no matter how you spin it, the extension is a head-scratcher. I, unlike a lot of people here, thought Sanchez still showed signs of progression in year 3. 32 total scores was something I bought into, but clearly Tanny bought in a bit too much.
I really didn't see this year coming though, I hoenstly thought Mark was going to be good (not just competent, but good) under a different coordinator.
Sanchez didn't 'regress' he was always bad which made it such a moronic extension by Tannenbaum. By any statistical metric Sanchez has been awful all four seasons and it didn't recently just happen.
2010 and 2011 were generally poor play belied by one favorable stat (low INTs in 2010 and good TD total in 2011). You cannot confuse team success with QB greatness, the two do not always go hand in hand
Sanchez is only as good as the offensive coaching staff that can lead and mentor him. Instead he has been surrounded by average offensive talent at best and the media expects him to carry the team. They don't realize that a player like Brady comes along once in a long long time. Sanchez is not and will never be a player like Brady, Rodger of Flaco. That is the failure of Tanny to understand that
Fact is, 2011 Sanchez led the league in turnovers, still couldn't complete 60% of his throws, and cost this team a playoff spot with an embarrassing finish to the season
In one of his SB interviews, Tranny kept saying Sanchez was a QB that beat Brady and Manning, that Sanchez was a QB that took 2 teams to AFC Championship games.
Of course he never talked about the 55% completion rate every year....wonder why?
The extension smacked of the same dumb extension the Phins gave Sparano after they tried to get Harbaugh and were stuck with Sparano. The Jets looked at Manning, were spurned quickly and shortly there after gave Sanchez the pat on the head extension.
Kind of ridiculous to hear QB Wins as the justification, considering anybody with a brain understands that football is a team game and most of those wins weren't because of Sanchez, they were in spite of Sanchez.
The Jets won "30 games in 3 years" with a strong running game and a strong defense that carried him. The Jets started to play worse when those things eroded around Sanchez. But the fact that after year 4, Sanchez still needs to be carried by his teammates is the biggest indictment on him.
Two things Mark never had, leadership skill and the organ between ears.
He's a polite Rex. Those in the know, smirk and move on.
then i guess you think sanchez will be the qb next season? while i would tend to agree that tannenbaum certainly didn't give sanchez the best receiver corp, he didn't exactly make them better either. and pairing plax with holmes was just a bad decision team chemistry wise because both of those guys are punks. so why did tanny chose holmes over edwards?
The problem is it's almost impossible to maintain an excellent to above average supporting cast in today's NFL. The only way to ensure years of competitiveness is a QB who can perform a rung above his supporting cast. It's easier to maintain an average supporting cast with a great QB than it is a great supporting cast with an average QB.
Sanchez + his supporting cast in '09-'10 was a perfect storm of events that is unsustainable long-term. The Jets can improve plenty of areas of the team but they will never be long-term competitors unless Sanchez takes the "next step." When SAR asks for that Sanchez of '09-'10, he's also asking for that team around him. It's an unsustainable model in today's NFL.
IMO, if you have half a brain for this sort of thing, and you were of a mind where you desperately wanted Manning, and then when you lost him you desperately wanted Tebow, you should re-evaluate how bad you really want your young QB and try to move him then, when there was still hope that the season was an aberration (before 2012 comes along and removes any doubt) and, probably more importantly, his contract was totally manageable.
So while I can see where they might have thought the situation made the contract extension a necessity, the situation was entirely their fault.