots and Sanchez didn't hesitate to throw him the ball. Sanchez also showed a lot of faith in slot receiver, Jeremy Kerley. Kerley caught five passes for first downs and showed the willingness to go over the middle of the field. While Sanchez's stat line was impressive, he also made his share of miscues. Sanchez committed three horrible turnovers that stymied his offense. During his team's fourth drive, Sanchez and Greene botched a handoff, fumbled the ball, and Sanchez kicked the ball out his endzone for a safety. During his next drive, Sanchez had a wide open Stephen Hill streaking down the right sideline, but the pass was horribly underthrown and intercepted. During overtime, Sanchez was sacked and fumbled the ball away, ending the game. Turnovers have plagued Sanchez this season so he must do a better job at hanging onto the ball. Overall, Sanchez mixed the Jets' 'Ground & Pound' style with some short, intermediate throws. The Patriots secondary has been decimated by injuries, but Sanchez found a lot of success checking down to his running backs and hitting his receivers on slants and crossing routes. Turnovers are an obvious concern, but Sanchez was able to rally his offense and keep the Jets in the game.
2012 Week 8 vs MIA (28 / 54 / 283 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Heading into the bye week, Sanchez's job security will be a hot topic. On paper, Sanchez's stat line appears serviceable; however, he was routinely victimized by Miami's pressure and generated the majority of his stats when the game was out of reach. During the first half, Sanchez's offense was only able to generate 107 passing yards. During their seven first half drives, the Jets had four, three-and-outs and Sanchez lost one fumble that led to a Miami touchdown. Facing an early 10-0 deficit, Sanchez attempted to develop some rhythm during his team's third drive. After completing two short passes to Jeremy Kerley and Dustin Keller, Sanchez was waiting for Stephen Hill to get open down the right sideline. However, Sanchez held onto the ball for too long, took a sack and fumbled the possession away. During his next two drives, Sanchez overthrew all three of his intermediate targets and even reverted back to throwing off his back foot. During his sixth drive, Sanchez was sacked and appeared to fumble again, but the referee saved him and blew the play dead. Facing a 20-0 deficit, Sanchez's seventh and final first half drive was his best of the game. On this play, Sanchez completed a short slant route to Stephen Hill for a 15-yard gain. Sanchez completed his next pass to Chaz Schillens for a 14-yard gain. After an incompletion, Sanchez completed three straight passes to Clyde Gates and Shonn Greene over the middle to lead his team into the red zone. On his next play, Sanchez had Hill wide open over the middle of the field on a post-route, but the ball was thrown behind him. The Jets settled for a field goal attempt, but it was blocked. After halftime, Sanchez had an opportunity to capitalize on great field position after a Reggie Bush fumble. However, Sanchez was intercepted on the fifth play of this drive by Chris Clemons. Once again, Sanchez threw the pass behind his target, Dustin Keller, and Miami capitalized on the mistake. To make matters worse, Sanchez should have been intercepted on the second play of this drive, but Nolan Carroll dropped the ball. Going into the fourth quarter, the Jets faced a 27-3 deficit. Sanchez completed 14 of his 28 passes during the fourth quarter by taking advantage of Miami's relaxed, zone coverage. Sanchez 'nickel-and-dimed' his way down the field, finding different receivers for a modest 10-15 yard gains. Sanchez's lone scoring toss went to Chaz Schillens on a five-yard slant route. Two of Miami's corners were confused during the play, so the touchdown was converted rather easily. Overall, it was forgettable day for Sanchez. He took four sacks and was lucky he didn't commit four turnovers. With Jet fans routinely chanting for Tim Tebow, his job security will be debated as the Jets enter their bye week.
2012 Week 10 vs SEA (9 / 22 / 124 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Sanchez turned in another lousy performance. Coming off a bye week, Sanchez completed just 40 percent of his passes, failed to score any points, and committed two turnovers that led to seven Seattle points. Even though three of the five first half drives were three-and-outs, the Jets had an opportunity to score after a costly Marshawn Lynch fumble. During his team's fourth drive, Sanchez completed a 43-yard pass down the left side to Jeremy Kerley to put his team in the red zone. After two Shonn Greene runs, the Jets brought Tim Tebow into the game. However, a Dustin Keller false start pushed the Jets back to the six-yard line. Sanchez came back in and made the game's biggest mistake. Sanchez starred down Stephen Hill in the middle of the end zone, but held onto the ball for too long and threw it across the field to Dustin Keller. Richard Sherman baited Sanchez into the throw, jumped the route, and intercepted the pass. Given the short field, this was a terrible read by Sanchez. This was his fourth red zone interception of the season. As the game progressed, things did not get much better for Sanchez. During the fourth quarter, Sherman blitzed Sanchez, sacked him, and he fumbled the possession away. Sanchez converted just two of his eleven third down opportunities and took three sacks. The weather conditions were far from ideal, but Sanchez is out of excuses for his lousy play. While some may blame Tony Sparano's quarterback rotation for Sanchez's lack of rhythm and success, Sanchez has clearly regressed as a passer. His reads are not timely, his footwork is a mess, and his confidence is waning. A quarterback change may be imminent.
2012 Week 11 vs STL (15 / 20 / 178 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / -2 / 0 rush)
After looking utterly helpless for the last month, with the Jets losing all of their games in the past month, Mark Sanchez looked shockingly competent yesterday against an underrated Rams defense. Although it was a rocky start for him, getting sacked twice early in the game by Chris Long, Sanchez picked himself up, made the throws he needed to make and helped his team pick up a much needed victory. He can thank the Jets defense and Sam Bradford for setting the offense with very good field position all day, as the Jets forced three turnovers of the Rams, each resulting with field position in Rams territory. With Jeremy Kerley not quite back to full strength, Sanchez still has a noticeable lack of weapons, but he did make a few nice throws on the day. He dropped a ball right into Joe McKnight on a wheel route in the first half that helped set up a field goal. Likewise, his touchdown pass was a very nice throw to Chaz Schilens as he beat his man and was running toward the pylon. Additionally, he made a good toss down the middle of the field for a big gainer to Kerley. Even though the yards weren't there, he only attempted 20 passes, as the Jets were in clock killing mode by the early fourth quarter. While he cannot be trusted whatsoever, with his accuracy this year looking terrible, he will occasionally flash this ability every once in a while when he has all day to throw, briefly raising the hopes of Jets fans and fantasy players alike, only to disappoint as he has so often in his career.
