Mark Sanchez’s most frightening statistic
- Updated: September 29, 2012
And, yes, the Jets receiving “corps” looks more like a collection of guys playing a pick-up game than any capable band of brothers. Still, this team is 2-1. It’s been a whacky beginning of the season. Nobody has looked unbeatable. You’re playing at home. Good. Super. Dandy.
Here’s the deal, though. And isn’t this where we’ve always (and seemingly inevitably) landed over the past few seasons? Mark. F*in. Sanchez. In perusing the Interwebs this morning, I couldn’t help but indulge a morbid curiosity to check out the league leaders on the ole stat sheet. Eventually, I landed on the individual passing statistics. Of course I knew Sanchez’s start has been less-than-inspiring, and last Sunday’s Miami game a disaster. So, there was no surprise seeing Mark occupying his normal overall “ranking” towards the bottom third of the league’s passers. There was one stat that did jump out.
Intuitively, I knew he’d been bad. But this bad. The stat was the all-important completion rate. One of the more basic measures of quarterback competency. The ability to complete a forward pass. Yes, yes, yes…I KNOW…the receivers stink…nobody’s open…drops…blah, blah, blah. Still, Sanchez’s standing among his peers is frightening. DEAD. LAST. That’s right. No quarterback in the league boasts a worse completion rate through three games of this season. Sanchez is running at a 50.5% clip, good for 32 out of 32. He is barely completing half his attempts. THAT. IS. AWFUL.
To say the Jets success is largely contingent on Sanchez’s ability to improve…well, you can thank me later for that deep analysis. It’s time. Number five. FIVE. In the first round. Quarterback. You are taken then, you need to perform. And Mr, Sanchez, that means starting by completing a few more than half your passes.