I’ll address the substance of your points:
1) Pointing out that Sanchez was 9th in TDs in 2009 is basically the one stat you can cherry pick to make him look anything but bad. Purely looking at TDs is absurdly reductive, of course, but if you insist: In 2009, he was 25th; in 2010, he was 19th; in 2012, he was 25th.
Also, keep in mind that Sanchez hasn’t missed a start other than Week 16 of this year, while the bottom tier of these rankings is populated by quarterbacks who have missed games either because of injuries or being benched. Given this, the fact that Sanchez ranks low so consistently in a “counting stat” like TDs reflects even worse upon him.
Even if touchdowns are your preferred stat (which they shouldn’t be), the point remains that he’s been awful across the board: In TDs, in completion percentage, in Total QBR, you name it.
2) You assert that the Jets’ pass protection was terrible this past year. That’s not true.
Pro Football Focus has a stat called pressure percentage, which counts the percentage of a quarterback’s dropbacks on which he faces pressure. This past year, only seven quarterbacks faced LESS pressure than Sanchez did. In 2011, only six quarterbacks did. In 2010, only five quarterbacks did. In 2009, only four.
Many quarterbacks who have had much more success than Sanchez have had much less time to throw the ball.
3) I’m with you that Sanchez was put in a bad position with Sparano this year. The personnel at the skilled positions abandoned him too: Holmes’ missing the bulk of the season, and Keller’s never returning to form, were killer.
But to absolve him of blame this year because it was a new system ignores the fact that he had three years to make Schottenheimer’s system work, and couldn’t. This is what compelled the Jets to can Schotty and get Sparano.
So, sure, Schotty and Sparano both deserve a decent share of blame. But the common thread running through them, and through Tannenbaum’s personnel, has been Sanchez: The quarterback who has to his name with three statistically awful seasons and one merely below-average one.
Posted on January 3rd, 2013 11:23am