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Rex reiterates support for Sanchez

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On Sunday we reported that the Jets, despite their public support for quarterback Mark Sanchez, have privately begun to realize that Sanchez may not be the long-term answer.  But, as we explained, the Jets will continue to publicly support Sanchez, unless and until they decide to make a change.

And so it’s no surprise that coach Rex Ryan has dismissed the report that the organization privately is considering its alternatives at quarterback.

“It’s just not true,” Ryan said of the report on Monday, via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger.  “I’ve said repeatedly, this is my guy.”

Rex repeatedly will continue to say “this is my guy” unless and until the franchise decides that Sanchez isn’t its guy.  Whether that happens in the 2012 offseason, the 2013 offseason, or not at all, the fact remains that the Jets privately are assessing whether the quarterback of the present is also the quarterback of the future.

It’s not unusual for NFL coaches to say whatever they have to say, regardless of how true it truly is.  Until the Jets decide to dump Sanchez (if the Jets make that decision), the Jets need to fully and completely support him.  At some point, however, if the team decides that it’s out of carrots and sticks, things will change.

Given the manner in which the Jets jettisoned Chad Pennington for Brett Favre, nothing can be ruled out.  Especially if Peyton Manning ends up being released by the Colts and becomes intrigued by the prospect of a Manning family takeover of New York/New Jersey.

Until then, look for Rex to say it’s not even a consideration — as he already has done.

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41 Responses to “Rex reiterates support for Sanchez”
  1. jc1958cool says: Dec 26, 2011 5:55 PM

    also said he’d win a super bowl, neither is happening! not in this life time lol

  2. snoilog says: Dec 26, 2011 5:56 PM

    Blind leading the blind

    GO LIONS!!!!!!

  3. teal379 says: Dec 26, 2011 6:00 PM

    What Rex needs to realize is he isn’t the entire organization. He didn’t hire himself, there are others, ABOVE HIM, that also get to make decisions regarding the team.

    THOSE guys might decide to kick the OC to the curb and draft a QB and Rex will shut his trap and accept it.

    1. He doesn’t have the stones to say “If Sanchez goes, I go”,

    2. Even if he did have the guts to say it, he doesn’t have the CLOUT to make that any sort of real threat either. Not winning Superbowls or even divisional titles doesn’t garner a ton of political capital in most football organizations.

    3. Rex has to know that there are QB’s he’d rather have and with his track record – it might take bringing in a new QB for him to keep his job a bit longer. It’s an easy excuse that would most likely buy him another 2 years.

  4. nflsucker says: Dec 26, 2011 6:01 PM

    I’d bet the house that Sanchez is a backup QB within two seasons. Somewhere, but not with the Jets.

  5. rushbacker says: Dec 26, 2011 6:01 PM

    I actually think the Jets and Redskins would be at the top of any list of potential landing spots if the Colts do decide to trade Manning. Of course, I’m sure they’d prefer to trade him to the NFC if possible. I have to wonder whether Dallas would try to get into the mix as well.

  6. trbowman says: Dec 26, 2011 6:02 PM

    Doesn’t mean anything coming from Rex.

    All the times he praised Gholston, only to finally admit he never thought he was gonna be good in the first place & wouldn’t of drafted him.

  7. pedroherce says: Dec 26, 2011 6:08 PM

    Even a UDFA like Matt Moore has done so much more, with much less surrounding talent. C’mon, man!

  8. jaggedmark says: Dec 26, 2011 6:08 PM

    The media and Jets fans love Rex. They love his humor, his brashness.

    Fact of the matter is, he’s antics and style have wore on Sanchez. He’s destroying/destroyed a QB that could have been pretty good.

    Much like Gruden wore on his QBs.

    It’s time the media started calling Rex out, instead of placating him for their own benefit.

  9. bellichickshoody says: Dec 26, 2011 6:09 PM

    Sanchez puts his best foot forward. He’s a good little foot soldier. He doesn’t just stick his toes in the water. He just keeps putting one foot in front of the other and trying to improve. -thats why Rex likes him

  10. 4ever19 says: Dec 26, 2011 6:10 PM

    With that kind of ringing endorsement, Sanchez probably has one foot out the door. If the Jets were smart, Rex would be right behind (of course, if the Jets were smart they wouldn’t be the Jets).

  11. tiffpats4eva says: Dec 26, 2011 6:10 PM

    Vote of confidence. Those always work.

