Originally Posted by njherdfan
Because when Smith makes a mistake, he overthrows a receiver. When Sanchez make a mistake, he turns the ball over.
Today was actually a great example of how far Sanchez has to go just to be a mediocre QB. Smith certainly didn't play well, but he also didn't have any turnovers, and so he didn't hurt his team. All the Jets generally need from Sanchez is for him not to turn the ball over, and he's not capable of that.
That wasn't enough against the Steelers.
Not turning it over was enough, most of the time, in 2009 and 2010, but the team isn't good enough for that to work anymore. Sanchez has to put points on the board because no one else on the offense is capable of doing so.