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Rex Ryan has heated exchange with media after Sanchez injury

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Jets coach Rex Ryan was questioned harshly by the New York media about why he played Mark Sanchez in the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s preseason game, only to have Sanchez suffer an injury to his throwing shoulder while playing behind a bunch of backup offensive linemen. And Ryan did not take kindly to the line of questioning.

“I wouldn’t have put Mark in if it wasn’t important,” Ryan said.

When pressed about whether Sanchez would be the starter in the regular season, Ryan began to get angry.

“I don’t have to answer a question. . . . We will make the decision on a starting quarterback when we think it’s the appropriate time. Not when you, not when this person or this person or this person,” Ryan said, while pointing to different members of the media.

When Ryan got a question that began with, “How can you say,” Ryan interrupted it and said, “I can say anything I want. That’s the beauty of this country.”

Ryan then started acting strange, turning his back on a reporter asking a question and saying, “I’ll stand backward and answer a question.”

What Ryan couldn’t answer is whether Sanchez will be healthy enough to play in Week One. An MRI on his injured shoulder may answer that question.

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  1. gsomatt says: Aug 25, 2013 7:19 AM

    Jets are going to be looking for a trade.

    I bet they now wish they handled Tebow differently.

  2. seabreezes51 says: Aug 25, 2013 7:20 AM

    The question has become…. How big a joke is Rex Ryan?

  3. doublezero74 says: Aug 25, 2013 7:20 AM

    Clown shoes in NY

  4. tbutler704 says: Aug 25, 2013 7:21 AM

    Rex is gonna be a great source of comedy all season long.

    After he gets fired on Black Monday, WFAN should hire him for a radio show.

  5. vuudu says: Aug 25, 2013 7:25 AM

    That will learn him. Belichich got this lesson in Cleveland, the media are not your friend no matter how open and honest are you with them, they are there to do break stories, makes names for themselves and will use you to achieve their agenda.
    Hopefully Rex shuts up going forward and stop talking about how his rookie QB had an awful day at practice, practice, we talking about practice!

  6. hughtucker17 says: Aug 25, 2013 7:25 AM

    Another long year for Jets fans…

  7. tg1896 says: Aug 25, 2013 7:30 AM

    Quick – name one human being dumber than Rex Ryan.

    Yeah……that’s exactly what I think too.

  8. donth8thehorns says: Aug 25, 2013 7:31 AM

    That move is grounds for instant termination! Seriously???? Whether you like Sanchez or not, he is looking to be your starter, and to start him with guys who won’t even be on the team??? A complete fool wouldn’t even do that! He gets canned before the season is over in my opinion! Going to be interesting if he “snaps” before then! We will know the $4!t has hit the fan when we see rexy on the sideline in a pink tutu

  9. jbeagles23 says: Aug 25, 2013 7:32 AM

    This team could go 0 and 16

  10. thehatefulnerd says: Aug 25, 2013 7:32 AM

    Be glad they’re not asking him about how much he sucks as a coach.

    Jerry Glanville 2.0

  11. evrybdyhas1 says: Aug 25, 2013 7:33 AM

    Circus with clowns!

  12. securb2013 says: Aug 25, 2013 7:33 AM

    The Jets should beg Green Bay for Vince Young. Vince looked a lot better than Mark or Geno on Friday.

  13. hailskins94 says: Aug 25, 2013 7:33 AM

    Pat White is available…

  14. stellarperformance says: Aug 25, 2013 7:35 AM

    Maybe the media could get the answers they are looking for if they sent only their female correspondents……with their shoes off.

  15. gallaghedj311 says: Aug 25, 2013 7:37 AM

    Reunite foles with Marty. Sucker them a second round pick…..it’ll be a high one, lol

  16. jetsclaps says: Aug 25, 2013 7:40 AM

    Just link the video, reading it doesn’t do it justice and makes it sound completely different.

    That said, Rex is great how he can put humor into every situation, he really made that “reporter” look like a fool.

  17. ajsjr40 says: Aug 25, 2013 7:40 AM

    Dead man walking.

  18. patriots123456 says: Aug 25, 2013 7:42 AM

    I don’t like Rex…

    But I despise the media even more…

  19. pinion8ted says: Aug 25, 2013 7:46 AM

    A throwing injury to Sanchez’s shoulder?

