According to all the media elite, the New York Jets had no business winning yesterday's game in Foxboro. Although both teams were sitting at 3-3 on top of the AFC East, the Patriots were supposed to breeze through this game at home and Crush their most hated rival.
Mark Sanchez has been criticized for most of the season as not being an "Elite" quarterback in the NFL. Some argue that Sanchez has all the skillset in the world, but lacks the "it" factor to get this team over the hump.
Yesterday was such a game where the Jets were in contention until the very end and had a tremendous opportunity to shock the Patriots in their own stadium where they hardly ever lose. On the last play of the Jets' offensive possession, Sanchez took the snap and was sacked and then fumbled the game away, but was THAT the moment they lost the game? Is it fair to blame that loss solely on Sanchez?
Some fans are saying it's all Mark Sanchez fault the game was lost, well according to my Twitter timeline. Others are stating he played his best game of the season so far. So what is it?
On the last play, Mark backpedaled to avoid pressure up the middle from Jermaine Cunningham. Is his form the problem? Should he backpedal or should he stay in the pocket, step up, or leave the pocket via the side? It seems when Sanchez backpedals, bad things happen.
Sanchez went 28-41 for 328 Yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. No. 6 was hot in the first quarter, disappeared in the 2nd and 3rd, and went on fire in the fourth. Why the inconsistency? Is it Sanchez's fault or are his receivers and/or O-line to blame as well? Stephen Hill's drop was an obvious problem.
Is the problem the play calling? On 3rd and goal the Jets called a slant play to Chaz Shilens. I haven't seen a play get more scrutinized as much as this one has so far in the season. You are rushing the ball down their throats and you go to a guy who is not proven and non-existent. What happened to using Tebow?
If you ask Sanchez what he thinks of the Jets so far this year, he'll tell you it's something in the air?
It's a weird year, There's a lot of losses out there. A lot of things can happen. ~ Mark Sanchez