Why Rex Ryan Is Wrong, Mark Sanchez Is Absolutely Not a Pro Bowl QB

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIDecember 15, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 11:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets calls a play during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium on December 11, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has quietly turned things around this year and has put up some really solid numbers. However, when discussing his young quarterback on Wednesday, Jets head coach Rex Ryan mentioned the Pro Bowl.

Pump the brakes, Rex. Your boy isn't there yet.

Sanchez has accounted for 26 total touchdowns this season. Over the past three games, he has seven touchdown passes and just one interception. The USC product has cut down on his mistakes and the Jets have won three consecutive games because of it.

That said, Sanchez isn't at the Pro Bowl level yet.

Overall, this year, the 25-year-old signal-caller has completed 242 of 426 passes (56.8 percent) for 2,859 yards, with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also has five rushing touchdowns. His passer rating of 83.1 ranks 15th out of the 32 quarterbacks who qualify. 

The USC product has thrown for over 300 yards just three times this season and hasn't thrown for more than 181 in the past three weeks. 

Again, Sanchez has shown a marked improvement over his first two seasons in the league, but that doesn't mean he's worthy of Pro Bowl selection yet. The Pro Bowl is supposed to be reserved for the absolute best players at their respective positions, not guys with middle-of-the-road stats who aren't awful anymore.

Eventually, Sanchez could certainly become a Pro Bowler. However, he should not even be considered this year.