Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has taken a lot of criticism from fans and the media. But he says he has no doubt that within the locker room, he has unconditional support.
Asked at his press conference today if he is confident that everyone in the locker room supports him, Sanchez answered, “Absolutely, no question.”
Sanchez offered a similar answer when asked if he thinks he has improved during his three-year NFL career.
“No question, absolutely,” Sanchez said. “Whether it’s defensive recognition or clock management and stuff like that, understanding the offense and the system, I’m light years ahead, so it’s been a great run so far and we’re not done yet. Hopefully, we’ll get a win and see what happens.”
But watching Sanchez, it’s hard to see how he has really improved in terms of his defensive recognition and clock management. He still makes too many mental mistakes, and he wastes timeouts too often to claim he has improved at clock management.
Ball security is also a huge problem for Sanchez, who fumbled 10 times in his rookie year, nine times last year and has fumbled 10 times this year. Those ball security problems were largely overlooked in his first two seasons because the Jets recovered seven of his 10 fumbles his rookie year and eight of his nine fumbles his second year. But this year the Jets have only recovered two of Sanchez’s 10 fumbles, and the problem of a quarterback who puts the ball on the ground too much has become more apparent.
Ultimately, Sanchez probably got too much credit when the Jets got to back-to-back AFC Championship Games in his first two years, and now he’s probably getting too much blame for the Jets likely missing the playoffs.
“We went to the AFC Championship two years in a row, so there is only one more step to make really, win that game and then go win the Super Bowl,” Sanchez said. “With those expectations, that’s fine. When things don’t go right, people are going to immediately question me.”
No one said playing quarterback for the New York Jets would be easy.