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Rex calls Sanchez’s OTA interceptions “unacceptable”

Geno Smith, Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy AP

Jets coach Rex Ryan says quarterback Mark Sanchez made too many mistakes at today’s Organized Team Activities, and he simply must improve.

Sanchez threw three interceptions in his 11 passes during today’s OTAs, and Ryan told reporters afterward that he considers that “unacceptable.” Ryan said Sanchez also made some good throws, but that Ryan feels the need to be candid enough to tell Sanchez when his mistakes are glaring.

“This is OTAs and things, but yeah, that’s going to be the pressure that we’re putting on him,” Ryan said. “He did a lot of great things. It’s not that you try to cover up the fact you had some bad plays — no, no, no you flat tell him. We can’t have these and all that type of stuff. He knows.”

Ryan liked the way his defense played, but he’d prefer not to see his quarterback throwing that many passes to the guys in the different colored jerseys.

“It’s a good thing defense makes the plays, but no, I’d rather him not turn the ball over once,” Ryan said. “He did a lot of great things, and then those negative things, at the end of the day, that’s what gets you beat. And so we’ve got to to do a better job of eliminating those turnovers.”

If Sanchez doesn’t do a better job of eliminating those turnovers, Geno Smith will be starting in Week One.

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93 Responses to “Rex calls Sanchez’s OTA interceptions “unacceptable””
  1. mplogick says: May 22, 2013 6:29 PM

    You know what’s unacceptable? His play for the past four seasons.

  2. peytonsneck18 says: May 22, 2013 6:31 PM

    i see ol dirty sanchez hasnt missed a beat……jets=just end terrible sanchez

  3. dietrich43 says: May 22, 2013 6:31 PM

    And most Jets fans think its unacceptable that Sanchez is even on the roster.

  4. Stiller43 says: May 22, 2013 6:32 PM

    3 picks in 11 passes?

    Any butt fumbles?

  5. johnnyb216 says: May 22, 2013 6:32 PM

    Wow! Its almost like you’d have to try to be that bad.

  6. ilifadeili says: May 22, 2013 6:33 PM

    The good news is that there were ZERO butt fumbles!

  7. hughtucker17 says: May 22, 2013 6:34 PM

    Just the words ‘Sanchez’s interceptions’ are music too my ears!

  8. nunezmc says: May 22, 2013 6:36 PM

    This “added pressure” will just cast him, Rex, and the Jets into the spotlight even more. I’d rather hear about good players doing good things in practice.

  9. trapshoot says: May 22, 2013 6:36 PM

    A screwed up QB working for the most screwed up team in the NFL.

  10. rr2000k says: May 22, 2013 6:37 PM

    3 out of 11? It only proves what everyone knew, except you Rexy. Maybe now you’re waking up.

  11. phinfan527 says: May 22, 2013 6:37 PM

    Please keep up the good work Markie!! Keep those int’s flowing slick.

  12. doomsdaydefensetx says: May 22, 2013 6:39 PM

    After reaching AFC Championship 2 years in a row I always figured Sanchez was a baller. It’s obvious without a run game and a defense he’s just a mediocre quarterback. Lets see what the Jets have for all NFL fans this year.

  13. specialteamsposter says: May 22, 2013 6:39 PM

    Lions fan here so I’ve seen a lot of bad QBs in my time. What the hell happened to Sanchez? He seemed serviceable his first two years. Is it just mental from the stress of playing in the big apple?

  14. cannonballdookie says: May 22, 2013 6:40 PM

    I never thought I’d feel bad for Rex Ryan but I do now. The poor guy is shackled to maybe the worst QB in the entire league because of the stupid contract and blind faith the previous GM had in him. If Rex gets canned because of another horrible season with Sanchez under the helm, it’s not right. It’s clear both parties need to move on, just do like Oakland has done and eat the money now for a chance to improve later. Look for any backup QB with a pulse who gets cut and just use Geno Smith for this season.

  15. jshipolito says: May 22, 2013 6:40 PM

    Mark Sanchez made too many mistakes, are you kidding me. Sanchez is a huge mistake.

  16. bigbosscrispy says: May 22, 2013 6:40 PM

    At least he didn’t have another butt fumble LoL!! This season is going to be epic!!

  17. cardmagnet says: May 22, 2013 6:41 PM

    Insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result, Rex.

