Stage set for Mark Sanchez to shine

There are a lot of reasons to love Mark Sanchez, and most of them don't have to do with Sanchez.

So writes John Clayton in his latest column for ESPN.com.

Clayton examines the upside for Sanchez with the New York Jets compared to Detroit Lions classmate Matthew Stafford and St. Louis Rams rookie Sam Bradford. Clayton notes "Sanchez might be the least talented of the trio," but predicts he will look far better early in his career because of his situation.

Sanchez, similar to Ben Roethlisberger's arrival to the Pittsburgh Steelers, has an enviable supporting cast. The Jets have an elite offensive line, a talented receiving corps and the top-rated defense from a year ago. As long as Sanchez can stay out of his own way, the Jets should win a lot of games.

Clayton explains his "Theory of 50," a premise that a good offense can add up its number of completions plus rushing attempts and reach 50. A great offense can hit 52. In Sanchez's rookie season, the Jets averaged 51.

A year of maturity plus the additions of receivers Santonio Holmes and Laveranues Coles and LaDainian Tomlinson as a threat out of the backfield (something the Jets didn't have for most of last season when Leon Washington broke his leg) will give Sanchez the chance for a big 2010.