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Sanchez claims Jets are “back on track” after beating Dolphins

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez throws a pass in the second quarter against Dolphins in East Rutherford Reuters

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 said.

Sanchez may think he’s back on track, but he hasn’t delivered on that promise yet.

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71 Responses to “Sanchez claims Jets are “back on track” after beating Dolphins”
  1. edmazeing1 says: Oct 18, 2011 6:46 AM

    I wouldt get happy about beating miami, they need (Luck) the most if u no what I mean!!!

  2. ravenfan820 says: Oct 18, 2011 6:56 AM

    Amazing after a performance like that…..and that is exactly why he will never be even a good QB in this league and will be watching the playoffs from his couch this year.

  3. nyjetsholdupsbtrophyin2012 says: Oct 18, 2011 6:56 AM

    Beat San Diego this week then your back on track!!

  4. gobills716 says: Oct 18, 2011 6:57 AM

    yes, back on track to an 8-8 finish

  5. chuckyd317 says: Oct 18, 2011 6:57 AM

    They were terrible last night, if this is back on track then i’d hate to be a Jets fan…

  6. seneca1ss says: Oct 18, 2011 6:58 AM

    Jets chose “Shanchize” over Josh Freeman b/c “He was better for the NY market area”

    You mean the market responsible for all of America’s problems?

    Jesus of Nazareth at QB couldn’t help you guys

  7. sedcontra97 says: Oct 18, 2011 7:00 AM

    Back on track to .500? Way to go, Mark. Now go do a magazine shoot.

  8. supashug says: Oct 18, 2011 7:02 AM

    he looked downright awful, I wish the NFL had a way to change the game midseason when we are doomed to watch 2 horrific teams. That game sucked

  9. alewatcher says: Oct 18, 2011 7:05 AM

    If that’s the best they could do against Miami, then they are far from “back on track”. I see no playoffs this year for the Jets.

  10. joj0420 says: Oct 18, 2011 7:10 AM

    back on track? when was he ever on in the first place? 1st round bust hidden behind a great defense that leds the way.

  11. diablito0402 says: Oct 18, 2011 7:10 AM

    Miami gets everyone back on track this year!!

  12. cakemixa says: Oct 18, 2011 7:11 AM

    Remember that one 3rd and 3 where the Jets coaching staff had more confidence in LT throwing the ball than they did “Sanchize”? Lol, yeah, they are back on track!

  13. dirtdawg55 says: Oct 18, 2011 7:14 AM

    They struggle to beat a pathetic Dolphins team and only because they largely take the game out of Sanchez’s hands and he says “they are back on track”?

    Reminds me of the Kyle Boller days in Baltimore.

    Good luck trying to win games that count when you are game planning the whole time to figure out ways for your starting QB not to lose them.

  14. richm2256 says: Oct 18, 2011 7:16 AM

    “Back on track, we’re gonna blow this thing open, I promise”
    —————————————————————-

    Please.

    You scored a whopping TWO touchdowns on the Miami Dolphins.

    Shut the hell up.

    Signed,
    Every single football fan in America

  15. bertilfox says: Oct 18, 2011 7:17 AM

    He nearly didn’t pull out a game that his opponent was TRYING to lose. The ‘Phins are in the Luck-y catbird seat! They can’t blow that…even to a buffoon like Sanchize.

  16. pfailp8 says: Oct 18, 2011 7:19 AM

    some of the blame has to be put on the OC… dude is a joke.

  17. dsigrey says: Oct 18, 2011 7:20 AM

    Keep telling yourself that kid… Miami couldn’t do anything right last night, and you looked horrible. That could be your only win in the AFC East this season, relish it.

  18. sakatak says: Oct 18, 2011 7:26 AM

    arm strength?

  19. akulabug says: Oct 18, 2011 7:29 AM

    Yes Mark your right. Everything is just dandy in Jets land. Who’s up next East Carolina State?

  20. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 18, 2011 7:30 AM

    “Sanchez claims Jets are ‘back on track’ after beating Dolphins”…

    ———————————————————-

    Uh-mm, yeah.

    Too bad the Jets can’t play Miami every week.

    If they could then maybe their fans would have nothing to worry about.

    But I think Mark must have been watching some other game ‘cuz even though they won, they hardly looked impressive to me doing it.