    The good news is that he can’t possibly throw any worse than he already does ;)

  20. zoxitic says: Aug 25, 2013 7:46 AM

    Meltdown has commenced.

  21. GenXJay says: Aug 25, 2013 7:47 AM

    qb killing coach

  22. jakec4 says: Aug 25, 2013 7:47 AM

    Being a Ravens fan and seeing Rex like this makes me sort of feel bad for him since he put together so many good defenses here. I sort of feel bad for him. The guy ran his mouth so much when they were winning that he should not act like a baby in the face of adversity. I believe that is truly how you measure the worth of a coach. It’s going to be a very long four months for Rex.

    The Sanchez decision was pretty stupid though.

  23. nflrocks says: Aug 25, 2013 7:48 AM

    NY Media covering the Jets are bunch of vultures..

    Read their articles they might as well of just cut and paste form each other. Metha, Cimini, Serby.

    While what happened is not the smartest move, you would think Peyton Manning just got hurt.

    Mark may be our starting QB but he does not give us much more of a chance of winning then others on the team including Simms…

    His mistakes are legendary and happen each and every game even after being in the league for years. He just doesn’t get it.

    Lets move on please!

    This ship has sailed……

  24. cwk22 says: Aug 25, 2013 7:48 AM

    This guy guy makes all other teams glad they are not the Jets. Fans should revolt. The owner is letting him run wild. Of course, look who the owner is. He makes Ross look good in comparison. No wonder it was so hard to find a GM.

  25. donmcg2012 says: Aug 25, 2013 7:48 AM

    He won’t make it to Black Monday.

  26. canetic says: Aug 25, 2013 7:55 AM

    He should be fired today. What’s the point in keeping him around. The Jets are a Joke.

  27. war71 says: Aug 25, 2013 7:56 AM

    And the Raiders are the biggest mess in the NFL? Not looking that way to me.

  28. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 25, 2013 7:57 AM

    Future greatest Coors commercial of all time.

  29. vtsquirm says: Aug 25, 2013 8:09 AM

    All 4 Redskin abs are between than the jets qbs

  30. bmacwillconn says: Aug 25, 2013 8:13 AM

    Rex is morphing into Rich Kotitie.

    Train wreck press conferences. Mind bogglingly bad football decisions. Laugh out loud confrontations with the media.

    Settle in Jet fans. This is going to be a very entertaining season.

  31. sampleskaren says: Aug 25, 2013 8:16 AM

    good post

  32. deathonwings410 says: Aug 25, 2013 8:18 AM

    Crash for Clowney

  33. chlstn says: Aug 25, 2013 8:21 AM

    I wonder how Fireman Ed feels about all this?

  34. thebigtim2012 says: Aug 25, 2013 8:22 AM

    This is all part of their master plan to get clowney. Dear lord please please let a team suck more than the jets this year, they will ruin jadeveon.

  35. thebigtim2012 says: Aug 25, 2013 8:24 AM

    The real question needs to be how bad is McElroy that he doesn’t even get considered for the starting job.

  36. johnnyjagfan says: Aug 25, 2013 8:28 AM

    The only reason Rex is flipping out is because he knows that either he or Idzik (if he made the call down to Rex to put in Sanchez to stop the bleeding of his hand-picked QB) just threw away their best chance of winning games.

  37. clayminator says: Aug 25, 2013 8:30 AM

    Graham Harrell is available….

  38. mikejonesforum says: Aug 25, 2013 8:32 AM

    Rexy’s anger illustrates panic. The type of panic that convinces you to play your potential Week 1 starting QB into the 4th Quarter. Geno isn’t ready and Mark wasn’t ever ready. This is going to be another head coach’s headache next year.

  39. thegonz13 says: Aug 25, 2013 8:40 AM

    Going to be a looooooooooooooooong season for Jets fans… all 10 of them!

    Seriously, how long can this idiot hold one to his job? Not only is Ryan a ongoing joke as a coach, but he’s trying to outBelichick Bill Belichick in press conférences.

  40. imjinrat says: Aug 25, 2013 8:41 AM

    Res is toast.

