Mark Sanchez made a lot of improvements during his 3rd season last year.
First, I'll start off by saying that Sanchez completely crapped the bed during the final 3 games of the regular season. Because of that, our season ended up being a failure and we missed the playoffs with an 8-8 record.
Our 3 games still can not change the fact that Sanchez improved as a 3rd year player. Some fans choose to harp all over A.) The Ravens disaster (where he turned the ball over 5 times behind a distarious offensive line) or B.) The final 3 games of the regular season; while completely ignoring the progress that Sanchez made during our first 13 weeks of the season.
During the first 13 weeks of the season? Mark Sanchez put together 10 very good performances/games. Negatives critics have refused to acknowledge this, due to the fact that our season ended very poorly. Which is their right, but when judging a quarterbacks overall development/progress, I rather look at the complete body of work before throwing a young/developing quarterback under the bus because of a couple bad performances.
Lets start off by looking at 10 of Mark's first 13 games (heading into weeks 15, 16 and 17).
Cowboys: 26/44, 335 yards, 59.1%, 2 TD's/1 INT; QB rating of 88.7.
Jaguars: 17/24, 182 yards, 70.8%, 2 TD's/2 INT's; QB rating of 85.8.
Raiders: 27/44, 369 yards, 61.4%, 2 TD's/1 INT; QB Rating of 93.8.
Patriots: 16/26, 166 yards, 61.5%, 2 TD's/0 INT's; QB Rating of 105.6.
Dolphins: 14/25, 201 yards, 56.0%, 1 TD/0 INT's; QB Rating of 95.6.
Chargers: 18/33, 173 yards, 54.5%, 3 TD's/1 INT; QB Rating of 87.1.
Buffalo: 20/28, 230 yards, 71.4%, 1 TD/1 INT; QB Rating of 92.9.
Buffalo: 17/35, 180 yards, 48.6%, 4 TD's/1 INT; QB Rating of 90.2.
Redskins: 19/32, 165 yards, 59.4%, 1 TD/0 INT's; QB Rating of 85.3.
Chiefs: 13/21, 181 yards, 61.9%, 2 TD's/0 INT;s QB Rating of 121.3.
Yes, Sanchez did have bad performances against the likes of Baltimore, New England and Denver; but is that enough to completely ignore the overall progression that Sanchez made during 10 of our first 13 games?
During these 10 games (mentioned above), the Jets went 8-2 and Sanchez combined for 187/312, 2,182 yards, 60.46%, 20 TD's/7 INT's with a QB Rating of 94.6.
So yes, as a 3rd year developing quarterback, Sanchez did have 3 failures during our first 13 games against the Ravens, Patriots and Broncos, but why completely ignore 10 of his first 13 performances of the 2011 season?
The kid combined for 187/312, 2,182 yards, 60.46%, 20 TD's/7 INT's with a QB Rating of 94.6 outside of Baltimore, NE and Denver during 10 of our first 13 games; those decent to very strong performances can not be ignored. Acknowledge those awful performances against Baltimore, NE, Denver and/or our final 3 games? Of course, but to harp all over a developing quarterback as if he's made no progress what so ever is what I consider posting with an 'agenda'.