One of the first things Jets coach Rex Ryan did in the wake of Sunday’s 34-0 pounding at the hands of the 49ers was to reaffirm his commitment to Mark Sanchez as the team’s starting quarterback.
Ryan’s unwavering support of his quarterback after a 10-of-29, 103 yard performance in spite of the presence of Tim Tebow seems to have buoyed Sanchez’s confidence in his grasp on the job. He said that having Tebow on the roster, with or without the support of the owner, isn’t causing him any more sleepless nights than Kellen Clemens or Mark Brunell did in past seasons.
“I don’t feel threatened to lose my job at all anyway,” Sanchez said, via Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star-Ledger. “It’s no different whether it’s Tim, or Brunell or Kellen. It doesn’t change. I really don’t worry about it.”
Sanchez may or may not be proven right about the lack of a threat to his job, but he’s definitely right about the fact that things haven’t changed at the position for the Jets. Not for the better, anyway. Sanchez hasn’t shown much sign that he’s a markedly different quarterback than he was at any other point in his three seasons, which is a big part of the reason why the Jets have spent a fair amount of time this week swatting away questions about when or if they will make a quarterback change.