  41. raidmagic says: Aug 25, 2013 8:42 AM

    For as much as everyone hates on Sanchez you would think they would be thankful of the situation. Rex’s time is up he won’t come out of this season still coaching the Jets

  42. cmdrsmooth says: Aug 25, 2013 8:45 AM

    I saw the spirit of Ray Handley come out of Rex last night.

    Get ready folks, Rex has more ammo for his bravado:
    1. Two AFC Championships
    2. Top ten Defenses every year
    3. Snoopy Bowl World Champion.

  43. TheWizard says: Aug 25, 2013 8:48 AM

    I’m a Jets hater for sure, but how did we get to this point where players can’t be put into this or that situation because of injury risk?

    Football players play football.

  44. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: Aug 25, 2013 8:52 AM

    I can’t believe that the media and Jets fans do not understand Rexy’s frustration. When it was just the toe injury, Rexy knew he could make Mark well for the starter. He feels powerless now that his favorite QB’s shoulder is injured.

  45. gmsalpha says: Aug 25, 2013 8:56 AM

    It seems obvious to me that Rex Ryan wants Mark Sanchez to fail. He was probably hoping for an injury.

  46. therealtrenches says: Aug 25, 2013 8:57 AM

    What a disaster. And to think…these guys were in two AFC CG’s not that long ago.

    Rex had no business putting Sanchez out there in the 4th. What a joke he is.

  47. jimmysee says: Aug 25, 2013 8:58 AM

    Packers just released ex-Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell.

  48. couldziggybetheansah says: Aug 25, 2013 8:59 AM

    Who could blame Rex if he is losing it. He doesn’t have a starting quarterback in a quarterback driven league.
    His future is pinned to Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez … and I’m afraid he won’t make it through the season.

  49. wamaha says: Aug 25, 2013 9:00 AM

    Annual Jets implosion will begin in 3……2…..1…..

  50. mrone50 says: Aug 25, 2013 9:00 AM

    REX IS A GENIUS! He figured out a way to get Mark to stop throwing interceptions. Play him with future practice squad players and let him get injured. No but seriously I’m about to go google “the Ravens made a mistake by not hiring Rex Ryan to be head coach. “

  51. sampleskaren says: Aug 25, 2013 9:04 AM

    ever i have seen

  52. FinFan68 says: Aug 25, 2013 9:11 AM

    Unless a miracle season happens, Ryan will probably get fired this season. That said, the media were the instigators here. He was obviously upset and they just kept poking. They have the right to ask questions during these mandated pressers but they cannot expect to get the answers they are looking for. Rewording the question will not get you the “right” answer. Ask the question, accept the answer and move on. Rex could have treated them much worse than he did. BTW, this isn’t much different than what Belichik does. The story has shifted from the QB issue/injury issue to Rex’s handling of the media. Mission accomplished

  53. gfan8611 says: Aug 25, 2013 9:17 AM

    The Jets are going to suck no matter which QB they put out there so it really doesn’t matter. It’s not like the Jets were on track to make a Super Bowl run if they could keep Mark Sanchez healthy. They’re a bad team. Their goal this year is a finish around five hundred and not embarrass themselves too often. And going by what I saw Geno Smith do last night the intelligent Jets fans shouldn’t be looking for next season to be much better.

  54. ambitoos says: Aug 25, 2013 9:19 AM

    Ha ha ha. Atta boy Rex. When you don’t have answers, just act stupid.

  55. Neftali Ramos says: Aug 25, 2013 9:23 AM

    Lol you can’t make this stuff up!

  56. lostsok says: Aug 25, 2013 9:30 AM

    I can’t believe it’s gotten so ugly…I actually feel SORRY for Jet fans.

    Nope.

    Still don’t…

  57. kingpel says: Aug 25, 2013 9:31 AM

    The GM really put Rex in a bad spot taking Geno so high. After last year’s Tebow debacle, they should have just sent Sanchez packing and brought a vet in to compete with and mentor Geno. This is just no way to run a franchise.

  58. chadman128 says: Aug 25, 2013 9:37 AM

    Beginning of the end.

  59. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 25, 2013 9:38 AM

    The wheeles are coming off and the season hasn’t even started yet.

