And yes, Sanchez is much better than Weeden....not that that's something to be proud of.
People are going to be shocked by this (it certainly stunned me), but the passing game has been very productive this year. It hasn't been pretty or efficient, but it has produced.
The completion % is terrible (50.5%), but the yards per completion has made up for that through 3 weeks (14.2 ypc for 7.2 ypa). I don't believe this is sustainable (it's reminiscent of Tebow's performance last year). The other factor that has our passing game grading out as above-average through 3 weeks is our ability to avoid sacks and an average turnover rate. The last bit is the penalty yards. We have drawn the 2nd most pass interference yardage in the league so far, and Holmes has is responsible for 64 of those 69 yards (the Patriots have 0, surprisingly enough).
Like I said before, I don't think that any of this is sustainable with a 50% completion rate. A lot of the data is skewed because of the Bills game. People see the Dolphin game as worse than it actually was because it could have been so much better (dropped Hill TD, overthrowing Schillens for another TD). The Steelers game is another game that, because of the absence of turnovers, grades out as "poor" instead of "awful" in these advanced metrics.
So far this season, the major problem with the offense has been a running game that is horrible beyond words. Here's the positive spin for the running game:
Shonn Greene is having a better year than "CJ2K." Unfortunately, we've given him so many carries that he's actually had more of a negative impact on us that Johnson has had on the Titans.
Greene has a DVOA of -40.7%. That's really, really bad. IT means Greene has played at a level almost 41% below the average back so far this year. The worst DVOA any starting back had last year was Thomas Jones, -26.4%.
Making things worse, Greene's backup, Bilal Powell, has a DVOA of +12.9%. He's 2 carries short of qualifying for the official list, but he would have the 10th best DVOA of any back in the league. And even with his limited carries, he's tied for 16th in total value accumulated this season.
Greene has been so terrible, and Powell has played at a high enough level that the only reason for Greene to still be playing ahead of Powell is stubbornness/incompetence on the part of the coaching staff.
But I don't know I still think somehow, somewhere, some knowledgeable Jet fan is saying, "yea but it all is Sanchez's fault"
So in other words...if a QB has good numbers but fails to come through with the game is on line that's ok as long as his numbers looked good??? Got it....
Well if a guy chokes in the clutch over and over, that isn't good. But if your QB is putting up good numbers consistently, that means the offense is playing well. And you're going to win a lot of games like that. I'd like consistent play out of Sanchez, if you want to be impressed by mediocre QB play for most of the game then a nice drive at the end, go for it. We have another QB who specializes in that too (Tebow)
In just his 4th career start, Weeden showed more balls and grit against Baltimore than Sanchez ever has.
I swear, some of you guys have some sort of weird, undying loyalty to Sanchez for some reason.
So if Sanchez played like Weeden did last night....you know driving down the field and throwing a horrible pick no td's completed less then 50 percent of his passes against Baltimore you would be ok with that...got it..