2012 Week 12 vs NE (26 / 36 / 301 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
It was a downright embarrassing performance for Sanchez. During his team's second drive, Sanchez led a balanced offensive attack into Patriot territory. On a 2nd-and-6 play from New England's 23-yard line, the Patriots disguised their zone coverage and baited Sanchez into throwing to Bilal Powell. Safety Steve Gregory jumped the route and intercepted the pass. This turnover led to seven points for New England. During his team's next drive, Tony Sparano took the ball out of Sanchez's hands by calling seven run plays and only two pass plays. On a 4th-and-1 play from New England's 31-yard line, Shonn Greene was stuffed and fumbled the ball away, but the play call on offense and defense tells us all we need to know about Sanchez. The Jets clearly didn't trust Sanchez to make a play and the Patriots completely sold out to stop the run. This turnover led to seven more points for New England. While the first two Jet turnovers were pretty pitiful, their third turnover was the arguably the ugliest turnover we've seen this season. On a 1st-and-10 carry, Sanchez ran up the middle, but ran directly into Brandon Moore's rear end and fumbled the ball away. Moore is a very large man, so it's perplexing that Sanchez claims he didn't see him. Gregory picked up the loose ball and returned it for a touchdown. This miscue gave the Patriots a 28-0 second quarter advantage. Right before halftime, Sanchez led a 14-play, 63-yard field goal drive, but the damage had already been done as New England took a 35-3 advantage into halftime. With the game firmly in hand, the Patriots played soft zone coverage the majority of the second half. Sanchez completed 16 of his 22 pass attempts for 201 yards and one touchdown. During the Jets final drive, Sanchez completed five of his six pass attempts for 79 yards and a touchdown. To finish off the drive, Dustin Keller ran a drag route in the back of the end zone and Sanchez delivered the one-yard score. It's worth noting that Tim Tebow, who is suffering from two cracked ribs, did not take a single snap on offense. While Sanchez's final stat line appears acceptable, his play during the second quarter was deplorable. The Jets have such a small margin for error and they can't keep giving the ball away. Rex Ryan and Tony Sparano seem hopelessly devoted to Sanchez, so expect to see him next week against the Cardinals.
2012 Week 13 vs ARI (10 / 21 / 97 / 0 / 3 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Mark Sanchez's career has reached an all-time low. After throwing three, first half interceptions and failing to generate any points, the Jets benched Sanchez in favor of Greg McElroy mid-way through the third quarter. Each of Sanchez's three interceptions was pretty ugly. On his first pass attempt, Arizona deployed pressure up the middle and Sanchez threw a floating pass off his back foot. Ex-Jet Kerry Rhodes jumped the pass and intercepted the ball. Two drives later, Rhodes once against picked off Sanchez to close out the first quarter. Sanchez was targeting Jeff Cumberland on a deep drag route, but the ball was underthrown and undercut by Rhodes. To close out the first half, Sanchez threw a deep post route to Chaz Schillens, but Patrick Peterson wrestled the ball away from Schillens and came away with the interception. After three unsuccessful second half drives, Sanchez was benched and McElroy led the Jets to the victory. Sanchez's decision making was very poor and he continued to revert back to the same mistakes. Sanchez refuses to throw the ball away when there's no play and opts to throw off his back foot when he's in trouble. It's baffling how much Sanchez has regressed as a passer.
2012 Week 14 vs JAX (12 / 19 / 111 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 11 / 0 rush)
Mark Sanchez's job is safe for at least another week. Greg McElroy did not dress after last week's impressive showing, confirming the Jets' decision to stick with Sanchez. Sanchez's afternoon got off to a shaky start after Jason Babin sacked Sanchez and stripped the ball. Afterwards, the Jets' play calling became ultraconservative. Tony Sparano didn't give Sanchez too many opportunities to make plays. Sanchez looked tentative in the pocket and had trouble completing passes in excess of 15 yards. During the fourth quarter, Sanchez completed his longest pass play of the game. Sanchez completed a 37-yard pass down the seam to a wide open Jeff Cumberland for a first down. Overall, Sanchez effectively managed the game and spent most of the afternoon handing the ball off to his running backs. Dustin Keller was inactive and Stephen Hill left with an injury, so Sanchez is clearly lacking weapons.
2012 Week 15 vs TEN (13 / 28 / 131 / 1 / 4 pass, 4 / 6 / 0 rush)
Sanchez committed five ugly turnovers, four of which were interceptions, as the Jets' playoff chances vanished. Sanchez looked skittish in the pocket, failed to look off opposing defenders, and did not properly read coverage. Sanchez forced throws to covered receivers which led to his season high four interceptions. During the first half, Sanchez led two uneventful drives before he was lifted in favor of Tim Tebow. Tebow was unable to spark the offense and Sanchez was put back in. On his next pass attempt, Sanchez forced a throw to Jeremy Kerley and Jason McCourty jumped the route and intercepted the pass. This miscue was the beginning of Sanchez's turnover plagued game. It was fitting that Sanchez's last two fourth quarter turnovers, an interception thrown into triple coverage and a botched snap, effectively ended the season for a quarterback that has committed 51 turnovers in his last 30 games. Sanchez threw his lone touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland, but his overall play and decision making was downright pathetic. Mark Sanchez is not a starting quarterback.
