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Rex says Sanchez decision has “absolutely zero” to do with money


Jets coach Rex Ryan says the fact that his team has millions of dollars tied up in a long-term contract for quarterback Mark Sanchez has nothing to do with his decision to keep Sanchez as the starting quarterback.

At a press conference a few hours after Ryan informed the team that Sanchez will start Sunday against the Jaguars, Ryan was asked how much Sanchez’s contract has to do with his status as the starter. Ryan answered, “Absolutely zero.”

Ryan also denied that Jets owner Woody Johnson had put any pressure on him, saying that Johnson always tells him only that it’s his call who to play.

“I don’t get any pressure from Woody,” Ryan said. “I’m fortunate. I have a great relationship with my owner, with Woody. We have conversations — open conversations — all the time. We can say things to each other and all that. But where I’m real fortunate is from the day Mr. Johnson hired me, he said it’s 100 percent my decision on who plays and what their role is. And that’s it.”

So why did Ryan decide to go with Sanchez? Ryan said it’s simple: Sanchez gives the Jets the best chance to beat the Jaguars on Sunday. And Ryan said the decision is “one I feel great about.”

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47 Responses to “Rex says Sanchez decision has “absolutely zero” to do with money”
  1. whatnojets says: Dec 5, 2012 12:34 PM

    Only three head coaches in the history of the New York Jets franchise had a winning record:

    Bill Parcells 29-19
    Al Groh 9-7
    Rex Ryan 28-20

    That tells you something!

    Oh by the way….It’s ALWAYS about MONEY!!

  2. slvrspec says: Dec 5, 2012 12:36 PM

    PLEASE! Why else would you stick with him as your QB!

  3. brenenostler says: Dec 5, 2012 12:37 PM

    But the Jets would have home-field advantage if they started Tebow…

  4. green41563 says: Dec 5, 2012 12:38 PM

    Of course money has something to do with it.

    But it’s something else, too: POLITICS. In other words, who was drafted higher, who gets paid more, who’s “your guy” and who’s “somebody else’s guy,” etc.

    When a GM goes to sell an owner on a certain player and asks for $40 million of the owner’s money to get that player, then the GM becomes married to that player. If the coach & GM admit he’s a bust, they’ll be looking for new jobs.

    When politics takes over, you’re done.

  5. forcef1ve says: Dec 5, 2012 12:38 PM

    Sanchez is the best of 3 weak options. You can accuse Rex of creating a circus, but just imagine the circus it would have been if he started Tebow in Jacksonville?

  6. annes22 says: Dec 5, 2012 12:39 PM

    Can we quit with having to listen to anymore Jet’s rubbish. Every week we have this QB nonsense, enough is enough. No one cares except Jets fans, and even half of those are completely fed up. Ask Fireman Ed how he feels???

  7. butchhickory says: Dec 5, 2012 12:40 PM

    Why are we still hearing about this team ? They are going nowhere. Nothing to see here, MOVE ALONG !!!

  8. jetsfansince1968 says: Dec 5, 2012 12:46 PM

    Delusional coach, sad season, please end this circus, Jets are a laughing stock Woody!

  9. billythebuffalo says: Dec 5, 2012 12:47 PM

    When you’re lying to the media so blatantly, you know your team is in real deep trouble.

  10. knucklebucket says: Dec 5, 2012 12:47 PM

    The fact that he says he “feels great” about the decision to play Sanchez is proof that you cannot believe a thing he says right now.
    The only possible reason for playing Sanchez is the fact that he is a head case and benching him now will lose him forever. But how much longer can Rex pretend that Sanchez is worthy of the starting job. Jets fans must be beside themselves…

  11. billythebuffalo says: Dec 5, 2012 12:48 PM

    Based on last week’s performance, Greg McElroy actually provides the team the best chance of winning…

  12. getyourownname says: Dec 5, 2012 12:48 PM

    Rex, here’s the problem. When you acquire a rep for bluster and previously saying things that are obviously not true, you lose all credibility, especially when the new statement is a head scratcher on the surface (really, if you believed what you said here, why did you play McIlroy last week?)

    I’m afraid you have passed the point of no return.

