The failure of the New York Jets to make it to the post-season has fallen squarely on quarterback Mark Sanchez's shoulders. It is not entirely his fault. There are many reasons that the Jets should keep Sanchez as a starter through the 2012 season.
Lack of depth at quarterback
The depth at the quarterback position is lacking. Mark Sanchez is the only quarterback on the Jets' roster capable of being a starter.
Draft a strong rookie
Very few rookies walk onto the field and perform like Cam Newton. Draft a strong rookie in 2012 to groom into the starting position, but keep Mark Sanchez where he is.
The offense changed mid-season
Brian Schottenheimer's "air-Sanchez" offense failed miserably. When "air-Sanchez" failed--the plan went back to "ground and pound." The problem was that key players to that methodology were let go. "Ground and pound" was gone and the passing game did not work. Hence, New York ends up with a 8-8 record. No surprises there. Mark Sanchez's performance would have been significantly better if there was a a true vision for the offense. Instead, New York flew by the seat of their pants and it failed them.
Let the quarterback be a quarterback
The quarterback should lead by example. Joe Namath told NFL.com, "Lead by example as a football player, as the quarterback: to know the plan frontwards, backwards; be able to answer; know my guys; convince them I was ready and would give it my best. But no taking over a locker room. You have to have someone with the strength of the guy over in Baltimore -- maybe Ray Lewis-- you've got to be a beast to do that kind of thing, man."
Sanchez is certainly no Ray Lewis and there was no clear plan for Sanchez to know forwards and backwards. If Brian Schottenheimer didn't know what the plan was, how was Mark Sanchez supposed to know?
Turmoil does not breed success
With the staff and players in a constant state of turmoil, it is impossible for a young player to develop. Sanchez's receivers turned on him like a pack of dogs by the second half of the season. The Jets need to get the players under control. Until the mess in the locker room is sorted out, no one on that team will be successful.
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Lynda Altman grew up just outside of New York City. She has been a Jets fan all of her life and is disappointed that Gang Green will not be in the post season this year. She is rooting for her favorite NFC team--the New York Giants--to win the Super Bowl. You can contact her @LdyJetsFan on Twitter.