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Jets quarterbacks coach faults Sanchez for “poor decision-making”

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Actions speak louder than words; the Jets proved that by trading for quarterback/punt protector/dog-name-changer Tim Tebow.

But when it comes to the flaws of starter Mark Sanchez, the words are there, too.  Most recently, they came from his position coach, Matt Cavanaugh.

“There were turnovers that were not his fault that were credited to him,” Cavanaugh told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.  “But there were enough that playing that position he needs to cut some of those down.  Most of them came from just poor decision-making.”

The goal, then, is to get Sanchez to be more careful with the ball.  “I spent a lot of time with him talking about ‘Let’s get focused on managing the game,'” Cavanaugh said. “Taking the big plays when they’re there (and) understanding that . . . even though it’s drawn up to be a touchdown, not every play has to be a touchdown.  Not every play has to be a completion.  Sometimes throwing it away is a good thing.  Sometimes taking a sack is better than throwing an interception.”

The deeper point to which Cavanaugh is speaking is Sanchez’s overall ability to get and remain, as Cavanaugh said it, “focused.”  As FOX’s Jay Glazer said in a recent appearance on PFT Live, the Jets hope that the presence of Tebow (Glazer called it “football Ritalin“) will keep Sanchez focused continuously, since Sanchez knows that the Jets now have a viable alternative.

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  1. monosylab1k says: May 13, 2012 10:27 PM

    If Tim Tebow is considered a “viable alternative” to you, you suck.

  2. rtl1984 says: May 13, 2012 10:27 PM

    I would love to see tebow strip the starting job away from him. And I don’t really like tebow.

    Steeler fan.

  3. deadeye says: May 13, 2012 10:28 PM

    I see, but it isn’t a bad decision to stick with Sanchez?

  4. redguy12588 says: May 13, 2012 10:28 PM

    Next season, Mark Sanchez will probably put up Trent Dilfer like stats, and the Jets will be better for it.

  5. forthelove says: May 13, 2012 10:32 PM

    ‘Let’s get focused on managing the game,’

    Ringing endorsement.

  6. coop16 says: May 13, 2012 10:33 PM

    Sanchez isn’t terrible, but he’s the epitome of the “hot and cold” quarterback, and I don’t see any evidence that he’s gotten more consistent over the years he’s been in the NFL. Some guys are just like that. It could be worse — he has his moments, and there are teams whose QBs just flat-out suck pretty much all the time. But Sanchez isn’t the kind of QB I’d want to pin my hopes on, either.

  7. Gordon says: May 13, 2012 10:33 PM

    So they’re basically saying he is a game manager.

  8. benh999 says: May 13, 2012 11:09 PM

    Let’s lay off poor Sanchez. It’s not like he is entering his fourth year in the NFL. He still needs time to mature.

  9. itssocoldinthed says: May 13, 2012 11:18 PM

    that whole “stafford vs sanchez” argument from a couple seasons ago is so laughable now, although its not all his fault. even though he could have used more seasoning, sanchez was right to come out after his junior year because every scout in the league would have realized he deserved more of a 2nd/3rd round grade.

  10. smokinjoes91 says: May 13, 2012 11:19 PM

    So much non-news news is reported on Tim Tebow..

    And yet, people flock in masses to read/watch/hear it.

    Tebowmania is a cultural phenomena, and some people know how to cash in on it.

  11. 1122world says: May 13, 2012 11:21 PM

    He’ll play.
    He has no choice.
    Best games he ever had we’re in the playoffs under pressure.
    He’ll have his best season – play out of his pants.

    His problem is, he’s thinking everyrhing else but football during regular season games. He’s never been pushed.

    Hence the focus prod.

    Tebow is the hot iron that just branded his back and never cools down.

    Time to Grow UP kido and be great.

  12. tfbuckfutter says: May 13, 2012 11:21 PM

    “Sometimes taking a sack is better than throwing an interception.”

    Only sometimes, huh?

    Good insight there chief.

    Out of curiosity, in which situation would you say an interception is a better outcome than a sack?

    On the occasional 4th down throw when it becomes a question of field position?

    So….virtually ALL the time it’s better to take a sack than throw an interception?

