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Did Mark Sanchez Make Progress in 2010?

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If one looks only at Mark Sanchez stats in 2010 compared with 2009, it is a bit disturbing. The numbers do not vary much.He hit 54.8% of passes in 2010 against 53.8% in 2009. Neither is very good. His rating improved a bit to 75.3 from 63.0, but fans had to be hoping for a bigger jump. His average per attempt actually went down to 6.5 from 6.7. Mark did take on a bigger role in the offense this year, throwing 143 more times than in 2009. As a result, his yards went up to 3.291 from 2,444. His touchdown to interception ratio went from 12-20 to 17-13. Even that is a bit deceiving, though, because Sanchez had a high rate of dropped interceptions that would have put him near record territory.

Thus it is tempting to say that Sanchez did not improve at all in his second season. I think this is completely wrong. There are some stories that numbers do not tell. We saw progress from the franchise quarterback in ways that will be described in subsequent posts today.

Before we get into that, I would like to hear your thoughts, though. Do you really think the numbers tell the whole story?