Posted by Michael David Smith on October 18, 2011, 6:44 AM EDT
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez passed for one touchdown and ran for another
in Monday night’s win over the Dolphins, and afterward he exuded confidence
that the Jets are going in the right direction.
“It’s just what we needed,” Sanchez said. “We’re back on track.”
But are they really? And is he really?
Sanchez did play well on the two touchdown drives, and he also marched the
Jets down the field on a 13-play, 79-yard drive that resulted in a field
goal. But the Jets’ other eight offensive drives all ended in punts, and on
six of those eight drives the Jets gained five yards or less.
Sorry, Sanchez, but if you’re an NFL quarterback whose offense just got
through a game in which the majority of its drives yielded five yards or
less, you’re not supposed to say you’re “back on track” afterward.
And Sanchez still has his problems: He gets happy feet in the pocket and
misses a lot of throws. His completion rate of 56.1 percent ranks him 26th
in the NFL.
But Sanchez never loses his confidence.
“I was just telling guys on the sideline, ‘Stay with it. Just keep
fighting, keep fighting, we’re gonna blow this thing open, I promise. We’ll
get the running game going, we’ll get this thing rolling, I promise,’ ”
Sanchez may think he’s back on track, but he hasn’t delivered on that