Today: Jul 16, 2024

Sports Commentary: Mark San-Choke

Andrew Anastasio  – Sports Writer

The heavily biased New York Jet’s head coach Rex Ryan is refusing a quarterback switch, despite another abysmal performance put forth by fourth year quarterback, Mark Sanchez.  “I believe Mark is the answer,” were the words spoken verbatim by Ryan in his post game press conference last Sunday when the team was embarrassed by San Francisco, 34-0.

Sanchez barely passed the 100-yard mark, completing only 13-29 passes for 103 yards and one interception.

So far this season, Sanchez is 63-128 for 813 yards, with five touchdowns and four interceptions. His 49.2 completion rating certainly isn’t helping the Jets cause.

The road doesn’t get any easier for Sanchez who will face the Houston Texans this Monday night in the Meadowlands. The Texans are currently ranked second in passing defense, allowing just 183 yards per game through the air in the first four weeks of the season. Not to mention, the team is also ranked second in the league in total defense, allowing only 273 yards per game.

It’s safe to say that the Houston defense shouldn’t face any issues matching up against a mediocre New York Jets offense ranked 28th in the league. Even on the other side of the ball, the Texans explosive offense behind elusive running back Arian Foster and wide receiver Andre Johnson, should soar in the running and passing game against a sluggish defensive attack the Jets possess.

Ryan said the Jets coaching staff is to blame for their early season miscues. With that said, the integrity of the players should also raise a red flag for the Jets coaching staff, particularly the injury to Santonio Holmes last Sunday.

Holmes went down with a foot injury that sidelined him for the rest of the game. During that play, Sanchez hit Holmes on the sideline, and just as Holmes proceeded to cut up field, he lost his footing and tossed the ball forward. The play ended up being ruled a fumble which San Francisco cornerback Carlos Rogers picked up and returned for a touchdown.

Whether you follow the Jets or not, you’re probably aware of the tension and frustration that still exists within the team. Holmes had issues with Sanchez dating back to last season. If a wide receiver and quarterback have issues, they’re not going to coexist within the offense.

The finger can be pointed in several directions in regards to the Jets futile offense. Sanchez needs to prove himself worthy of his rookie season nickname, “San-Chize.” Completing fewer than fifty percent of passes, on top of consistent turnovers will certainly not help a team succeed

It may be time for Tim Tebow to use some of his leadership skills to help keep the team together. Whether or not the Jets decide to give Tebow the starting job is a mystery. One thing is for sure though, he can’t play any worse than what Sanchez has the past couple of weeks.

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