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So just how bad is the Jets Pass O?

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If the Jets are a phenomenal pass D, and a strong team running and stopping the run, why are they a team that very nearly missed the playoffs instead of a juggernaut?

 

190 for 367 (51.8%), 2,557 yards, 14 TDs, 21 INTs, 63.1 QB Rating, 4.35 ANY/A

Oh.

 

That is Mark Sanchez's passing line for weeks 1-15, plus his two playoff games (15 games total since he missed one game with a knee injury).

After the jump is the Jets passing performances (with Sanchez at QB) vs the opponents average.

(Red text is worse than opponent average, green is better, black is about average)

Opponent Comp Att Comp% Yards Y/A TD INT Rating ANY/A
Texans 18 31 58.1 272 8.8 1 1 84.3 7.97
Patriots 14 22 63.6 163 7.4 1 0 101.1 6.54
Titans 17 30 56.7 171 5.7 2 1 81.4 4.27
Saints 14 27 51.9 138 5.1 0 3 27 -0.74
Dolphins 12 24 50.0 172 7.2 1 0 87.5 7.68
Bills 10 29 34.5 119 4.1 0 5 8.3 -4.16
Raiders 9 16 56.3 143 8.9 1 0 107.0 8.88
Dolphins 20 35 57.1 265 7.6 2 0 100.3 7.86
Jaguars 16 30 53.3 212 7.1 1 2 59.3 4.73
Patriots 8 21 38.1 136 6.5 1 4 37.1 -1.65
Panthers 13 17 76.5 154 9.1 0 1 79 4.95
Bills 7 15 46.7 104 6.9 1 0 92.1 6.24
Falcons 18 32 56.3 226 7.1 1 3 49.7 2.94
Bengals 12 15 80.0 182 12.1 1 0 139.4 13.47
Chargers 12 23 52.2 100 4.3 1 1 60.1 2.83

 

Observations

  • Holy tape effect Batman!  Sanchez debuted with a excellent 7.97 ANY/A against the Texans week 1, and each of the next 3 weeks his ANY/A dropped at an accelerating rate until he hit negative ANY/A week 4 against the Saints.
  • Sanchez had 3 of 15 games where he actually cost his team yardage per dropback and another 3 in which he gained less yards per attempt than the Jets season average on the ground (a no-no for a passing game due to it's increased boom-bust ratio vs the run)
  • Completion% and Yardage were consistently below average. Passing is not the main driver of their offense and their inability to consistently complete passes is a big reason
  • They fairs better in overall metrics thanks to a higher than usual Yards/Att (a strong run game probably helps open things up downfield) and because they gave up relatively few sacks of Sanchez.

The Jets don't lean heavily on their passing game to move the ball, when they do they are inconsistent and turnover prone