The news about the deal extension signed by New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez late this week really didn’t seem like much to get excited about. Except for the fact that it seemed much like throwing the three-year New York starter a bone as part of the team’s strategy in pursuing free agent all-world quarterback Peyton Manning, not much was made of it.
But with Sanchez reportedly having the potential to earn nearly $60 million over the next five years and the fact that he could earn as much as $2 million more per year than Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, something just didn’t seem right.
Sanchez, in my mind, has been nothing short of a pedestrian, good looking, GQ-loving NFL quarterback since he took over as the starter in New York in 2009, just one year after Rodgers began his full-time position under center in Green Bay. Sure, he’s been the signal-caller in two AFC Championship games, but c’mon, really? Does he deserve $2 million more than Aaron Rodgers, the 2010 Super Bowl MVP and the 2011 NFL MVP?
OK, so in my mind it’s rhetorical to ask and try to answer that question.
But to back it up, let’s just take a look at a few of the statistics.
A quick look at career numbers from www.pro-football-reference.com, I thought, would probably substantiate my point, so here goes
Numbers of games: Rodgers – 69; Sanchez 47
Games started: Rodgers – 62; Sanchez 47
Team record in games started: Rodgers – 41-21; Sanchez 27-20
Completions, attempts, percent competed: Rodgers – 1,381-2,113-65.4%; Sanchez -782-1,414-55.3%
Total yards: Rodgers – 17,366; Sanchez – 9,209
Touchdowns: Rodgers – 132; Sanchez – 55
Percent of TDs per number of pass attempts: Rodgers – 6.2; Sanchez – 3.9
Interceptions: Rodgers – 38; Sanchez – 51
Percent of interceptions on attempts: Rodgers – 1.8%; Sanchez 3.6%
Longest pass completed: Rodgers – 93; Sanchez – 74
Yards gained per attempt: Rodgers – 8.2; Sanchez 6.5
Total yards gained per completion: Rodgers – 12.6; Sanchez -11.8
Total yards per game: Rodgers – 251.7; Sanchez 195.9
QB Rating: Rodgers – 104.1; Sanchez – 73.2
Times sacked: Rodgers – 160; Sanchez – 92
Yards lost from sacks: Rodgers – 1,019; Sanchez – 609
Fourth quarter comebacks: Rodgers – 3; Sanchez – 9
Game winning drives: Rodgers – 6; Sanchez – 11
Player Approximate Value: Rodgers – 73; Sanchez – 24