    The Jets should have completely dominated and crushed a team like the Dolphins. But despite the final score, viewers outside Jets (homer) Nation will tell you the Jets didn’t come off as world beaters in that game.

    Not at all…

  21. joetoronto says: Oct 18, 2011 7:32 AM

    Rex has obviously rubbed off on Sanchez, he’s a true Jet now.

  22. khuxford says: Oct 18, 2011 7:38 AM

    You neglect to mention most of those worthless drives were in the opening of the game and that they finished the game much more strongly than your blog implies. Still…”we’re back” is a bit presumptuous, but there’s no need to try to spin to make things even worse than they were.

  23. test2402 says: Oct 18, 2011 7:39 AM

    Sanchez and Eli. No wonder wall street tried to kill this country. They have nothing to live for.

  24. turbodog1027 says: Oct 18, 2011 7:40 AM

    back on track? Sanchez is the worst starting QB in the NFL. That idiot in the stands with the hard hat is prob better than him. CAn’t wait for the Jets and fat ass Ryan to crash land

  25. steelerfan999 says: Oct 18, 2011 7:42 AM

    if the jags amd dolphins had good qbs,and dallas didnt give the game to the jets,they would be 0-6.what track is sanchez on????

  26. catman72 says: Oct 18, 2011 7:45 AM

    LOL, you beat the Dolphins… WOW!

  27. psdaleno says: Oct 18, 2011 7:49 AM

    i think those tighty whitys GQ spread cut off the circulation to ur brain.

  28. dopesimms says: Oct 18, 2011 7:55 AM

    Back on track? Let’s look over the game a little closer.

    The Jets didn’t score more than 7 points every quarter on the DOLPHINS. (How do you plan on beating the Patriots in their division by scoring 7 points a quarter?)

  29. scudbot says: Oct 18, 2011 7:56 AM

    Anybody else see the fans wearing full blown Rex Ryan costumes? Creepy.

  30. oscojoe says: Oct 18, 2011 7:57 AM

    Yea Right and Rex called me for a tryout!

  31. richm2256 says: Oct 18, 2011 7:57 AM

    khuxford says:
    Oct 18, 2011 7:38 AM
    You neglect to mention most of those worthless drives were in the opening of the game and that they finished the game much more strongly than your blog implies.
    —————————————————————-
    Finished the game “strongly”????

    They scored TWO TOUCHDOWNS ……. against the DOLPHINS!!!!!

    How bad must they have been in the “opening” of the game, then???

  32. tim1999 says: Oct 18, 2011 8:01 AM

    Jets won’t make the playoffs this year.

  33. vincentbojackson says: Oct 18, 2011 8:03 AM

    When you’re playing at home and are getting booed, it’s best not to act as if everything is going as planned.

  34. tiffpats4eva says: Oct 18, 2011 8:12 AM

    He’s right. They defeated a winless team who killed them in the first quarter.

    Why no Super Bowl guarantee?

  35. kenneallys06 says: Oct 18, 2011 8:12 AM

    Hmmmm . The jets are back on track after beating the Dolphins ????? Sanchez think before you speak they are the worst team in the nfl !!!!!

  36. richm2256 says: Oct 18, 2011 8:18 AM

    khuxford says:
    You neglect to mention most of those worthless drives were in the opening of the game and that they finished the game much more strongly than your blog implies.
    —————————————————————-
    This made me go back and recheck.

    The Yets had three drives in the first quarter; punt, punt, punt.

    They had four drives in the fourth quarter;
    Touchdown, punt, punt, punt.

    You’re right, they finished MUCH stronger than they started. They actually scored a touchdown on one of the four drives.

    Wooo Hooooooo, Super Bowl, baby!!!!!!!!!!

  37. norm says: Oct 18, 2011 8:22 AM

    Way to get Miami’s hopes up the first 20 minutes of the game. Playing all terrible like that.

    Oh wait, that wasn’t a joke?

  38. jpb12 says: Oct 18, 2011 8:24 AM

    Another sensational quote from the Jets.
    What a surprise.

    He’s going to the Hall

  39. stanmackley says: Oct 18, 2011 8:32 AM

    Can we please rewind back to those projecting the jets to win the division??? where are all the experts???

  40. whyalwaysthehate says: Oct 18, 2011 8:37 AM

    Sanchez has great pro-style quarterback mechanics and no problems taking a snap from center.

  41. ihatethejets23 says: Oct 18, 2011 8:40 AM

    Like the rest of the Jets, no one would ever make the mistake of calling Mark Sanchez bright.

