Mark Sanchez: Is He the Worst QB In the NFL?

Matt GelfandCorrespondent ISeptember 14, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets stands on the sidelines during their home opener against the Baltimore Ravens at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 13, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Futility never looked so pretty.

But staring through the helmet of New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, it was possible to see through the handsome, fun-loving exterior and into the eyes of a quarterback who's clearly lost his way.

The Baltimore Ravens should send Sanchez the game ball following their ugly 10-9 victory over the Jets on Monday Night Football.  Sanchez withered under the bright Monday night lights, and finished with a performance so apocalyptically bad, it bordered on incompetence.

Sanchez's final line?  10-21, 74 yards, two sacks, no TDs, no INTs. Ugh.

"No interceptions!" Jet fan says, cringing painfully with false optimism.  Well, it's easy not to throw interceptions when you refuse to pass the ball to your wide receivers.

Jets starting WRs caught a combined three balls (Braylon Edwards, one catch, nine yards. Jerricho Cotchery, two catches, 18 yards), with Sanchez's longest pass of the game going to Cotchery for 13 yards.

Granted, opposing QB Joe Flacco was wildly inconsistent, inaccurate, and generally played a pretty vanilla game.  Lucky for him Anquan Boldin is a beast—he grabbed everything Flacco tossed his way, finishing with seven catches for 110 yards.

The Jets' performance on Monday Night Football makes Rex Ryan look like an utter fool.  His "smashmouth," "ground and pound" formula may work against inferior defenses, but the Ravens aren't one of them, and they saw it coming all night long.

Shonn Greene fumbled twice and showed the intensity of J.D. Drew on a called third strike didn't help matters.

Where was "The Terminator," fullback John Conner, whom Jets staff had been wetting themselves over all preseason?  Or rookie corner Kyle Wilson who Ryan raved about, who got called for a costly pass interference penalty which led to a Willis McGahee touchdown?

And frankly, Sanchez looked clueless.  He couldn't read defenses, checked down without even scanning downfield, had zero pocket presence and used terrible clock management.

Stay loose, Mark Brunell