Why the Critics Are Wrong on Mark Sanchez Not Being a Franchise Quarterback

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Why the Critics Are Wrong on Mark Sanchez Not Being a Franchise Quarterback
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With Mark Sanchez behind center, the New York Jets went to back-to-back AFC Championship games in his first two seasons in the league.

This fact alone should be enough to hold off the critics who say Sanchez is not a franchise quarterback.

Now, while critics may say that Sanchez did not lead the Jets to both those AFC Championship games, but rather it was the defense and the running game, it is not like he was just a spectator.

Sanchez was able to raise his level of play in both the 2009 and 2010 postseason runs, improving his completion percentage from 53.8 in the 2009 regular season to 60.3 percent in the 2009 playoffs, while upping his QB rating of 63 to 92.7.

In the 2010 playoffs, Sanchez was able to get back-to-back wins against the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots; both games were on the road.

Against the Patriots, Sanchez had his best postseason performance to date, throwing for three TDs, no INTs and coming away with a QB rating of 127.3; a perfect passer rating is 158.3.

Besides his playoff accomplishments, here are a few more reasons why Mark Sanchez is a franchise quarterback.

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