Mark Sanchez: “It doesn’t feel good hurting your team like that”

Reuters

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez had his worst game yet in a miserable season on Monday night, throwing four interceptions in a loss to the Titans that eliminated the Jets from playoff contention. After the game, he took the loss on his own shoulders.

It doesn’t feel good hurting your team like that,” Sanchez said. “I made a couple of mistakes that I shouldn’t have made again. It doesn’t feel good, and I’ve got to learn from them and play better for us to win.”

Sanchez is understating the number of mistakes he made by saying “a couple,” but he’s obviously right that he hurt his team with the way he played. The big question in the short term is whether Jets coach Rex Ryan will bench Sanchez for the final two games of the season, and the even bigger question going forward is whether the Jets will acquire another quarterback in the offseason. Because right now, none of the three quarterbacks on the Jets — Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy — appears to be the answer going forward.

Ryan didn’t talk about benching Sanchez after the game, but he did talk about how much the loss hurt.

“It’s a devastating loss, out of the playoffs, and it hurts beyond belief,” Ryan said. “I think the thing that really hurts the most is we’ve got no one to blame but ourselves.”

That’s true. And Sanchez deserves the most blame of all.

84 responses to “Mark Sanchez: “It doesn’t feel good hurting your team like that”

  1. The jets defense played with a ton of heart last night. Every time Sanchez threw a pick in the 4th quarter, they got the ball right back. That’s was a performance to be proud of considering a lot people would’ve just quit on Sanchez.

    But Sanchez is detrimental to his teams cause. Why Tebow, who has developed a reputation for late game heroics, wasn’t used is beyond me.

  2. Sanchez will not be benched. For some reason, I believe Rex will be back next year. If Sanchez is benched and the next guy comes in and performs at a much higher level – I don’t think Rex could withstand the inevitable “why was Sanchez in there so long” questions and would lose his job.

    “Sanchez gives this team the best chance to win” only works if an alternative was never put on the field.

  3. I’m a Jets fan who has defended this team and Sanchez continuously and some still think its not him but the talent around him.

    Did you watch last night’s game? If you did, you know Sanchez is definitely part of the problem. Every single INT was a horrible decision. I feel like he’s playing streetball with no safeties, as there is no way he should throw the ball up there and expect only our player to make a play on it.

  4. The terrible season the Jets are having is totally on the organization. The circus they created by bring in Tebow added no value. It only brought unnecessary attention to the team and created distraction. Come on using your back up QB to help cover punts! What is this high school? Every winning organization needs stability. Look at the the formula Of the great ones; Steelers, Packers, Patriots,etc. Tebow needs to go to a team that will develop him. The way the Jets did it will only cause distrust with the players and in return poor preformance.

  5. As a Jets fan am I disappointed? Of course. But to say this is all on Sanchez is beyond ridiculous. The Jets offense as a whole is terrible. Put the blame where it should be, on those that make the decisions. There should be house cleaning coming and quarterback, in my opinion, should not be at the top of the list.

  6. “It’s a devastating loss, out of the playoffs, and it hurts beyond belief,” Ryan said. I haven’t felt this bad since we had to amputate a foot from one of my three footed woman friends.”

  7. “But to say this is all on Sanchez is beyond ridiculous.”

    Its not ALL Sanchez, but if you think he isn’t part of the problem, you’re delusional. He continually makes very poor decisions.

  8. Sanchez was all hype coming out of USC. Don’t know why they ever drafted him and threw him in as a starter.

  9. Even though I believe Sanchez is major part of the problem, I also turn to the Head Coach and OC. Your OC couldn’t make anything happen in Miami either. Time to cut ties with all 3

  10. “And Sanchez deserves the most blame of all.”

    Gotta disagree.

    The most blame should be for Bringing in Tebow instead of a legit backup who would challenge for the starting job.

    Rex, Tebow, and Sanchez only compounded it, but let the blame lie where it should

  11. “But Sanchez is detrimental to his teams cause. Why Tebow, who has developed a reputation for late game heroics, wasn’t used is beyond me.”

    He was used. He was completely ineffective after the Titans began blitzing him. He took and sack and threw the ball away on third down, and the Jets had to punt.

  12. Don’t feel Sanchez is the answer in Jets land but he has been put on a bad spot by the coach with the back and forth of Tebow. By the way look at the first series of Tebow he was lost. Bad situation and to just blame Sanchez is not correct.

  13. Thanks for the opportunity. I’m blessed to be the new starting quarterback of the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League – Mark Sanchez

  14. Mark will dedicate the off season to coming back stronger and collecting his $8.3M guaranteed salary. Rex fully supports Mark as the QB to lead the Jets to the next Super Bowl.

