Mark Sanchez needs to make one or two throws a game while Brady, Manning, Rodgers, Rivers and Brees need to make two or three throws A DRIVE! This Mark Sanchez talk has gotten beyond ridiculous. Colin Coward has him as a top 5-6 quarterback along with Trent Dilfer(whose opinion I really respect), but enough is enough.
I understand the New York media probably hammers Sanchez at every chance, that is what that media does. But we should not be going the other way on this argument and anointing Sanchez a top 5 or even top 10 quarterback. He is not at that level.
Maybe Mark Sanchez does have some quality, an “it” factor, that does allow him to win these close games, but these wins are piling up against bad teams. The Browns, Lions and Texans are not great teams, these are not teams you should need magic at the end of the game to win. Not in all three games. The truly good quarterbacks like Manning, Brady, Rivers, Brees and Rodgers are putting these teams away earlier.
Sanchez is getting credit for late game heroics against bad teams when it is his own poor performance that is keeping these teams in the game. I went out to football outsiders QB Rankings to take a look at where Sanchez ranks and if he is competitive in any major category. Football Outsiders attempts to take some of the Fantasy out of a quarterback’s ranking. There is one outlier at the top and that is Kyle Orton, but I think we can all agree that Orton is not an MVP candidate or a top five quarterback.
The two main ratings description:
DYAR Quarterbacks are ranked according to DYAR, or Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement. This gives the value of the quarterback’s performance compared to replacement level, adjusted for situation and opponent and then translated into yardage.
DVOA The other statistic given is DVOA, or Defense-adjusted Value Over Average. This number represents value, per play, over an average quarterback in the same game situations. The more positive the DVOA rating, the better the player’s performance. Negative DVOA represents below-average offense.
After Orton, the top five in DYAR are Brady, Rivers, Manning and Rodgers. In DVOA these quarterbacks rate as 1 Brady, 4 Rivers, 7 Manning, 6 Rodgers. Vick is rated 2 in DVOA, but 11 in DYAR.
Mark Sanchez ranks 19 in DYAR, 24 in DVOA. Which solidly ranks Sanchez behind David Garrard, Chad Henne, Joe Flacco, and Carson Palmer. None of which are even close to being mentioned as MVP candidates. The fairest comparison to Sanchez at this time is Ryan Fitzpatrick who is 20 and 22 in DYAR and DVOA.
Is Ryan Fitzpatrick an MVP? No and neither is Sanchez.