  13. bh83 says: Dec 5, 2012 12:54 PM

    Can you please stop reporting every single tiny story about the Jets. I’ve recently been looking for NFL news elsewhere because a 5-7 trainwreck is talked about ten times as much as teams like the Texans, Patriots, Broncos etc…

  14. RyanFeet says: Dec 5, 2012 12:56 PM

    Great! Thanks Rex. You just locked us all up for another few years of complete misery with this dreadfull exuse for a quarterback. Let Sanchez go and cut your losses just like they do in baseball! No one is going to want to go see this team play next few years with Sanchez at healm and that translates into thousands of empty seats and millions lost in attendance. Way to go!

  15. alltee says: Dec 5, 2012 12:58 PM

    it has nothing to do with money, it has to do with cap space and rex’s inability to draft and develop qb’s leaving the jets without a single nfl qb on the team.

    the jets are already over the cap for next year and will have to let some players go just to make it under the cap, guaranteeing the jets field a team that is no better then this year’s debacle.

    as a pats fan couldnt be happier how jets management and coaching have destoyed any hopes of even being a an 8 and 8 team next year

  16. mrbullgator says: Dec 5, 2012 12:59 PM

    Jeez Rex you are so delusional! Best chance to win?! Win what the first pick in the draft??
    Here’s hoping Sanchez goes 9-21 with 3 int in the first half

  17. solidarityrules says: Dec 5, 2012 1:02 PM

    Sanchez plays because if he doesn’t Tebow will play, and that’s a mess and set of pressures Rex and company don’t want. (And against Jacksonville, the Jets might win, with any of the three at QB.) Sanchez plays so they can assess him and know where they stand going forward; the season is lost in any case.

  18. jetfanfolife says: Dec 5, 2012 1:04 PM

    You say “I feel great about this and that” or “Mark gives us the best chance” etc…all the time. So what have you got to show for it so far?


    Where’s the 2nd trophy already? Looks like we’ll have to wait until another ‘new’ coach comes in and takes the reins.

  19. mx429 says: Dec 5, 2012 1:04 PM

    There’s more than meets the eye with this story. Continuing to start one of the weakest players in the league at his position proves that winning football games is secondary to some other element.

  20. darknessspreads says: Dec 5, 2012 1:06 PM

    Rex just appears to really be willing to go down with Sanchez – and down with the whole ship.

    I don’t think McElroy is necessarily the answer, and I assume that either Geno Smith or Matt Barkley will be a Jet (and starting!) at this time next year, but Sanchez is a known commodity at this point, and that commodity is “below average QB in the NFL.” Maybe McElroy is Chad Pennington 2.0, which would be a damn sight better than Sanchez. You can’t know unless you play him.

  21. gochargersgo says: Dec 5, 2012 1:07 PM

    Well thats odd. Because it clearly has zero to do with winning or scoring or moving the ball either. The mystery continues.

  22. winninitall says: Dec 5, 2012 1:13 PM

    I really don’t know what Rex sees in this guy. Based on last Sundays game it looked like the rest of the team doesn’t want to play for Sancchez.

    We have an easy road to the end of the season, give McElroy the experience and a chance.

  23. billsfaninmiami says: Dec 5, 2012 1:15 PM

    Which means, of course, its all about the Bens…

  24. jaltreality says: Dec 5, 2012 1:18 PM

    What if Sanchez throws another few INTs? Same thing? Pull him, let McElroy possibly pull a do-able win over the Jaguars, and then start Sanchez the next game again?

    This kid should be treated like any other professional athlete. One thing the first Hard Knocks made clear to me is that they handle him with kid gloves.

  25. pftcensorssuck says: Dec 5, 2012 1:25 PM

    Ryan said the decision is “one I feel great about.”

    I believe him.


  26. patfic15 says: Dec 5, 2012 1:27 PM

    If Matt Flynn can be a $10 mil backup…then Sanchez can certainly be an 8 mil 2nd stringer….

  27. jaxbeachjagfan says: Dec 5, 2012 1:28 PM

    Lucky for Rex, playing the Jaguars gives them the best chance to win, regardless of whoever is taking the snap.

    You’d have to pretty gullible to believe that contract extension (and guaranteed $$$ in 2013) has zero to do with keeping Sanchez a starter.

