Time for Sanchez to step it up

The New York Jets have ridden their defense, running game and the occasional big play from the passing game to two consecutive AFC Championship Games.

But after predictions of a Super Bowl this season, the Jets are 2-3 and have dropped three straight heading into Monday night's game against the winless Miami Dolphins.

So naturally, the finger-pointing begins and ends with the play of quarterback Mark Sanchez, who in his third season, is still going through plenty of growing pains. Sanchez's inconsistency has been targeted as a major reason why the Jets have disappointed in the early going. Now, New York Post columnist Brian Costello is saying that it is time for Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to remove the shackles, let Sanchez take some chances, direct the offense and develop the needed confidence to lead the unit.

Sanchez's play has been spotty, for sure, but Costello is right. In a passing league where quarterback play drives the train, Schottenheimer is going to have to give Sanchez more free rein to make more plays for the Jets. In other words, it is time for Sanchez to sink or swim, and accordingly the Jets' fortunes to find buoyancy with him.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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