By Josh Katzowitz
For the first time in his career, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez likely won’t be playing in an AFC title game after the Giants severely damaged their city rivals' postseason chances Saturday. Now, there’s a report that the Jets are questioning whether Sanchez is actually the team’s quarterback of the future.
That’s the word from Pro Football Talk, which reports that the Jets are internally asking themselves whether Sanchez is the right answer for them.
Almost from the moment Sanchez entered the league as a No. 5 overall pick in the 2009 draft, he’s been the subject of criticism from media and fans, and though he’s been impressive during the past two postseasons -- especially in road games -- his regular-season performances have been spotty.
This year, he’s completing 56.2 percent of his passes for 3,267 yards, 24 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, and each season, most of his numbers have improved slightly. But unlike, say, Matthew Stafford -- who, to be fair, was the No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft -- it’s hard to imagine any observer placing the third-year player in the top-10 among league quarterbacks.
Now, to be clear, Sanchez hasn’t had much of a running game this year -- it ranks 22nd in the league -- and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has been the source of criticism for a sluggish offense that hasn’t done much of anything this season.
But as CBSSports.com’s Andy Benoit wrote last week, Sanchez is “as jittery in the pocket and as unreliable in his progressions as he was his rookie year, (and) the Jets’ passing attack is full of simplified one-read plays.”
Coach Rex Ryan has been resolute saying Sanchez is his guy, and it’d be a bit of a surprise for the Jets not to give Sanchez another year to see if he can figure out how to crack the top-10. But the fact there are rumors out there that he’s not the guy is not a good sign.