Can’t Even Win at Losing
Brian Bassett , theJetsBlog.com
That play was a perfect encapsulation of the career of Mark Sanchez and I’ll explain why, but first check the this introduction to an article in the Star-Ledger about the play in question.
Brandon Moore didn’t understand the particular fascination with this one turnover when the Jets committed five on the night.
Seriously? Maybe it was just because he had his back to the play, but how can he not get the fascination over the play?
Down two scores quickly due to some unfortunate circumstances and with the game now on the line, the Jets needed to score on that drive – and hopefully score a touchdown. The question was “how does this offense respond?” Will they abandon the run with plenty of time remaining in the game, or keep their grinding mentality going and maybe put together a plodding drive to get them back in the game.
Of course we didn’t even have time to answer that question.
Because according to Mark Sanchez he was wrong about the play he had just called. Here’s Sanchez’s postgame remarks.
I was thinking a different play in my head, (so it was) just a mental error there. So as soon as I realized there was nobody to hand it to I started to run toward the line and tried to cover it up and just get down, and I slid right into Brandon Moore. That was kind of an unfortunate deal there. I’m not a big believer in luck, but that was pretty unlucky. It was really too bad.
I didn’t see any quotes from Hilliard or what his read on the play was, so we’ll take Sanchez at his word on this one for now. Of course, even if it was Hilliard’s fault …
Here’s the real point and the real reason for the fascination on the play, Brandon … again Sanchez’s own words.
[It was unlucky] just sliding right into [Moore]. I was just trying to get down, the play was over, just say uncle and do the right thing. And go back, second-and-ten, and fight another down and then the thing came out, so you just have to take care of the ball.
**EVEN ON A BUSTED PLAY, MARK SANCHEZ CAN’T EVEN CONCEDE DEFEAT CORRECTLY.**