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Mornhinweg: Sanchez accuracy has been “sky high”


New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez had an awful day during the Jets’ OTAs last week. Sanchez threw three interceptions on 11 passes and drew the ire of head coach Rex Ryan who called the performance “unacceptable.”

However, Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg doesn’t view Sanchez’s performance in nearly the same light. According to Rich Cimini of, Mornhinweg said Sanchez has graded out very well in accuracy during the Jets’ workouts so far this offseason.

Mornhinweg said Sanchez’s “completion percentage and accuracy percentage have been sky-high up to date.”

Mornhinweg grades both areas separately when evaluating quarterbacks. The comments to Cimini came after Sanchez threw three interceptions in practice last Wednesday. No confirmation, however, if any pass that doesn’t touch the ground goes into the plus-column on the grade sheet.

That being said, even if Sanchez was completing every pass during OTAs the skepticism of his ability would still be out in full force until he proves he’s capable of being effective in actual NFL games. The poor performances in OTAs won’t ultimately be significant either if Sanchez plays well this fall but if three interceptions in 11 passes sits well with Mornhinweg, the bar really isn’t set very high for Sanchez.

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  1. skinsfan91 says: May 28, 2013 3:01 AM

    Seriously, why are we, as fans, grading players out during OTA’s. It really has no bearing on actual, in game, performance.

  2. afcdomination says: May 28, 2013 3:06 AM

    just look at his accuracy numbers over 4 seasons of 15 plus games. hes under 57%. twice at 54. there is just no way he improves to a point where it matters. 18 INT, 9 fumbles over 16 games are how he rolls.

  3. only1bucfan says: May 28, 2013 3:09 AM

    I think Mornhinweg is “Sky high”

  4. latenightroach says: May 28, 2013 3:17 AM

    This probably means Geno Smith will get a free pass to stink things up being that he’s a rookie. He’s already on a roll with his agent debacle.

    Poor Fireman Ed. I feel sorry for the guy.

  5. iced107 says: May 28, 2013 3:19 AM

    His accuracy was “sky high” to the defense

  6. noodlecbs says: May 28, 2013 3:23 AM

    Has his accuracy been hangin’ with Santonio?

  7. cylondetector says: May 28, 2013 3:31 AM

    Hey, nearly all his throws are straight into the hands of Jets players!

  8. tyrobjenkins says: May 28, 2013 4:09 AM

    Joey Harrington > Sanchez

  9. walkedintoabar says: May 28, 2013 4:11 AM

    I’m not a sanchez fan, but i will say this: This story is more about Rexy than it is about Sanchez.

    -What it proves about Sanchez statistically is basically worthless since it’s a miniscule sampling size at literally the first practices of the season. But in the court of public opinion it shows that the heat has been turned up to defcon 5 on Sanchez from all angles. I mean i feel bad for the guy, give him a break for a second. We know the media and fans are going to rake him over the coals, that can’t be avoided. But what can be avoided is the team adding to the pressure. Which leads me to my next point…

    -What it proves about Rex Ryan is that he’s a bad coach or in a bad situation or both. At this point he’s sacrificing his “I’m a players’ coach. I go to bat for my boys” mentality that had the Baltimore defenses of yore operating like blood brothers a-la Bondock Saints on the field for his job security. I can understand that. This season is shaping up to be (forcasted to be) the final nail in the Sanchez era’s coffin and heads may roll of some execs in the Jets organization in connection with the Sanchez debacle. It’s not in Tebow zone where the people involved should have had to see a court mandated psychiatrist among the other punishments for their crimes against football, but in some ways it may have worked out worse for the Jets with the Sanchize. I mean how many years have been spent on this endeavor, should it fail? Rex knows what it’s like to lose years of a decent defense (aged quicker by the excessive field time) to an inept offense from his aforementioned time in Baltimore during the Kyle Boller saga. He also knows what happened in its wake to the people deemed responsible. So getting tough on the QB that has been preordained by every sports fan with a heartbeat to top off the end of a disappointing career in horrible fashion, it makes sense from a job perspective. But being so against Rex’s character of being one of the guys makes it seem mean and disingenuous, and i think it sullies his image that he and his brother have spent years developing in their parents basement in between jelly donut eating contests. In the end though, its an understandable move that i could somewhat get behind.