  28. turtlehut says: Dec 5, 2012 1:29 PM

    I learned years ago that when someons says “It isn’t about the money” it is the MONEY

  29. t16rich says: Dec 5, 2012 1:35 PM

    Rex and Andy will be Coach of the year nominees, right?

  30. ancylostoma says: Dec 5, 2012 1:40 PM

    Yeah right.. one thing im sure, the decision has absolutely zero to do with Sanchez ability to play football..

  31. ambitoos says: Dec 5, 2012 1:44 PM

    Rex is a players coach. Somebody has to give him the right players to make him a winning coach. Questioning his every move as though you guys know more than him is just stupid.

  32. cmdrsmooth says: Dec 5, 2012 2:13 PM

    Fire Rex.

    Had a chance to let Sanchez sit and learn for a bit from sidelines and compete for the job next year. Would have benefited Mark. Delusional.

  33. fanofevilempire says: Dec 5, 2012 2:15 PM

    it looks like the talking heads and sport reporters in NYC will get rid of Rex, Mr.T and Sanchise.

    this is how it is, why do you think Parcells got fed up and why Belichik resigned as HC of NY JETS

    oh boy!

  34. prosourcetalk says: Dec 5, 2012 2:18 PM

    Yeah ok…

  35. nyjets1017 says: Dec 5, 2012 2:22 PM

    I lost what little faith I had in this team

  36. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 5, 2012 3:04 PM

    The contract may not be a reason if Sanchez plays but it will be a reason why Tannenbaun gets fired.

  37. cuda1234 says: Dec 5, 2012 3:17 PM

    Why does everyone keep trying to pawn Tebow off on Jacksonville? What have they done to deserve that circus?

  38. footballace says: Dec 5, 2012 3:30 PM

    I can tell you why the Jets are sticking with The Sanchize. They want to tank the season to get the high draft pick in next years draft to find Sanchez’s replacement.

  39. dudeicle says: Dec 5, 2012 3:41 PM

    cuda1234 says:
    Dec 5, 2012 3:17 PM
    Why does everyone keep trying to pawn Tebow off on Jacksonville? What have they done to deserve that circus?

    that’s tebow’s hometown; the owner thinks tebow can put some money in his pockets. And it’s the Jags after all… they can’t really slip any further

  40. orivar says: Dec 5, 2012 3:49 PM

    I think it’s more of Ryan trying to get his guy to succeed You’re cool Rex but it just might be time to let your guy sit on the bench.

  41. rcali says: Dec 5, 2012 3:51 PM

    He’d get murdered by everybody for saying it was about money. That’s a no win question in today’s media.

  42. toybkshr says: Dec 5, 2012 4:38 PM

    Attaboy Rex – Insult our intelligence again!

  43. mazblast says: Dec 5, 2012 4:55 PM

    Whenever the phrase “it’s not about the money” appears, it’s about the money.

  44. bigjdve says: Dec 5, 2012 5:00 PM

    He is trying to improve trade value for Sanchez. He has to recoup losses on Sanchez and the pick in the trade for Tebow.

    Actually, Tebow puts the Jets in the best position to win. While I will wholeheartedly agree that he IS NOT the best QB on the Jets, he is a player that figures out how to win.

    He also can take a beating that neither other QB can take on that team.

  45. iluvboobs says: Dec 5, 2012 5:14 PM

    Just like Rex I also “feel great” about his decision to start Sanchez. The only difference is I am a Dolpin’s fan.

  46. jetzman says: Dec 5, 2012 5:28 PM

    Time to crank up the vacuum cleaner and clean house!! This is a joke – best chance to win??? Leads the league inTO’s in the red zone. He has gotten worse and worse and it’s not changing!!

  47. cmdrsmooth says: Dec 5, 2012 10:39 PM

    Didn’t Rex feel like he was going to win the Super Bowl his first three years?

    I have a feeling too. I feel at Rex has ran his course in NY. Would be great if we can demote him to a Defensive Coach, Mr. T demoted from GM to only a bean counter and Sanchez into a 3rd stringer who can sit back and learn. (Why not, he is going to make the money either way) and only play if our starter gets hurt. I doubt he could beat out most NFL caliber starters.

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