Peyton Manning Vs. Mark Sanchez: Rookie Comparison

Erik ManassyContributor INovember 25, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 20: Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts poses for a portrait during a rookie shoot at the Citrus Bowl on May 20, 1998 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Peter J.Taylor/GettyImages)
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Mark Sanchez threw four interceptions and fumbled once in the loss to the Patriots. Many Jets fans and the media are gunning for Mark's head and they are probably justified as Mark may be the cause of why the Jets are losing the games. When the Jets traded up in the draft to number five, they clearly made the decision that the franchise is going in a new direction and will be rebuilding for years to come. The keyword is YEARS.

Let's flashback to 1998, where a young Peyton Manning was beginning his career. Peyton was putting up VERY similar numbers and we now know what kind of player he has become. I am not saying Mark Sanchez is the next Peyton Manning, but I am saying that we owe it to Mark, Rex and the entire Jets organization to give him a chance.

Benching him at this point in the season when there is NO CHANCE for the playoffs would be detrimental to his growth. Having Mark hold a clip board would not help him, and I'm happy to hear that Rex, in his presser last night, is sticking with the rookie.


"I don't think he's going to get any better sitting on the sidelines," Ryan said, via the New York Daily News. "Unless you get on the field, you are not going to get any better." --

I was watching Twitter live during the game, and although I'm not surprised by the reaction, many fans wanted him benched in the game. All the "Monday Morning QB's" this morning still want him benched for the season. Bassett from "The Jets Blog" also agrees that keeping the youngster in is the right move:

Personally, I think that the Jets are right to let Sanchez play through these struggles, but getting back to the offseason, his collegiate inexperience is showing. That he refuses to throw the ball away is maddening. That there’s no fear of getting benched if he doesn’t say “uncle” is also a concern. I get the sense he knows what’s right, but with no fear of getting yanked, he’s continuing to do what he wants.


Mark plays with confidence. He really believes he can make every play. On one of the turnovers in the Pats game, he should have clearly thrown the ball out of bounds, but he was really trying to make the play. I believe that he will be coached up and this is part of the learning process. It was really bothering me because I knew I read somewhere that Mark was putting up Peyton Manning Rookie numbers, so I decided to do a little research. I put together the following chart and if you compare Mark with Peyton Manning through the first ten games of their career, Mark is actually playing BETTER at this point. Mark has two more wins, a better QB Rating, and four less interceptions. Peyton is the current record holder for most interceptions by a Rookie. Let's hope Mark doesn't go anywhere near that record.

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 Jets fans really need to take a deep breath and realize that this season is lost. I'm not saying be happy with the outcome, but let's be realalistic. Did we really believe we were going to beat the Patriots in week 11? Did we really think we were going to the playoffs this year at the beginning of the year? I hope for the playoffs EVERY year and do expect it, however; my gut was saying 6-10. If we were 8-8, that was really dreaming! Remember, we were 4-12 last year, we have a rookie QB and Coach. The 3-0 start set false expectations. If we have the same record but start 1-2 or 0-3, I think we are not as hard on Mark. We, the fans, got a taste of winning, and we wanted it so bad but why is it when things go bad we turn on the guys we were JUST PRAISING weeks before?