Suddenly, Jets' QB Sanchez Is Back On Earth

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The Jets blew a 10 point lead and the chance to win in overtime. Those supposed “fans” that fought outside the stadium will wake up with a problem worst than the Jets losing in overtime.

[Black Star Sports]

On a blustery day at the Meadowlands yesterday, rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez had his baptism of fire, throwing five interceptions. The best thing about the Jets’ 16-13 overtime loss to the Buffalo Bills was when the final whistle blew.

“You’re not going to win too many games throwing five picks,” said head coach Rex Ryan about Sanchez’s performance. “I thought about pulling him, but I still believe in him. I thought momentum was heading our way; but it never happened.”

Three weeks ago he was a hero; now there is talk of pulling the former USC star?

In overtime, the Jets won the coin toss and elected to receive the ball. The Jets promptly marched down the field after a 33 yard run by all-purpose offensive utility man Leon Washington, which set the Jets on the 29 yard line. Tight end Ben Hartsock was called for a holding penalty—still the Jets were poised to end the game on a 46 yard field goal attempt by kicker Jay Feely. The kicker earlier tied the Jets’ franchise record for 24 consecutive field goals. He had a chance to set a new record at 25, but he missed a 44 yard field goal with four seconds at half-time.

Surely he would do the right time and atone in overtime? Sturdy offensive line to protect him. What could go wrong? A bobbled ball! Steve Weatherford was the holder for Feely, but he misplayed the ball, got up from his stance and threw a prayer in the twirling wind. His prayer wasn’t answered. The Bills intercepted the ball.

“We did a heck of a job on offense with the running game,” commented Sanchez on the spectacular day that running back Thomas Jones enjoyed; he set the Jets’ franchise record of rushing for 210 yards and a 71 yards run. “These coaches and the guys on this team are putting way too much time for this to be the result,” he said and added. “I have to figure it out, work harder, work smarter, and play a heck of a lot better. It was just embarrassing – it was really bad.”

No need to finger point the problem entirely on Sanchez’s shoulder.

If Jets’ safety James Ihedigbo hadn’t punched Derek Fine of the Bills during the Jets’ first drive of overtime, then that penalty wouldn’t have occurred. If Hartsock hadn’t held his defender or if the umpires had turned a blind eye to every costly penalty by the Jets, then those fans outside the stadium that got caught up in a fight after the game while waiting for the train, would have gone home with a smile and a cheery disposition for the next day.

The Jets blew a 10 point lead and the chance to win in overtime. Those supposed “fans” that fought outside the stadium will wake up with a problem worst than the Jets losing in overtime.

The Jets’ record drops to 3-3. Oakland is next week, and then the resurgent Miami Dolphins; it’s going to be a tough few weeks for Sanchez.

“When you have a lot of penalties and a lot of turnovers and plays that get called back, just a lot of misfortunes in the game, you’re not going to win,” said Jones.

“It’s the NFL. If you turn the ball over and you get penalties, you’re not going to win. That’s the bottom line.”


 

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