2012 Week 17 vs BUF (17 / 35 / 205 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
If Sunday's game against the Bills was Mark Sanchez's final game as Jet, what a parting song it was. Clearly lacking any semblance of confidence in their QB, the Jets opened with nine consecutive runs, refusing to let Sanchez throw until they absolutely had to. After an incompletion to TE Jeff Cumberland on 2nd down, Sanchez dropped back again the following play but sent the intended pass at Braylon Edwards' feet. The 2nd drive for Sanchez saw his first completion, a short dump to Shonn Greene over the middle for three yards. Sanchez completed his next throw too, but unfortunately it went George Wilson of the Bills and he promptly returned the INT 20 yards for the TD. The following drive looked a lot like the first, with a clear emphasis on the run. Sanchez converted the initial 3rd down with a short toss to TE Konrad Reuland for four yards and then another with a seven-yard completion on a dump to Lex Hilliard. Six consecutive runs had the Jets into the red zone, but Sanchez was unable to convert another 3rd down as his throw to Jeremy Kerley in the end zone wasn't even close. Sanchez converted the following drive's opening 3rd down, this time on 3rd and 16 with a screen to Kerley for 40 yards. Four plays later, they tried to go back to the screen, but the pass was broken up. Sanchez threw again on 3rd down, but another meager dump off for six yards to Edwards had the Jets settling for their 3rd FG of the half in three red zone trips. Still not working downfield, Sanchez's first completion on the next drive went for six yards to TE Jeff Cumberland. The following play, Sanchez threw again and Edwards made a great catch on the back shoulder throw to pick up 14 yards. Sanchez nearly got WR Clyde Gates killed two plays later, throwing inside and back into the coverage. Gates initially made the tough catch, but was made vulnerable by the awful throw and CB Aaron Williams drove the WR into the ground, jarring the ball loose. Getting a gift from Buffalo to open the 2nd half, the Jets and Sanchez (whose lone throw was a throwaway) were unable to do anything despite taking over at the Buffalo 15-yard line. Finally a chance to throw downfield, Sanchez connected with Kerley for 40 yards. Both a nice throw and a great catch, it ultimately meant nothing as Sanchez badly missed Jordan White on 3rd down resulting in another punt. The Jets tried to go downfield to open the next drive, but the pressure got to Sanchez this time as Spencer Johnson stripped him as he was winding up. The following drive wasn't much better, going three and out, with his lone completion on another dump off for minimal gain before badly overthrowing Edwards on 3rd down. Despite the Bills doing their best to keep the Jets in the game, Sanchez never could take advantage. Finally able to complete a couple passes the following drive for two first downs early, the offense again sputtered. Sanchez was nearly picked off again before badly missing on his next two throws and forcing a punt. Almost as embarrassing as the Monday night game versus the Titans, but without the national spotlight; Sanchez and the offense went down softly, only picking up two 1st downs on their final two drives. A rubbish circus to begin with, the Jets and Sanchez ended 2012 without a TD and just barely eclipsed 200 yards passing (needing a last second completion for 18 yards to do so) against arguably the league's worst defense.
2011 Week 1 vs DAL (26 / 44 / 335 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Sanchez started slowly, with small dinks and dunks, but going 5 for 5 to begin the game., after which he missed the next four passes. Still, he really began to pull it together on a touchdown drive at the end of the first half. You saw the good Sanchez, patient throws, good vision and capping it all off with a nice throw to tight end Dustin Keller. On the play, Sanchez rolled to his right and it looked initially as if he wanted to dump the ball to his running back, who would have had nowhere to go. Instead, Sanchez saw Keller move to the back of the end zone and threw a nice pass to him for a touchdown. Unfortunately, Sanchez was once again plagued by odd and occasionally outright decisions, resulting in a fumble and an interception. The interception was like so many of Sanchez's turnovers. On the pass, Sanchez seemed to lock onto his target (Keller again) very early on. Somehow he missed LB Sean Lee, positioned directly between Sanchez and his target. Possibly he thought he could finesse the pass over Lee. Either way, Lee picked the ball off and ran it back to the one yard line, which led to a one yard touchdown run by Felix Jones. As happens nearly every time the Jets look ready to give the game away, Sanchez manages to bring them back from the brink. In this case, he played extraordinarily well while coming back from a 14 point deficient in the fourth quarter, including a very nice touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress where he threw the ball to a spot only Burress could get it. Sanchez then capped the night off by moving the ball down field and putting kicker Nick Folk in position to win the game. Overall, Sanchez had his usual up and down performance and still struggles to be consistent for the whole 60 minutes.
2011 Week 2 vs JAX (17 / 24 / 182 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 29 / 0 rush)
Once again Mark Sanchez had a schizophrenic outing, at moments throwing a great strike to Santonio Holmes where he puts it over the head of the defender to let Holmes use his size and vertical ability leap up and make the catch for a touchdown. The next moment, he's picked off when he misses corner back William Middleton on a pass to Derrick Mason. How many times in a season do you hear an analyst say 'Well, I guess Sanchez must have missed (insert player X)'? Too many if the Jets want to make the Super Bowl. Sanchez has to take better care of the ball and he continues to lack the full-game consistency the Jets need to take the next step.
2011 Week 3 vs OAK (27 / 43 / 369 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 2 / 1 rush)
While Mark Sanchez passed for a career high 369 yards as well as two touchdowns, it was a disappointing day for the Jets as Sanchez and the team fell short on the last drive. Sanchez, who had run for a touchdown earlier in the game on a misdirection play, waited in the pocket for a few seconds, then ran forward towards the goal line. He was clipped by a defender and while reaching for the goal line, his shin and knee hit the turf before the ball could cross it. For the rest of the game, the third year quarterback was asked to throw a lot and take advantage of a banged up Oakland secondary. He did this often with little time as his offensive line struggled in the absence of C Nick Mangold. Sanchez had some nice throws, such as on his touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress in the mid fourth quarter. On the play, Burress was well covered as he ran straight for the end zone. Sanchez threw a hard pass to Burress, who caught it in stride. It would have been a better throw had he put it on Burress' back shoulder, away from the defender, but Burress had enough position to keep possession of the ball. Sanchez had accuracy issues though. including several throws towards tight end Dustin Keller which were well off target and an interception in he end zone, intended for Derrick Mason. On the play, Sanchez rolled to his right but the coverage was good and he had no targets. Instead of throwing it away, he tossed it into double coverage and it was intercepted. Sanchez also made a bad pass on a critical third quarter pass when the Jets were desperate to convert a fourth and two and threw behind Burress on a slant which would have given them a first down. Compounding things further, Sanchez eyed Burress the whole way and so the coverage had a good idea where the play was going. The poor decisions are still a huge issue for Sanchez and for every good play he makes it seems there are two he'd like back.
2011 Week 4 vs BAL (11 / 35 / 119 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 3 / 0 rush)
This was, by and standard, a tremendously ugly game but not all of it falls on Mark Sanchez's shoulders. With Pro Bowl Center Nick Mangold out due to a high ankle sprain, the lack of depth on the Jets' offensive line was in full effect as they were unable to give Sanchez any time to throw during the majority of the game. Hit so early, so often and frequently from his blindside, Sanchez got jumpy early and never looked comfortable. The result was a performance that looks much worse than it was, even though it wasn't very pretty. It all kicked off with the Jets' first possession, where Sanchez was hit from behind by an unblocked S Ed Reed. The ball popped out and was run back for a touchdown. There were a pair of bad snaps--one definitely on Sanchez where he should have caught the ball and one probably not his fault--and another fumble return for a touchdown when Sanchez was hit by DT Haloti Ngata after the Raven abused D'Brickshaw Fergusen and Vlad Ducasse. Once again, this was a blindside hit and Sanchez had no time to get rid of the ball. With no run game, the Ravens were able to lay back and wait for the short slants that were called all night, which made it nearly impossible to get the offense moving. All of the above does not absolve Sanchez of his issues--he still shows some poor decision making and ball protection issues (four fumbles, three lost, two for touchdowns) and was unusually rattled by the poor line play. However, much of this disaster was on the Jets offensive line which rarely gave him any protection to speak of.