    And truth be told, I don’t know if that’s actually his thought process. That’s best case scenario. To me it seems that Rex is acting emotionally and basically immaturely. If he wanted to play up the “Im the coach, I gotta make the tough decisions, I gotta be responsible for the team, not for grown men’s feelings” angle, it’d look a lot more professional and a lot less like he’s just joining in the fracas of taking pot shots at guy so down he has his own fans rooting against him (stay classy, New York) if he could control his own team. I mean dear lord! The open season he’s tolerating (encouraging; enabling; operating) on Sanchez is absurd, there could never be any possible reason to allow that. What could be the possible pros? What? It’s completely and entirely detrimental to a team, and a good coach tries to eliminate those types of things, especially when its something the coach should be able to have control of. Rex does nothing, allows it to happen. He has sealed Sanchez’s fate if he lets this continue. No one could thrive in that environment, where you’re supposed to trust and work hard for your teammates.

    So Rex has decided to move on from Sanchez. Whether he simply calculated this year was to be written off, the tab picked up by the “This was Sanchez’s last chance, darn he blew it even though no one gave him a shot and everyone knew he was terrible. Cant believe that didn’t work” line, or he just is not very professional and kind of is not a good personell manager, I don’t know. But neither of them bode very well for him, making him seem like either a poor coach, or somewhat disingenuous, willing to breech his “i live for my guys” mantra. If I’m an owner, both make me think he’s not suited for head coaching.

  10. skoobyfl says: May 28, 2013 4:24 AM

    These guys look about as organized as a bag of wet mice.

  11. floridaslonechargersfan says: May 28, 2013 4:32 AM

    A big ol’ hearty LOL to this one.

  12. cherrybop says: May 28, 2013 4:33 AM

    This is the same wacky OC who gave Mike Goodson a job. Somebody give Marty a piss test; I bet it comes up hotter than the sun.

  13. victorycruz says: May 28, 2013 4:38 AM

    Cue the circus music… … now! Thank god my team doesn’t have QB issues at this time. (which in NY can change in 2 years) Eli isn’t great but atleast I know there won’t be any controversy going into camp or the season

  14. monropoobah says: May 28, 2013 5:06 AM

    maintaining a positive outlook/approach will no doubt be the most difficult thing for sanchez and his coaches. good job turning this small positive into a negative. you’re probably right. if something good is happening, that must mean there’s something wrong with mornhinweg.

  15. shipdog7 says: May 28, 2013 5:19 AM

    And you would expect an offensive coordinator to evaluate his starting quarterback negatively? Tell the press maybe we should have kept Tebow? It is called a vote of confidence. He is all you have to work with . Live or die with what you have. Dying can be ugly and very painful.

  16. stoutfiles says: May 28, 2013 5:24 AM

    Is he going to be coddled forever? At some point you’d think the fans would start voting with their wallets for a change at QB.

  17. johnnyb216 says: May 28, 2013 6:12 AM

    Wait… So he actually was trying to throw it to the defense?

  18. deanvernonwormer says: May 28, 2013 6:23 AM

    Sanchez steadily improved his first two seasons. Unfortunately the NY Jets are run by gentlemen (Rex Ryan included) who have NO IDEA what they are doing. That is why the Jets are only two years removed from two title games to competing for the first pick in the 2014 draft.

  19. babyphife says: May 28, 2013 6:32 AM

    Mark Sanchez will get run out if NYC and win a Super Bowl with another team ala Trent Dilfer……mark it down

  20. fiverings37 says: May 28, 2013 6:33 AM

    accuracy throwing to wrong jersey? Yeah, he’s got that down for sure.

  21. ryann252013 says: May 28, 2013 6:35 AM

    Something inside of me wants to see Mark Sanchez rebound in some freakish way.

    but on the other hand I wanna know what Geno Smith can do at the same time.

  22. kspells12345 says: May 28, 2013 6:46 AM

    Trying to puff him up to lure in a sucker for a trade. Right from the Andy Reid play book.

