NY Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez hardly great in loss to 49ers, but all blame can't b
From today's Daily News....
In the end, the outcome of the Jetsí game against San Francisco had nothing to do with them missing their best defensive player, Darrelle Revis. As it always does with the Jets, it came down to what the quarterback did or didnít do.
Mark Sanchez had two costly turnovers - an interception and a fumble. He didnít do anything to produce points.
But the 34-0 whipping that the Niners administered at MetLife Stadium on Sunday canít be put solely on Sanchezís shoulders. That would be wrong. Sanchez didnít make this mess. Heís just caught in the middle of it, and he doesnít have the tools to dig the Jets out.
The Jets unraveled with four turnovers and a lack of execution in all three phases. No NFL team is going to overcome that.
The Jets were never in this game, despite being down just 10-0 at halftime. And when they lost receiver Santonio Holmes, their only game-breaker, to a foot injury in the fourth quarter their lack of talent was evident for all to see.
With the loss of Revis and the potential loss of Holmes for a few games, the Jets donít have a leg to stand on - on either side of the ball.
"Right now weíre not even close to being one of the better teams in the league," said Rex Ryan, who was seething after the game.
The current state of the Jets and the lack of talent at the skill positions must be laid at the feet of Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum and his player personnel department. If you believe the Jets have the necessary talent to compete with the likes of San Francisco, then youíre deluding yourself. And if you want to remain delusional, then you have to say that the coaching staff canít put together a game plan to utilize the talent they have.
Ryan said there needs to be some soul-searching among the players and coaches to determine just what kind of team the Jets will be. Thatís simple: not a playoff team.
There will be calls for Tim Tebow to replace Sanchez at quarterback. That might feel good at the moment. Change for changeís sake. But Tebow would face the same thing that Sanchez is facing ó a supporting cast that offers little help.
Ryan wasnít blinded by his anger. He can see that such a switch would be foolish at this point.
"I donít think thatís the answer," Ryan said. "I think Mark is the answer at quarterback."
You look at the stat line, it says Sanchez is a lousy quarterback. He was 13-of-29 for 103 yards, had an interception, lost a fumble and didnít have a drive into the red zone. You look at the wreckage that is the Jets offense and you wonder just how Sanchez, a quarterback who was good enough to help get the Jets to two AFC title games in his first two seasons, could have fallen this far this fast.
It has less to do with an erosion of Sanchezís skills than it does the way the Jets have undermined him. While other teams have supported their young quarterbacks with weapons and confidence, the Jets have taken an opposite approach with Sanchez.
They have allowed the talent around him to slowly erode, saddling him with a running game that is subpar, an offensive line that is inadequate and just one quality NFL-caliber receiver in Holmes. And oh, donít forget they brought in the most popular backup QB in the history of the NFL to play tricks with his mind.
And with all that, they have the nerve to slap a tag of "Ground and Pound" on how they view their offense. Disgraceful.
Sanchez went far in the playoffs with the likes of Thomas Jones, Tony Richardson, Leon Washington and LaDainian Tomlinson in the backfield.
Heís had Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery and Plaxico Burress running pass routes.
Compare those guys to what they have now.
The addition of Tebow as a backup, which was supposed to light a fire under Sanchez and give the Jets an element of surprise on offense, hasnít done anything other than demonstrate a lack of confidence in Sanchez.
You look at how Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has progressed from an offensive caretaker on a defense-dominated team in Baltimore to a legitimate big-game passer with a power runner in Ray Rice.
Sanchez has nothing remotely close to Rice.
Instead, you have Sanchez standing at a podium in the bowels of MetLife Stadium for the 1,000th time, saying that it all starts with him and heís got to improve and blah, blah, blah.
Instead Sanchez should be standing there saying, "A little help here, please!"
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