2011 Week 5 vs NE (16 / 26 / 166 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
All in all, Sanchez didn't have a bad game. He took care of the ball, threw two touchdowns and with a 105.6 quarterback rating. Sanchez had a few very nice throws--one to rookie wide receiver Jeremy Kerley where Kerley split the zone and Sanchez threw it right to him for a big gain (Sanchez had earlier hit the rookie for a touchdown). The other was a perfect throw to Santonio Holmes where Sanchez saw some of the coverage shift towards a shorter route while Holmes headed for the end zone pylon. Sanchez put the ball over Holmes' shoulder for an easy touchdown. Both plays showed good timing and chemistry between receiver and quarterback. Yet for all he did right, Sanchez generated very few yards and the team converted a terrible 27% of their third downs. As has been the case all season long, Sanchez and the offense started slowly. Without being in a meeting room or huddle it's hard to pin the blame--is there a lack of creative playcalling? Is Sanchez unable to handle more than the short throws and limited passing we saw featured this week? When you go up against one of the worst pass defenses in the league and only generate 166 yards, that's a bit worrisome. Yes, the Jets ran the ball more than they have so far this season. However they rarely threw downfield, didn't seem to adjust to what New England did defensively and as pointed out above, kept putting themselves into 3rd-and-long situations they couldn't convert. Something isn't clicking here and it's hard to think it may not be offensive coordinator or quarterback--instead the concern is becoming that it's a little bit of both. Perhaps both parties are limited in what they can do, therefore neither is able to do what they are capable of while together.
2011 Week 6 vs MIA (14 / 25 / 201 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 5 / 1 rush)
Early on, Mark Sanchez--and by extension the whole of the Jets' offense--seemed out of sorts and sloppy. In fact, it took until late in the first before Sanchez completed a pass. His receivers weren't getting seperation and many of his throws were off target. Near the end of the second quarter, Sanchez seemed to get it together, hitting rookie wide receiver Jeremy Kerley for first down which sparked a nice drive, ending with a Sanchez rushing touchdown. On the touchdown, Sanchez did a great job of confusing the defense with his cadence, then got a fantastic block as he ran virtually untouched into the end zone. He also showed very good patience on his touchdown throw to receiver Santonio Holmes. On the play, the Dolphins had good coverage but Sanchez had great protection and time to wait for a target to appear, which Holmes did streaking across the middle. Sanchez delivered a perfect throw and Holmes used his open field elusiveness and a Jeremy Kerley block to score the touchdown.
2011 Week 7 vs SD (18 / 33 / 173 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 25 / 0 rush)
Sanchez continued his solid play in 2011, helped along by some fortuitous field position for his touchdown passes. His longest completion of the game was a 34-yarder to TE Dustin Keller, but he made the most of his goal line opportunities in tossing three touchdowns to red zone maven Plaxico Burress. Sanchez's afternoon started off disastrously, as his very first pass of the game resulted in a turnover. He was hit as he threw, resulting in the pass going a bit behind Keller on the run. Keller wasn't able to fully secure it, and it was juggled a bit before having it stripped away by a defender as he was being tackled. The ball was taken the other way for a defensive score. But Sanchez seemed to keep his cool, getting loads of time on most occasions and using the play action fake to set up most of his higher percentage passes. He connected with WR Santonio Holmes on a highlight reel touchdown pass over the middle, but that was negated due to a holding penalty on the offensive line. Sanchez then made his one really bad play of the game, an underthrown pass to the end zone for Plaxico Burress that was intercepted. It was Sanchez's first pick in 77 passes, but it came as a really bad time. But again, Sanchez more than made up for that with several laser strikes to Burress in the end zone later on. Sanchez did a nice job of stepping up in the pocket when the situation called for it, and on one instance he scampered for a career long 25 yard run to avoid the pressure from behind him. It wasn't all perfection by Sanchez on the day. He was unable to connect with Holmes on what would have been a long touchdown, but Sanchez couldn't get the ball away in time while facing some rare pressure right in his face. And on the next play, he didn't see a wide open Jeremy Kerley wide open down the left sideline until it was too late. By the time he found him, the ball was underthrown and knocked away incomplete. But again, the San Diego defense was often all too happy to help the Jets move the ball downfield, with several questionable pass interference penalties helping keep drives alive. And Sanchez did a fantastic job of capitalizing on those mistakes. He was very nearly picked at the goal line on a pass to Kerley in traffic, but again San Diego couldn't take advantage. With new life, Sanchez stepped up and found Burress for his third touchdown of the game, and the game-winner. Sanchez's final big play of the game was converting a third down scramble to pick up a key first down on a roll out. He made a couple of nice fakes to keep the defense honest before finally diving forward to pick up the necessary yardage. It appeared at first glance that he had come up short of the marker, but the officials ruled it a first down and San Diego never challenged.
2011 Week 9 vs BUF (20 / 28 / 230 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / -3 / 0 rush)
Sanchez had a very efficient game in a relatively easy road win over the Bills. The Jets were able to move the ball at will in the first half and held the ball for nearly 21 minutes of possession, but the score was only 3-0 at halftime thanks in part to a couple of errors from Sanchez. He threw an interception in the end zone on the opening drive when he overthrew a tightly covered Dustin Keller and had it picked off by free safety Jairus Byrd. Later in the first half, he also bobbled a snap from the shotgun that was recovered by the Bills. The running game was working well for the Jets, however, and that allowed Sanchez to work play action for much of the game. He completed 11 of 12 passes attempted after a run fake for 129 yards and his only touchdown, which came on a nice throw to Santonio Holmes despite blanket coverage. The Bills brought quite a few blitzes in the game but were not able to generate much pressure or disrupt his timing. As a result, Sanchez completed a season-high 71% of his passes and looked surprisingly efficient.
