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Sanchez Is Seeking a Bounceback Week

Posted by Eric Allen on October 8, 2009 – 11:20 am

All Mark Sanchez wanted was a fourth win for the Jets, but the number four was most unfortuitous for the rookie last Sunday in New Orleans. He turned the ball over four times, he was sacked four times and a couple of his miscues directly turned into 14 Saints points as he tasted defeat for the first time as a pro.

“The most important thing was to get away from the emotional side,” Sanchez said this week. “Don’t get upset, frustrated, or mad at yourself. You have to move on for yourself, and for the rest of the guys in the locker room. Everybody is looking right here.”

When the team plane departed Louisiana, the grounded Sanchez looked at the video and reviewed his mistakes. He had no intention of sleeping off his first poor performance, which resulted in a 27.0 passer rating.

“I was trying to get an idea and then wake up early the next morning and go through my same routine,” he said. “Don’t change anything, don’t cut any corners, and don’t beat myself up too much. Just keep playing. I’ve shown that I can help this team win the last three weeks and that is what I need to do next week.”

The quartet of turnovers included a 99-yard interception scoring return from Darren Sharper to put the Jets down 10 in the second quarter and then a strip-sack in the end zone less than six minutes later that Remi Ayodele recovered to put the Green & White in a 17-point hole.

“I held the ball and somebody hit it out. There isn’t much you can do except try to throw it away earlier,” he said of the Will Smith strip. “The interceptions, those are just decision things, poor throws and I have to use my eyes a little better. That’s stuff we are working on constantly, and inevitably that’s going to happen to a rookie.”

The 22-year-old Sanchez certainly isn’t crushed, but he’s not complacent, either. Entering Week 5, he’s completed 57.3 percent of his passes for 744 yards with four touchdowns, five interceptions and two lost fumbles. The Jets certainly would like to see that touchdown/turnover ratio change around as the season progresses.

“There is no excuse for things like that,” he said of the turnovers. “I don’t care if it is my first year or my 13th year, I don’t want that to happen. I have a lot of work to do this week. I’m looking to bounce back and get back on track.”

Sanchez will get his chance on a national stage as the Jets pay a visit to the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football. And he’ll do so with a new dynamic talent on the field as GM Mike Tannenbaum traded with the Browns for WR Braylon Edwards on Wednesday.

“He’s shown on film to just make great catches,” Sanchez said of the 6’3”, 215-pound Edwards. “Whether the ball is behind him, over his head, he has to dive – they are all catches. I am not planning on throwing anything too far out of reach.”

To this point, the defensive formula against the Jets has been to load the box to stop the run game and force the rookie into some difficult down-and-distance situations. The Jets are ranked ninth in rushing, but their pass offense ranks 27th (166.8 yards per game) and their scoring average is 25th (18.5 ppg).

The Jets believe Edwards will help the entire offense, serving as a true complement for Jerricho Cotchery (J-Co’s 356 yards rank fifth in the NFL) because he’s big, he can get downfield in a hurry, he can go up and get it, and he likes to mix it up and block.

“He’s an amazing talent,” Sanchez said. “He is going to do just fine here.”

The 1-3 Dolphins come into the divisional matchup with the NFL’s 24th-ranked pass defense, surrendering 238.5 yards a game, and the Jets could try to get Sanchez back on track early. He’s got a lot of passing targets at his disposal when you think of Cotchery, Edwards, Keller and also Leon Washington out of the backfield.

“I can tell that Mark has a very good grasp of what Brian [Schottenheimer] is trying to do with him down there from an offensive standpoint. He gets the ball out fast,” said Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano. “He’s a tough player. He has the ability to hurt you and break you down with the second play, meaning he can run with the football, so you’ve got to be aware of him that way. And the guy has outstanding arm strength, real good, and he’s patient.”

Sanchez said he learned some “valuable lessons” from the Saints game and he’s “ready to bounce back.” Jets head coach Rex Ryan is not worried at all about the rookie’s upcoming response.

“He’s like a tiger. He’s going to come roaring back, there is no doubt,” Ryan said. “I have 100 percent confidence in him.”

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25 Responses to “Sanchez Is Seeking a Bounceback Week”

  1. By scjoe on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    Sanchez is still a rookie, he will make mistakes, the only thing he should have done differently was go over the photos with Shotty on the sideline instead of just sitting and pouting after those mistakes. That would have bben a more positive approach.

  2. By scjoe on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    I believe Miami’s run defense is a bit misleading, SD beat them with the pass with LT out, Indy had the ball for only 14 minutes, but still beat them through the air, and Buffalo got down so fast they had to pass on most downs.So let’s not crown Miami just yet with the #1 run D. I think we run on them Monday night, I’m not saying 200+ yards, just that we run on them.

  3. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    Nice to see some official mention of how hard D’s have made it for MS without a WR like BE. Also for the doubters, check BE’s career stats. His weakest years would be banner ones for Coles and Cotch over the last few years and that’s not a knock on them, it’s a thumbs-up for him. When was the last time we had WRs catching 70 and 78-yarders on a regular basis? I loved Stuck but we needed this move.

