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New York Jets: Marty Mornhinweg Pleased with Accuracy of Mark Sanchez

May 28th, 2013 at 8:01 AM
By Donald Lappe

New York Jets OTAs provide more quarterback intrigue than most other NFL teams can provide in training camp and the regular season. Last year, the quarterback tallies were kept as a quarterback controversy raised between Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow. This year the quarterback stats continued to be compiled on a per-practice basis. Marty Mornhinweg has come out and proclaimed that Mark Sanchez has put together "sky-high" numbers in terms of completion and accuracy percentage, despite the three-interception performance last week.

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Marty Mornhinweg tracks completion percentage and accuracy percentage as a way of evaluating a quarterback's daily performance in practice independent of drops by receivers and other outside factors. With the daily stats also reported by the beat writers in attendance at OTAs, interested fans can get a snapshot of what each quarterback did in practice, though not getting the complete picture of what Marty Mornhinweg is seeing.

That could account for the disconnect between what was reported last week and Marty Mornhinweg's public assessment of Mark Sanchez to this point. Did the wide receiver break off his route at the wrong point? Was it an exceptional play by the defender with Mark Sanchez putting the ball in the right spot? We don't know because Marty Mornhinweg is the one holding the play call sheet. All we know is that Mark Sanchez threw three interceptions last Wednesday on 11 passes.

It could always just be some classic Jets spin doctoring. The Jets have fed the media and their fans quite a bit of nonsense publicly the past few seasons, from the expected use of Tim Tebow to the status of players on the roster. It's foolish to expect NFL teams to be upfront about everything, especially the evaluation of a player embroiled in a quarterback competition. Whatever the case, it just drives home a point many have been trying to make since last year's OTAs: don't get too caught up in practice stats.

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Tags: 2013 NFL Draft, Football, Mark Sanchez, Marty Mornhinweg, New York, New York Jets, NFL, regular season, Tim Tebow

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