New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez hasn’t had seasons like 2012 before in his career. In 2009 and 2010, Sanchez led his team to the AFC Championship game, but the game didn’t fall in the Jets’ favor. After the 2010 season, Sanchez never seemed to be the same – he became inaccurate and inefficient.
The Jets had their downs in the 2012 season. Sanchez had his horrifying moments – do I need to describe the “Butt Fumble?” He had his worst game of the season when he threw four costly interceptions against the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football.
Sanchez’s career percentage of completion is 55.1, just over half – not a good rate for a starting (caliber) quarterback. He was eventually replaced in the lineup by third string quarterback Greg McElroy (Tebow was injured). McElroy started for one game for Rex Ryan, to observe the abilities of his perhaps future starter.
So, has Sanchez he hit rock bottom, or is there still time to regain his mojo from the two AFC Championship years?
The time for developing and regrouping is now. Sanchez needs to focus on his intermediate accuracy, anticipation, mental capability, and leadership role. He will be working on that in training camp, and if he beats out rookie Geno Smith, he will have the opportunity to be an efficient quarterback.
Rex Ryan chose to keep Sanchez on the roster due to the lack of other quarterbacks. He has plenty time to develop the skills of him and recover his 2010 self. As of now, Sanchez is very close to rock bottom, but there is time to rise from the ashes of misfortune, and in the face of pressure, perform well.