2011 Week 10 vs NE (20 / 39 / 306 / 1 / 2 pass, 5 / 11 / 1 rush)
Sanchez continues to play maddeningly inconsistent football. On one drive, Sanchez will lead his team down the field efficiently, throwing good passes and running for first downs himself when need be. On the next play, he's throwing yet another in a long line of interceptions involving defenders who come in from the side and snatch a ball going to a receiver Sanchez thought was wide open but was not. While one interception was not Sanchez's fault (the pass bounced off Shonn greene's hands), he knew his target wasn't the surest receiver, and yet threw the ball incredibly forcefully. The second interception was the real killer. Sanchez threw a short pass to LaDainian Tomlinson, but didn't see OLB Rob Ninkovich sliding across the middle. Ninkovich stepped in from of Tomlinson and returned the pass for a back-breaking touchdown. Ninkovich was the beneficiary of both Sanchez's interceptions Sunday night. After watching Sanchez for several years now, he appears to have some real field vision issues. There are times he sees the field very well but quite often he misses a key defender, which leads to some real big mistakes. Sanchez was able to move the ball in the second half, but too often drives stalled out before the team could punch in a touchdown.
2011 Week 11 vs DEN (24 / 40 / 252 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Regardless of his statline, this was not Mark Sanchez's best day and, in fact, left onlookers with more doubts about the quarterback than ever before. Sanchez looked uncomfortable all day, under pressure from the vicious combo of Elvis Dumervil and rookie Von Miller. There were a few uncalled late hits which likely contributed to Sanchez's stress, but even when not under pressure, he looked skittish. The biggest issue he has though is his inability to see the whole field, which once again cost the Jets dearly. Sanchez quite often locks onto his receiver early, very rarely seems to go through progressions and either he chooses not to go long or offensive coordinator doesn't trust him to go long. The worst part is that Sanchez happens to turn the ball over in ways that are not just drive killing, but morale killing as well. Take for example his pick six from the late thrid quarter. The Bronco who intercepted the ball, Andre Goodman, had been abused by the Jets several times so it made sense that they try to take advantage of that again by going to Plaxico Burress, who Goodman had been covering. It was dangerous in some ways because the Jets were already backed up to their 25 yard line. On the play, Burress ran a short route that he button hooked and stopped right at the first down marker. Goodman was posted just behind and to the side of Burress, but right in plain sight. Despite the presence of the Broncos defender, Sanchez threw the ball--which appeared to come out very slow on top of everything else--and Goodman simply stepped in front of Burress to snag the ball and six points. Sanchez did have his moments, like the eleven completions in a row he had as well as some good pre-snap reads. Overall though, Sanchez appears to have regressed in 2011 and that has to be discouraging for the team and fans alike.
2011 Week 12 vs BUF (17 / 35 / 180 / 4 / 1 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Although he did not play particularly well in this game, Sanchez took full advantage of some defensive mistakes to put up great fantasy numbers. Despite facing little pressure from the Bills pass rush, Sanchez made some questionable decisions with the ball including an interception over the middle that led directly to a Bills touchdown. When the Jets got near the goal line, however, he came through and tossed 4 different touchdown passes in the game. The highlight for him came with about a minute left when he rolled out to his right and bought time before hitting a wide open Santonio Holmes for a game-winning 16-yard touchdown pass.
2011 Week 13 vs WAS (19 / 32 / 165 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 1 / 0 rush)
Sanchez and the Jets offense had a positively Denver-like game on Sunday, struggling and often looking just plain ugly for three quarters only to put together a very solid last quarter. This win was the 10th fourth quarter or overtime comeback of his career. Early on though, he had some issues which are becoming very common. Sanchez looked uncomfortable in the pocket and threw some passes which were quite off the mark. On the other hand, the former USC quarterback took care of the ball and didn't turn it over. The offensive line also did not allow the sack for the second week in a row. When push came to shove, Sanchez rose to the occasion, leading the offense down the field and capping the drive off with a 30 yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes. On the play, Holmes ran a slant, pulling a double move on Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson, breaking free and into the open. Sanchez threw a nice pass, hitting Holmes in stride as he sprinted his way to the touchdown. Seemingly settling down for the stretch run, if Sanchez can take care of the ball, he can be an effective quarterback in the last part of the season. Which begs the question: what was going on for the first 3/4s of the year?
2011 Week 14 vs KC (13 / 21 / 181 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 2 rush)
While Sanchez still had some 'what the...?' moments, they were few and far between as he and the Jets offense had their best day in a very long time. In the first half alone, the Jets scored 27 points, the most in a first half since Sept 28 2008 against the Arizona Cardinals. Sanchez did damage both with his arm and feet, scoring his fourth and fifth rushing touchdowns as well as his twentieth and twenty-first passing touchdowns. It wasn't all pretty. On the very first play of the game, Sanchez was forced to call a timeout because the wrong personnel was on the field and he had to burn another time out later for similar reasons. As far as Sanchez's effort goes, however, it was a very efficient and solid effort. While his yardage totals weren't high, that was in part because the Jets ran early and often and Sanchez was out later in the game when the outcome was in hand, although he was in the game longer than necessary and on a fourth down play. According to ESPN Stats & Information Sanchez is the first Jets quarterback to rush for two touchdowns and throw for two more in one game. Overall, Sanchez is playing solid football and taking care of the ball as well (despite a fumble during the ill-conceived fourth down play), two things that must happen if the Jets are to make the playoffs for a third straight year.
2011 Week 15 vs PHI (15 / 26 / 150 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
Looking at Sanchez's statline for the day will give you only a brief--and possibly incorrect--view into the true game he played. Sanchez was under duress all game as the offensive line was constantly beat by the Eagles' defensive line, most notably RT Wayne Hunter, who was owned by Eagles Defensive End Jason Babin. Of Sanchez's four sacks, Hunter gave up two. Sanchez himself had three turnovers. The first, an interception, was completely Santonio Holmes' fault. Sanchez put the ball right in Holmes' hands but Holmes was either hearing footsteps or trying to turn too quickly and the ball caromed off his hands and into an Eagle defenders.The second interception also came off Holmes' hands as well. The ball came in a little hot and neither Holmes nor Sanchez saw S Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie lurking just behind Holmes--either that or Sanchez thought he could zip it in there. Rodgers-Cromartie reached in and it appeared as though both he and Holmes got hands on it, deflecting it upwards and when it came down it was once again in the Eagles' hands. Sanchez also coughed the ball up when stretching for an ill-advised extra few yards for a first down. With all that going on, Sanchez actually played well and even overcame getting his neck bent and his bell wrung by a shot to the side of his helmet. Still he couldn't overcome the turnovers (including his own) and an offensive line that just didn't show up to play.
