Mark Sanchez: Struggling QB Reaches New Low in Awful Monday Night Performance

Austin GreenCorrespondent IDecember 18, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 17:  Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets walks off the field after a play in the fourth quarter against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 17, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets put their playoff hopes in the hands of Mark Sanchez, and he promptly threw them away. 

Just when you thought Sanchez's season couldn't get any worse, the young quarterback committed five turnovers in New York's 14-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Monday night. With the loss, the Jets are officially eliminated from the postseason.

Sanchez got off to a decent start, moving the Jets up the field on their first two possessions. But after a brief Tim Tebow cameo, Sanchez proceeded to crumble. He threw one interception in the second quarter, then tossed another immediately after halftime.

To his credit, Sanchez was able to briefly give New York the lead in the third quarter, hitting Jeff Cumberland for a 17-yard score. Unfortunately, his success was short-lived once again.

After the touchdown, here is how the Jets' final five drives ended: punt, punt, Sanchez interception, Sanchez interception, Sanchez fumble.

The Titans gave the Jets chance after chance in this game, but ultimately their best game plan was to let Mark Sanchez beat himself. He did exactly that, committing three turnovers in the final 8:44 of the game.

Sanchez has now turned the ball over 50 times over the last two seasons, the most of any player in the league.

This was a pitiful performance by the Jets and their young QB. After their Thanksgiving Day debacle (butt fumble, anyone?), it seemed impossible for the Jets to sink any lower. However, they proved on Monday that you can never set the embarrassment bar too low for this team.

They had a chance to redeem themselves on national TV, keep their playoff hopes alive and salvage this train wreck of a season. All they had to do was beat a team that was 4-9 coming in.

However, in true Jets fashion, they failed to perform. They were out-coached and outplayed by a team that coached and played poorly. And now, they will miss the playoffs yet again.