Mark Sanchez, New York Jets Offense Proving Critics Wrong

Pauly KwestelCorrespondent ISeptember 27, 2010

MIAMI - SEPTEMBER 26:  Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets throws against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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I'm not going to come out and say that Mark Sanchez has finally emerged as the quarterback that we always thought he would be. He hasn't gotten there yet, but he is definitely moving in the right direction. 

Many questions were surrounding the Jets offense, not just before the Miami game, but before the season as well. The Jets, who had the No. 1 rushing offense in the league last year, let go of guard Alan Faneca and their top two running backs, Thomas Jones and Leon Washington. They replaced them with second year guard Matt Slauson, and a running back who everyone believed was washed up in LaDainian Tomlinson.

There were many questions about the Jets offense, and those questions grew louder when the offense was very unimpressive during the preseason.

During one scene of HBO's series "Hard Knocks" head coach Rex Ryan was talking to the team in the locker room after a preseason game when he said, today the offense was bad, but defense and special teams picked them up, one day the defense and special teams will be bad and the offense will pick them up. Many people believed that was just wishful thinking. 

The Jets followed the unimpressive preseason with one of the worst offensive games in franchise history. The critics were very loud about the Jets. They weren't letting Sanchez throw the ball, and they couldn't run the ball. 

Over the last two weeks Mark Sanchez has done everything possible to silence his critics. The Jets bread and butter is supposed to be the ground and pound running game. However, after failing to establish as dominant of a running game as last season, Mark Sanchez has taken the offense into his own hands.

Sanchez had career highs in completions and touchdown passes against New Engalnd. He has followed that up with a 256 yard, 3-TD day against the Miami Dolphins. LaDainian Tomlinson is not looking washed up, and the Jets have opened up their offense. 

The Jets are doing a great job of spreading around the ball and getting production from many players. Shonn Greene, Tomlinson, and Brad Smith helped combine for 146 rushing yards against the Dolphins.

Braylon Edwards even made it back from happy hour to give the Jets two huge catches, and he drew a big pass interference penalty. Tight End Dustin Keller had a monster game with two first half touchdown catches, he has three over the last two games.

More importantly, Sanchez has thrown for 476 yards and six touchdowns with zero interceptions over the last two games. And this is without suspended wideout Santonio Holmes. 

The Jets were supposed to be a team that relied on their defense and running game to win games this season. The big question mark coming into the season was whether Mark Sanchez would kill the team or not. Three games into the season, Sanchez and the Jets offense are the ones carrying the team.