  4. By Ira on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    EA, I believe Sanchez will bounce back just fine. And just because Edwards is aboard don’t expect the Fish this week or any other team to get away from those 8 man boxes until Sanchez proves he can burn them. It will happen and it will start this week. The Fish’s secondary is real bad. And once things open up i expect TJ, Leon and Greene to tear it up. I expect Keller to have a big game this week.

  5. By TnJetsFan on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    I think Sanchez is a kid with his head screwed on right. He’ll overcome his mistakes and be the best Jets QB since Joe Willie

  6. By irish jet on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply


  7. By serge on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    4 turnovers, 14 points off turnovers he needs a Bounceback and Shotty needs to help him out with better play calls and prep. Because Shotty is so predictable it seems like the opposing defenses is in the huddle with our guys. with the addition of Edwards what game plan Shotty comes up with, can’t wait to see. I’m not worried about the D @ all, Rex got that lock down, down, down. good luck in Miami

  8. By Ryan on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    We have been so successful with screen passes to washington… how or why did we get away from that last game? NO was sending the house we would have torched them

  9. By Daniel M. on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    Love the trade and love what it does for this offense. it will really open up the running game and take alot of pressure off of Mark Sanchez. play action, loving the trade Jets! J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets!

  10. By scjoe on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    There has been a lot said on this site about the trade for Edwards, mostly positive, but the fact is we will not know until at least late in the season or even after the season. Questions need to be answered. No matter what most think about his ability on the field, can he stay out of trouble off it? Will he resign? If not, it was a very bad trade, two players, two picks, for 12 games?

  11. By Benni (Germany) on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    Mark, keep up that attitude. It’s amazing to see how he developed over the years. Of course the development has not ended yet, and weaker performances will occur again but this is part of the learning process. Gonna take track of him and the Jets, unfortunately no German TV station shows any of the NFL games live. Weiter so Jets, auf eine erfolgreiche Saison.

  12. By BriGuyinFL on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    I dont think we gave up that much for him. We lost a slot receiver and a couple of middle round picks for a prototypical #1 reciever/threat. I give the Jets credit for not overpaying. The Jets do retain his rights with the CBA the way it is now(and it will stay) so we could potentially have him for another 2 years @5mill per if I understand it correctly. We sold Trusnik for absolute gold IMO.

  13. By Ira on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    Ryan, They did hit one screen with Leon. NO really did a good job of shutting down the Jets strengths. And probably after that game they finally decided to get the Edwards deal done. Teams would’ve just followed NO’s game plan. Now they can’t and up sooner then later will have to play the Jets honest. GO JETS!!!!!

  14. By Howie D on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    Still not convinced Shotty is the OC for us. He shot us in the foot with a series of poor calls, stuff we’ve seen before. He needs more experience reading the game as it unfolds. Thank heavens our D is awesome, respectable and will minimize the damage. We’re now a definite title contender and getting better, but he needs to shape up – now! Revis is MVP so far!

  15. By Danny B on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    It’s all good, there is a lot of football left. It looks like those butterflies finally caught up to him. I am sure Sanchez will come back strong after getting that out of his system. Go Jets!!!!!!!!

  16. By Ray on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    Ryan, I was just thinking the same thing the other day, why no traditional screen passes anymore. They love to run that WR screen that I hate, probably because i was always afraid when Chad threw it they were going to jump the route and run it back. Bottom line on the trade, we couldn’t just sit pat and do nothing. Gave up two expendable guys, conditional picks and if Ira is right he’s a RFA…

  17. By Ray on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    …at the end of the year, so if he walks we will get compensation. Seems like it was a risk worth taking. Now let’s go squish the fish! Go Jets!

  18. By clarence: on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    i have been a jet fan since the early 80’s! i still have”nt recovered from the loss back in 1985 in two words aj duree 5 interceptions thrown by richard todd! and not to forget vinny getting the jets to the afc title game. i feel hopeful with mark sanchez he seem like a big play guy. i know once he understands the nfl system he will be a great one. i hope b. edwards keeps the defense honest.

  19. By jack on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    unfortuitous? really? not a word.

  20. By Eric Allen on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    That’s unfortunate.

  21. By Anonymous on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    Been a Jet fan for 40 years and have been hoping for a receiver like Edwards

  22. By Jim on Oct 9, 2009 | Reply

    A guy was walking along Miami Beach with some friends and heard a peculiar yet familiar noise and looked down and saw a sea shell in front of him. He bent down and picked it up and said to his friends, “Shhh, listen, do you hear that?” “What is it?” they replied. J – E – T – S Jets, Jets, Jets!!!

  23. By Old Rogue on Oct 9, 2009 | Reply

    jack Said: ‘unfortuitous? really? not a word.’ – True, because fortuitous just means happening by chance, or luck, bad or good. So even if ‘UNfortuitous’ was a word, it would have exactly the opposite meaning of what EA intended, i.e. that it WAS (good) luck, when in fact unfortuitous would mean that luck didn’t play into the events at all. Follow that?

  24. By Old Rogue on Oct 9, 2009 | Reply

    The ESPN Week 5 Power Rankings have the Jets at #5, ahead of the Patriots and the Ravens. Fins are down at #21. Woohoo!

  25. By Ray on Oct 9, 2009 | Reply

    Old Rogue, no, but I’ll take your word for it!!

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