  13. gdfbar says: May 13, 2012 11:22 PM

    I am not a huge fan of Sanchez, but the Jets have done him no favors since he got there. They want to be a run first team, but their best running back is the very average Shonn Greene. Of course, you are going to have to throw more when he is your best back. Their best WR is Santonio Holmes, who given his career up to this point seems to be no better than a high end number 2. There isn’t a lot behind Holmes either. Sanchez is running an offense with average players at all of the skill positions, and a line with a few holes. That doesn’t even touch on the toxic locker room that the staff almost seems to have gone out of their way to cultivate. He is a young QB, and has improved statistically every year. I don’t think that he has the tools to be a top 10 starter, but if you gave him something to work with he might be good enough to serve as a very solid starter for a number of years.

  14. 1972wasalongtimeago says: May 13, 2012 11:24 PM

    Sanchez plays badly. They start Tebow. Tebow plays worse.

    Then what?

  15. raiderapologist says: May 13, 2012 11:28 PM

    Tebow should have changed his dog’s name to Dirty Sanchez. Or Jesus. No matter where he ends up, those names work. Even “Horseface” or “Diogee” would be better choices than “Bronco”. Shame on Tebow for upstaging Sanchez through the simple act of not being smart enough to give his dog a decent name.

  16. ravenmuscle says: May 13, 2012 11:32 PM

    Sanchez better mature soon or Rexy will be opening a hamburger joint in Baltimore as his full time job.

  17. realnflmaster says: May 13, 2012 11:33 PM

    He beat Manning and Brady on the road in the playoffs. Then he loses at home to worthless teams like Miami at home.

    Makes no sense. Get consistent before we start calling for Tebow.

  18. blacknole08 says: May 13, 2012 11:35 PM

    I honestly think brian schottenheimer had a lot to do with sanchezs decline last eason. He didn’t p lay to sanchez strentghs and the play calling was just awful in general.

  19. MichaelEdits says: May 13, 2012 11:39 PM

    Whether you love Coach Ryan or hate him — no middle ground allowed — you must admit he’s decisive. If The Sanchize is not, well, there are 31 other teams. Well, 30. We probably don’t want him in Carolina.

  20. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: May 13, 2012 11:41 PM

    Rexy knows that Mark will be the starter because he can nail the pretty passes when it counts!

  21. cmdrsmooth says: May 13, 2012 11:45 PM

    Big year for Sanchez, hope he delivers his playoff skills in the regular season. Wish they had Matt Flynn as the back up just in case he can’t do it or is injured.

  22. craigd1zzle says: May 13, 2012 11:46 PM

    You don’t trade up to number 5 to get a game manger. He’s a bust, and complete garbage. Sorryz

  23. patpatriotagain says: May 13, 2012 11:47 PM

    back to “managing the game”? last year i thought rexy was raving about how he was “elite”, and he was “going to be doing audibles”. the jets now have the two worst qb’s in the division – including backups

  24. spellingcops says: May 13, 2012 11:49 PM

    So they’re basically saying he is a game manager.
    ————-
    No, they’re hoping he can be good enough to be considered a game manager.

  25. howardforvezina says: May 13, 2012 11:53 PM

    Sanchez came in over-hyped, USC does not have a good track record with QBs why did NYJ ever draft him, not his fault if h he needs a contract.

  26. biggestredmiami says: May 13, 2012 11:55 PM

    Wow, he must be a really smart guy for pointing this one out.

  27. stevenfbrackett says: May 13, 2012 11:55 PM

    Tebow – a viable alternative? Seriously?

    Okay, a viable alternative to having no QB at all, but that’s about it.

    Sanchez may run hot and cold but even in his worst game he never had a 24% passing success rate as Tebow did in a game last year. Nor did he ever have games where he only passed 8 times. 8 – and Tebow missed 6 of them!

    But then, the Jets always go for flash over substance whenever they have to make a decision.

  28. zinn22 says: May 14, 2012 12:08 AM

    If not for Gabbert Sanchez would easily be the worst starting QB in the NFL.

    Snchez is inaccurate, unable to read defenses, makes poor decisions, panics when under pressure, takes sacks at a much higher rate than almost every other QB. He can only complete passes when his WR is wide open. Hence why he does well on play action and in the 2 minute offense when he can check down to uncovered receivers.