  42. rodgerthat says: Oct 18, 2011 8:41 AM

    This is the first Jets game I have actually sat and watched in awhile and I do have to say watching that dude play quarterback is a painful experience. If he really is using that game to declare that they are back on track…..wow…… That Moore kid on the Dolphins looked way better from the QB perspective and he wasn’t very good. Jets have a solid D but that offense is a snooze button that only goes off about every 3 hours or so.

  43. nflfan1 says: Oct 18, 2011 8:49 AM

    Never has a team who has done so little talked so much. If that’s back on track every other team the Jets are playing the rest of the season must be excited. If Sanchez played in any other market than New York he wouldn’t even be in the discussion. He IS who most of us thought he was, HORRIBLE.

  44. blackdonnelly says: Oct 18, 2011 8:52 AM

    I am not convinced.

    Granted, the Phins could’ve played a bit harder and Matt Moore could’ve been better, but I for one am NOT sold on the Nyets being all there.

    The next 4 weeks will tell the story.

  45. scoops1 says: Oct 18, 2011 8:59 AM

    FireMan Ed needs to be banned from Jets Games

  46. ppdoc13 says: Oct 18, 2011 9:03 AM

    the jets are back to what?

  47. twindaddy says: Oct 18, 2011 9:05 AM

    Back on track? They don’t even know where the track is…

  48. supashug says: Oct 18, 2011 9:09 AM

    oh and btw LT didnt want to throw him the ball, he was open

  49. brutus9448 says: Oct 18, 2011 9:18 AM

    right now the phins are in suck for luck mode. Beating them doesn’t count. We’ll see how they do next week against the chargers.

  50. iamthefootballjerk says: Oct 18, 2011 9:20 AM

    Here is Mark Sanchez to a tee. He is Dan Marino without the football acumen. No brains with plenty of bravado.

  51. stanmackley says: Oct 18, 2011 9:37 AM

    the censorship on this comment feed is hilarious. whatever little slug is in charge of clicking his fat little finger on the mouse to review comments is sure doing some work this morning.

  52. ravensgrl says: Oct 18, 2011 9:38 AM

    That game was ugly.
    Sanchize’s comments make him seem so out of touch with reality… they have a lot of work to do to get back on track.

  53. xxwhodatxx says: Oct 18, 2011 9:48 AM

    Yea back on track, to what, below average performance, bad throws and decisions, terrible accuracy. Then yes you are back on track.

  54. oscojoe says: Oct 18, 2011 10:07 AM

    Same Old Yet’s!

  55. oscojoe says: Oct 18, 2011 10:08 AM

    As it always is for the Jet’s, all talk no results!

  56. blackdonnelly says: Oct 18, 2011 10:18 AM

    scudbot: Yep, we caught the camera shot of those 2 losers dressed as Rex Ryan in the stands last night – got it right down to the fake headsets. Those 2 poor souls truly need lives, and a tad of originality.

    Fireman Ed (the cat with the fireman’s lid who did the MNF intro last night) at least is tolerable, if not just a smidge off his rocker. Or one taco short of a combo plate……

  57. riverhorsey says: Oct 18, 2011 10:43 AM

    The jets won two games they should of lost, last night was one of them.

  58. nesportsfan0428 says: Oct 18, 2011 10:44 AM

    Good lord that game was painful to watch.

  59. n0hopeleft says: Oct 18, 2011 10:47 AM

    I can’t wait to smash Mark Sanchez in his mouth on Christmas Eve, in GIANTS stadium.

  60. n0hopeleft says: Oct 18, 2011 10:55 AM

    seneca1ss says:
    Oct 18, 2011 6:58 AM
    Jets chose “Shanchize” over Josh Freeman b/c “He was better for the NY market area”

    You mean the market responsible for all of America’s problems?

    Jesus of Nazareth at QB couldn’t help you guys

    _______________________________

    I’m not a Jets fan either, but you need to educate yourself, then calm down with blaming NY for all of America’s problems. Over half of the people that work here aren’t from here.

    And the last time I checked – the people that moved away from their families to work in this market are TWICE as motivated than some of the losers in this country.

  61. rtookey says: Oct 18, 2011 11:00 AM

    I just wanna personally congratulate the Jets for their amazing win last night against the 30th ranked team in the league… I mean, to purposely keep it as close as they did almost all game, and punting the ball away the same amount of times as the completed passes they had. Purely amazing.