  12. bleed4philly says: Dec 26, 2011 6:11 PM

    And at the same time has the polians on speed dial. Peyton Manning will be a jet, mark it down.

  13. commandercornpone says: Dec 26, 2011 6:12 PM

    sunday around 1600et, or maybe 1900et, would be the time to start backing off all the sanchize support. till then, keep him ‘motivated’.

  14. shinook777 says: Dec 26, 2011 6:12 PM

    CUT: Sanchez, Eric Smith, Patrick Turner, Greene, LT, Hunter, Plaxico

    ADD: Manning, DE, OLB, 1 good safety, bruising RB, Reggie Wayne

    Sanchez needs to GO! He suck major apples! He needs to spend more time perfecting his game instead of chasing supermodels and 17 yo girl.

  15. sterilizecromartie says: Dec 26, 2011 6:16 PM

    Wow, tough crowd. All he did was lead his team to the playoffs two straight years and had playoff wins versus Palmer, Rivers, Peyton, and Brady… all on the road. Guess that’s not good enough for the great city of New York. Tom Brady hasn’t even won a playoff game in the past two years, let alone getting to two conference championships.

    Sanchez isn’t the problem. The skill players on the Jets are garbage. Holmes is inconsistent. LT and Burress are ancient. Greene is overrated. Keller has disappeared this year. Not to mention, the team is calling 59 pass plays on a team that is supposed to be a “ground and pound” team. They fail at the “ground and pound”, then when they are already down 20-7 they predictably throw it every down. That’s called setting your QB up for failure.

  16. mrconnors says: Dec 26, 2011 6:17 PM

    If they’ve privately begun to question whether Sanchez is the answer, how does the public know about it?

  17. vincentbojackson says: Dec 26, 2011 6:19 PM

    Nobody expected much from Sanchez when he was drafted, in that respect the Jets are lucky they’ve gotten this much from him. He’s a low-end starter/high-end back up in this league.

  18. blkmanwtan says: Dec 26, 2011 6:34 PM

    Mark Sanchez = Rex Grossman when he was with the Bears

  19. benh999 says: Dec 26, 2011 6:36 PM

    I can’t wait until Sanchez is 30 and we still cut him a break for being a young guy.

  20. juststeel says: Dec 26, 2011 6:36 PM

    Its time Rex goes, this is the most disappointing team in the league. Sanchez threw the ball 59 times, they should be running 59 times.

  21. subzero2401 says: Dec 26, 2011 6:43 PM

    Wake up, people. This is a young QB in year 3 with FOUR road playoff wins and 2 AFC championship appearances. Oh by the way, the statistics say he’s improved. So whether you like it or dislike it, he’s not going anywhere. Schotty on the other hand…

  22. istallion says: Dec 26, 2011 6:51 PM

    I’ll bet Tex privately is visiting every college campus with a QB who is graduating this year. I know this loss against the Gmen will haunt him all off season and I know he knows Sanchez is no Eli.

  23. bingobrown12 says: Dec 26, 2011 7:03 PM

    Unless Sanchez can be used as a flotation device,both are going under.

  24. sjsharksfan11 says: Dec 26, 2011 7:12 PM

    Knew he was a bum coming out of college. Typical overhyped USC player

  25. joecb91 says: Dec 26, 2011 7:20 PM

    Why would he do that?

  26. dudeicle says: Dec 26, 2011 7:29 PM

    1) Rex’s words only mean so much… after all, they are 3 time superbowl champs, aren’t they?

    2) Can’t see Peyton going to the Jets with Rex and Schotty still there.

  27. spfripp says: Dec 26, 2011 7:31 PM

    Been saying from it from his rookie year. Sanchez is nothing but a game manager. The problem with that is in today’s NFL QBs can no longer just be caretakers of a football. They need to score TDs on demand and that places even more value on elite QBs. Manning, injuries, age and all will be going at the premium and teams will have to mortgage the farm in terms of trading up to get any of the top three QBs in the draft.

  28. R8RBOB says: Dec 26, 2011 7:39 PM

    Mark Sanchez is just another one of those overrated quarterbacks from that school in the Southland who oversold these guys as franchise quarterbacks. Sanchez is no better than Chad Pennington who got his walking papers when management realized you can’t turn a Taurus into a Benz.

  29. akoko1 says: Dec 26, 2011 7:57 PM

    Wow Though crowd. All he did is lead is team to a playoff win on the road Two Afc championship versus Palmer, Manning, Brady all on the road. Guess what that is not good enough for New York city. Tom Brady hasn’t won a playoff game in two years let all alone getting to two conference final.

