Rex Ryan Gives Backup QB Mark Brunell Reps With First Team Offense
This kinda stuff happens when you travel to Denver as heavy favorites and fall to Tim Tebow. For the casual NFL fan that doesn’t follow the Jets, the problem with the team is the lack of an efficient offense. With the defense that Rex has assembled in New York, the only job the offense has is to sustain drives and to not turn the ball over.
That’s been Mark Sanchez’s problem. If the Jets’ QB doesn’t throw the pick six against Denver, there is a good chance that the Jets win that game. To be fair, the Jets were dealing with issues at running back, which made Sanchez have to throw 40 times. He threw one pass too many and Broncos CB Andrew Goodman was able to take one back for six.
Since being selected 5th overall in 2009, Sanchez has thrown 43 TDs to 42 INTs — Hardly impressive. You also gotta remember that the Jets traded up to nab Sanchez at the 5 spot when Josh Freeman was available into the middle of the first round.
At this point, you have to start wondering if this is like a Jeff Fisher-Vince Young-Kerry Collins situation. When the Titans drafted Vince Young to lead the franchise, they brought in Kerry Collins to teach him. Five years later when Young was in last year with the Titans, Collins was still there.
Hopefully, Rex Ryan is giving Mark Brunell the first team reps to motivate him. Under the conservative Mark Brunell, the Jets could probably nab a Wild Card spot but taking the reins away from the “QB of the future” shows a lack of confidence in the starter by the organization.
This is a quite interesting development in New York. Mark Brunell will retire after this year and there are some interesting QBs in the upcoming draft.
Barkley? Robert Griffin III? Trade for Manning? We will see but things aren’t looking too bright for Mark Sanchez.
What do you think?