    JETS, YOU’RE HORRIBLE, the only good thing about the team is Revis, who gets gifted by the Dolphins on every second play. How many times did they throw his way last night??? are you kidding me??? Throw SOMEWHERE else.

    I wish they would screen HORRIBLE games like this one from being a sunday/monday night game. Thank God for me I live in Canada so i can watch a hockey game instead of Rexs big headed, medioker talented band of losers…

  62. n0hopeleft says: Oct 18, 2011 11:06 AM

    test2402 says:
    Oct 18, 2011 7:39 AM
    Sanchez and Eli. No wonder wall street tried to kill this country. They have nothing to live for.

    _______________________________

    Let me guess this straight.

    Eli Manning gives Giants fans nothing to live for?

    1.) Superbowl Ring
    2.) MVP Trophy
    3.) Current running iron-man title
    4.) No criminal record or indictments
    5.) Consumate professional

    Giants fans have more to live for than almost any QB in the NFL. More than any in the NFC East – that’s for sure.

    NY Metro thanks you for NOT living here.

  63. habsman says: Oct 18, 2011 11:11 AM

    I feel sorry for Sanchez, I really do. All this negative backlash……I bet the only person who really understands Mark is his 17 year old girlfriend.

  64. twbartz says: Oct 18, 2011 11:33 AM

    The Jets look pathetic. They beat an unorganized win less team. Don’t celebrate yet…..Buffalo is charging at your door.

  65. marz64 says: Oct 18, 2011 11:38 AM

    I have been a JETS fan for many, many years…but even I have had it! Sanchez should be doing ALOT better than he is in his third year…I think Miami’s Moore looked better! JETS, if you want to win, just be quiet, get some new offensive plays (you are WAY too predictable!) and practice passing the darn ball ! As much as I have stuck by you, you are by NO means “back on track”.

  66. alltee says: Oct 18, 2011 11:41 AM

    as a die hard pats fans, im happy they think they are back on track

    after sand diego, buffalo, and new england, they will probably be out of the playoffs and predciting super bowl wins for next year

    they are a joke, and if miami recievers could catch a ball then mat moore would have destroyed them

    the more i watch revis the more i realise that he gets away with blatant penalties every game

  67. easytee68 says: Oct 18, 2011 11:51 AM

    Wow! Sure are plenty of Jets haters today! They won the game period. So what the Dolphins are garbage. There are alot of garbge teams with bad records playing good teams. Must be disgruntled Giants fans upset that the JETS are getting more coverage than Big Blue! You know that team that fakes injuries because they are tired.. The JETS are here to stay get used to it! You all were talking the same smack 2 years in a row and both seasons the JETS made it to the AFC championship! Where were the Giants?? People have alot to say about a team so hated!!

  68. easytee68 says: Oct 18, 2011 11:54 AM

    alltee you are a die hard PATS fan and thats exactly what the PATS have done..DIED HARD AT THE HANDS OF THE NY JETS! Can’t dispute that now can you!

  69. RexCanCoach says: Oct 18, 2011 11:56 AM

    Oh Lord what an awful game. Jets were lucky in this one, lucky that the Dolphins are soooo bad they would be a 2 pt. underdog to Don Bosco Prep in NJ (look em up).

    Beat the Padres and the Bills and go into the home game vs. Patriots at 5-3 and then we can talk about being back on track, okay Sanchez??

  70. pats63718 says: Oct 19, 2011 12:10 AM

    Sanchez is bottom of barrell qb…defense has been winning factor for jets…unfortunately for jets fans…rest of the league is onto them…and rex…sold the house for wrong qb…thats on trex!!

  71. monropoobah says: Oct 19, 2011 5:36 AM

    seneca1ss says:
    Oct 18, 2011 6:58 AM
    Jets chose “Shanchize” over Josh Freeman b/c “He was better for the NY market area”

    You mean the market responsible for all of America’s problems?

    ———————————————-

    wow. that’s handy huh? let’s pick a geographic area and throw blame for ALL OF AMERICA’S PROBLEMS. people say a lot of stupid things on here but this one leaves me absolutely speechless. (though a few phrases come to mind; clueless knuckle dragging redneck etc.)
    you know at the top of the pft page there’s a place where you can choose to go BY TEAM. why not pick a different one?

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