  18. heyguru1969 says: May 22, 2013 6:41 PM

    “When you’re under the kind of pressure you face from an all-out rush in OTA’s, throw it away, man. Just throw it away!”

  19. mercurialcj says: May 22, 2013 6:42 PM

    They’re STILL playing this guy? My goodness, what exactly does he have to do to lose his job???

  20. bulldogslc says: May 22, 2013 6:42 PM

    Can’t Rex come up with a more humane way to do this?

  21. kd75 says: May 22, 2013 6:44 PM

    Unacceptable? For Sanchez, that is progress…

  22. surfinbird1 says: May 22, 2013 6:50 PM

    And they let Tebow go????

  23. peytonsneck18 says: May 22, 2013 6:50 PM

    that extension they gave him was also unacceptable!!!!!

  24. fredsingleton says: May 22, 2013 6:51 PM

    I swear he just gets worse and worse as a player. His confident must be completely shot.

  25. b3nz0z says: May 22, 2013 6:52 PM

    Three picks and the defense can’t even touch you? They released the wrong qb.

  26. pnut87 says: May 22, 2013 6:56 PM

    Just bench him already. We all know its coming.

  27. realfootballfan says: May 22, 2013 7:00 PM

    Fifty turnovers in 2 years is more than enough reason to move on from Sanchez.

    There’s not excuse for that regardless of the surrounding cast, and there are much worse situations in the NFL where QB’s didn’t put their team at such a decided disadvantage like that.

  28. dogman9 says: May 22, 2013 7:03 PM

    As a 36 yr. longtime suffering fan of gang green, I am very, very happy to hear Rex calling out Sanchez in fact this is the first time he has done this. As much as this is meant to motivate Sanchez to perform better, I take this as a salvo that the road is paved for Geno Smith to assume the starting QB position very early in camp if he is up to the task.

  29. jimthebuilder27 says: May 22, 2013 7:16 PM

    Those ints were unacceptable but the 52 turnovers over the last two years were okay? How delusional is Rex Ryan??

  30. nobby821 says: May 22, 2013 7:18 PM

    Imagine if Revis was still there. Smh

  31. afcdomination says: May 22, 2013 7:23 PM

    sanchez will fail then geno will get to play. he won’t be remotely close to ready, and then rex will get fired. the new coach who is hired will want a new QB, and geno will be in competition next year with a new guy. geno will lose the competition and soon be a malcontent number 2.

  32. lagg1 says: May 22, 2013 7:36 PM

    If I were Sanchez I would update my resume. I did not like the choice of this guy when he was drafted by the Jets. Plus they traded up to get him. He only had 16 starts at USC before he turned pro-come on-are you kidding me!

  33. shadowcell says: May 22, 2013 7:36 PM

    Yeah, if he throws all his interceptions during OTAs, he won’t have any left over for the regular season.

  34. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 22, 2013 7:39 PM

    Sanchez is who we thought he was. Smith will take that QB spot soon and never look back. I think Smith will be better than many think too.

  35. citizenstrange says: May 22, 2013 7:41 PM

    People don’t even know what unacceptable means anymore especially not in the sports world.

    Obviously Ryan accepted Sanchez’s play because Sanchez is still on the team. Just a pet peeve.

  36. MP says: May 22, 2013 7:41 PM

    Is that Greg McElroy doing the Deion Sanders in the back…

  37. mblue24 says: May 22, 2013 7:41 PM

    I really think Sanchez would be better if he had a good coach. Ryan is a defensive coach. Sanchez needs a offensive coach and he would probably be better but still not great.

  38. ishudbgm says: May 22, 2013 7:48 PM

    In a way Geno needs to go back to his old agents and thank them…what other team could he basically take over from the veteran without the veteran getting hurt. Geno could stink the place up as a starter and know he is still favored more than Sanchez.

  39. johanvil says: May 22, 2013 7:50 PM

    Mark Sanchez could throw an interception even if there was no defense opposite him.

  40. sourdoughsam says: May 22, 2013 7:53 PM

    Something tells me that Rex wouldn’t be using such string words if he didn’t have Geno Smith waiting in the wings.

