John Clayton thinks young NFL QB’s need to be more dynamic and make bigger, longer plays. I’m in agreement with him to a certain extent. Clearly Mark Sanchez needs to improve in his completion percentage and accuracy. However it’s hard for a QB to generate rhythm and consistency when he’s being held back. Schotty held Mark back because lets face it, Mark’s been inconsistent up until this point. In order for Mark to be that main guy, the coaching staff are going to have to let him take the reigns and grow through total trial and error as the captain of the ship. Any apprehension will result in a lack of rhythm and consistency.
It’s a little surprising that Sanchez had only a 6.5-yard average. On any given play, he could have thrown to a proven 60-reception pass-catcher — Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, LaDainian Tomlinson, Dustin Keller or Jerricho Cotchery. The Jets ranked as the fourth-worst team for yards after the catch, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Clearly, more downfield plays will be needed this year.
Where I disagree with Clayton is the focus he puts on big plays. Sure their exciting but their not necessarily needed. A solid short to intermediate (accurate) passing game can suffice just fine. Also, when you have 4 60+ catch guys with big egos it can be a tedious task distributing football accordingly. One thing Jets fans have seen is Mark has the “gunslinger” mentality in him. Jets fans have seen the razzle dazzle in spurts, we’ve seen him put the team on his back periodically. Now with more time, more confidence from the coaching staff and a better understanding of the pro game. Mark Sanchez could be a really good QB in this league.
Source : ESPN John Clayton