FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Figuring out the reason for the New York Jets‘ late-season success isn’t complicated.
<!–inline1–>”Turnovers have gotten us beat,” Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez said Wednesday at the team’s facility. “We’re 10-0 when we win the turnover battle. That’s a known fact, and that’s the way we’ve got to play.”
The Jets won’t have a shot to beat the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday if Sanchez gets careless again.
Sanchez has committed 24 giveaways in the 17 games he played. He threw 21 interceptions and lost three of his 10 fumbles.
ESPN Stats & Information came up with some surprising data about Sanchez’s bloopers.
One would think the rookie would lose the ball in a panic amid heavy pressure. But that’s not the case.
Almost half of Sanchez’s interceptions and fumbles occurred when Sanchez wasn’t getting pressured at all.
Stats & Information tracked the mishaps, including Sanchez fumbles the Jets recovered, and found nine came when defenses pressured the edge, six came when they pressured the middle, one fumble occurred with pressure on both the edge and up the middle. But 15 interceptions or fumbles happened with no pressure at all.
“I do feel more comfortable as the days go on and as I get experience each game,” Sanchez said. “There is no substitute for that experience. I think the biggest thing that has made the difference in these last few games is knowing what it takes to win and also knowing what gets you beat.
“If that means not throwing the ball, taking a sack, that’s what we’ve got to go with. It’s worked to this point and hopefully in the future I’ll be able to take more chances and really get a feel for things. Right now, it’s better [to] be smart than good.”