  23. ryann252013 says: May 28, 2013 6:47 AM

    For some reason I wanna see Mark Sanchez freakishly comeback and put up good numbers, but at the same time I wanna know what the JETS have in Geno Smith.

  24. tripoint9109 says: May 28, 2013 6:48 AM

    Marty Mornhinweg is also the same guy who who said Michael Vick could be better than Steve Young. The circus up in NY continues.

  25. cooklynn17 says: May 28, 2013 7:04 AM

    The only thing that is “Sky High” is you Marty!!!

  26. kingpel says: May 28, 2013 7:06 AM

    Wow. Look at that. A coach actually trying to build his quarterback’s confidence instead of tearing it apart. Watch out, Mornhinweg! This may be frowned upon in the Jets organization.

  27. mancave001 says: May 28, 2013 7:06 AM

    We Eagles fans tried to tell you… enjoy Marty the Butt Clown.

  28. pooflingingmonkey says: May 28, 2013 7:08 AM

    An obvious attempt to create trade value. On his best day, Sanchez is mediocre.

  29. joetoronto says: May 28, 2013 7:11 AM

    Aiming 3 or 4 yards down the field tends to bring your completion percentage up.

    Just ask Blaine Gabbert.

  30. vernonbasketball says: May 28, 2013 7:16 AM

    Come on lets be serious Mornhinweg don’t lie to us all.

    Jet Fan for Life

  31. mtchainsmoker says: May 28, 2013 7:16 AM

    Monhinweg then added: “He almost completed a pass the other day, and believe you me, that’s an improvement.”

  32. thedoubleentandres says: May 28, 2013 7:16 AM

    I think Mornhinweg WAS sky high when he made this comment

  33. diesel23 says: May 28, 2013 7:20 AM

    Unfortunately that sky high passing rate is to the defense. I remember when this guy was called the sanchize, what a joke

  34. bucrightoff says: May 28, 2013 7:21 AM

    So he’s overthrowing every receiver? Got you.

  35. GenXJay says: May 28, 2013 7:21 AM

    Do you know who else can go sky high?
    A guy getting shot out of a cannon.
    Welcome to the circus, that is the Jets.

  36. nightofthehipple says: May 28, 2013 7:22 AM

    I am sure at one time olr another he said someting similar about Joey Harrington. A lot of qb’s look good in practice.

  37. thekiy says: May 28, 2013 7:24 AM

    I think that was a transcription error. Mornhinweg actually said, “Dude, I’m so high”.

  38. 91devinhester23 says: May 28, 2013 7:26 AM

    why do they bother… just cut him and be done with it…

  39. qbofthenever says: May 28, 2013 7:30 AM

    In related news, Marty Mornhinweg is also extremely high.

  40. vernonbasketball says: May 28, 2013 7:30 AM

    “sky high”
    He might mean sky high bad
    Jet Fan for Life

  41. coleman121280 says: May 28, 2013 7:34 AM


  42. patriots123456 says: May 28, 2013 7:47 AM

    Great, now 31 NFL teams are waiting to hear Sanchez will be the 2013 Jets starting quarterback. LOL

  43. japmen says: May 28, 2013 8:02 AM

    So, is it always foggy in NJ?

  44. phinfan says: May 28, 2013 8:04 AM

    Somewhere Sheldon just shouted ‘bazinga!’

  45. ireadpftforthecomments says: May 28, 2013 8:07 AM

    He’s right. For Sanchez, 3 INT’s in 11 passes IS sky high accuracy.

  46. bdl08 says: May 28, 2013 8:11 AM

    I think he meant that Mark’s accuracy throwing to the defender was “sky high”.

  47. lgbarn says: May 28, 2013 8:12 AM

    You can throw 65% but if you throw 3 picks a game, it just meas the ball isn’t hitting the ground and you aren’t winning.

  48. In the Weeds says: May 28, 2013 8:17 AM

    Sanchez accuracy has been “sky high”

    GREAT Headline!

  49. richcranium2112 says: May 28, 2013 8:19 AM

    Marty says, “give’em the ball, we’ll take the wind!”

    Rex doesn’t like it when Sanchez is ‘windy.’