    Sanchez simply cannot play tackle football. He is not tough up. he cannot stand in the pocket and make plays. He constantly plays scared. He might be a great touch football player but he is not a NFL QB.

  29. captfoxboro says: May 14, 2012 12:09 AM

    Pats fan here …

    Yo Matt Cavanaugh …

    I was witness to YOUR game time decision making back in the day .

    Enough said .

  30. pisano says: May 14, 2012 12:15 AM

    Poor decision making? how about an overrated and overpaid SUPPOSED QB?

  31. kingcarlbanks says: May 14, 2012 12:30 AM

    Only the Jets would try to motivate a mediocre quarterback, with wait for it…. a mediocre quarterback..

  32. massappeal12345 says: May 14, 2012 12:43 AM

    Man, this is a great offseason.

    Please, please put the jets on Hard Knocks…please

  33. tatum064 says: May 14, 2012 12:59 AM

    rtl1984 says:
    May 13, 2012 10:27 PM
    I would love to see tebow strip the starting job away from him. And I don’t really like tebow.

    Steeler fan.

    ———————-

    Tebow back to pass…..hits Demariyus Thomas….touchdown…its OVER!!!!!!

    i cant get enough of that highlight!!!!!!

    and i dont really like Tebow, either.

  34. hooterdawg says: May 14, 2012 1:02 AM

    Jim Harbaugh basically revived Alex Smith’s career with better coaching. Where is the better coaching with the Jets? Does Tony Sparano have a track record for turning QBs around?

  35. backindasaddle says: May 14, 2012 1:04 AM

    They’re f***ing with his head. He’s either going to step up and perform or he’s going to become paranoid and go into a shell. I think these coaches are going to stress him out too much and he’s going to go into a shell. He’s now got Tebow breathing down his neck, the constant NY media circus, and now he understands that the coaches are ready to throw him under the bus. Good luck my boy….. you’re work is cut out for you.

  36. duncanthecat says: May 14, 2012 1:08 AM

    If you want more of the same, Grossman will be available soon.

  37. jaggedmark says: May 14, 2012 1:30 AM

    The goal, then, is to get Sanchez to be more careful with the ball.
    ——————————————-
    More careful? He rarely throws the ball further than 10 yards as it is.

  38. rawgator06 says: May 14, 2012 1:43 AM

    Remember, guys, the Sanchize is the Jets savior and Joe Flacco is, according to Joe Flacco, the best quarterback in the league. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am basking in this era of football history- the Flacco- Sanchez Era

  39. craigmaitland says: May 14, 2012 1:59 AM

    I don’t like the JETS but it’s not alway the Qbs fault. Watching games last yr the play designs were horrible. Wayne Hunter has to be the worst RT in football. And often times you could see the receivers were zigging when they should have been zagging. No run game, 1 diva wr, bad coaching.

  40. thegreatestofalltimes says: May 14, 2012 2:00 AM

    Translation to Sanchez:

    “I know you want to be the big bad gunslinger who throws dozens of TDs, but PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD do NOT throw more than 15 yards down-field unless you have a wide-open target with the nearest defender at least 5 yards away. After 3 years in the NFL, we can tell the future when you do so, and it ain’t a pretty one.”

    No offense to Sanchez, but that’s how I read things.

  41. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: May 14, 2012 2:06 AM

    Unfortunately for the Jets, good, and especially quick, decision making is more of an innate ability than a learned one. Sanchez can learn to hold back, but by that point he’s probably going to be playing tentatively, over-thinking things, holding onto the ball too long. And Tebow can’t read defenses well to begin with. Jets need to look at the type of quarterbacks they have, and find someone who is the antithesis of that.

  42. thenepatsguy says: May 14, 2012 2:16 AM

    The Jets are desperate and need Tebow to push a 5th overall Qb from the draft.

  43. jeziyo247 says: May 14, 2012 2:30 AM

    Viable alternative? Boy this suck for Sanchez, he’s being threatened by tebow. It’ll probably be better for him to just give the title to tebow and start somewhere else than to just lose it to him and be out of a starting job permanently. Look at orton, once he lost his starting job to tebow, he signed on as a backup, so did brady Quinn.

