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.