Bad News For Fans Of You-Know-Who: The Jets Are Sticking With Mark Sanchez
Glenn Davis 03:29 pm, October 09th, 2012
So, the Jets' offense is pretty bad, as it turns out. Maybe not as bad as it looked like it might be as the team went three straight preseason games without scoring a touchdown, but bad nonetheless. That 48-point explosion against the Bills in Week 1 looks like a mirage now. And no one's struggling more than Mark Sanchez.
The numbers (well, the numbers plus the fact that he's playing with basically no receiving corps) tell the story. Sanchez has gone four straight games not even completing 50 percent of his passes. He's 58-for-132 (just under 44 percent) overall for that stretch a full quarter of the season. With him struggling that badly, can the Jets even afford to keep throwing him out there every week? Well, for now, the answer is yes:
Asked if Sanchez is still his guy moving forward, [Rex] Ryan simply said, “Yeah, no question.”
In other words: no, Greg McElroy isn't getting his shot.
But the calls for Sanchez's job will get louder if he doesn't get better, and fast. The Colts, whom the Jets face this coming Sunday, are 15th in the league against the pass. Not bad, but not Texans/Niners/Steelers territory. If Sanchez throws up another 14-for-31 outing against them, his coach might have to stop avoiding "what-if" scenarios like he did when talking to reporters today, and wonder if a change might be in order.
... Wait, what? There was some other Jets quarterback you were thinking might take Sanchez's place? Perhaps a guy whose completion percentage for the entirety of last season was nearly as bad as Sanchez's has been over the last four games - games in which the Jets have faced three of the NFL's top five defenses against the pass? Now that wouldn't make too much sense, would it? Surely there is no hype about such a change happening.