Sanchez, Jets off-target in playoff chase

December, 18, 2012
12/18/12
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Rex Ryan, Mark Sanchez and the Jets will miss the playoffs for the second straight season.
With Monday’s 14-10 loss at Tennessee, the New York Jets were eliminated from playoff contention. After reaching the AFC Championship in Rex Ryan’s first two seasons, they’re the first team since the 1986-89 Miami Dolphins to miss the playoffs in back-to-back seasons after making consecutive appearances in the conference championship game.

The loss puts the Jets at 6-8, guaranteeing the franchise its second straight season with a non-winning record. The Jets will finish with a non-winning record in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1994-96.

Ryan is 14-16 in the past two seasons after going 20-12 in his first two seasons as Jets head coach.

The Jets defense hasn’t been bad this season, but New York has struggled to move, and hold on to, the ball. The offense is in the bottom five of the league in points and yards per game, turnovers and Total QBR.

The Jets have turned the ball over 67 times over the past two seasons -- only the Eagles have more in that span -- and the Eagles and Chiefs (34 each) are the only teams with more than the Jets (33) this season.

With five turnovers Monday, Mark Sanchez has an NFL-high 24 turnovers this season and leads the league with 50 over the past two seasons.

All four of his interceptions Monday were off-target passes -- two overthrown and two underthrown. That gives him a dozen off-target interceptions this season, tied with Ryan Fitzpatrick for the most in the league.

Nearly 22 percent of his passes this season have been off-target -- only six qualified passers have a higher percentage this season.

His Total QBR was just 6.8 against the Titans on Monday, the fifth time this season he recorded a Total QBR of 10.0 or lower. Only two other quarterbacks have more than two such games this season (minimum 15 action plays).

Sanchez has a Total QBR of 25.0 this season -- John Skelton of the Arizona Cardinals is the only qualified quarterback with a lower QBR.

After posting the fourth-worst QBR in the league last season, the Jets quarterbacks have struggled even more this season. After Monday’s loss, the Jets have the third-lowest mark in the NFL.

But it’s not all on the quarterbacks. Jets receivers have the fewest yards after catch and yards after contact in the NFL and only five teams have dropped a higher percentage of the passes thrown their way.

That combination of off-target throws and drops by receivers mean that only Cardinals receivers have caught a fewer percentage of pass targets than Jets receivers.

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