Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 5/14/12

There's no question that Mark Sanchez, entering what amounts to a make-or-break fourth season, has the weight on the world on his shoulders.

Now, thanks to an unlikely source, it's gotten that much heavier.

Pontificating on the past, Jets quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh told the New York Daily News that Sanchez displayed "poor decision-making" last season, which attributed to several of his staggering 26 turnovers.

“There were turnovers that were not his fault that were credited to him,” Cavanaugh told the Daily News in his first public comments since the Jets missed the playoffs at 8-8 last season. “But there were enough that playing that position he needs to cut some of those down. Most of them came from just poor decision-making.

Evidently, under new coordinator Tony Sparano, the Jets want Sanchez to become more of a game-manager. This, as Cavanaugh emphasized to the 24-year-old, means no mistakes, no turnovers; just smart decisions and productive plays, little margin for error.

"So I spent a lot of time with him talking about ‘Let’s get focused on managing the game,'" Cavanaugh added. “Taking the big plays when they’re there (and) understanding that... even though it’s drawn up to be a touchdown, not every play has to be a touchdown. Not every play has to be a completion. Sometimes throwing it away is a good thing. Sometimes taking a sack is better than throwing an interception.”

It sounds like they're trying to do with Sanchez what the 49ers did with Alex Smith -- transform an inconsistent, but young quarterback into a safe and sound signal-caller. The Niners got to the NFC Championship game with that mentality, and, for a change, won because of Smith, not in spite of him.

Many have knocked the move to acquire Tim Tebow, but, media circus aside, it should light a big fire under Sanchez, whose never had a legitimate number two breathing down his neck, able to push him for his job.

At this point, Sanchez is out of excuses. The Jets changed coordinators, simplified the offense, re-stocked the cupboard with more offensive weapons, and brought in a guy that he relates to on both a personal and positional level. There's nothing more the team can do.

He has all the motivation -- and 58 million assorted reasons -- to succeed. If he can't, even under the bright lights in a high-pressure situation, then ... well, let's just say the Tebow-maniacs will be pleased.

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