  44. maximusprime107 says: May 14, 2012 3:19 AM

    This is the season we’ll find out if Sanchez can play in this league or if he’s a phony. Most quarterbacks take time to develop and that 4th year is the year we’ll find out. He took quite a few steps backwards last year, and while he does deserve some of the blame, he doesn’t deserve all of it. He had plenty of help his first 2 years (run game and a top defense) and he had neither of those things last year. So now he needs to decide if he can take on a more hands on role in the offense or if he can’t handle it

  45. latenightroach says: May 14, 2012 3:42 AM

    Jets fans don’t have to worry about Sanchez throwing picks anymore. With Sparano there as OC now every play will be three yards and a cloud of dust, and the reward will be a fist pumps for field goals.

  46. ksm31311 says: May 14, 2012 3:56 AM

    The circus is coming to NY/NJ…

  47. monropoobah says: May 14, 2012 4:36 AM

    eli manning was still getting raked over the coals for poor play a lot of the time during his fourth year. i’m just sayin. NOT saying sanchez is or can be eli. just don’t know yet

  48. wesleyhuffstatler says: May 14, 2012 5:43 AM

    “Get better or get out”, New York.

  49. cooklynn17 says: May 14, 2012 5:59 AM

    monropoobah says: May 14, 2012 4:36 AM

    eli manning was still getting raked over the coals for poor play a lot of the time during his fourth year. i’m just sayin. NOT saying sanchez is or can be eli. just don’t know yet
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    No, we already know bro, Sanchez sucks.

  50. 315judman says: May 14, 2012 6:16 AM

    This Bills fan is looking forward to watching the Jets this year.

  51. pftcensorssuck says: May 14, 2012 6:57 AM

    @monropoobah:

    To compare Mark Sanchez’s first three years to Eli Manning’s is a clear indication that you know NOTHING about football…….. and I don’t even LIKE Eli Manning.

    Go to Wikipedia and doa little research on Manning’s 2004-2007 seasons before you say something this stupid.

    Yes, Eli was being criticized for inconsistent play, but he had already shown flashes of brilliance that Mark Sanchez can’t even dream of yet – I don’t care how many playoff games his team has won with him.

    Sanchez can’t carry Eli Manning’s lunchbox, and that’s BEFORE he became a 2-time Super Bowl MVP.

  52. EliIsElite says: May 14, 2012 7:01 AM

    Ive been a giants fan for 30 years, but unlike other giants fans I kinda always root for the jets (unless them winning hurts big blue in any way)… I ignore rex ryans bluster/drama and see past that..

    Anyways, Sanchez looked absolutely terrible last year. The 2 years before last he looked fairly decent. I mean he still was only an average qb the 2 years before last, but he made some really nice downfield throws in pressure situations.

    Last year was just horrible though. Mike Francesca calls it Sanchez’ patented “chuck and duck” “deer in the headlights” look where hes so afraid of getting hit, he throws a stinker of a ball.

    Anyways, for dramas sake it would be entertaining to see Tebow really do well and compete for the job, but I don’t think Sanchez should be written off so soon.. Last season was horrible but the poor kid was getting absolutely throttled due to the OL’s inability to protect him.

    Its easy for coaches to scream “Manage the game Sanchez” at him but its hard to manage the game when you are getting punched in the mouth,head,abdomen and knees..

    Good luck to Sanchez. I’ll have my popcorn ready.

    Sincerely,

    Big Brother Blue

  53. jvm310 says: May 14, 2012 7:22 AM

    this is awesome! 3 pts and a fist pump!

  54. truthhurtstoo says: May 14, 2012 7:22 AM

    I wonder if they are still color coding his playbook? This offense will be lucky to score 13 points per game this season.

    Fist
    Pump!

