The rallying cry for fair-weather fans and diehards alike in the past few years has been "You can't win in the NFL with David Garrard." Everyone has realized that, as Weaver himself said, "David is not an elite quarterback in the NFL." We've heard it over and over from every fan the Jaguars have. David's ability has become the biggest question mark the team, (which by the way had a historically bad defense) had in the past years. "How" people ask, "can you win in a QB driven league with just an average quarterback? Especially one who some games sails his passes high and makes questionable decisions in big games?" Well, look at the Jets.
Obviously, there are some major differences between the Jets' and Jaguars' overall rosters. The Jets defense is a swarming 3-4 with an absolute stud of a shutdown corner in Darelle Revis. On offense, the team is full of big names: LT, Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes. They tossed out a bunch of cash for every possible free agent including not only those players but also Antonio Cromartie and Bart Scott. But one position on the team has to be considered a weak point, and that would be QB. Sanchez misses high on a lot of passes, and struggles to make all the throws. They've made excuses for him on ESPN, but really it's pretty plain to see when you watch the games. Edwards and Holmes make him look good at times by making acrobatic catches, but the truth is, Mark Sanchez is not a very accurate passer.
Think about this: in his 2 year career, Mark Sanchez has thrown 29 touchdowns and 33 interceptions. He's completed only 54 percent of his passes, and has posted a career passer rating of 70.2. "Hey man," Sanchez fans will say, "You can't count his rookie year. No one ever plays well as a rookie." Fine, his numbers for just this year actually aren't much better: 54.8% completions, 17 TDs to 13 INTs and a whopping 75.3 passer rating. David Garrard, on the other hand, completed 64.5% of his passes, had 23 TDs to 15 INTs and a 90.8 passer rating. Some would say Sanchez gets extra credit for his crunch time performances and 4th quarter wins. Garrard had 4 of those this season.
Now that I've made my opinion of the man painfully obvious, I'll just come out and say it: I don't think Sanchez is a very good QB, and I think if you are honest with yourself and watch a Jets game to see if he can make all the throws, you'd very quickly realize that even with the excellent protection he has, he can't. After watching both players this year, I would say that David Garrard has a better arm and more overall talent than Sanchez, and the stats seem to agree.
So if you are a Jaguars fan who has convinced yourself that a team cannot win with David Garrard, watch the Jets game on Sunday and tell me if you'd rather have Sanchez, because I wouldn't. And look at where the Jets are with a statistically worse QB than David Garrard: in the Championship game. Jaguars fans don't think they can win with a QB like David Garrard. Well, the Jets did it with Mark Sanchez, and the eye test, as well as stats, tell me that Sanchez is no David Garrard.