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And Another Thing


Why The Jets Will Not Win, Part 3

Today's reason: Mark Sanchez is no Joe Namath.

Heck. He's not even Joe Flacco.

He is, in truth, a rookie quarterback who's played like one, about to step foot on the biggest stage of his life. On the road. In front of a crowd renowned for bringing down the thunder.

I wouldn't want to be Sanchez if the Colts put up some early points and force the Jets to ditch their game plan -- which is to run the football early and often, grind clock and keep Peyton Manning off the field. If Manning beats the Jet blitz, and he will, the Jets could well wind up having to put the game on Sanchez' shoulders. And those are some shaky shoulders.

Here's how shaky: Among the quarterbacks of record who threw more touchdown passes than Sanchez in the regular season are such notables as, um, Alex Smith and Jason Campbell. Only Jay Cutler had more interceptions than Sanchez' 20. And the only QB who had a lower completion percentage than Sanchez' 53.1 was, um, JaMarcus Russell.

Yes, that JaMarcus Russell.

So: Joe Willie the kid ain't. And '69 this ain't.

Ben Smith's blog.