Mark Sanchez vs. other QBs after Season 3
The all-important Season 3 for Mark Sanchez is now over. Compare Sanchez's first three seasons to other present-day quarterbacks in the NFL.
The quarterbacks are ranked according to passing yards.
Stats: 47 games, 1,003-for-1,552, 64.6% completion rate, 12,394 yards, 86 TDs, 31 INTs, 99.4 passer rating
After sitting behind Brett Favre for three seasons, Rodgers finally got his chance with the Packers in 2008. Rodgers led the Packers to an 11-5 record in 2009 and got his first taste of the playoffs going 28-for-42 for 422 yards and four touchdowns in a loss to the Cardinals. In 2010, Rodgers delivered another Super Bowl championship to "Title Town" and made Favre a distant memory in Green Bay. Rodgers was also named the MVP of Super Bowl XLV by completing 24 of 39 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns.
Stats: 48 games, 1,014-for-1,679, 60.6% completion rate, 12,287 yards, 85 TDs, 58 INTs, 85.4 passer rating
In just his second season with the Colts, Manning threw for 4,135 yards and went from 3-13 in 1998 to a 13-3 record in 1999. Manning carried the Colts to two playoff appearances and was named to the Pro Bowl twice.
Stats: 45 games, 831-for-1,307, 63.6% completion rate, 10,562 yards, 81 TDs, 46 INTs, 94.7 passer rating
Romo finished his first full season ranked seventh in the NFC in passing yards (2,903) and touchdown passes (19). The Cowboys would lose in the first round of the playoffs after Romo botched the hold on a field goal attempt. In 2007, Romo broke the franchise record for completions in a season with 335. During his first three seasons, Romo was selected to two Pro Bowls.
Stats: 48 games, 873-for-1,398, 62.4% completion rate, 10,549 yards, 77 TDs, 35 INTs, 93.5 passer rating
Rivers helped the Chargers to a 14-2 record during his first full season in 2006, but it was not enough to overcome the Patriots in the divisional round of the playoffs. Rivers and the Chargers made the playoffs again in 2007 and 2008. The 2008 season saw Rivers lead the NFL in touchdown passes (34) and passer rating (105.5).
Stats: 47 games, 954-for-1,541, 61.9% completion rate, 10,227 yards, 69 TDs, 38 INTs, 86.0 passer rating
Brady's early success is hard to match as he led the Patriots to Super Bowl victories in 2001 and 2003 and was named the MVP each time. He was also selected to the Pro Bowl in 2001.
Stats: 48 games, 878-for-1,416, 62% completion rate, 10,206 yards, 60 TDs, 34 INTs, 87.9 passer rating
Much like Sanchez, Flacco made it to the AFC Championship game in his rookie season and lost to the Steelers. Flacco led the Ravens to winning seasons in each of his first three seasons and threw a career-high 25 touchdowns with 3,622 yards in 2010.
Stats: 46 games, 885-for-1,456, 60.8% completion rate, 10,061 yards, 66 TDs, 34 INTs, 86.9 passer rating
Ryan was named the AP NFL Rookie of the Year in 2008 as he led the Falcons to the playoffs. The 2010 season proved to be his breakout season, leading the Falcons to an NFC-best 13-3 record and setting career highs in touchdowns, passing yards, completions, attempts, completion percentage and passer rating.
Stats through Season 3: 47 games, 782-for-1,414, 55.3% completion rate, 9,209 yards, 55 TDs, 51 INTs, 73.2 passer rating
Sanchez has proven to be clutch in the playoffs, leading the Jets to consecutive AFC title game appearances in his first two seasons. His four road playoff victories are tied for the most in NFL history. Sanchez's completion percentage is by far the lowest on this list compared to his peers.
Stats: 41 games, 795-for-1,315, 60.5% completion rate, 8,898 yards, 51 TDs, 46 INTs, 79.0 passer rating
In 2010, Freeman led Tampa Bay to their first winning season since 2005. The Bucs finished 10-6 just missing the playoffs and Freeman was named an alternate for the Pro Bowl. The Bucs finished a disappointing 5-11 in 2011 as Freeman’s touchdown total dropped from 25 to 16 and his interceptions rose from six to 22.
Stats: 42 games, 787-for-1,282, 61.4% completion rate, 8,551 yards, 55 TDs, 38 INTs, 83.0 passer rating
Brees' first three years in the NFL were not what we're accustomed to seeing from him as a member of the Saints. Brees only appeared in 11 games in 2003 after veteran Doug Flutie replaced him. Brees led the Chargers to a 12-4 season in 2004, which earned him Comeback Player of the Year honors. The Chargers won the AFC West, but were eliminated by the Jets in the playoffs.
Stats: 41 games, 644-for-1,032, 62.4% completion rate, 8,519 yards, 52 TDs, 43 INTs, 87.9 passer rating
Due to injuries, Roethlisberger - originally the No. 3 quarterback in 2004 - moved up to starter and went 13-0 in the regular season before losing to the Patriots in the AFC Championship. Despite knee injuries, Roethlisberger carried the Steelers to the Super Bowl in 2005 and beat the Seahawks. Big Ben had a poor outing — 9-for-21 with 123 yards and two interceptions — but he still became the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl.
Stats: 41 games, 690-for-1,276, 54.1% completion rate, 8,049 yards, 54 TDs, 44 INTs, 73.2 passer rating
Manning became the full-time starter in 2005 and led the Giants to the NFC East title. Manning finished in the top five in passing and touchdowns. In 2006, Manning got off to a hot start before faltering during the second half and finished 8-8. Manning was 16 of 27 with 161 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in a first-round playoff loss to the Eagles.
Stats: 29 games, 679-for-1,136, 59.8% completion rate, 7,840 yards, 60 TDs, 37 INTs, 84.7 passer rating
Stafford, the No. 1 pick during Sanchez’s draft class, threw five touchdowns during his rookie season in a game against the Browns becoming the youngest quarterback to do so. After missing most of the 2010 season with shoulder porblems, Stafford become the fourth quarterback to throw for 5,000 yards in a season (Dan Marino, Drew Brees and Tom Brady are the others). He led the Lions to their first winning season since 1995.