  60. laughingatjerklawyer says: Aug 25, 2013 9:39 AM

    Love the Jets circus

  61. laughingatjerklawyer says: Aug 25, 2013 9:41 AM

    Maybe it’s time to kiss the rings. Can’t wait!

  62. patriots123456 says: Aug 25, 2013 9:42 AM

    McElroy must be using Tebow’s old locker…

    Because apparently no one on the coaching staff is aware he is on the team…

    He should play, just like Tebow should have played last season…

    I don’t know how the Jet’s fans survive…even Fireman Ed came to his senses last year…Jet’s fans have my sympathy…

  63. jvw1982 says: Aug 25, 2013 9:45 AM

    This move was brillant, now the jets are leading contenders for the 1st pick of 2014……NYJ are on the clock……

  64. bigbluefan1 says: Aug 25, 2013 9:47 AM

    What most do not understand is this had nothing to do with Mark or Geno this was Rex and his ego.
    The Jestors were playing Rex’s biggest foe the Giants yes they are the team Rex lives to beat why because the Giants are the team they share everything with every TV station and newspaper Rex has promised in the past win the Super Bowl and failed while the Giants have won it.

    Rex can not live being number 2 in his own Stadium he wakes up every morning knowing that Tom C is the coach that everyone respects and that Eli is the QB that gets all the press.

    This is not about Mark being a great QB this is about Rex being able to say I beat the Giants.

  65. richerie13 says: Aug 25, 2013 9:47 AM

    And the circus continues. Is is too late to get a refund on my season tickets.

  66. dallasbaby says: Aug 25, 2013 9:49 AM

    This franchise has become nothing short of a circus

  67. osiris33 says: Aug 25, 2013 9:50 AM

    At least he didn’t say “Geno Smith is who we thought he was”

  68. kenstabler says: Aug 25, 2013 10:01 AM

    After the interview, Rex stated he did not know Sanchez was even in the game, and that he will have to go back and review the game film to find out how Mark got in there.

  69. ryann252013 says: Aug 25, 2013 10:08 AM

    This press conference wasnt funny but when Rex started answering the media from the side because it’s a “free country” I couldn’t help but laugh.

  70. justwinbaby29 says: Aug 25, 2013 10:11 AM

    When I think about the state of my Raiders, I listen to Rex and I feel better about our situation.

  71. cometkazie says: Aug 25, 2013 10:14 AM

    The Mets have won two World Series since the Jets won their only Super Bowl, and I don’t know if it was called the SB then.

    The “other teams” complex has them stymied.

  72. bunjy96 says: Aug 25, 2013 10:15 AM

    Only if they play the Raiders do they have a chance of winning 1 games this year.

    Nah! They would screw that up too.

  73. nananatman says: Aug 25, 2013 10:16 AM

    You think the Jets suck? Did you see the team they beat play yesterday? The Giants looked like an arena team, and not one of the better ones, you know like an almost profitable one.

  74. steelers6rings says: Aug 25, 2013 10:25 AM

    TrainRex?

  75. baltimoresnativeson says: Aug 25, 2013 10:29 AM

    Glad we chose Harbaugh over Rex. This guy is losing it.

  76. aldante66 says: Aug 25, 2013 10:29 AM

    What Rex did is almost unconscionable. You do not put a Sanchez in a meaningless game unless you know something. That something is, Geno is the starter, the decision was made a while ago by the GM and Sanchez will be the back up at best so, so what if he gets hurt, they have other backups. Geno is the guy.

    Funny, I said all along I had this feeling that Geno and Travaris J have something in common: neither can read NFL defenses worth a hoot.

    The Jets better have a back up to Geno in place, I feel they are going to need it. After five losses, the excuses for Geno will have run out.

  77. aldante66 says: Aug 25, 2013 10:31 AM

    Can you imagine what it must be like to be a player on this team. I wouldn’t resign with them if my life depended on it. Hell I would take less to be elsewhere.

  78. joekofi123 says: Aug 25, 2013 10:35 AM

    Why can’t all non-Jets fans leave the mighty JETS alone? I know you Giants fans can take losing to the JETS. Suck it up. Three picks and you still lost. Geno will be fine. Folks act like they forgot about Eli’s “deer in the light” face when he started at Giants as a rookie.

  79. pastabelly says: Aug 25, 2013 10:46 AM

    Tebow will be available within a week.

