Mark Sanchez was just 14-of-31 passing for 230 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, but was it all his fault? Sanchez will undoubtedly shoulder most of the blame and the burden. He has not progressed much at all since entering the league in 2009, but tonight was a different animal.
Sanchez took shots down the field when he could, even completing a 27-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland, but was hampered most of the night by abysmal offensive-line play, a non-existent running game and terrible receivers. Even Terrell Owens is selling himself as a cure to the receiver woes.
Hey JETS!!! I'm available! I'm ready, willing & able! Call my agent @jordanwoy & let's make it happen.
— Terrell Owens (@terrellowens) October 9, 2012
Yes, it has gotten that bad in New York.
But, is booing Sanchez really the answer?
Is Mark Sanchez most to blame for the Jets struggles?
It was not his fault that J.J. Watt was in his face on every snap, or that he was sacked three times. Sanchez is no Tom Brady, but a little bit of time to drop back in the pocket and at least attempt a decent throw couldn't hurt.
Having receivers not named ChazSchilens and Jeremy Kerley would certainly help. And having some form of support from Shonn "can't get a first down" Greene would be a tremendous boost. This is a team averaging just 86 yards per game, and Greene has found the end zone only once all season.
So, now I ask; What more do you expect out of Mark Sanchez?
He is a mediocre quarterback that needs the support of talented players around him. Throw out all the Tebow controversy. This is a team that once upon a time made two AFC Championship Games with Sanchez under center, but that success was reliant upon a balanced offensive attack.
Sanchez is the epitome of a "game manager," and he isn't even a good one. So go ahead and boo him Jets fans, but you know what to expect out of him every week.
If you are waiting for him to become "elite," or really even average, then you will continue to be disappointed.