2011 Week 16 vs NYG (30 / 59 / 258 / 1 / 2 pass, 4 / 13 / 1 rush)
Sanchez continues to struggle in his third year, a combination of his inability to see the field, his penchant to check down to his closest option and some odd playcalling by Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. The Jets never really seemed to have a plan of action and seemed to be calling plays as they occurred to them rather than utilizing any game plan. As has often been the case, the Jets rarely tried to stretch the field. Out of a career high 59 pass attempts only eight were downfield. Two of those were completions-to the Giants. No other ball thrown over 15 yards was caught by anyone as Sanchez's throws were often off-target. A prime example of this was on a long ball thrown down the sideline which was tossed way past a streaking and wide open Joe McKnight. Perhaps a wide receiver could have come down under it, but it was well beyond where McKnight could make a play. Sanchez didn't look comfortable in the pocket, as the Giants were constantly pressuring him and parts of his offensive line couldn't protect him. Numerous balls were batted at the line and Sanchez was sacked five times, once for a safety. He also fumbled the ball twice, to go with his two interceptions. The safety highlights a consistent pair of issues with Sanchez. First, a stunning lack of field awareness. Sanchez had room to move to his right and not fully into the end zone, but dropped further back. The second is that Sanchez just hangs onto the ball far too long trying to make a play. While one could argue whether Sanchez was truly 'in the grasp' when he got rid of the ball, it should have left his hands far earlier. If there was nobody open, it was critical that the Jets not lose yardage. In this case, the outcome was far worse.
2011 Week 17 vs MIA (21 / 32 / 207 / 2 / 3 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
It's increasingly harder and harder to paint Sanchez's play in any other light than negative. Once again, the third year quarterback stared down receivers, held onto the ball too long and when he did throw it away, often threw it right to a defender. At one point, Sanchez was trapped in the pocket with no open receivers and about to be sacked. Instead of taking the sack, Sanchez spat the ball out (there's no other term for the flustered 'pass' he threw) towards fullback John Conner, bouncing the ball off a lineman's back and into the arms of a defender. All three of Sanchez's interceptions were preventable, the only one half excusable being a very nice play by defensive lineman Randy Starks. Sanchez constantly threw behind his receivers as well, including a badly thrown ball to Shonn Greene which was intercepted in the red zone and basically ended the game. A good quarterback leads his receivers, but Sanchez's throw was more to the defender than his player. It's very easy to merely focus on Sanchez though, and forget the very vanilla playcalling which OC Brian Schottenheimer is in charge of. Are the plays obvious and simple because of Sanchez? Or is Schottenheimer making things hard on his quarterback by calling short routes and never stretching the field. The truth is somewhere in between and the Jets now have the whole off season to ponder it. As far as Sanchez is concerned, he needs to find a way to see the field, recognize where he can and can't throw the ball and read defenses. He needs to make better decisions and his three interceptions (could very well have been four) are a big part of the Jets' failure to win on Sunday.
2010 Week 1 vs BAL (10 / 21 / 74 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 2 vs NE (21 / 30 / 220 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 2 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 3 vs MIA (15 / 28 / 256 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 4 vs BUF (14 / 24 / 161 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 5 vs MIN (21 / 44 / 191 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 6 vs DEN (17 / 30 / 198 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 8 vs GB (16 / 38 / 256 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / 22 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 9 vs DET (22 / 39 / 336 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 1 / 1 rush)
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.
2010 Week 10 vs CLE (27 / 44 / 299 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 4 / 1 rush)
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.
2010 Week 11 vs HOU (22 / 38 / 315 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / 22 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 12 vs CIN (16 / 28 / 166 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / -4 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 13 vs NE (17 / 33 / 164 / 0 / 3 pass, 4 / 20 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 14 vs MIA (17 / 44 / 216 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 20 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 15 vs PIT (19 / 29 / 170 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 15 / 1 rush)
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.
2010 Week 16 vs CHI (24 / 37 / 269 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 17 vs BUF (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 18 vs IND (18 / 31 / 189 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 19 vs NE (16 / 25 / 194 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 20 vs PIT (20 / 33 / 233 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)
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.
2009 Week 1 vs HOU (18 / 31 / 272 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 6 / 0 rush)
What a debut for the rookie. He didn't look like a rookie in his ball-handling on play action fakes, or in his clarity reading the defense and making quick, strong decisions. Sanchez had few errant throws or bad reads, and he also kept a few plays alive with his legs. He clearly trusts Jerricho Cotchery in crucial situations, and Sanchez sensed the pressure like a vet. He made a few rookie mistakes - he didn't expect the defender covering Tony Richardson in the flat to peel off and cover Dustin Keller, leading to the interception that ended up a defensive TD when Dustin Keller stripped John Busing after he picked the ball off, only to have Dominique Barber pick it up and do an impression of his big brother Marion. Sanchez also didn't read Mario Williams dropping into coverage, and almost gave him an INT. Sanchez doesn't like to get hit - he was fading away from imminent pressure, but he did show some willingness to take a hit to make a throw. Sanchez showed great mental toughness and competitiveness throughout. He converted a key 3rd down when the Texans crowd was urging them to get back in the game on a perfect downfield throw to Dustin Keller, and he dove to get a first down to help ice the game. The Jets have a keeper.
2009 Week 2 vs NE (14 / 22 / 163 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Sanchez looked like a rookie for the entire first half. He fumbled his first dropback from center, only to be bailed out by Alan Faneca inside his own five-yard line. He struggled to establish a rhythm early, and Sanchez failed to convert a first down until 20 minutes into the game. Clearly, the rookie responds to halftime adjustments and coaching, because he looked like an entirely different player in the second half, getting in sync with his receivers, and moving the offense down the field on multiple scoring drives. Still, he did have to be bailed out on a few errant passes - his accuracy left something to be desired on some throws, including an overthrow to a wide open Chansi Stuckey. Sanchez seemed especially in tune with Jerricho Cotchery, and he also moved the ball well with quick passes to Stuckey. On his TD pass to Dustin Keller, Sanchez had the patience and touch of a veteran QB when he found Keller in the back of the end zone. The Jets called Sanchez's number to ice the game late in the 4th, but he was under pressure and couldn't convert.
2009 Week 3 vs TEN (17 / 30 / 171 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 10 / 1 rush)
Just another vet-like performance for the undefeated rookie. He looked like he had been in the league for 10 years executing play fakes, including the play action TD pass to Ben Hartsock, and he showed a lot of grit (if not some stupidity) putting his head down and taking the collision to Michael Griffin at the goal line to score on the ground. Sanchez continues to be on the same page as Jerricho Cotchery, hitting him with a perfectly thrown bomb in the second half, and throwing other passes to him where Cotchery can use his big body to block out, like he did on the quick slant TD. Sanchez's one interception was on a ball thrown high to Chansi Stuckey, but it was still catchable, as Stuckey had it bounce off of his hands. The west coast background of Sanchez showed on a couple plays that he had trouble handling the ball because of the conditions, and he did hold the ball out there a little to cavalierly on his fumble, but overall, Sanchez played well beyond his years. He even had a reception on a throwback from Leon Washington that was called back by a penalty.
