Jets Notes & Quotes: Cheers For Sanchez

From MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

The life of a quarterback is always a tough one when it comes to living in the spotlight. That’s why they get paid so much money. No quarterback has more to gain, or more to lose than the guy working in New York.

Whether the jersey is blue or green, being a New York quarterback can wear you out – remember, they even booed Joe Namath.

Mark Sanchez knows that, but for this week at least, he’s the King of New York, after his performance against the Chiefs and the Jets staying a factor in the AFC race for the playoffs.

The last time the Jets played at MetLife Stadium the crowd booed him. This time, they cheered him in the pre-game introductions and he responded by becoming the first Jets quarterback to throw a pair of touchdown passes, but also score a pair himself.

“We’re just trying to win a game,” Sanchez said afterwards, when asked if he noticed the affection thrown his way to start the game. “That’s the last thing on my mind.”

In one of the Jets best performances of the year, Sanchez was 13 of 21 (62%), throwing for 181 yards, 8.6 yards per attempt. He threw the touchdown passes to WR Santonio Holmes and RB LaDainian Tomlinson on a screen.

All of this in a game where he had to call a timeout before the first offensive snap, setting up a chance for the boo birds.

“That’s something we have to get cleaned up,” said Sanchez. “If we don’t get the right guys in the huddle, then we’re not getting the play until late and we’re fighting the clock.”

MEDICAL MATTERS

In the second quarter the Chiefs lost SS Jon McGraw with a left ankle injury and he did not return. McGraw got the ankle taped, but stayed on the sideline for the rest of the game. His spot in the base defense as taken by Reshard Langford while Sabby Piscitelli filled in for him in the sub-defense against the pass.

DE Glenn Dorsey limped off the field with 10 minutes to play in the second quarter with what appeared to be a left leg injury. He ended up missing just one play.

The Jets had a tough injury when S Jim Leonhard was injured after making the only interception of the game. Leonhard grabbed a short Tyler Palko throw to WR Steve Breaston. As he tried to run, Breaston grabbed his ankle and Leonard tried to twist away and suffered a knee injury that reportedly will keep him out for the rest of the season.

ATMOSPHERE REPORT

It was a relatively nice weather day for December in the Northeast so there was a full house at MetLife Stadium. They can make some noise and they did, but it was nothing that was inhibiting to the Chiefs.

As for Chiefs fans, there are a dwindling number of those showing up for these road trips. Only a few red jackets in the stands for this one; usually there are quite a few when they come to this part of the country.

SPECIAL TEAMS REPORT

Ryan Succop – He nailed a 53-yard FG in the first quarter, giving him 17 in a row now. On the season he’s now 3-for-3 from 50 yards out. Succop kicked off three times, with the Jets beginning two of those possessions at their 23-yard line. The third was a botched onside kick attempt where Succop hit the ball and then it bounced up and hit him, ending the play.

Dustin Colquitt – The punter was busy with seven punts for a gross average of 51.3 yards and a net average of 45.1 yards. He had three kicks downed inside the 20-yard line, with a long punt of 61 yards. His punts went 61, 57, 56, 54, 49, 48 and 34 yards. His best net punt was his first of the game that traveled 56 yards with no return.

Javier Arenas – He had one kickoff return for 31 yards and one punt return for 10 yards.

Dexter McCluster – He jumped into the kickoff return duties with five for an average of 17.8 yards. His longest return was 30 yards. He also returned one punt for four yards. McCluster did fumble one of his kickoff returns, but it was recovered by teammate Jalil Brown.

Coverage – Press box statistics credited OLB Andy Studebaker with two tackles in the kicking game, along with solos from CB Travis Daniels, LB Cory Greenwood, S Reshard Langford and WR Terrance Copper.

ZEBRA REPORT

Veteran official Terry McAulay’s crew ran the game and they won’t soon be forgotten by head coach Todd Haley and the team’s defensive back. In one third quarter series where the Jets had the ball, the Chiefs were flagged for six penalties including one against Haley for unsportsmanlike conduct. Two officials on his side of the field at the time – Field Judge Terry Brown and Line Judge Mark Steinkerchner – didn’t like what they heard from the coach.

“I’m not getting into the penalties,” Haley said after the game. “The one thing we can’t do is lose our composure over a call. That’s on me, 100 percent.”

Here’s how the flags went against the Chiefs, who lost 128 yards on 11 penalties that were walked off:

Flag 

Offender  Penalty 

Yards 

1. 

J. Arenas Def. holding

Minus-2

2. 

B. Richardson False start

Minus-5

3.

C. Sheffield Illegal block

Minus-10

4. 

R. Lilja Holding

Minus-10

5. 

J. Belcher Rough passer

Minus-15

6. 

T. Jackson Def. holding

Declined

7. 

C. Greenwood Def. holding

Minus-5

8.  

T. Haley Unsportsmanlike

Minus-15

9.

B. Flowers Pass interference

Minus-16

10.

K. Lewis Pass interference

Minus-30

11.

L. McClain Unsportsmanlike

Minus-15

12.

A. Gordon Encroachment

Minus-5

In contrast, the Jets were flagged four times for just 22 yards in penalties.

Haley lost a replay challenge on the placement of the ball on a third down play. The on-field ruling was upheld.

PERSONNEL FILE

The inactive players for the Chiefs were QB Kyle Orton, WR Jeremy Horne, S Donald Washington, OT David Mims, TE Jake O’Connell, DE Brandon Bair and DT Jerrell Powe. The only active player who did not play was QB Ricky Stanzi.

The inactive players for the Jets were QB Kevin O’Connell, WR Eron Riley, RB Joe McKnight, CB Ellis Lankster, DE Mike Devito, OT Austin Howard and DT Kenrick Ellis.


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