  50. dynast77 says: May 28, 2013 8:20 AM

    The accuracy of Mornhinweg statement, however, is suspect.

  51. micknangold says: May 28, 2013 8:21 AM

    The difference between completion percentage and accuracy is: a completed pass is not necessarily an accurately thrown ball. Let’s say I hit you un stride on a slant, leading you on a long catch and run for a TD. That’s accurate. Now, suppose on that same slant I threw it behind you, but you adjusted and caught it but got tackled right away. That’s complete, but not accurate.

  52. zanshin825 says: May 28, 2013 8:25 AM

    Because Mornhinweg is using his recent experience with Vick as a benchmark for accuracy, any QB he encounters from this point forward will be off-the-charts great.

  53. richerie13 says: May 28, 2013 8:28 AM

    Is Mornhingweg going into the black hole too. I hope he is not joining the circus.

  54. slippy2178 says: May 28, 2013 8:32 AM

    That’s just Mornhinweg’s way of saying he is overthrowing his receivers.

  55. ebr362 says: May 28, 2013 8:51 AM

    Marty hitching his wagon to a dead horse……

  56. True Talker says: May 28, 2013 8:54 AM

    Completion percentage? Check

    Accuracy? Check

    Now where the hell is my paper bag sandwich?

  57. sanders8920 says: May 28, 2013 8:56 AM

    Note to Marty, Its easy to have great accuracy when you aren’t concerned which color jersey catches the pass.

  58. cylondetector says: May 28, 2013 8:59 AM

    Hey, almost all his throws are straight into the hands of Jets players!

  59. ericfast13 says: May 28, 2013 9:06 AM

    Wow. Really? He must be “sky high” as well. I always forget how good the jets are………

  60. dcee101 says: May 28, 2013 9:10 AM

    Commence the 2013 Jets circus! As if 2012 didn’t teach them to keep their mouths shut!

  61. mikejd12 says: May 28, 2013 9:10 AM

    So glad that idiot left Philly…. I new signing him was a bad idea when he came from a 2-14 lions team

  62. wecomefromthestars says: May 28, 2013 9:12 AM

    “with Mornhinweg, the bar really isn’t set very high for Sanchez.”

    -Lions fans see what you did there. ; )

  63. footballfan12289 says: May 28, 2013 9:13 AM

    He’s very accurate throwing to defenders.

  64. oldcat157 says: May 28, 2013 9:18 AM

    Accuracy with no footsteps is a given.

  65. jimthebuilder27 says: May 28, 2013 9:18 AM

    Man, must be nice to be Mark Sanchez. He has been a failure at QB, turned the ball over 52 times over the last two seasons, and has led a team that’s regressed badly. Despite failin time after time, he still gets 8 million guaranteed and has the coach still starting him. Must be nice.

    I wouldn’t take this clown as my fifth-string QB!

  66. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: May 28, 2013 9:32 AM

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. For those fo you who doubt Rexy is married to Sanchez, and is willing to be run out of town with him after this season.

  67. bullcharger says: May 28, 2013 9:44 AM

    Sanchez has become a stop gap for Geno Smith. The Jets obviously hope Smith will be the guy at some point soon. Sanchez is their best option for at least the start of this year, so I don’t think Morninweg wants to talk badly about him and then put him out there anyway.

  68. cursindaily says: May 28, 2013 9:45 AM

    Well, the people getting the interceptions also play for the Jets, so in a way it’s a step in the right direction for Sanchez. It’s reasonable that Mornhinwood is confused by this phenomenon.

  69. deliveredbysherpa says: May 28, 2013 9:50 AM

    Sky high on a very foggy day.

  70. jp4120 says: May 28, 2013 9:52 AM

    Mad Marty has zero credibility. Jets are headed for a classic train wreck season. Rex will fire Marty by mid year when they start out 1-8 and then the new gm will fire Rex by year end.
    couldn’t happen to a nice fan base….J….E….T….S….jets, jets, jets

  71. blowpackblow says: May 28, 2013 10:00 AM

    In other news, Mornhinweg has also been reported as being sky high. Remember this idiot won the coin toss in overtime and elected to punt.

  72. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: May 28, 2013 10:01 AM

    This is the kind of “news” that tends to come out when teams are seeking to hype a player they want to move (and move some cap too).

