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Rex Ryan: I like our quarterback situation better than my first year

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There have been no shortage of people making the claim that the Jets have the worst quarterbacking situation in the NFL heading into the 2013 season and that may very well be true, but coach Rex Ryan has identified at least one quarterback situation he thinks was worse than the Mark Sanchez/Geno Smith pairing.

It’s the first Jets team he took to camp as a head coach. In 2009, the Jets had a rookie Sanchez and Kellen Clemens competing for a starting job that Sanchez would have had to work hard to lose after the team traded up to take him the first round. Ryan said that he thought this year’s duo was “much better” than what he had on his hands back then.

“Obviously, [Sanchez] has had his ups and downs, but there’s a lot of positive things about what Mark’s accomplished, won four road playoff games,” Ryan said during an appearance on Morning Joe, via Bob Glauber of Newsday. “But this Geno Smith is really a talented young man. The whole team, we’re all about competition and certainly that’s going to be a lot of competition right there.”

It’s an incredibly low bar that Ryan set, which makes clearing it comfortably something less than a crowning achievement. The coach didn’t touch on the rest of the team around the quarterbacks, but it would seem the 2009 squad, which largely won in spite of its quarterback, has a big edge on that front. This Jets team doesn’t look to be capable of pulling off the same trick, which could render the quarterbacking comparisons moot.

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27 Responses to “Rex Ryan: I like our quarterback situation better than my first year”
  1. overratedsteelerhater says: Jul 19, 2013 2:35 PM

    what else is he going to say.really on hot seat!!

  2. shadowcell says: Jul 19, 2013 2:43 PM

    cut to January, 2014:

    “In an interview, Jets GM John Idzik said, ‘I like our coaching situation better than my first year.’ At press time, former Jets coach Rex Ryan was last seen at a local Chipotle asking for an application.”

  3. gtorlone says: Jul 19, 2013 2:56 PM

    Is it Rex’s ego that won’t allow him to pull the plug on Sanchez and say that he’s no good? Is it because he drafted Sanchez that he is so willing to ride or die with him? Could somebody please explain this to me?

  4. clownsfan says: Jul 19, 2013 2:57 PM

    Dead man walkin

  5. dominicthedonkey says: Jul 19, 2013 2:59 PM

    Where’s the picture of Sanchez with his headband on?

  6. losangelesbillsofbuffalo says: Jul 19, 2013 3:01 PM

    Rex – Keep the blood in your head and your feet on the ground.

  7. facetooth says: Jul 19, 2013 3:02 PM

    “Rex Ryan: I like my cup-size situation better than my first year”

  8. tbutler704 says: Jul 19, 2013 3:06 PM

    “The whole team, we’re all about competition”

    Oh come on (not so) big Rex, the Jets are all about comedy. Jet games should be set to a laugh track.

  9. expertop says: Jul 19, 2013 3:08 PM

    You know, maybe it’s just me – but I’m beginning to lose trust in the things Rex Ryan says.

  10. jetslakersfan says: Jul 19, 2013 3:09 PM

    Go back and look at 2009 where nobody gave the Jets a chance to do anything that year. They proved a lot of people wrong.

  11. bucrightoff says: Jul 19, 2013 3:10 PM

    Rex Ryan is a pathalogical liar

  12. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Jul 19, 2013 3:10 PM

    Pats fans:
    “I liked our Tight End situation better from 2 years ago…”

  13. corvusrex96 says: Jul 19, 2013 3:15 PM

    Thank god the ravens passed on giving this guy the HC job. A lot of folks thought he should have been given a chance . What a joke

  14. str8cashomie17 says: Jul 19, 2013 3:24 PM

    This guy will be a hot commodity for DC when he’s fired.

  15. dtr3e says: Jul 19, 2013 4:26 PM

    Yea the QB situation maybe better this year then in 09, but the offensive line and RB spots are not what he had then too. Even the WR’s were better then they are now. As a Jets fan I can’t even listen to this garbage.

  16. heisthejuan says: Jul 19, 2013 4:36 PM

    “won four road playoff games”

    How long can Rex and Sanchez possibly continue to bring this up? It’s ancient history.

  17. lrjets says: Jul 19, 2013 4:55 PM

    tbutler704 says:Jul 19, 2013 3:06 PM

    “The whole team, we’re all about competition”

    Oh come on (not so) big Rex, the Jets are all about comedy. Jet games should be set to a laugh track.
    __________________________________

    And your team would be?

    Thought so.

  18. peanutele24 says: Jul 19, 2013 6:11 PM

    JETS are gonna ball out this year , end of story

  19. bobby927 says: Jul 19, 2013 6:15 PM

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Plain & simple Ryan is insane.

  20. fordmandalay says: Jul 19, 2013 6:32 PM

    I like the Jets quarterback situation, too! – said every Pats fan, ever.

  21. tbutler704 says: Jul 19, 2013 6:45 PM

    I’m surprised Rex didn’t mention their two trips to the AFC title game. The Jets talk about that crap as if they won back to back Super Bowls.

  22. kev86 says: Jul 19, 2013 7:03 PM

    Before the 2011 season he wrote in his book that the Jets would be better than the Giants for next ten years. This man cannot be taken seriously. He throws blind darts.

  23. vette200 says: Jul 19, 2013 8:32 PM

    Ryan is doing his best to try to keep things positive considering he’s stuck with Sanchez, who is a proven bust, along his large contract, and he has future bust Gino Smith waiting in the wings. It’s downright depressing!

  24. cwk22 says: Jul 19, 2013 10:11 PM

    So tired of hearing about those playoff wins. Years from now with a still crappy record Rex will be saying “Mark looks good this off season. And don’t forget those playoff wins 7 years ago he had!”

  25. cwk22 says: Jul 19, 2013 10:15 PM

    Woody should be committed to an institution for keeping Rex and Sanchez this long. Frustrating for Jets fans I’m sure. Much the same way that Ross pisses me off as a Dolphins fan.

  26. joker7558 says: Jul 20, 2013 1:32 PM

    Every time Rex opens his mouth the stupid just pours out but it makes me laugh!

  27. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 20, 2013 9:35 PM

    That’s nice Rex, but Jets fans aren’t feeling good about it.

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