  15. You can blame Sanchez for this game, but you have to blame organization for the season. Sanchez had made clear his limitations last year and instead of finding a serious alternative, they got a guy that can’t throw (Tebow). And McElroy was 12th quarterback picked in the draft, so no one thought he could be a starter. Given the choices, Ryan chose to roll the dice with Sanchez who once in while has a good day. Unfortunately for the Jets, the good days are usually not Sunday or Monday.

  16. If Don Shuls were the Jets coach, cry baby Sanchez would have been benched a long time ago. If Rex Ryan wants to be the Jets coach, he’ll have to rule with an iron fist. He should stop feeling sorry for Sanchez and bench him. Stop kissing his butt. Don Shuls said, “My way or hit the highway.”

  17. Trotting Sanchez out there after 5 turnovers was an insult to everyone watching the game. Any other team would be playing their back ups now. It appears to me Rex Ryan is either deliberately tanking games, starting Sanchez so he doesnt look like an idiot if one of the other guys comes in and preforms, or is just an utter buffoon.

    Sanchez rather be at the club then at the game anyway, why keep trotting him out there?

  18. until Tebow and Mcelroy are given a fair shot and playing time you can’t say they are not the answer. playing a series or 2 during a game or 1 half of football is no way to judge a player. Rex seemed more concerned with losing doing it with his guy than actually trying to win games for the jets. he deserves to lose his job for that reason alone. the owner should fire him before the game if he starts sanchez on sun, instead of 1 of the other 2.

  19. What….no putting the league on notice for next year? No warning on how good they will be in 2013?

  20. Look, I’m by no means a tebow fan boy and if I was in the position to advise the jets on draft picks or trades, I would look elsewhere for a QB.

    But the fact that the Jets acquire Tebow (seemingly now just to sell tickets) and never use him consistently is just plain idiotic and frankly disrespectful to Tebow. Say what you want about his throwing mechanics- who knows if those have improved or not. If Tebow does play, its a play or two at the most. I think last night they gave him one whole series and PFT made an article about how it “went as expected”.

    Well what do you expect when the kid gets one series the entire season + offseason. You hear good QBs in the league talk about how QBs need to develop rhythm and tempo – ONE SERIES is not going to help that. Sanchez has done nothing to prove he’s any better.

  21. Here we go with Teblows….you do realize that the snowball rolling down the hill started when your golden boy came in for a series basically ending the game there.

  22. I just sacrificed an entire bottle of rum to Jobu to ensure that Rex Ryan is replaced by either Rob Ryan or Andy Reid. Let the good times roll!

  23. Sanchez has been responsible for 50 turnovers over the last 2 seasons. Fifty!

    And if they cut him, he’ll count around $17 million against their cap.

    That’s some sharp team-buildin’, Tanny.

  24. I don’t feel sorry for the Jets at all. Look, their backup QB may not look the part, but results are what matter. Right now, Mark Sanchez isn’t getting the job done. Four INTs last night for Sanchez, then a fumbled snap leading to another turnover. His last INT last night was inexcusible; NFL QBs don’t make throws like that.

    Any Jet coach (or fan) who wants to dismiss the idea of Tim Tebow behind center is shooting the team in the foot. Love him or hate him, last year Tebow played well enough to help rescue a Broncos team from a 1-4 start, rallied them to a 7-4 finish over their final 11 games, and then beat the Steelers in the playoffs by throwing for more than 300 yards. That’s right, THROWING.

    Why that resume doesn’t earn ANY consideration on a Jets team whose QB is making Spergon Wynn look like a pro-bowler is beyond the realm of common sense. Maybe the team (and the media) are too busy trashing Tebow to worry about how the Jets can best go about winning games.

    Sanchez’s performance last night should be his last as a Jet.

  25. I still don’t get why Tebow is on the bench. The Jets defense is good enough to win games. You just need a smart QB who controls the ball, the clock and doesn’t make turn overs. Sanchez is not that as witnessed by last night. Tebow demonstrated in Denver last year that with a good defense he can keep games close and have a shot to win in the end. I think everyone who hates on Tim forgets how bad Denver’s season started last year before Tebow took the helm. The Jets setup is ideal for Timmy but he’s not even getting a shot. It’s a shame.

  26. He keeps saying he has to learn from these mistakes…. The guy’s 26. On his 2nd contract thanks to an early extension from Tanny.

    Supposed to be in his prime… not on a learning program.

    Alex Smith or Matt Flynn would be better options for them to pursue in the off-season. But it’s likely the Jets and their cheap owner will stick with their investment.

