Jets coach Rex Ryan has said that Mark Sanchez will be the starting quarterback in New York for as long as Ryan is the coach in New York.
That doesn’t mean Ryan is above holding Sanchez’s feet to the fire with motivational tactics. The Jets gave Mark Brunell some first-team snaps in hopes of motivating Sanchez, just like they did around this time last year.
“You know me. If I think something’s working, we’ll go with it,” Ryan said via the New York Daily News. “I don’t think it really matters, but for some reason he got a little hot under the collar and gave that super competitive fighting spirit that we know he has. It seems to work.”
Sanchez admitted last summer that he “wanted to fight” Ryan the last time he pulled this stunt. But it’s not that crazy an idea. Just like it’s not that crazy an idea to actually bench Sanchez at some point if he continues down this path.
More important than motivational tactics: The Jets have an advantageous schedule in the coming weeks. If they can’t beat the Bills, Redskins, and Chiefs in a row, then perhaps Brunell really should play.