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The Fundamental Problem With Mark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez's words are indicative of a fundamental problem with the fifth-year quarterback.

Leon Halip

On Mark Sanchez's third pass against the Detroit Lions, he threw an interception to DE Ezekiel Ansah. It looked a little something like this:


In his fifth season, Sanchez is still unable to complete a screen pass or just throw the ball away. For the umpteenth time, he threw an interception to a defensive lineman. Later in the game, Sanchez stated in an interview that it was "Not the ideal start, but so what?" He then said, "They scored a touchdown on defense right away, who cares?"

Sanchez is right in that his pick-six doesn't matter because it was a preseason game and the score doesn't count. But his comments are indicative of a bigger problem with Sanchez... that he's never upset when he screws up, even when it's an egregious mistake like the aforementioned pick-six. In his words, "They're never gonna see me sweat." The good, nay, great, players hate it when they screw up. They can't stand it; it drives them nuts. They hold themselves personally accountable, and they often publicly state that they aren't performing adequately. Sanchez doesn't do this. His shtick is that he's always relaxed and the problem isn't as big a deal as people are making it seem. But in year five, he's still making the same stupid mistakes. He's satisfied with where he is. And that's the fundamental problem with Sanchez.