  41. jonbeck316 says: May 22, 2013 8:13 PM

    Just imagine how many picks he would’ve thrown if they hadn’t traded Reavis

  42. stoptrippn says: May 22, 2013 8:17 PM

    Sanchez was smart to get paid

  43. craigmaitland says: May 22, 2013 8:25 PM

    I’m not a Sanchez apologist or a jets fan at all. But who Sanchez is throwing to is unacceptable. The jets have a Terrible cast of skill position players that is probably the worst group in the nfl. When you draft a QB in the first round you should surround him with NFL talent WRs.

  44. waldoampere says: May 22, 2013 8:41 PM

    Meet the new Mark. Same as the old Mark.

  45. jetsjetsjetsnow says: May 22, 2013 8:50 PM

    Some things change. Some things remain the same.

    He was hit or miss in his first two years enough to where the run & ‘D’ could pick up his slack, but he’s progressively gotten worse in his inaccuracy & fumbling. Looks like things haven’t changed much. He’s not even suited up fully!!

    I think he has the athletic ability, but its that he’s just too ‘mentally fragile’ to be a franchise or even starting NFL QB!

    I see him carrying a clipboard for the rest of his career.

  46. andrewproughcfe says: May 22, 2013 8:51 PM

    What is unacceptable is the failure of Rex, Idzik and Woody to sign and develop pro-caliber offensive linemen and pro-caliber receiver help.

    No quarterback is going to win with this group. We’ll never know what Sanchez, Smith, McCelroy, or even Tebow is capable of when they are surrounded by guys who wouldn’t even be invited to training camp for a team like the Giants or Ravens or Packers.

    This is the same reason the Pats have had a free run to the playoffs for 13 years – no offensive talent to contend with in the division. When was the last time one of their division opponents had an all-pro level qb or receiver? Marino?

  47. fanfrommontreal says: May 22, 2013 8:51 PM

    He is clearly in mid-season form.

  48. bobby927 says: May 22, 2013 9:01 PM

    This team is insane. Why you ask?

    Because “The definition of insanity is repeating the same mistakes over and over again and expecting different results.”

  49. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: May 22, 2013 9:03 PM

    Forget Sanchez NY. He’s not your biggest issue. Your coach and ownership absolutely sucks. Have fun with GS-JZ. You’ll wish that Tebow was back in town by October.

    End of story.

  50. getadealdonealready says: May 22, 2013 9:03 PM

    I don’t understand, what does Rex expect. Sanchez is no good the whole world knows that.

  51. jayhawk777 says: May 22, 2013 9:04 PM

    Mark spends a lot of time chasing 17 yo girls but then rams his ballz into the butts of his Offensive line. Go figure.

  52. brutus9448 says: May 22, 2013 9:10 PM

    The funny thing is that sanchez and his 3 INTs is gonna be week 1 starter. Smith is not much better right now

  53. wormwarrior25 says: May 22, 2013 9:15 PM

    what the hell happened to my comnent. my local radio host wanted sanchez over stafford. nice pick valenti

  54. 315judman says: May 22, 2013 9:16 PM

    Hey Rex, your defense looked good because they were playing against MARK SANCHEZ!!!!!

  55. mymanmccoy says: May 22, 2013 9:16 PM

    Wow, here we go with the smith starting crap. You’ve got to be kidding me, he’ll be lucky if he even sees the field this year. This idiot has been a new york trainwreck and it’s just ota’s. Good luck ny, you’re going to need it till rex is gone!

  56. blogatron2000 says: May 22, 2013 9:18 PM

    Head coach bagging on the guy he anointed as the starter last season. Says as much about Rex as it does about the Sanchize…

  57. bobnelsonjr says: May 22, 2013 9:25 PM

    If Sanchez still has a contract with the team, and is taking reps, the interceptions ARE acceptable.

  58. raider1so1penalize1me says: May 22, 2013 9:26 PM

    Obviously there is going to be a short leash on this guy and everybody just wants to put Geno in there. Lets face it though, as bad as Sanchez seems he doesn’t have much help on the offense. All Rex cares about it is defense. Find a solid RB, a decent WR1 or at least TE and hopefully for their sake Geno can limit the turnovers. It’s getting close to that time to cut both Rex and Mark loose though. This should definitely be Sanchez’ last year and if not much positive this year Ryan’s also

  59. robertgriffintheturd says: May 22, 2013 9:29 PM

    A coach named Ryan whose team has a good defense but a horrible offense and an undeveloped QB. Are we talking about Buddy Ryan? Like father like son…

  60. cwk22 says: May 22, 2013 9:34 PM

    Rex acts like he is disgusted with Sanchez. But his bad passes never seemed to bother him during the games. Time for both those guys to go!

