Sanchez: Inside the numbers

October, 28, 2011
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Few athletes in New York face more scrutiny than Mark Sanchez, who is analyzed every which way. And that's what we're going to do here, taking a hard look at the Jets' QB through the first seven games, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information:

PASS ATTEMPTS: 21+ YARDS

4-for-20 ... 20% comp. ... 109 yards ... 1 TD ... 3 INT ... 26.9 rating

Analysis: Man, this is ugly. The most accurate passers in this category, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers, are completing more than 61%. Sanchez has a long way to go.

PASSING INSIDE THE NUMBERS

79-for-122 ... 64.8% ... 991 yards ... 6 TDs ... 2 INT ... 99.5 rating ... 8.1 yds/att

Analysis: Pretty impressive numbers over the middle. Why? Sanchez likes to throw to TE Dustin Keller and everybody knows their bread-and-butter pass route with the WRs is the slant.

PASSING OUTSIDE THE NUMBERS

50-for-106 ... 47.2% ... 554 yards ... 6 TDs ... 4 INT ... 66.3 rating ... 5.2 yds/att

Analysis: This is damning. In many cases, numbers like these indicate arm-strength issues, but I don't think that's the case with Sanchez. It's accuracy and the WRs failing to get open on a consistent basis.

PLAY-ACTION PASSING

30-for-55 ... 54.5% ... 429 yards ... 4 TDs ... 2 INT ... 89.1 rating ... 7.8 yds/att

Analysis: Overall, these numbers are solid, although the completion percentage needs to be higher -- 28th in the league. When you're the QB of a run-first team, you need to be killing on play-action.

RED-ZONE PASSING

14-for-27 ... 51.9% ... 128 yards ... 9 TDs ... 0 INT ... 104.6 rating

Analysis: The Jets' red-zone efficiency has improved significantly, and a big reason is Sanchez. His decision making is better than in past years, evidenced by his INT total -- zero. He's learned when to throw it away and when to drill it in. A 6-foot-5 target like Plaxico Burress helps.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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