    How many times have the Jets pimped the sheer awesomeness of Sanchez, Tebow, Aaron Maybin, Vernon Gholston, the team overall — only to look like absolute fools later?

  73. rayburns says: May 28, 2013 10:17 AM

    Sanchez threw 12 passes and all 12 were caught!

    Well, yeah, 3 of them were caught by the other team, but still, 12-12 is great!

    Good cop, bad cop?

  74. sylpkt says: May 28, 2013 10:18 AM

    Actually, when he said “sky high”, he meant “over-throwing everyone where only the sky could catch it”

  75. myeaglescantwin says: May 28, 2013 10:23 AM


    cut him a break.
    he’s been watching Donovan and Vick for the past 7 years.
    He’s got no benchmark to compare Sanchez to,, well other than Joey Harrington and the other Lions’ QB mistakes.

  76. pleasantsurpriselefty says: May 28, 2013 10:31 AM

    If you put lipstick on a pig it’s still a pig!

  77. steve3211 says: May 28, 2013 10:43 AM

    So Sanchez’s accuracy is now measured by how many times he actually hits the sky. 2 out of 3 average, not bad lol.

  78. hone99 says: May 28, 2013 10:50 AM

    Geez. Give everyone a break. It’s only May! I’m no big Sanchez fan, but he has to be given a chance to win the starting job. The alternative is to toss it all away and go with a rookie. So he throws a couple interceptions in an early practice. It’s not the end of the world. Let’s see how the entire pre-season plays out before we declare our new offensive coordinator a buffoon and Geno the new savior.

  79. drainbameged says: May 28, 2013 11:09 AM

    Marty quit standing on your head! Thats not the sky!

  80. 00reo says: May 28, 2013 11:13 AM

    thought the question on him was decision making, not accuracy. can be accurate but still make a bonehead decision and throw a pick. seems like Marty might be tossing out a little spin

  81. bronco1991 says: May 28, 2013 11:51 AM

    Accuracy is sky high

    Yours truly,
    Jets Defense

  82. CKL says: May 28, 2013 12:17 PM

    Wait, isn’t Marty the guy who said recently that accuracy is overrated? “Atta babe” Marty.

  83. seaeagle707 says: May 28, 2013 12:46 PM

    Seriously speaking, (as if any opinion about MS could be considered serious) I wonder that if, like Charlie Sheen’s character in “Major League”, Sanchez might need glasses? Or contacts? We know he can pass, but not accurately. We also know he’s a lady killa, which means an abundance of vanity. Accuracy depends on vision to a large degree, and maybe, just maybe, his vision isn’t all that good?

  84. granadafan says: May 28, 2013 1:13 PM

    Is “sky high” a description for short defenders and tall receivers? Good thing the Jets WRs can jump high to catch those inaccurate passes.

  85. bookofelisha10 says: May 28, 2013 2:14 PM

    what the report didnt mention is that the target was anywhere thats not in the football stands hitting fans

  86. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 28, 2013 2:47 PM

    I guess technically he is right. Interceptions are completions. Ball didn’t hit the ground.

  87. mykl954 says: May 28, 2013 2:57 PM

    Old Dog – New Tricks (amazingly in the 5th year) yada yada yada. Yeah right.

    All they’re trying to do is create some trade value for Sadsackchez.

  88. haleyistheman00 says: May 28, 2013 5:14 PM

    Does he mean he’s been airmailing his throws ?

  89. pisano says: May 28, 2013 5:22 PM

    If they want to see the Jets season-ticket holder sales drop, keep talking that talk on Sanchez, and watch how many vacant seats you will see. I’ll tell you something, the Jets fans have had it with Mark Sanchez, he’s finished in New York, the best thing the Jets can do is have this guy carry around a clipboard until the season’s over and dump him like a bad habit.

  90. lewiscafarella says: May 28, 2013 5:56 PM

    Just cut him already! Put him out of his misery!

  91. jetsfan80 says: May 29, 2013 4:45 PM

    I’m pretty sure Mornhinweg made this statement from the backseat of Mike Goodson’s vehicle, while he was “sky high”

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