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A game of what-ifs for Ryan, Sanchez in St. Louis


Jets coach Rex Ryan has in many ways lashed his own career to Mark Sanchez at this point, but there was a real chance he’d have a different quarterback if things had broken a little differently.

As noted by Rich Cimini of, Ryan was close to being the Rams head coach, and being in position to draft Sanchez there if he wanted him.

Ryan actually interviewed with then-Rams GM Bill Devaney the same day he met with Jets owner Woody Johnson and GM Mike Tannenbaum in January 2009.

“I don’t know if they want me to say,” Ryan said of the Rams job. “Just say I felt good about it.”

The Rams ended up hiring Steve Spagnuolo instead, firing him after three seasons and a 10-38 record.

Sanchez also said he thought the Rams might draft him second overall in 2009, though attempts to trade out of that spot were unsuccessful, and they ended up wasting the pick on right tackle Jason Smith, now a Jets backup.

“It sounded like it,” Sanchez said. “It sounded like things were getting close between there and even Seattle [fourth], talking to Seattle the day before the draft. They were talking about making a move up or drafting me that early.”

Of course, the Rams’ gamesmanship continued, as they tried to bluff Ryan into trading into the second spot themselves, with Devaney telling Ryan he’d have no quarterback if he didn’t make the deal for Sanchez.

Ryan said if they stayed put at the 17th spot, he’d draft wide receiver Percy Harvin and try to talk Brett Favre into coming back.

The Jets ended up making a less-costly deal with Cleveland for the fifth pick, getting Sanchez then, and triggering the events that led to the mess they’re in today.

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11 Responses to “A game of what-ifs for Ryan, Sanchez in St. Louis”
  1. skito13 says: Nov 18, 2012 9:43 AM

    Well at least it appears the Ram’s won these if’s….

  2. getatmeplease says: Nov 18, 2012 9:50 AM

    I like how Rex says he’d draft Harvin if they hadn’t moved up. We all know he’d have taken another bust.

  3. johnnyjagfan says: Nov 18, 2012 9:53 AM

    Jets don’t score 10 today.

  4. fcoprado says: Nov 18, 2012 9:58 AM

    As a lifelong Rams fan,thank god we didn’y hire Ryan as our head coach or drafted Sanchez to be our QB.What a circus it would be now.

  5. stoutfiles says: Nov 18, 2012 10:18 AM

    Clearly the Jets and the Rams both made awful draft decisions.

  6. budramsfan says: Nov 18, 2012 10:20 AM

    Its amazing how hindsight is perfect. The Rams taking Jason smith was a joke, and not a funny one.. I never thought I’d say this but im actually glad the Rams hired Spags over Rex.

  7. pftcensorssuck says: Nov 18, 2012 10:37 AM

    “What if” the Yets had hired a real coach, and drafted a real quarterback???

    Hey Pat’s fans, remember when we all thought the Jets were going to be a serious challenger to our lock on the AFC East?

    Kinda cute, now that we’re looking back on that, huh?


  8. mikeyarch53 says: Nov 18, 2012 10:54 AM

    “Triggering the events that led to the mess they’re in today” …
    Love that last line!

  9. cometkazie says: Nov 18, 2012 10:56 AM

    A lot of teams are foundering out there, but Jests are the most entertaining.

  10. charleslouis99 says: Nov 18, 2012 10:58 AM

    I’d rather have a 10-38 record and a strong locker room but bad team then have that nutcase and his circus in St Louis

  11. all32 says: Nov 18, 2012 11:33 AM

    and they ended up wasting the pick on right tackle Jason Smith, now a Jets backup.
    As did the Jets on Sancheese.

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