You couldn't swing a dead cat this summer without hitting someone telling you that it was imperative that Mark Sanchez showed marked improvement as a quarterback this season. Because of that we thought we'd check in weekly to see how the Sanchize is progressing toward that goal.
There's still another week of the regular season, but it seems like it is about time to declare the final verdict on Mark Sanchez's year.
It's not a good one. Progress has been hard to find for the Jets' starting quarterback this season and it is getting harder to argue with those who have claimed that he's regressed in 2011.
You can't ask for a more vivid or damning illustration of that than Saturday's loss to the Giants. Against a defense that has been easy pickings for the likes of Charlie Whitehurst and Rex Grossman, Sanchez managed to complete barely more than half of his passes and make zero big plays on his way to a 29-14 loss that all but ended the Jets' playoff hopes.
True believers and excuse-make...