  61. dwarftosser says: May 22, 2013 9:37 PM

    It sounds like he is getting better…

  62. hedleykow says: May 22, 2013 9:39 PM

    And then Rex sent Sanchez straight to his room without a snack.

  63. cwk22 says: May 22, 2013 9:41 PM

    As a dolphins fan I hate the jets as much as they hate the dolphins. But after two seasons of chad Henne and Tony S I have to say I feel your pain. But we got rid of both of them. Jets need to do the same thing and get rid of those guys and end the fans misery.

  64. modernsouthernandfabulous says: May 22, 2013 9:43 PM

    Just ota’s Sanchez will be the NFL MVP at years end. You heard it here first.

  65. itmarkh says: May 22, 2013 9:48 PM

    Just quit already Rex. You are a clear example of the “Peter Principle.” People are promoted to their level of incompetence. You are no head coach. Go back to being a defensive coach. You traded up to pick Sanchez remember.

  66. roymunson1 says: May 22, 2013 10:15 PM

    I recommend the coaching staff get their resumes polished up.

  67. rcali says: May 22, 2013 10:15 PM

    I think this all goes back to Rex being too busy writing books and making movies instead of having the “pulse” of the team. Everybody else really isn’t surprised Sanchez looks like Sanchez. I wonder if he had any butt fumbles today?

  68. vegaskid21 says: May 22, 2013 10:24 PM

    I’m sure this is some how Tebow’s fault.

  69. nedhigginssports says: May 22, 2013 10:30 PM

    Any other fan of the other 31 teams not named the Jets have a hard time buying the ‘dejected sick of Sanchez Jet fan’ card? Lets not forget a short few years ago after the back-to-back AFC championship losses when every Jet fan was loud obnoxious bragging about how good they were and how they weren’t going to be “anyone’s little brother”. Nothing makes me happier than seeing a loser franchise and its loser fans suffer through Mr. Butt Fumble and company.

  70. mpops86 says: May 22, 2013 10:34 PM

    “He did a lot of great things.”

    In the eight passes he didn’t throw a pick?

  71. ebr362 says: May 22, 2013 10:43 PM

    Eric says its OK!

  72. raidermark says: May 22, 2013 10:49 PM

    Let him eat a hotdog on the side line. Maybe that will help him focus

  73. jintfan says: May 22, 2013 10:57 PM

    Over under on lame Butt Fumble references on a Sanchez story- 5

    Over under on lame foot jokes for Rex Ryan stories – 6

  74. steelcurtainn says: May 22, 2013 11:08 PM

    The papersack business should do very well in NY this year if Sanchez keeps playing. Rex Ryan is terrible, better off hiring someone in the stands.

  75. saints4life57 says: May 22, 2013 11:16 PM

    I’m not sure if I feel bad for the Jets or if I should make fun of them? Does anyone on that team have a clue what’s going on? At this point I think Rex might be doing sexual things with Sanchez because I can’t see any reason why this dude is still their starting QB lol ! Come on guys just freakin put Geno in and let him get as much practice as he can in before the start of the season! It’s time to give up on the Sanchez train Rex the dude isn’t any good! And no Rex i’m not talking about that train! ; )

  76. bullpuppy552 says: May 22, 2013 11:19 PM

    Hopefully he remains the starter for the Jets. I love to see them play like garbage and watch ol Rex with that patented scowl on his face.

  77. bullpuppy552 says: May 22, 2013 11:22 PM

    And the funny part is, Geno Smith is going to suck also.

  78. nobreak1269 says: May 22, 2013 11:39 PM

    Revis intercepted one all the way in Tampa-Cromartie got one-and the other was intercepted by the waterboy-who couldnt resist.Get lost Sanchez.

  79. rick1k6 says: May 22, 2013 11:54 PM

    Unacceptable……but not unexpected.

  80. leatherhelmets says: May 23, 2013 12:09 AM

    Pepsi Pepsi Pepsi.

    What were you guys thinking?

  81. rajbais says: May 23, 2013 12:11 AM

    What is unacceptable is your retention Rex.

