Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Jets clunker not Mark Sanchez's fault
The New York Jets were shut out at home after their bye week. Mark Sanchez threw two interceptions and failed to get his team in the end zone against the Green Bay Packers.
A relapse to Sanchez's implosive rookie days, right?
ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer vehemently denies that notion. Dilfer places most of the blame on the Jets' receiving corps for too many drops and for both interceptions, which were accurate throws that got wrestled away by defenders.
New York's receivers were supposed to be a strength, but on Sunday they were the main weakness. Jerricho Cotchery, Santonio Holmes and tight end Dustin Keller were especially ragged.
"What you saw in the new Meadowlands [stadium] with Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets is not Mark Sanchez's fault," Dilfer said. "Just because they got shut out does not mean Mark Sanchez played bad. He had nine dropped balls. The Santonio Holmes [drop] on third-and-7 is going to be a touchdown in a three-point game. He had multiple balls dropped that would have converted into first downs and allowed drives to sustain, and his kicker missed a makeable field goal.
"The perception is that Mark Sanchez played bad, the Jets get shut out, they regressed. Mark Sanchez didn't regress. The receiving corps of the New York Jets regressed."