Jets vs Dolphins: Why Mark Sanchez Isn't the Answer at QB

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent ISeptember 23, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 23: Jared Odrick #98 of the Miami Dolphins hits Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets as he gets the ball away on September 23, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets may be 2-1, but there are rookie quarterbacks performing at a higher level than New York Jets' quarterback Mark Sanchez.

While Jets fans like to think of Sanchez as the QB who dominated the Buffalo Bills and started the Jets off on the right foot, the rest of us remember him as the guy who's never posted a completion percentage higher than 56.7 percent in a season.

Sanchez is yet again gracing us with his his impeccable accuracy here in 2012, sporting only a 53.7 completion percentage three weeks into the season, leading the Jets to a No. 24-ranking in passing yardage.

Let's take a look at Sanchez's game-by-game production so far this season:


Week 1 vs. Buf: 19-for-27, 266 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT

Week 2 at Pit: 10-for-27, 138 yards, 1 TD

Week 3 at Mia: 21-for-45, 306 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT 


Sanchez has posted a 50-plus completion percentage just once this season, highlighted by a dismal 37-percent completion mark against the Steelers in Week 2.

As for Week 3, Sanchez's interception in the end zone against the Dolphins showcases what's wrong with the quarterback and the entire Jets offense: they don't score points when they should.

Whereas Sanchez used to have a rushing game to make up for his poor play, Shonn Greene and the ground game can't bail him out this season.

Greene has just 38 carries for 117 yards and a TD in three games this season, leaving much of the pressure on Sanchez, who's just not built to handle it.

Sanchez and the Jets' offense will need to get it together, as they face a tough road ahead.

Week 4 has them hosting the San Francisco 49ers, followed by the Houston Texans and a trip to Foxboro in Week 7 to face the New England Patriots.

If the New York Jets are going to make the postseason, they need Mark Sanchez to start playing like a four-year quarterback.


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