  82. crawfish2011 says: May 23, 2013 12:36 AM

    Geno Smith will be starting by week 5. Rex Ryan will be fired week 10. The Jets willl finish 3-13 and draft Clowney with the #1 pick.

  83. souldogdave says: May 23, 2013 1:01 AM

    Go Rex! Throw your boy under the bus to save your job.

  84. nathanbetz91 says: May 23, 2013 1:06 AM

    I call drafting Sanchez unacceptable, I call playing him when your season is over unacceptable, and I say Rex Ryan being a head coach unacceptable

  85. hawkstradamus says: May 23, 2013 1:23 AM

    Rex Ryan critiquing Ol dirty Sanchez, que the four horsemen the apocalypse is upon us

  86. macker1283 says: May 23, 2013 7:06 AM

    What is sad is that the Jets said, “Sanchez, oh yea, hes good enough to be our starting QB”….but with Tebow they said, “Tebow, are you kidding me?? NO way.”

    Is there any rational football fan/coach out there who wouldn’t hink that regardless of Tebow’s football/throwing skills, their team would have a better chance of winning a game with him at their QB position than Mark Sanchez?

  87. ridingwithnohandlebars says: May 23, 2013 7:22 AM

    If he had a butt fumbled, would that be a violation of the rules regarding contact at OTAs?

  88. vaphinfan says: May 23, 2013 7:56 AM

    If the jets would use more cameras like the Pats then he could be the next Tom Brady.

  89. kerryc21realty says: May 23, 2013 8:00 AM

    Why didn’t they fire Rex Ryan? That seems like the first thing that team should have done

  90. webofbelief says: May 23, 2013 9:05 AM

    Chuck Norris wants an explanation.

  91. pisano says: May 23, 2013 9:18 AM

    It sounds like Rex is laying the ground work for the Sanchez benching, or hopefully dismissal.

  92. salmen76 says: May 23, 2013 9:27 AM

    The jets are such numbskulls aint they? They get rid of the Tebow-side-show and turn right around and draft the Geno Smith side show. Ha Ha. Glad i’m not a Jets fan. Geno is a me me me me give me a bunch of money guy yet he will NEVER produce a championship. NEVER. And he hires the Jay-Z side show to boot. What a joke of a franchise! Keep on losin boys. Geaux Saints!

  93. clk320cpe says: May 23, 2013 9:50 AM

    You guys are riiidiculous—So many people dump on Sanchez – Let’s do a comparison between 2 QB’s that are opposite ends of the spectrum as far as public opinion goes. First 4 years:

    Mark Sanchez – first 4 years in the NFL:
    Games Started – 64
    Career record reg season in those 4 years – 33-29
    68 TD’s – 69 Int’s
    43 Fumbles in 64 games
    Career Playoff record – 4-2 with come back wins in 2009 & 2010 in the playoffs – 2 straight AFC championship games – in 2010 beat Brady & Manning in THEIR buildings
    Durable – has started every game since being drafted health wise – not counting McElroy starts last yr.

    Mike Vick – First 4 years in the NFL:
    Games started – 36
    Career record in those 4 years – 23 – 13
    36 TD’s – 26 Int’s
    36 Fumbles in 36 games
    Career Playoff record – 2-3 – One NFC championship game – Beat Favre in his building
    Constantly hurt – rarely plays a full season. Also has been benched in his career due to non-performance
    Sanchez had ONE losing season in his career – Beat Brady & Manning in their building in the 2010 playoffs.

    The team they put around Sanchez last year was not a Pro team. After Holmes got hurt, all Sanchez had was Keller (not an all pro). He had a BRUTAL O line, Shonn Green as a RB who was so bad, the Jets let go elsewhere after spending a first round pick on him.

    Vick is still being treated like a guy that can lead a team with people fiercely loyal to him even after he had players like Jackson & Maclin at WR & maybe one of the top 3-4 RB’s in the league in Mc Coy.

    Popular opinion is that Sanchez is horrible & Vick can still play. Vick had all pro talent around him at 3-4 positions in 2012. Sanchez had NOTHING around him last year. Vick’s problem was “coaching”, Sanchez can’t play despite 2 AFC championship games & in 2012 having less help than most arena league teams.

    The abuse Mark takes is horrid when others have all pro talent on their teams & have people making excuses for them. No one brings up how bad Sparano was & what a mistake it was firing Brian.
    Lighten up guys.

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