While questions inevitably remain around Mark Sanchez, today Rex Ryan shared how impressed he was with Sanchez. According to ESPN NY, Ryan said Sanchez’s play was “really outstanding in most of the game.”
“(Mark) was accurate with the football. Our protection was good,” Ryan said.
Sanchez went 16-for-20 for 190 yards and a touchdown after halftime in the team’s 29-26 overtime loss to the New England Patriots.
But it was his game-ending lost fumble that will ultimately end up overshadowing what was an impressive performance overall.
Brian Bassett, theJetsBlog.comAnd that’s just it. Even though Sanchez threw for over 300 yards during the game and was accurate against a bad secondary, it was those few plays that he had to have that didn’t go his way that ended up killing the Jets.
To win the game, the Jets had to throw it … that was the one big weakness that the Patriots had and the Jets would have been crazy to not expose it as they did. The run game did better than expected, but still was never going to win the Jets the game, whether or not Powell, Greene, McKnight or whoever else was available. For that reason but it’s hard to fault the Jets for throwing it as much as they did.
So for that reason the game was going to hinge on Sanchez. We knew that and talked about that during last week’s podcast specifically. Sanchez did play well, but he was unable to get the group to come through in the clutch for the win. Schein talked last night on the Jets Postgame Live broadcast that he thinks Sanchez is regressing. I would wholly disagree. If anything he regressed after the Bills game but now that his offense has stabilized he’s starting to move forward. What remains to be seen is how much more room for growth Sanchez’s game actually has. Will he make a breakthrough in his play on the whole or will he hit the ceiling?