The Dirty Sanchez: Not the Position, The Quarterback

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The Dirty Sanchez: Not the Position, The Quarterback

Before you Jets fans call me biased, I am an NFL fan first and Patriots fan second. This article is dedicated not to all the Jets fans, but the Jets fans that are putting Mark Sanchez on a pedestal much like Steve Carrell did in The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

There have been a flurry of articles this offseason that I've read where Jets fans already have Sanchez considered among the NFL's elite because the Jets made the playoffs.

While the Jets did make the playoffs, which I know you guys will point out, Sanchez did not lead them there, and I will repeat myself for those who are to delusional to read or admit: SANCHEZ DID NOT LEAD THEM THERE.

The Jets had one of the best running games in the NFL last year to go along with one of the best offensive lines, and yet Sanchez still threw 20 interceptions against just 12 touchdowns.

Matthew Stafford, one of Sanchez's fellow rookie quarterbacks, threw 13 touchdowns and 20 interceptions, but come on, he is on the Lions, so he has an excuse, and no one is calling him elite just yet anyway. What is Sanchez's excuse for throwing 20 interceptions, Jets fans?

I still can't figure out how some Jets fans can consider Sanchez among the elite with an average season at best last year. For Christ's sake, Sanchez threw five interceptions and zero touchdowns against the big bad Bills.

Sanchez did not lead the team at all last year, and the only thing he seemed to lead last year was A HOTDOG INTO HIS MOUTH (pictured).

Sanchez is on a Super Bowl-caliber team, and his team should take him to the playoffs next year, even if he throws another 20 interceptions. Sanchez will have to make a lot of self progress if Jets fans want him to be considered among the elite.

The elite quarterbacks in the league rally their guys on the sidelines instead of eating hot dogs there. Elite quarterbacks make smart decisions and throw the ball away rather than try and force it into a small window when they know it will be intercepted.

Elite quarterbacks in the league can still win even with key injuries to players and do it by themselves when they have to. Sanchez has a lot on his plate at this point before he can be considered elite.

At this point in Sanchez's career he has a better chance of winning a hot dog eating contest before being considered among the league's elite at his position.

If the Jets suffer some injuries to key players this upcoming season and Sanchez rallies them through it and puts up decent numbers, then I will consider him a better quarterback, but not elite, because he is on a talented team like I previously stated. Elite will take MVP-type numbers or very good numbers over the course of several seasons.

Last season, Sanchez threw 364 passes with 196 completions, and that gave him a 53.8 completion percentage. Sanchez finished the year with 2,444 yards and a QB rating of 63—that'd be a D-minus even if 100 was the highest possible mark! Elite quarterbacks don't get D-minus at the end of their year for a QB rating.

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