Going into the 2011 home Patriots game, we were on an 18-9 run with 5 victories against elite teams.
Since that game, we are 9-15 with a 1-11 record against winning teams.
Burress got old, Tomlinson got hurt, Keller got hurt, Hunter got worse. Without his redzone target, dump-off outlet, stud TE, and dependable RT, Mark and the offense fell apart. Add to that the talent dump and lack of quality replacement this past offseason, that's why we are where we are.
And then add in Sparano. And then add in Tebow. And then add in injuries to Keller and Holmes. If the Jets were trying to kill their quarterback, they couldn't have done any better.
Mark Sanchez didn't suddenly take stupid pills after that Patriots loss. More like Rex Ryan said "this is the time for us to take the division from the Patriots" after our victory the prior postseason and instead the team laid an egg and no longer believed in the man and that started the collapse we still are reeling from.
What has Sanchez EVER done for us?
Don't even give me the good ol' "he took us to back to back AFCC games" knee slapper.
The kid was along for the ride, period.
During those first two seasons, Sanchez had a whopping 54% completion percentage, 29 TD's vs 33 INT's, and fumbled the ball 14 times.
That's with a Top 5 rushing attack both years, Braylon/Holmes/Keller/Cotchery in the receiving corps, and the best OL in the league. Not to mention a top flight defense constantly giving you a short field to work with.
The kid has never been a good QB and by the looks of it, he never will be.
The only difference between Sanchez now and 3 years ago is that we don't have a strong team anymore to mask his flaws.
He sucks but he's still the best QB on the roster, and his contract means he's gonna stay on the team anyway. Why bother trying to upgrade, the team's not going anywhere anyway. Might as well throw him out there again...
All great quarterbacks suffer from multiple-season long bouts of horrible play.
If the fifth time isn't a charm, the sixth or seventh will be!
It's all somebody else's fault.