2009 Week 4 vs NO (14 / 27 / 138 / 0 / 3 pass, 4 / 24 / 0 rush)
For the first time in his short professional career, Mark Sanchez was woefully ineffective as the Saints defense pressured him relentlessly and picked him off 3 times (twice by Darren Sharper). Sanchez's passing line of 14 for 27 for 138 yards only begins to tell the story of his rough day. Saints' defensive coordinator Gregg Williams blitzed Sanchez relentlessly forcing him to make ill-advised throws on a regular basis. Most of Sanchez's throws (and completions) were short distances as the Saints defensive backs played tight coverage on the Jets deep routes in a successful effort to take away the possibility of a Jets big play. Sanchez's longest completion came on a 27 yard toss to Jerricho Cotchery in the middle of the 4th quarter down the middle of the field. Sanchez followed that throw with a 17 yard completion to Cotchery but all momentum was killed two plays later when he was picked off by Darren Sharper for the second time that day. Sanchez's other, earlier reception was returned by Sharper from the Saints' one yard line for a 99 yard score. Sanchez was sacked four times and also lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown in the second quarter as he was hit as he dropped back to pass from his own endzone.
2009 Week 5 vs MIA (12 / 24 / 172 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)
Sanchez started and ended well, but was quiet through the middle of the game. He found Dustin Keller in the middle of the field on a pass that was incomplete, but drew a pass interference penalty that set up Braylon Edwards first TD as a Jet. Sanchez moved well in the pocket and understood that his new big target means he can just throw the ball in Edwards vicinity, and his wideout can make the rest happen on his own. Edwards made a great catch at the one to set up one fourth quarter TD, and he drew a pass interference inside the five on a bomb from Sanchez to set up the Jets other fourth quarter. Sanchez fantasy day was mild because Thomas Jones finished those drives, but Sanchez's willingness to let Edwards make plays on 50/50 balls created the scores. Sanchez played like a vet managing a two-minute drill at the end of the first half that let to a field goal, but he also made a few rookie mistakes, throwing to Edwards when he was blanketed on a pass that should have been an interception and leaving Ben Hartsock out to dry on a high pass over the middle that led to a questionable personal foul on Miami when Hartsock got lit up. His deep ball to David Clowney couldn't have been more on target if Sanchez ran down the field and handed the ball to Clowney. Sanchez continues to arrive way ahead of schedule as a quality NFL QB.
2009 Week 6 vs BUF (10 / 29 / 119 / 0 / 5 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
It's hard to imagine it getting much worse for Sanchez than it was on this windy day. He made the rookie mistake of trying to do too much, throwing multiple interceptions on balls that floated in the wind, and not dialing back his game in the risky conditions. He also had an interception by underthrowing a receiver, having a ball tipped, and then in OT he just made a dumb throw to a covered target. Sanchez also arguably cost his team a FG when he had another oops ball security moment and added yardage to the attempt. He also had another ball that could have been a pick six, and Sanchez seemed to be off in some way or another for most of the game. He was still patient and seemed confident in his abilities to make plays, but it wasn't happening, and he cost his team the game on a monumental day for the running game.
2009 Week 7 vs OAK (9 / 15 / 143 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 1 rush)
Mark Sanchez was not asked to do too much in Week 7 as the New York Jets rolled all over the Oakland Raiders in a 38-0 blowout. Sanchez's lone touchdown came early in the second half on a very nice 35-yard touchdown fade route to David Clowney where Clowney beat single coverage. Sanchez did add more offense as a rusher, scoring on a 3-yard quarterback draw in the first quarter.
2009 Week 8 vs MIA (20 / 35 / 265 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 6 / 1 rush)
Sanchez had his best game as a pro, but he had one of his worst plays as a pro on the Jets final offensive play. Sanchez battled to keep the Jets in the game during a hellish third quarter that saw them give up 21 points to the Dolphins defense and special teams. He had the team in position to win with first and ten at the 'Fins 12 at the two-minute warning, but he took a sack to set up a 4th and 13, and then panicked on the play, abandoning a good pocket to run backwards and uncork an uncatchable hail mary. Early in the game, Sanchez stuck to safe throws, except for a flea flicker that he had to throw away because nothing came open. He had some inspired plays, like the front shoulder jumpball TD to Braylon Edwards and the soft touch on the run to create a 50 yard catch and run for Jerricho Cotchery, but Sanchez also had trouble feeling the rush coming, and he threw a ball that should have been a 100-yard pick six for Sean Smith on third-and-goal. Sanchez scored yet another rushing TD on a bootleg on first and goal - he is definitely a threat to run when the play breaks down, and he is not afraid of getting hit. This game showed how much promise Sanchez has, but also how much work he needs to do to get there.
2009 Week 10 vs JAX (16 / 30 / 212 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
At the start of the game, it appeared that it might be yet another long day for the Jets offense. Their first snap of the game was a play action pass in which Sanchez threw an interception deep down the sideline intended for Jerricho Cotchery. On the Jets next drive, Sanchez missed RB Thomas Jones on a screen pass that would have been a sure TD had it not sailed, bouncing off the tips of Jones fingers. He nearly threw his 2nd INT of the first half, scrambling out of the pocket and throwing it away off the hands of Rashean Mathis who terrorized the Jets receivers all afternoon. Sanchez did seem to settle down after the Jets got on the board with their first scoring drive, and he hung in the pocket beautifully (taking a blow to the head) to hit Cotchery on a deep sideline toss for 32 yards to the Jacksonville 10 yard line. He also thre a bullet to Cotchery for a 7 yard TD late in the first quarter. Sanchez looked much more decisive in his reads during the second half and found his rhythm hitting TE Dustin Keller and WR Braylon Edwards (who was invisible in the first half) downfield. He did throw his 2nd pick of the contest on a quick out that was read well by Jacksonville's front line. Sanchez made his mistakes in this game, but played well enough to set the Jets up late in the contest with the lead.
