Mark Sanchez: Why the NY Jets QB Is the Worst Starting Quarterback in the NFL

Matt Schreiber@@schreiberstakeAnalyst IIINovember 12, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 28:  Cornerback Nolan Carroll #28 of the Miami Dolphins forces quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets to fumble at MetLife Stadium on October 28, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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Mark Sanchez is having a rough 2012 campaign. If he had a better backup than Tim Tebow, there is a good chance he wouldn't even have the title "starting quarterback" anymore.

There is no denying it, Sanchez did record wins against Peyton Manning and Tom Brady on the road in consecutive playoff games in 2010. He also led the New York Jets to two consecutive AFC Championship games.

I attribute none of that success to Sanchez, as the New York Jets' defense was the reason for that success. Although, as we know, an NFL season really isn't considered successful anyway unless you bring home the Vince Lombardi trophy.

Sanchez often overthrows his guys and doesn't lead his receivers to make plays after the catch when they do actually catch the ball.

Let's take a look at his 2012 game log thus far (courtesy of It's less than mediocre.

vs. BUF 19 27 266 70.4 3 1 97.1
at PIT 10 27 138 37 1 0 46.4
at MIA 21 45 306 46.7 1 2 34.3
vs. SF 13 29 103 44.8 0 1 2.8
vs. HOU 14 31 230 45.2 1 2 10
vs. IND 11 18 82 61.1 2 0 86.6
at NE 28 41 328 68.3 1 1 45.1
vs. MIA 28 54 283 51.9 1 1 12.1
at SEA 9 22 124 40.9 0 1 6.2
Totals 153 294 1,860 52 10 9 28.7


As you can see, five of his nine starts this year have resulted in a less than 50 percent completion rate. That is not a recipe for success in the NFL. Head coach Rex Ryan consistently states that Sanchez is his guy, but at what cost? 

Mark Sanchez has thrown in interception in seven games this season. His QBR has been 10.0 or less three times. His average QBR is 28.7, which is the third worst in the league; only rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden and rare starter John Skelton have performed worse.

His 53 percent completion rate is dead last in the league. It's not like he doesn't have guys who can make plays, either. Every time I watch a Jets game, I see guys open but Sanchez is unable to find them. On the rare occasion that he does, he misses his target.

It's time for the Jets to move on from Mark Sanchez. He has not lived up to his first-round potential the Jets had hoped for when they took him fifth overall in the 2009 NFL Draft out of the University of Southern California.

They should be eyeing a new quarterback in this year's draft or try to make a splash at Joe Flacco in the offseason.