New York Jets

Mark Sanchez: Questions Remain About Jets QB After Blowout Win

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 14:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets gestures against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium on October 14, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2012

All things considered, it was a pretty good day to be Mark Sanchez.

First and foremost, the Jets won, blowing out the Indianapolis Colts, 35-9.

Sanchez didn't turn the ball over, he found the end zone twice and he finished the day with a completion percentage of better than 50 percent, going 11-of-18 for 82 yards under center.

You read that right—82 yards, or 4.6 yards per completion.

Granted, the Jets rode the back of Shonn Greene and Joe McKnight all day long, rushing the ball 44 times for 252 yards, so it's not like Sanchez had many chances to throw the ball.

But the only question that Mark Sanchez answered is that when his team has a running game, he can efficiently run an offense. When his team rushes the ball constantly, he's the guy you want under center handing the ball off.

Now, you are probably reading this, going, "Hey, lay off Sanchez! They won, and that's all that matters!"

You're right, winning the game is ultimately the only thing that matters. You don't have to look pretty doing it.

But sometimes appearance is everything.

When you hear of someone losing the locker room, that typically applies to a head coach. 

According to LaDainian Tomlinson, that's not the case with the Jets, as he told Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch before the team took on the Colts:

"Talking to guys in the Jets locker room, they are starting not to trust [Mark] Sanchez as a football player.” – LaDainian Tomlinson

— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) October 14, 2012

Does handing the ball off 44 times do anything to regain that trust?

Not really.

So while the Jets won, improving to 3-2 on the season, questions remain about Mark Sanchez and his ability to win a game.

Can he put this team on his shoulders, complete more than 50 percent of his passes, move the chains, not turn the ball over and find the end zonewithout the team picking up more than 250 yards on the ground?

Tune in next week for the answers to those questions and more, as the Jets travel to balmy Foxboro, Massachusetts, to take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in a late afternoon tilt.

A place where 82 yards passing won't win you any games.

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