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PI Finds: Sanchez Runs Hot and Cold As a Rookie

Posted by Neil Paine on December 22, 2009

After Sunday's loss to Atlanta, Braylon Edwards is, um, somewhat perturbed with the state of New York's offense:

"We're embarrassing on offense. Forget the stats and 'This is where we are rushing the football.' We're not making plays when it counts, and we are continuously in a situation that is embarrassing, irritating, frustrating coming in on Monday, knowing that we could have won yesterday then we would be ahead and almost certain, if we won the rest of our games, to get in [the playoffs]. Now here we are again, if we win out, we have to have this scenario happen [to make it]. It's irritating."

It's pretty clear that the Jets rise and fall on the basis of Mark Sanchez's play, and like any rookie QB, he's had his ups and downs this season. First, the ups:

Rk Player Year Tm G w/ Rate>80 TeamW TeamL
1 Philip Rivers 2009 SDG 14 11 3
2 Peyton Manning 2009 IND 13 13 0
2 Aaron Rodgers 2009 GNB 13 9 4
4 Matt Schaub 2009 HOU 12 6 6
5 Drew Brees 2009 NOR 11 10 1
5 Kyle Orton 2009 DEN 11 8 3
5 Ben Roethlisberger 2009 PIT 11 7 4
8 Tom Brady 2009 NWE 10 7 3
8 Tony Romo 2009 DAL 10 8 2
10 Jason Campbell 2009 WAS 9 3 6
10 Brett Favre 2009 MIN 9 9 0
10 Joe Flacco 2009 BAL 9 8 1
10 Eli Manning 2009 NYG 9 7 2
10 Donovan McNabb 2009 PHI 9 8 1
15 David Garrard 2009 JAX 8 6 2
15 Carson Palmer 2009 CIN 8 5 3
15 Kurt Warner 2009 ARI 8 8 0
18 Mark Sanchez 2009 NYJ 7 5 2

When Sanchez has a solid game (QB rating > 80), NY is 5-2, and he's had more solid games than most signal-callers in the league this year. I would imagine Braylon isn't really complaining when Sanchez performs at that level, but Sanchez has also had more than his share of clunkers this year as well:

Rk Player Year Tm G w/ Rate<60 TeamW TeamL
1 JaMarcus Russell 2009 OAK 7 1 6
2 Matthew Stafford 2009 DET 6 0 6
3 Derek Anderson 2009 CLE 5 1 4
3 Brady Quinn 2009 CLE 5 2 3
3 Mark Sanchez 2009 NYJ 5 0 5

The Jets are 0-5 when Sanchez has one of his bad games, and as you can see, there really isn't a lot of room in between good and bad for the rookie -- in all but one game this year, he's had a rating of either greater than 80 or less than 60. No other QB has alternated solid and bad efforts as much as Sanchez, which means Braylon should only really be embarrassed and irritated half of the time. All things considered, I guess that's better than the team he started the year on, which, prior to their rush-happy 41-point explosion vs. KC, had a frustrating and embarrassing offense all of the time.

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