2009 Week 11 vs NE (8 / 21 / 136 / 1 / 4 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
The Jets offense was utterly dreadful in the first half gaining only 34 yards and unable to convert a single 1st down. Their only score of the first half came off a blocked punt with under a minute left before half-time. Sanchez looked rattled at Gillette stadium and had a measly 6 passing yards to go along with two interceptions (both by Leigh Bodden) in the first half. He did come out in the 2nd half showing signs of life as he was able to methodically move the ball down the field hitting his TE Dustin Keller on a couple nice throws and finished the drive with a 29 yard TD pass into the wind to Jerricho Cotchery. He was later intercepted a 3rd time by Bodden, off a play action pass intended for Cotchery, and made matters even worse by throwing a 4th pick on a pressured, ill advised throw to Cotchery later in the game. And just when you think things couldn't get any worse, Sanchez fumbled, committing his 5th turnover on what was a horrific day for the Jets young signal caller.
2009 Week 12 vs CAR (13 / 17 / 154 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 27 / 0 rush)
The training wheels are back on for Sanchez, but luckily the Jets didn't need a robust passing attack to win this one. Sanchez was often abandoning the pocket after a few quick reads, and he came down hard when he was chased from behind on one such run, causing him to miss a few plays. He returned on the next series and resumed his role as caretaker for the Jets running game. Sanchez did complete some nice throws over the middle to Dustin Keller (who fumbled one at the goal line), but the need for caution in his decision-making became apparent yet again when he threw behind Braylon Edwards and allowed Chris Gamble to undercut the route for an interception. Sanchez also faced decent pressure from Carolina in passing situations, so they deserve some of the credit for the meager passing numbers on the day.
2009 Week 13 vs BUF (7 / 15 / 104 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
This game was a contest of missed opportunities for Sanchez as the Jets missed three TD opportunities in the first half, settling instead for three Jay Feely FG's. The first missed opportunity came when Sanchez overthrew a wide open Jericho Cotchery in the end zone, only to be made worse by Braylon Edward's easy 84 yard potential TD drop. After he had beaten his defender badly, Edwards ran downfield all by his lonesome and expanded his blooper footage with yet another huge drop. Sanchez then missed on a 3rd TD when David Clowney lost control of the ball while going to the ground on a TD grab after getting both feet in bounds. He did connect with Braylon Edwards for a 13 yard strike to end the 1st half after Braylon made a nice lunge move for the goal line and was able to score. In the 3rd quarter, Sanchez decided to use his legs to convert on a 3rd and 7 where he dove head-first, disregarding the "sliding" lessons he received from Joe Girardi of the Yankees this past week. Sanchez injured his right knee on the play, left the game, and was replaced by Kellen Clemons. He did not return.
2009 Week 15 vs ATL (18 / 32 / 226 / 1 / 3 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)
The knucklehead had his moments, but this one will go as a game that he will want to forget. Sanchez was flying high after hitting Braylon Edwards with a perfect bomb to score from 65 yards out, but he also threw a pick by testing the wind before that TD, and a second pick came when he threw into double coverage again. You could see Sanchez get tentative after his INTs, and then open things back up as his confidence came back. He made a few nice improv plays, and also ran the two minute drill very well. Sanchez made some nice throws into small windows to get the Jets into field goal range multiple times. He also demonstrated good pocket presence. If the kicking game had been competent, this would have gone down as an ugly win that Sanchez contributed to with evolving play for a rookie. Instead, they had to trust him with the game's final drive, and he was forced to throw into good coverage again, and the game ended on an interception. Sanchez doesn't look overwhelmed by any means, but he does need to learn what risks are worth taking and what risks aren't to get to the next level.
2009 Week 16 vs IND (12 / 19 / 106 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
Sanchez played it safe for the most part, and it paid off with a win. The running game was strong enough that he never had to take any big chances throwing into tight coverage. He showed patience and good decision making, without being overly cautious; and while he didn't scramble much, Sanchez was mobile in the pocket. Overall, he did an excellent job reading the defense and not forcing the ball into dangerous territory. The downside is that 'reading the defense' in most cases also meant 'not throwing the ball'.
2009 Week 17 vs CIN (8 / 16 / 63 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
The Jets game plan called for short passes early and Sanchez was generally accurate on those. He was able to hit both Jerricho Cotchery and Braylon Edwards underneath on a variety of bubble screens and flat passes. Sanchez did target Edwards deep twice and could have had a long touchdown pass had Edwards adjusted properly to the ball on one play.
2009 Week 18 vs CIN (12 / 15 / 182 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)
Other than a pass that was batted down at the line of scrimmage, Mark Sanchez was flawless. The other two incompletions came on drops by Dustin Keller and Braylon Edwards. Sanchez made great throws from the pocket and on the road, and was set up by great playcalls and a strong running game throughout the contest. His sideline throws to Jerricho Cotchery were perfect and converted some key first downs, and Sanchez made an excellent throw on the move to Dustin Keller a long catch and run TD that gave the Jets control of the game. Maybe it is beginner's luck, but Sanchez completely outplayed his counterpart and did not look intimidated by the crucible that is the NFL playoffs.
2009 Week 19 vs SD (12 / 23 / 100 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Fantasy-wise, Sanchez's stats aren't going to jump off the page at you. He threw for just 100 yards, averaging barely over four yards per attempt. But it was how he looked that should give fantasy owners hope moving forward. The low average is mostly attributable to the fact that HC Rex Ryan employed a very conservative gameplan in the first half. Towards the latter part of the half, that was opened up a bit and in the second half the rookie head coach finally trusted his rookie quarterback to make a few plays rather than just managing the offense. He did a great job rolling out and keeping the play alive on the Dustin Keller touchdown, waiting until the last moment and then firing a strike while on the run to the young tight end. Sanchez wasn't called upon a lot to make a big throw, but when he was he more often than not was able to. Basically, he looked like he belonged. And with this victory, he now has as many career playoff victories as Joe Namath.
2009 Week 20 vs IND (17 / 30 / 257 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Sanchez came out of the gates confident, poised, and taking risks downfield. He threw a perfect bomb to Braylon Edwards on 1st and 10 for an 80 yard TD, and showed excellent accuracy again on 12 yard touchdown strike to Dustin Keller. Ultimately the success of the Jets passing game depended on the success of the running game - which meant that once they were playing from behind, Sanchez found things a little more difficult. He didn't provide enough for the win, but certainly showed that he's here to stay, and that he is no mere 'game manager' quarterback and is a real competitor. Down by two scores, he was still trying to move the ball with 30 seconds to go - if not for two field goal misses by Jay Feely, he might have been playing to tie the game.