Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Is Mark Sanchez new Captain Checkdown?
By Tim Graham
Trent Edwards' offense outplayed Mark Sanchez's on opening weekend.
And that's saying something.
The Buffalo Bills aren't delusional enough to promote themselves as Super Bowl contenders and had an abysmal offensive performance in Sunday's 15-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
The Bills gained 166 total net yards. They converted three first downs. Edwards was 18-of-34 for 139 yards and a touchdown, a 73.0 passer rating.
Sanchez somehow played limbo with those numbers.
In Monday night's 10-9 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Jets gained 176 yards. They converted one third down. Sanchez was 10-of-21 for 74 yards and no touchdowns, a 56.4 passer rating.
"I thought he'd do a little better than that last night," resident debater Skip Bayless said on ESPN's "First Take" on Tuesday morning. "I was astonished at how lost and scared he looked from start to finish.
"This guy, 'Sanchise,' as Rex [Ryan] was calling him, only got worse as the game went on. He played not to lose. We saw happy feet. We saw checkdown after checkdown because he's afraid to throw it upfield."
Might Sanchez be gunning for Edwards' title of Captain Checkdown?
Although a 33-yard pass play to tight end Dustin Keller was wiped out by a Braylon Edwards illegal motion penalty, Sanchez officially threw beyond 10 yards four times all night, completing one for 13 yards. On high-percentage throws inside 10 yards, he completed just nine of 18 for 61 yards.
Edwards at least dared to hit Roscoe Parrish for a 31-yard touchdown -- on fourth-and-11, no less.
"Sanchez is a guy who wants to dink and dunk," former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Warrick Dunn said on "First Take" on Tuesday morning. "They're not really aggressive offensively or attack downfield. I don't think they put him in position to be successful, but at the same time they play a conservative style of football.
"Mark Sanchez, I don't think he can really handle the hype of being of a New York Jets quarterback."