  80. trollingforjustice says: Aug 25, 2013 11:22 AM

    if he was so desperate for a win why didnt he send in the whole first team unit?

  81. donnymacjack says: Aug 25, 2013 11:29 AM

    Quinn can be had now for a 7th rounder next year!

  82. ralphwilsonisrich says: Aug 25, 2013 11:31 AM

    Joe willie is laughing

  83. skinsfaninillinois says: Aug 25, 2013 11:37 AM

    This could only be one of two things:

    The Jets will rally around Rex Ryan and whatevver QB emerges to start Week One and surprise everybody with how well they do, or ….. they have started a “crash & burn” tailspin and will have a new head coach by mid-season.

  84. steammkr says: Aug 25, 2013 12:25 PM

    I am Sooooooo glad my RAVENS didn’t
    hire this fool.

  85. green41563 says: Aug 25, 2013 12:26 PM

    The criticism is absurd.

    You can’t spend 2-3 years saying Mark Sanchez stinks and then pretend that he’s too valuable to play in the 4th quarter.

    He’s in a competition with a rookie for a reason: he’s a bottom-tier starter.

    He’s just another guy, period.

  86. dlk47823 says: Aug 25, 2013 12:46 PM

    Jets outplayed the Giants and won the game. Totally shut down Eli. That’s the story

  87. billhicks666 says: Aug 25, 2013 12:50 PM

    Wow, just when you think it can’t get any stranger within that organization….

  88. dd393 says: Aug 25, 2013 12:50 PM

    The New York Jets are number one for entertainment value in the NFL.

  89. giantsfan64 says: Aug 25, 2013 12:58 PM

    Maybe he was turning around looking for a new QB. Just sayin

  90. blackhawks2010 says: Aug 25, 2013 1:02 PM

    The Jets are a laughingstock. When are they going to get rid of Ryan?

  91. napavalleyshaun says: Aug 25, 2013 1:08 PM

    Oakland East

  92. sbchampsagain says: Aug 25, 2013 1:16 PM

    Baltimore was so smart not to hire this guy when they had the chance.

  93. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 25, 2013 1:25 PM

    Say what you will about Rex, but the guy never loses his composure.

    Until now.

  94. atkins63 says: Aug 25, 2013 1:27 PM

    You cannot cry about sanchez playing w/3rd stringers any more than you can cry about having a QB trying to make the team by playing w/ the same 3rd stringers.
    Can’t have it both ways.

  95. junior4200 says: Aug 25, 2013 1:31 PM

    Rex Ryan and his sister should be ba bagging groceries instead of coaching in the NFL. If it wasn’t for their father they would be.

  96. rcali says: Aug 25, 2013 2:20 PM

    That’s a clown question bro.

  97. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Aug 25, 2013 2:24 PM

    aldante66 says: Aug 25, 2013 10:31 AM

    Can you imagine what it must be like to be a player on this team. I wouldn’t re-sign with them if my life depended on it. Hell I would take less to be elsewhere.

    ———————————————–

    Yeah, ask how well that went with:

    Shawn Green
    Tim Tebow
    Dustin Keller
    Mike Devito
    Leron Landry
    etc.

    who, with one exception, all left for more money…much more money.

  98. cometkazie says: Aug 25, 2013 2:31 PM

    I think he did it on purpose as an excuse for another terrible year.

    “Can’t help it. The QB went down in an exhibition game.”

  99. EJ says: Aug 25, 2013 2:39 PM

    I hope the NFL fines Ryan for his Media blow-up.
    These Coaches are paid big money, the least he could do is answer a few questions in a civilized manner a couple of times a week. Grow up Rex!

  100. trapshoot says: Aug 25, 2013 2:55 PM

    Amazed NY puts up with Ryan.

  101. lanman11 says: Aug 25, 2013 4:23 PM

    The Patriots will trade them Ryan Mallet for a pair of first round draft pics. Doh!!!

  102. sharksfan97 says: Aug 25, 2013 6:05 PM

    Hello Jets, Ryan needs to be gone, like after last season.

  103. debbiekay1953 says: Aug 25, 2013 7:22 PM

    It’s Always easy to point fingers about any team and coach, your not in their shoes. