Originally Posted by Bonhomme Richard
I think the only solution is to can Tanenbaum, Rex, some of the old mouthy vets (Bart, etc) and start from scratch.
This. Build from the inside out, Lineman, LB/RB, WR/DB. Get young as fast as possible and look to add a QB in 2 years or so.
In the meantime, I'd spread things out, go to a single back/2 TE offense with McKnight, Keller and Cumberland and let Sanchez throw the ball 40 times a game. I'd do this to accomplish the following. First, it puts all of the best offensive skill players in the game . Second, the Jets can not run block and in Greene and Powell have the worst starting tandem in football. Third, Sanchez can only benefit from the additional in game passing reps -- more opportunities to learn how to read a D and get into a rythm.
While I do believe that Sanchez is not a "franchise" QB, I continue to be vexed by just how similar Sanchez's numbers are to Eli's at this point of his career.
QB games att/comp % yards td int fumbles
Eli Manning 57 987/1805 54.68 11,385 77 64 25
Mark Sanchez 52 859/1573 54.61 10,525 61 57 20
The avg/game is eerily identical
QB att/comp yards td int fumbles
Eli Manning 17.3/31.7 199.7 1.4 1.1 .4
Mark Sanchez 16.5/30.2 202.4 1.2 1.1 .4
I'm not saying Sanchez can be Eli Manning, but he has proven to be clutch, and has had success in the playoffs. Sanchez is not a franchise QB who can win with little talent around him i.e Peyton Manning. But, I'm struck by imagining what things would look like if the QB's switched locker rooms for a few weeks. Would Eli have success with the current Jets. How would Sanchez do with an established OC and a deep talented corps of WR/RBs?
I really don't know the answers to these questions, and continue to believe that Sanchez's ceiling is just to be an above average NFL QB (and IMO every team should be on the constant search for a true franchise QB), but the stat comparison with Eli in conjunction with the thought as to how they would do if they switched teams I think is food for thought.