Sanchez was absolutely coddled, by the team and the media. He rode the success of a very good defense and running game into the AFCG in both seasons.
This is his ratings and their respective position in the league each year:
63.0, which was good for 28th overalll. Rookie season, understandable. No one would kill if any rookie did that. He was OK for a rookie. But you also have to figure, most teams that pick a QB that high have a horrible team, hence why they suck enough to land a top 5 QB. We had a team that was leading the AFC East at 8-3 (I believe) when Favre got hurt and turned his arm into a noodle. We weren't the usual, loser team looking to rebuild. We have every other piece in order there. A great line, good running game, great defense. Mark Sanchez was like the tail light on that playoff bus.
75.3 which gained him a whopping 1 spot to move upto 27th overall. Again, loaded team. Same thing as before. This is how he got coddled. Those two AFC Championship games masked a lot of his mediocrity. His shortcomings masked by a dominant team around him. They had an excellent running game. If people remember, the only time Sanchez was really successful was with play action, because the other teams respected the running game and had to bite.
78.2 which got him up to 23rd overall, which was better than what his season the previous year was. But see how the narrative changed from leader of great men to a disappointment? The team around him was no longer as strong. Sanchez in his third year, was supposed to step up and alleviate some of the deficiencies.
66.9 to go down to 31st. You don't need to know more than that. And he was horrible.
So, with that as the base? How was he coddled?
1) He was set up with an excellent team around him. Most QBs come in and get killed because the surrounding talent is mediocre at best. That was not the case with Sanchez.
2) He got high media exposure, because of his ties to the Mexican community and the NFL wanting to tap into that market. This was more prevalent in the first two years, when he was good.
3) He got huge marketing deals (partially tied in Point # 2) when he was at no point in his career even an average rated QB. He had a Pepsi commercial series I believe where stuck out like a sore thumb, with the rest of the guys being stars. (I'm not 100% sure who the people were, but I'm sure one was Peyton, and the other might have been Peterson).
4) He got a contract extension when he didn't need one at all. The team felt he was hurt by them going after a sure fire first ballot HOF in Manning?
5) The Jets gave him the keys the franchise, rightfully so with a top 5 QB pick, and at first he drove it safely in driveway and his street. As soon as he got onto the main street, car got bumped. On the highway, he totaled it. He sucks.
6) We read last year about how Shonne Greene saw the most packed boxes in the game the last 2 years, and how we complain that he kept running straight into it? You know what that means? Less defenders back defending the WRs. It should've made Sanchez's life easier. Imagine him if the defenders were actually playing back more often?
He basically tagged along for the ride on one of the best rosters the Jets have put up possibly in their history for 2 years. He held that team back more so than he led them. They had to make a retard chart with color codes just so he could figure out which plays were risky and which plays were safe. They brought in Yankees coaches to teach him how to slide properly because he kept diving in like it was a pool out there. His best move is a pump fake. His only move is a pump fake.
He was given every advantage a Qb picked high could dream off, and he failed. His play didn't elevate anyone. If he needed more time, maybe he should've listened to his coach and stayed in college.