The decision to give backup quarterback Mark Brunell some snaps with the first-team offense appears to be yet another “I’ll turn this car around right now” threat from coach Rex Ryan to quarterback Mark Sanchez. We know this because Rex reportedly has said at his Wednesday press availability that he can’t envision taking Sanchez out of a game.
Per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, however, Rex also said it’s not inconceivable that he’d replace Sanchez for a series.
And perhaps that would be the next step in Rex’s second annual effort to get Sanchez’s attention. As Rex explains at pages 258-59 of his book, Play Like You Mean It, he gave Brunell practice time with the starting offense in 2010 because “our quarterback was struggling . . . . I mean, he was shitty” and because “some defensive guys [were] complaining about the offense.”
So that’s what’s happening now, and in order to get Sanchez’s attention, Rex needs to take it up a notch.
If that means giving Brunell a series, the next question becomes what happens if Brunell does well?
The Jets are playing high-stakes poker on this one. But they need to do something to create the kind of urgency that seems to get the most out of Sanchez in the postseason.
For the past two games, the only urgency has related to the speed with which Jets fans find a receptacle for the contents of their stomachs.