Yesterday, Jets coach Rex Ryan, for what has to be the 45th time this season, confirmed that Mark Sanchez will remain his starting quarterback. Now, if the Jets lose at home to the surging-but-still-2-14-last-season Indianapolis Colts, it's difficult to see how Ryan could keep Sanchez as the starter, no matter who the backup is. Then again: It's difficult to see how Ryan is keeping Sanchez as the starter now.
With all the WHENZTEBOWSTART surrounding everything the Jets have done every day for months, it has been somewhat easy to overlook just how terrible Sanchez has been. He's been terrible. Like, historically so.
ESPN's Stats and Info Blog had some pretty crazy info on Sanchez after the loss to the Texans on Monday night. Like, check this out:
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Sanchez is the first quarterback since Stoney Case with the 1999 Ravens with four straight games of at least 25 pass attempts and a completion percentage below 50 percent.
That's an absolutely stunning stat, particularly because it's not like Sanchez makes up for his inaccuracies with an amazing deep ball or something. There's more. ESPN's QBR stat, which is flawed but still helpful in a rough sense, has lousy marks for Sanchez; he has two of the eleven lowest scores of any quarterback this season.
There are 33 quarterbacks who have attempted enough passes to qualify on the leaderboards of Pro Football Reference. Here's how Sanchez is doing in major categories:
QB rating: 32nd.
Completion percentage: 33rd.
Interception percentage: 27th.
Adjusted yards per pass attempt: 28th.
Remember, this is a league that is starting several rookie quarterbacks, as well as Matt Cassel, Blaine Gabbert, and Matt Hasselbeck. And Sanchez is at or very near the bottom in nearly every category. This isn't about Tebow. The way Sanchez is playing, people would be screaming for the backup quarterback if it were David Carr. The writer David Carr.