  55. infectorman says: May 14, 2012 8:56 AM

    monropoobah says: May 14, 2012 4:36 AM

    eli manning was still getting raked over the coals for poor play a lot of the time during his fourth year. i’m just sayin. NOT saying sanchez is or can be eli. just don’t know yet

    ____

    interestting point; at least half of NYC wanted Eli bounced out of town prior to SN 42. Y’all can say differently now, but it was clear, New Yorkers were NOT happy with Eli. Perennially hot and cold.
    He is a really good QB, but on par with Brady, Brees, Rodgers or even Rivers? Don’t think so.
    Put him in Romo’s tier.
    Don’t think so.

    He’s got a Rhode Island sized horseshoe up his a$$ with THE luckiest play in recent SB history to thank for EEKing out a W and another that helped seal the 2nd. Strains of Dilferism there.
    NOT an Elite QB, Sorry….
    That could all change with Nicks and Cruz though, those boys can play and the jury on Eli isn’t in yet….

  56. jimjets says: May 14, 2012 8:59 AM

    sanchez in the playoffs – 4-2

    people posting on profootball talk – no record

    current qb’s for the texans, browns, jags, bills, seahawks, panthers, bucs, vikes, cards, redskins, dolphins

    no record

    current qb’s for the cowboys, bengals, broncos, raiders, chargers, lions, bears,

    worse record.

    period.

  57. annes22 says: May 14, 2012 9:30 AM

    If acquiring Tim Tebow solves Mark Sanchez’s problems, then the Jets have a big problem.
    Tebow’s throwing into coverage is horrible.
    Can’t wait to see how this works!!

  58. weepingjebus says: May 14, 2012 9:48 AM

    A quarterbacks coach for the Jets must have to order pepto bismol by the drum.

  59. tunescribe says: May 14, 2012 10:32 AM

    Cavanaugh: “Not every play has to be a completion.”

    Sanchez is way ahead of him on that one.

  60. kp3205s says: May 14, 2012 10:44 AM

    The fact is Sanchez is more effective when the Jets run first and pass 2nd. You look at his first 2 years when they went to the AFC Championship the Jets had a strong running game which killed the clock and he only had to throw 20-25 times max. I wish they would have kept Thomas Jones personally, but. When the Jets have to rely on him to chuck it more than 30 times a game the Jets success goes down dramatically. The Jets need to get back to what made them successful originally when he arrived, extremely strong defense with a great running game.

  61. peepeetoucher says: May 14, 2012 12:12 PM

    pftcensorssuck says: May 14, 2012 6:57 AM

    To compare Mark Sanchez’s first three years to Eli Manning’s is a clear indication that you know NOTHING about football…….. and I don’t even LIKE Eli Manning.

    Stas wise, they are both almost identical. After his first three seasons, Eli Manning was 20-19 as a starter with a 0-2 record in the postseason. With 54 touchdown passes and 44 interceptions, Eli Manning passed for 8,044 yards with 690 completions out of 1,276 attempts. Mark Sanchez is 31-22 as a starter with a 4-2 playoff record. With 1,414 attempts and 782 completions for 9,209 passing yards and 55 touchdowns and 51 interceptions. Sanchez’s quarterback rating of 73.2, Manning’s rating over his first three seasons was just 69.4. Through the first three years of Manning’s NFL career, his completion percentage was around the 55% mark. Sanchez averages a 55.3% completion percentage.

  62. hawker1 says: May 14, 2012 12:52 PM

    “tfbuckfutter says:
    May 13, 2012 11:21 PM
    “Sometimes taking a sack is better than throwing an interception.”

    Only sometimes, huh?

    Good insight there chief.

    Out of curiosity, in which situation would you say an interception is a better outcome than a sack?

    On the occasional 4th down throw when it becomes a question of field position?

    So….virtually ALL the time it’s better to take a sack than throw an interception?”

    ‘Scuse me, but isn’t “virtually” the same kind of qualifier as “Sometimes”? People in glass houses and all that, y’know.

  63. tonyromoisterrible says: May 14, 2012 12:59 PM

    Worst QB in the league.

  64. europoljuice says: May 14, 2012 3:06 PM

    Really??….come on man…You could say that about every single quarter back in the NFL. They all need to make better decisions. Unless you win the super bowel….Then u get a pass! lol

  65. jetlifem says: May 14, 2012 3:44 PM

    I think everyone forgot that Mark Sanchez only started 16 games in college, so there would be a big learning curve into the NFL

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