Originally Posted by SAR I
The season stats mean nothing. Because we feast on inferior teams and lose to elite teams, it makes it look like we're much better than we are on defense.
Because Elite Teams know Sanchez cannot threaten them, and they play the run first. Beat our running game, beat the Jets O.
Your own argument here is an argument against Sanchez, same as it was (in the past) an argument against Pennington.
Stack the box against either, and you shut down their running game, and they (Sanchez and Pennington) cannot beat you with their arm.
In the seven games that we have lost, the defense is allowing 31 points per game and our best rusher is averaging less than 50 yards per game. For a team that is built to win on a stifling defense and a powerful rushing attack that's a suicide mission.
The effect on the D of the loss of Revis, and horrific turnover-prone play of Sanchez, cannot be minimized by ignoring it.
Is the D great? No. They're middle-of-the-road.
But the failure of Sanchez to to be productive, score points, or limit turnovers is as much a cause of that 31 (I'll take your word on the vaidity of that number) as is their lesser play in 2012.
And had the defense and special teams played at their lofty abilities, with all those high draft picks, with the best defensive Cordinator in the league, with one of the best special teams coaches in NFL history, we are a playoff team this very day.
Or if Sanchez was even playing at a pure average level, we'd also have a playoff team today.
Again, we have two scenarios.
One, yours, we must cut every player on D, the O-line, WR and Running back....and replace every one with a top-10 quality All-Pro.
The other, mine, we can replace Sanchez with a moderate QB who can limit turnovers.
I know which one is more realistic. But if you disagree, thats fine. As I've said, regardless of what you and I think, we're likely stuck with Sanchez for one more full season after this.