Despite an interception in the red zone and an embarrassing fumble, the New York Jets will still continue to start Mark Sanchez. He’ll be facing the Arizona Cardinals next week, and it’s an obvious statement from Rex Ryan because of the injury to Tim Tebow (two fractured ribs). I just find what Ryan said interesting.
“Mark will be the starting quarterback this week and we’ll go from there,” Ryan said.
“We’ll go from there.”
That’s the part that is interesting in the “Let’s make a headline like the New York media” way. Because how are the Jets going to go from there? If Sanchez plays poorly against Arizona and things progress for Tebow on the health front, the will the Jets finally make the move? I highly doubt it, but this is one of the first times that Ryan has left things a little bit open.
Sanchez needs to be at his best next week against one of the league’s best pass defense against Arizona, because they feature top DBs like Patrick Peterson, Kerry Rhodes, and Adrian Wilson. The Cards pass rush is also very good, whereas Sanchez has been the least accurate QB in the league this season when under pressure.
It’s obvious to start Sanchez right now, because he isn’t quite as bad as people think. But he just played a poor game against the Patriots despite the 301 passing yards, because he made poor plays during the most crucial moments of the game. That fumble was just downright embarrassing, and Rex Grossman would have been proud of his interception to Steve Gregory. He did play well the week before against the St. Louis Rams, so there is some hope that he can survive against a tougher NFC West secondary.
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