Jets tolerating Sanchez’s ups and downs

Posted Jan. 01, 2010 @ 1:30 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

Mark Sanchez delivered a decent performance in a Week 16 victory, which relieved some tension among Jets players, observers say. No teammate has been critical of Sanchez in public, but it's clear that with a top-ranked defense and running game, the rookie has held the team back. Sanchez threw 20 interceptions in his first 13 games this season, and his three picks in Week 15 helped keep the Jets from securing a much-needed win against the Falcons. He did not commit a turnover in Week 16, but as Sanchez recently put it: "Have I arrived? Absolutely not." Despite his trying first year, we're told the Jets most likely won't pursue a veteran backup this offseason to serve as a mentor and insurance in case Sanchez regresses. Top backup Kellen Clemens will be a free agent and isn't expected to be back, but the Jets like third-stringer Erik Ainge and No. 4 QB Kevin O'Connell and want to develop them.


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