How worried should Jets be about Sanchez?

August, 28, 2010
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Mark Sanchez didn't have the kind of performance that would give New York Jets fans peace of mind heading into the regular season.

The third preseason game is supposed to be the most realistic exhibition, but in Friday night's 16-11 loss to the Washington Redskins at the Meadowlands, Sanchez looked like he needs more time to figure things out.

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Al Bello/Getty ImagesMark Sanchez was 13-of-21 for 139 yards and one touchdown with one interception Friday night.
Sanchez was 13-of-21 for 139 yards and one touchdown with one interception. The Redskins sacked him twice.

Sanchez guided the Jets to zero touchdowns on 15 straight possessions before he hooked up with tight end Dustin Keller in the fourth quarter.

In all three preseason games, Sanchez has quarterbacked 18 drives that have gone for 28 points. That's two touchdowns (a missed extra point) and four field goals.

The "NFL Live" crew of host Michael Smith and analysts Tim Hasselbeck and Eric Allen took a look at Sanchez's development and how the Jets will handle it.

"From what I saw from him last season and then what I've seen in the preseason," Hasselbeck said, "you've seen some improvement, but you've also seen him revert back to some things that got him into trouble last year. What I would like to see from Mark Sanchez is really more consistency."

Hasselbeck was critical of how careless Sanchez is with the ball when he's in the pocket.

"That is an issue for me and something I'd like to see him clean up," Hasselbeck said, "if he's going to take the Jets to ultimately where they think he can take them."

Allen provided his formula for the Jets to help Sanchez come around.

"They have to get back to controlling the middle of the football field with Shonn Greene, utilize [LaDainian Tomlinson's] experience," Allen said. "When you're standing back there and it's third down, having that great veteran by you and be able to chip before he goes out [for a pass], utilize Keller in the passing game, screens and draws, really get that confidence back into that passing game and confidence back into that young man so they can work down the football field."

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