There might come a time for the Jets to make a quarterback change.
But that time is not today, at least according to Jets coach Rex Ryan.
Ryan backed Mark Sanchez after a third straight bad game, saying he was not ready to go to backup Tim Tebow.
“I just know in my heart right now that this is not the time,” Ryan said, via Brian Costello of the New York Post. “I think Tim is an outstanding player. I think Mark is. Right now, I think Mark gives us our best opportunity to win. I will always do, in my opinion, what’s in the best interest of this team, and that interest is what gives us the best chance to win. No matter who it is.”
Despite the 34-0 loss, Ryan remains confident in his starter.
“He’s definitely our guy,” Ryan said. “I mean we’ve had some poor performances in the past, and not just from our quarterback, from our team and we’ve been whipped pretty good, but I’m confident we’ll come back. . . .
“As competitive as Mark is, I know this is killing him. He’s going to want to respond. But you have to stay within the structure of what we need too. It’s a guy looking for a three-run homer with one guy on base. We can’t have that. Do his job. When guys are open, get him the football. Don’t force the issue. And protect the football. I think he will. We’ve seen him before. He’s responded.”
Maybe he’s just seen enough of the other guy to know that won’t help either.