    Hey for FYI the jets won those playoffs because of the defense not because of Sanchez the reason they are not winning now is because the defense has not been the same as of the last 2years and that is why he is getting exposed. For FYI did you just mention Brady in the same words with Sanchez? True that Brady has not won a playoff in 2 years but the guy has won 3 SB being to 5 AFC conference final one of the greatest that ever play the game and you are comparing him with Mark Sanchez hey football is a team sport where will be the Pats be this year without TB their defense is the reason why TB has not been able to advance to win playoff games. Get your fact right

  30. cunninglinguist69 says: Dec 26, 2011 8:23 PM

    A healthy, in-his-prime Chad Pennington would be nearly the perfect quarterback for this current Jets team. He was a very accurate short- to intermediate-range passer and was never surrounded by the kind of supporting cast (offense or defense) that “Sanchise” enjoys. Plus, Chad had a hard time staying healthy.

  31. tiffpats4eva says: Dec 26, 2011 8:23 PM

    Any solution to the Jets woes should include removing Brian Schottenheimer.

  32. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Dec 26, 2011 8:52 PM

    If Rex says it, that means it’s going to happen, right? Duhhhhh.

  33. adirtyplayernamedsue says: Dec 26, 2011 9:21 PM

    Who cares? Nobody respects Rex’s opinion anyway. Mark is not good..

  34. pastabelly says: Dec 26, 2011 9:25 PM

    The Jets will likely give Sanchez one more year to prove himself. It’s too early to end the experiment and highly doubtful Manning is going anywhere, at least for another year.

  35. rangenius says: Dec 26, 2011 9:39 PM

    Woody Johnson may be a bigger moron when it comes to loyalty than Rex. How many years has that bum Brian Schottenheimer been running this piss poor offense?

  36. so1ar says: Dec 26, 2011 9:44 PM

    We have a radio personality here in detroit that has loved sanchez over stafford until a few weeks ago because sanchez has won road playoff games when the Jets had the a great run game and great defense. So basically he would take Trent Dilfer or Sanchez over Stafford. I dont agree with him one bit.

  37. andyreidisfat says: Dec 26, 2011 10:23 PM

    The jets are really good team with a bad qb. I hope Rex’s loyalty does end up costing him a job. If the jets even had a decent qb they would be one of the better teams in the nfl.

    The jets minus sanchez play well enough to win against the giants. Sanchez was making mistakes a pro just doesn’t make. He has one of the top throw the ball up guys and he won’t throw him the ball unless he’s ten yards away. I have never seen a qb more afraid to throw the ball downfield. Sanchez must go if the jets are to be winners. The guy just plays scared period

  38. dynaco says: Dec 26, 2011 10:33 PM

    sterilizecromartie says:
    Dec 26, 2011 6:16 PM
    Wow, tough crowd. All he did was lead his team to the playoffs two straight years and had playoff wins versus Palmer, Rivers, Peyton, and Brady… all on the road. Guess that’s not good enough for the great city of New York. Tom Brady hasn’t even won a playoff game in the past two years, let alone getting to two conference championships.

    Sanchez isn’t the problem. The skill players on the Jets are garbage. Holmes is inconsistent. LT and Burress are ancient. Greene is overrated. Keller has disappeared this year. Not to mention, the team is calling 59 pass plays on a team that is supposed to be a “ground and pound” team. They fail at the “ground and pound”, then when they are already down 20-7 they predictably throw it every down. That’s called setting your QB up for failure.

    ————————————————–
    Finally someone who absolutely knows the Jets!!!
    I agree 100%.
    About the defense carrying them is BS. the kid put enough points up to beat the colts/pats/bolts/bengals. And he did it with some pretty sharp passes that you just don’t want to remember.

  39. quadya says: Dec 26, 2011 10:53 PM

    Matt Moore is better than Sanchez.

  40. j0esixpack says: Dec 26, 2011 11:48 PM

    Rex Ryan is two guaranteed Super Bowl wins shy of having credibility as a man of his word

  41. jssgriffi says: Dec 27, 2011 1:20 AM

    Sanchez is garbage!! He plays one year at USC gets drafted and is touted as an upper echelon qb, give me a break! Then you have tebow who won 2 nat championships in college and all these “experts” say “oh, just look at his throwing motion he’ll never make it in the nfl.” Guess they were wrong about both. Sanchez wouldn’t even be a back up on most nfl teams. He sucks!

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