  27. I’ve asked this before..

    How many NFL staffs truly have the ability to develop a QB? Not many.

    While I agree Sanchez looks to be lost. I think he wasn’t developed. The scheme, the design, the play calling, everything about the offense looks to be disfunctional.

    I think Sanchez could be a good QB. But it’ll take a ground up rebuild. What should have been done when he was a rookie. Simple scheme, limited options. Let Sanchez get that mastered, then slowly expand the offense.

    I think a lot of good young QB talent was wasted in the NFL because the coaching staff couldn’t truly develop it.

  28. I’ve got no issue with Sanchez personally – as he seems to be a stand-up guy – but when are the Jets going to realize that he’s not the answer at QB? The Jets have a lot of problems, true, but I think it’s time to pull the plug on the Sanchez Experiment.

  29. This has reached a JaMarcus Russell level of embarrassment not just for Sanchez, but the entire organization. Actually, I think it’s been worse for the latter. Sanchez stinks, but at least his only bad decisions are throwing the ball to the other team.

    The Jets organization has made one stupid move after another, from kicking the tires on Manning (who they had to know wasn’t going to play there) to trading for Tebow (who they had to know was going to do more harm than good).

  30. I can’t wait to see which QB Tanny and Rex take in next year’s draft. No matter who it is they’re doomed if the Jets don’t dump Tannenbaum and Ryan. The Jets will be in for another couple years of awfulness at the very least.

  31. Sanchez was a bust from the beginning and you could see his lack of leadership when he was on hard knocks. Rex is the boob who let this guy continue to drive his team into the ground. Tanny is the idiot who brought in Tebow and other malcontents to make the situation worse.

    All three need to be fired and today would not be too soon. Then again the owner is an idiot as well so firing all those guys would be impossible because he would have no idea how to move forward.

  32. Sanchez is no longer a rookie. He just continues to play like one. Time to make a change as it can’t get any worse…. only get better.

  33. I think Rex’ style of motivating is the biggest problem. Sanchez probably thought he already was a championship caliber QB and didn’t feel the need to improve after his first 2 seasons.

  34. Now that they’re eliminated from the playoffs they have to start McElroy these last two games and see if he can at least be a backup QB going forward. They have to find one new QB for next year and they have to find out what McElroy has so they know if they have to find 2 or 3 new QB’s next year.

    It’s obvious that Rex and company has no interest in Tebow and that trade is looking more and more like it was 100% Woody Johnson. So even if Tebow is there next year, there’s no way that Rex is going to give him a shot as a starting QB. So don’t go to Tebow these last two games, go to McElroy and see what he has and see if Rex likes him enough to keep him around as a backup next year.

  35. ajb3313: …trading for Tebow (who they had to know was going to do more harm than good).

    It’s amusing the number of fools who blame Tim Tebow for the disaster that is the NY Jets. He’s had exactly 8 passing attempts all year while Sanchez has had 418, so don’t blame Tebow. Sanchez is the problem, and since cutting him would count for over $17 million against the cap in 2013, he’ll continue to be the problem next year.

  36. jets12 says: Dec 18, 2012 7:24 AM

    As a Jets fan am I disappointed? Of course. But to say this is all on Sanchez is beyond ridiculous. The Jets offense as a whole is terrible. Put the blame where it should be, on those that make the decisions. There should be house cleaning coming and quarterback, in my opinion, should not be at the top of the list.
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    For your fellow fans’ sake, it’s a damn good thing you don’t make decisions on the team. You obviously don’t exactly have 20/20 football vision.

  37. Let’s try one of those positive-negative-positive constructive feedback methods:

    Good news: The Sanchez “era” is over.

    Bad news: Rex will not start McElroy because he would lose his job should McElroy succeed, proving Sanchez should have been benched weeks ago.

    Good news: Tebow will start the next two games, perform nearly as pathetically as Sanchez, reducing the noise from the delusional Tebow-ites.

    This is what we get to look forward to as Jets fans the next few weeks. Great product fellas.

  38. Sanchez is not a gunslinger, he’s a back up. He’s missing the desire to win to and didn’t seem upset at all about losing last night.

    He was out there looking for their coach to shake hands with ect. I think you just head to the locker room after a game like that. The emotion just isn’t there in him.

  39. I think back to when Mark Sanchez declared for the NFL draft after one full season under his belt as the USC signal-caller. When he announced his decision Pete Carroll was not too pleased and at the time I took it for sour grapes but it turns out that he was correct.

