Originally Posted by rbstern
I keep thinking about how badly Sanchez regressed in years 3 and 4 and have been pondering the reasons why.
- The detoriation of the Jets o-line and the increasing amount of hits he took.
- The regression of the running game.
- The departure of high quality, veteran skill players on offense.
- Defenses adjusting to him, exploting his weaknesses.
- Being on a defensively oriented team that might not be able to properly mold a young QB.
- Changing to a new offensive system under Sparano.
- The Teebow deal.
- Other, high-profile distractions the Jets managed to create.
- Self-inflicted distractions (serial dating trophy women).
- The intensity of being a pro QB in NYC (all of the above stuffed into a pressure cooker, set on "high").
Please feel free to add to the above list, if I've missed anything.
When taken in sum, it shouldn't surprise anyone that Mark Sanchez regressed.
Most of the above isn't within his control. It's about the environment he's in.
I'm not certain he ever was on track. He always made some good plays but they were always sandwiched in between periods of awful decisions with the football.
People always want to blame the CS for not giving Sanchez as good of weapons as he had when he started in the league. I don't believe it is correct to blame the CS.
All they did was give Sanchez every weapon under the sun in order to aid him in his development. If Sanchez never caught on by the time they inevidably had to take away some of those weapons, then that falls on Sanchez. QB's are expected to start to do things with less when they enter their 3rd and 4th seasons.