In his third season, Jets QB Mark Sanchez appears to be overwhelmed by expectations, unsure of how to handle veteran receivers and unable to take the next step in his development.
The 24-year-old has played 36 regular-season games, a decent sample size. He has 37 touchdowns and 38 interceptions. He has completed 54.7 percent of his passes. Basically, the definition of mediocre. He does have four playoff victories, but the Jets need more from him in the four months leading up to January.
If the Jets are going anywhere this season, Sanchez is going to have to lead them. It is time for offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to put his trust in Sanchez. Let him throw the ball down the field. Take some chances. Sanchez looks most comfortable in late-game situations when he’s running the no-huddle. Schottenheimer needs to find a way to recreate those situations earlier in games.
This blueprint doesn't jibe with the "ground and pound" approach that Rex Ryan has embraced, but letting Sanchez throw the downfield certainly sounds good to owners who are sitting on Santonio Holmes. While Holmes did finish with 4-60-1 against the Patriots in Week 5, he's still trailing the likes of Steve Breason and Early Doucet in fantasy points per game. Holmes has another good matchup in Week 6 against the Dolphins, who are 29th in adjusted fantasy points allowed to WRs.