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Mark Sanchez: Why the Struggling New York Jets QB Is Still the Answer

Phil GCorrespondent IOctober 10, 2016

Mark Sanchez: Why the Struggling New York Jets QB Is Still the Answer

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    Mark Sanchez? Tim Tebow? Terrell Owens?

    The last name was a little dig at the New York Jets, but at this point, who is surprised Owens made a desperate plea for a job? 

    At 2-3, the New York Jets currently are tied with the Buffalo Bills for second place in the AFC East. The New England Patriots lead the division with a 3-2 record. 

    Many predicted this course of action would occur. Sanchez would struggle for a few games, and then Tebow would fly in and save the day. 

    The Jets indeed need help, but Tebow is not the answer. 

    The answer? Well, he still sits on the roster. 

    He wears a No. 6 jersey and was the fifth overall selection in the 2009 NFL draft. 

    Yes, I'm talking about Sanchez. Yes, this is the same guy with a 66.6 quarterback rating through five games. 

    I'm not here to excuse the Jets' poor performance in 2012, but changing starting quarterbacks is not the answer. 

    Here are four reasons why Sanchez is still the answer at quarterback for the New York Jets. 

Scheme Fit

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    Under offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, Mark Sanchez has struggled, especially with his accuracy.

    However, Sanchez has struggled with accuracy since entering the league in 2009. From 2009-11, Sanchez completed less than 57 percent of his passes in each season.

    In the Jets' 2012 campaign, Sanchez is completing a horrid 48.4 percent of his passes. Honestly, there is no excuse for a quarterback to be below the 50-percent threshold in completion percentage,

    Sanchez isn't considered a high-percentage passer, but he fits in a system designed to take advantage of play action. 

    Sparano needs an effective running system to take advantage of this said advantage for Sanchez. 

    The problem? 

    The Jets can't run the ball. In 2012, the Jets are ranked 25th in rushing yards per game.

    How can Sanchez take advantage of play action if you can't keep a defense honest with the run game? 


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    Sanchez has a one year jump on Tim Tebow, but in terms of playing experience, the former USC Trojan is light years ahead. 

    Both were first-round selections, but Sanchez became the immediate starter for the Jets, while Tebow suffered on the bench for most his rookie season. 

    Also, Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum and head coach Rex Ryan personally selected Sanchez in the 2009 NFL Draft. 

    Tebow? Under fresh-faced head coach Josh McDaniels, Tebow was considered the future quarterback, but the Broncos decided to make a change at the top. 

    When McDaniels was replaced by John Fox, Tebow was the odd-man out. 

    Tannenbaum and Ryan are still with the Jets, so if they decide to bench Sanchez, what does that say about their tenure in New York? 

    Coaches and general managers hate to admit they're wrong, and knowing these two stubborn personalities, this won't happen. 

Lack of Talent

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    The amount of talent on this team is akin to a college football squad. 

    This may be an exaggeration, but legions of Jets fans probably agree that the talent in this organization has decreased over the years. And I don't mean just the players. 

    General manager Mike Tannenbaum has failed to put the right pieces around Sanchez. How can Sanchez flourish with practice squad receivers? 

    The injured Santonio Holmes was the only threat, and even he was overrated to a certain degree. 

    Desperate? When Terrell Owens admits you need him, you have problems. 

    Stephen Hill looks promising, but when will this kid be ready to play at a consistently high level? 

    Even the Jets defense has underperformed in 2012. This is supposed to be their strength, and yet, they rank 20th in total yards allowed. 

    Yes, Darrelle Revis is out for the season, but that doesn't excuse how horrid they've been at stopping the run. 

    The Jets are ranked 31st against the run, only behind the putrid New Orleans Saints defense. 

    If the Jets want Mark Sanchez to show more progress, put more talent around the struggling quarterback. 

Backup Option?

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    Tim Tebow? 

    This is the best backup option the Jets have if Sanchez is injured or benched. Why?

    Simply put, the Jets are a media circus. Why not have giraffes and elephants muddle around MetLife stadium for a few games? It would complete the picture. 

    If the Jets put Tebow in, it won't be because of football reasons. Similar to Tebow's time in Denver, he was put into the game because of outside forces. 

    Outside forces? The fans, media and all the hype surrounding the religious quarterback. 

    Tebow is a polarizing figure, and despite the many who hate his guts, there are a billion more who adore the guy. 

    For football reasons, it simply doesn't make sense to start Tebow. 

    Tebow isn't a prototypical quarterback. In Denver, Tebow had a strong offensive line and an efficient running game. The Jets have neither. 

    In addition, the Jets would have to cater the offense to Tebow. Can Tony Sparano completely teach a new offense in the middle of the season? I wouldn't know and definitely wouldn't want to find out.

    Starting Tebow may re-energize the Jets fan base, but if the Jets want to salvage this season, Sanchez must remain as the starter. 

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