Jets playoff picture is blurry if Mark Sanchez is in equation

By Adena Andrews | CBS Sports

Mark Sanchez may be the quarterback of the New York Jets, but he has to be limited in the equation as much as possible if the Jets want to march into the postseason, according to the NFL Monday QB crew.

“They're not going to take any chances with Mark Sanchez,” Rich Gannon said. “They are going to roll up their sleeves, play great D, try and create some turnovers and field position. They are going to run those two backs, Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell. They're going to take the ball out of the hands of Mark Sanchez.”

Because of the Jets' dismal play this season, the Sanchbow (Sanchez, Tim Tebow) quarterback issue has been the most interesting thing coming out of MetLife Stadium (besides their reigning champion roommates).

Even with consecutive wins against the Arizona Cardinals and Jacksonville Jaguars, Sanchbow chatter has not died down. That's mostly because of a disappointing season of 6-7, Sanchez dwelling at the bottom of the passing percentage ratings (55.4), and the Jets winning the previous two games by a total of eight points. Even with the team “catching fire”, as Sanchez said, New Yorkers still don't want to see him starting, according to the NFL Monday QB Facebook poll.

“They've underachieved all year,” said Steve Beuerlein. “There's no reason to believe all of a sudden the light bulb is going to go off and they are going to get good all of a sudden. “

Even with an underperforming season, the Jets are still alive with an eighth playoff seed right behind the Cincinnati Bengals. The Jets' future is resting on their remaining schedule. They are at Tennessee, home against San Diego and end the season on the road against Buffalo.

“They could win all three of those and that makes them 9-7.” Dan Marino said. “That's not going to be good enough to get in even if the Steelers are 9-7. The Steelers beat the Jets so the Steelers are going to get in anyway.”

Time, Sanchez's arm and maybe the all-knowing oracles at Eye on Football can tell if the Jets can squeak by into the postseason.

 
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