Mark Sanchez's Dumb Statement
by Noah Weintraub
Aug 20, 2013 9:11 AM EDT
New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is coming off his worst season since his rookie year. Despite Sanchez’s performance last season, he made a stupid mistake by predicting he would win the starting quarterback job.
Sanchez has never been a great statistical quarterback. However, he has still been able to achieve some success with the Jets.
He led the Jets to consecutive American Football Conference (AFC) Championship Game appearances in 2009 and 2010. Unfortunately for Sanchez the Jets were focusing on last season’s performance on draft day.
Sanchez’s statistics last season were terrible; less than 3,000 passing yards, 13 touchdowns thrown, 18 interceptions thrown, nine fumbles lost, and a dreadful passer (QB) rating of 66.9. On draft day, the Jets showed they were unhappy with Sanchez’s performance by drafting West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith in the second round.
As soon as the Jets selected Smith in April, the starting quarterback competition officially began between Sanchez and Smith. Sanchez has been the favorite to win the job because Rex Ryan was part of the brain trust that drafted him in 2009.
When the media asked Sanchez who would win the job, he said he would ‘absolutely’ win the job, according to Manish Mehta of nydailynews.com. This bold statement will backfire in Sanchez’s face if he struggles like the last person to make a bold statement.
Prior to last season, Ryan said he had his best team in New York. Last season, the team had a 6-10 record in a disappointing season.
Sanchez would be better off spending less time talking to the media and more time improving his skills. Sanchez may start the season as quarterback because he is the incumbent, but Smith will most likely replace him at some point this season.