Mark Sanchez seems to be well-liked by teammates, and has shown throughout the beginning of his rookie year that he is willing to do whatever it takes to be the leader of the New York Jets and become a great NFL quarterback. He came into the league with a swagger that few rookies possess, partly due to the fact that throughout his high school and college career he has never lost two games in a row as a starting QB. He’s been highly successful and has the raw skills and work ethic it takes to be a great NFL quarterback, but from his early season results it’s going to take more time for Sanchez to reach the level he’d like to be at.
Mark Sanchez has great potential in leading the New York Jets but is struggling right now to get his swagger back after a very tough start.
A Tough Start For The Rookie Sanchez
Mark Sanchez came busting out of the locker room ready to lead the Jets like a veteran QB. With confidence and a huge smile he had some success early and looked more poised and savvy than your average rookie QB. But reality set in quickly, and Sanchez began to struggle, and his confident swagger began to fade. After his first six games, Sanchez has five completions with ten interceptions and an overall passer rating of just 56. Ouch. It’s tough being a rookie.
In his sixth game against the Buffalo Bills, Sanchez struggled terribly. In his first-ever cold weather game, he had only 119 passing yards with a completion percentage of 34%, an average pickup of only 4.1 yards per pass, zero touchdowns, and five interceptions. “Ouch” is an understatement. Those numbers are simply awful.
“It was totally my fault. I’ve never played like this – ever. It’s pretty embarrassing. There’s no way I could blame it on the weather. I wish I could. The wind didn’t blow the ball to the defenders” – Mark Sanchez after a recent loss to the Buffalo Bills
Great Potential With His Coach And Team Behind Him
But certainly not all hope is lost. In fact, not even close. Would everyone like to see Sanchez playing better? Of course. Is anyone surprised that the talented rookie is struggling? Of course not. Let’s not forget Eli Manning’s rookie year which was plain awful, or even Troy Aikman’s abysmal start where he finished 1989 with an 0-11 record as a starter, completing 155 of 293 passes for 1,749 yards, 9 TDs, and 18 INTs. Wow, that just gave me a stomach ache thinking about it. But coach Rex Ryan and Mark’s NY Jets teammates are standing behind him:
“I believe in him. He gives us the best chance to win, and he’ll remain our quarterback.” — Jets Coach Rex Ryan.
You would be crazy to watch Sanchez perform and not think he has the potential to be a great quarterback in the NFL. You’d also be crazy to expect him to perform like he’s been in the league for ten years during his rookie year. But it’s never easy for a guy who’s never struggled to get his confidence back after having his ass handed to him several times right off the bat – especially when you’re facing the media scrutiny in New York. I believe he’ll do it – but the question, as always, is when?
How long do you think it will take Sanchez to begin putting up the solid stats and consistent game-winning performances the Jets are hoping for? This year? Next year? Never?? I think you’ll see a marked improvement the second half of his rookie season. I think he has the skills, the demeanor, the support of his teammates, and the coaching he needs to learn fast and bring it all together. I wanna know what you guys think. Leave your opinions in the comments and let us know if and when Sanchez will start coming around for the Jets.