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John Butchko
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John Butchko

The Editor-in-Chief of Gang Green Nation, SB Nation's New York Jets site.

Sanchez Not Ready


Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco were exceptions to the rule a year ago. Rookies usually have a tough time winning in the NFL. The Jets can reproduce many of the same conditions that led to the success of the rookies of a year ago, namely a strong running game and a stout defense. Still, the team might be wiser to let Sanchez sit.

One of the best indicators of NFL success among quarterbacks is college games started. It makes sense. The more game reps a quarterback has, the better prepared he is for the challenges of the pro game. Sanchez only started 16 games at USC. While he had some terrific performances like the Rose Bowl, he only had one year to learn and adjust to the speed and complexity of Pac 10 defenses. The NFL is about five steps up. Asking him to immediately play adequately might be a bit much.

Expectations are a major concern. Sanchez is already a recognizable face in New York. Jets fans, an impatient bunch, and the New York media already view him as the savior of the franchise. There is a distinct chance he could end up getting crushed early if he struggles out of the gate. His lack of game experience makes this a real possibility.

It could be the wiser course to go with a more experienced player in Kellen Clemens to manage the game. If Clemens succeeds, the team will have a valuable trade commodity in a year or two when Sanchez is ready to take over.

By John Butchko  |  July 1, 2009; 10:20 AM ET  | Category:  New York Jets Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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