This is more of a rant than a post, so there won't be any stats or links to back up what I say. This is just my belief and gut feeling. That said... I have had it up to HERE with the statements and prevailing belief that we can only win if Sanchez turns into Brady or atleast Eli. Every week someone goes on and on about how we will only go as far as Sanchez takes us or we can't win if he doesn't take it to the next level. I think this has hurt us.
First of all it is not true. We have won with him just as he is. That is a fact. 9-7 and the AFC championship game in 09 and 11-5 and the AFC championship game in 10. And in neither AFC Championship game was he the reason we lost. I know..."If he played better we would have a home playoff game!" NEWSFLASH: we don't play that much better at home in the last two years! And we were excellent on the road. The simple truth is we HAVE won with him. I can name better QBs whose teams haven't won as much as we have in the last two years.
Why do I think it has hurt us? Because the push to make him this air general has moved our focus off what we do well, which is run and play D. Why do we have to have an Offense that passes more than runs? Because everyone else does? Who cares. Isn't winning more important?
Look, Sanchez is never going to be THAT type of QB. Doesn't mean he isn't a winner or good. So many good things happen when we run well. We eat the clock, Sanchez is more effective on play action and a moving pocket, our Defense gets to rest so they are stronger and fresher, and it keeps Brady and the rest of the ELITE QBs off the field. The rest for our D is important. Since we don't have a D Ware type player we need our guys as fresh as possible. when they are tired they look very average.
Going into the Pats game all I heard was Sanchez should have a field day against their weak secondary. He should Do what Eli did. The Giants and Steelers have showed us the way to beat them. Funny... I thought we beat them in the playoffs in Foxboro. And I thought the Ravens beat them the year before, a team that is a lot like us. Do we really want Sanchez in a shootout with Brady? We were getting great yards on the ground with Greene and LT but they had limited carries in the first half when the game was close, (I think Greene had 8 carries). Wouldn't it be better to keep Brady on the sidelines and our D rested?
I don't care if Sanchez is top 10 or not. Just dont mess up, get us into the playoffs and turn into the 96 QBR passer. We function better when we focus on Ground and Pound and not talk bout it. OH...and fire SCHOTTY! Thats what I want for Christmas.