After another disappointing loss on Monday night, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan reiterated his support for starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. On Tuesday Ryan said “yeah, no question,” when asked whether Sanchez was still his starting quarterback.
Sanchez’s numbers this year are pretty awful, but after watching New York’s 23-17 loss to the Houston Texans Monday night, I’m more convinced than ever that no one could succeed under center for the Jets right now.
The 25-year-old USC product has completed less than 50 percent of his passes in four straight games, and his 48.4 completion percentage ranks dead last in the NFL. His quarterback rating of 66.6 is 31st in the league, ahead of only Kansas City’s Matt Cassel (66.2) and Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden (64.5).
That said, the roster around Sanchez is brutal. It could easily be argued that the Jets have the worst group of offensive players in the NFL right now. With Santonio Holmes out, the team doesn’t even have one competent, proven receiver on the roster.
When healthy, Holmes is no better than a decent No. 2 wideout, yet he’s getting paid like a legit go-to guy. Tight end Dustin Keller is decent, but he has issues staying healthy and running back Shonn Greene (or as I call him, Shonn “2nd & 8” Greene) is flat-out awful, and is averaging just 2.9 yards per carry this year.
Meanwhile the team’s offensive line is also a joke. Sanchez is constantly under duress and has to make quick decisions. That kind of thing only works when his receivers are good enough, or smart enough, to read the situation and adjust to it. New York’s current group doesn’t fit into either category.
The reason Ryan is sticking with Sanchez is that this is absolutely not his fault. The guys around him are terrible, and instead of trying to improve the talent at his disposal, the Jets decided to trade for Tim Tebow. Which still boggles my mind. I’m not saying Sanchez is a Pro Bowl-caliber signal-caller, but no one could succeed in his current situation.