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New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez improving knowledge of protections

By Manish Mehta

Daily News Sports Writer

Wednesday, May 26th 2010, 3:46 PM

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New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is getting the point about how important it is to understand offensive line protections.

For all the questions and (over)analysis surrounding Mark Sanchez's comeback from offseason arthroscopic left knee surgery, the 23-year-old is quietly making huge strides in his growth and development as a pro quarterback.

Sanchez has made significant progress in the classroom that could go a long way for a team with Super Bowl aspirations in 2010.

So, what has the franchise quarterback learned in the past few months?

Let's take a closer look:

Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer's top priority this offseason was to improve Sanchez's understanding of protections.

"Mark knew the protections last year, but he didn't really know the protections," Schottenheimer told me. "He didn't really know all the issues that came with the protections. That's not unlike most young quarterbacks. So we're trying to make him get caught up with that."

Although Sanchez recognized that a specific defensive front called for seven- or -eight-man protection, he didn't know the specific responsibilities of each offensive lineman. He just knew he was protected.

The Jets' veteran offensive line took care of the details.

"Nick (Mangold), Brandon (Moore) and those guys solves a lot of problems for Mark," Schottenheimer said. "But what we hope to do is decrease some of the sacks

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