    Sanchez was not ready for the NFL, he needed more time to mature and an extra season may have helped him. His time with the New York Jets has been a roller-coaster ride but with a lot more downs than ups as of late.

    The blame shouldn’t be placed solely on Sanchez, though he definitely is a major blemish. His decision making is poor and at times seems to just not be completely there.

    His talent that surrounds him is average at best. His offensive line is shaky, his running backs are at the bottom and his receiving core is absent. Santonio Holmes is a number two option, Dustin Keller has been injured most of the season, and his other options are practice squad guys.

    Rex Ryan and Mike Tannebaum deserve a lot of the blame, they have not been putting the pieces in place to win. The team is only getting older, they need major reconstruction and I have a feeling Sanchez and Ryan are going to be gone for good.

    If I were the Jets brass, I’d think of displaying Tim Tebow for the remaining games. He either bombs or does well. If he bombs, so be it, you remove a possible option at quarterback. If he thrives, you can either keep him and let him challenge for the spot or do a sign and trade.

  40. Sanchez continues to be in denial of how bad he is right now and that is the bigger problem for his career going forward. You do not throw into triple coverage again and again.

  41. azarkhan says:
    Dec 18, 2012 10:01 AM
    ajb3313: …trading for Tebow (who they had to know was going to do more harm than good).

    It’s amusing the number of fools who blame Tim Tebow for the disaster that is the NY Jets. He’s had exactly 8 passing attempts all year while Sanchez has had 418, so don’t blame Tebow. Sanchez is the problem, and since cutting him would count for over $17 million against the cap in 2013, he’ll continue to be the problem next year.

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    I’m not blaming Tebow’s play. I’m blaming the team for bringing in a quarterback they knew fans would rally around and clamor for (it had happened the year before in Denver) if they weren’t going to use him. To be honest, Tebow looks like a victim in this too. They brought him in, if you remember, to “push Sanchez,” yet no matter how badly he struggles they don’t make a change. So every single week the quarterbacks are thrust under the same microscope. It’s an environment built for failure.

  42. Anyone with any common sense could see this disaster coming for the Jests years ago after watching that Hard Knocks series in what was Sanchez’s second year.

    It seemed flat obvious that Rex was not HC material, and most certainly that Sanchez was not franchise material. Character shows itself no matter the age or experience level. Could you imagine Luck or RGIII acting like Sanchez did in that pre-season. (and they are only rookies). And Rex thinks coaching amounts to giving profanity filled motivational speeches. The Jets are reaping what they sowed several years earlier.

  43. The jets should release sanchez and try to trade away tebow to the jags. They need a new QB. Alex smith or matt flynn check out as good game managers which is all that the defense really needs.
    They should of used tim tebow in the 4th whose known since college to be the miracle QB.
    O Btw rex should be on the hot seat, sparano fired and Cam Cameron should get a shot to be OC. That or andy Reid, who has a knack for developing QBs to play better than they really are.

  44. The jets should release sanchez and try to trade away tebow to the jags.

    *********************************************

    And then they should catch a unicorn and ride it around NYC. It’s just as possible.

    Sanchez is going to either 1) be the starter next year, 2) be a $12 million backup, or 3) be released and cripple the team with his $17 million cap hit if he’s let go.

    No team is going to give up anything of consequence for Tebow.

    How are the Jets going to fit a Smith/Flynn under their cap with Sanchez’ numbers?

  45. I’ve seen Sanchez play only about seven or eight times, and every time I’ve come away less and less impressed. His decision making is atrocious, and if I could think of an adjective worse than that I’d use it. He has no business being on an NFL field. I always questioned his arm strength, but I figured he’d be able to work through his mental issues. His play last night was a disgrace, and unfortunately that’s nothing new for him. It seemed like every single chance the Jets had to take over the game he would instead make a backbreaking mistake. I’ve never seen a starting NFL QB have so much trouble simply hitting intermediate routes. I feel bad for him having to throw to that receiving corps, but he had opportunities to hit open players and just flat out missed. Badly. I remember last season when the Jets played my Eagles, who were in the midst of a terrible season with a terrible secondary, and the Birds just destroyed them. Sanchez looked like hed never seen a defense before. And that final pick he had last night into triple coverage was undoubtedly one of the worst throws I’ve ever seen. I would’ve cut him if he didn’t have a nice new contract.

  46. As a Bronco fan, I said it last year & I’ll say it this year. What will it hurt to put Tebow in now? You clearly know what you’ve got with Sanchez, and I can tell you firsthand…. Tebow did some AMAZING things for the Broncos last year!! It wasn’t always pretty, but it got the W, & in the end, thats what matters!!

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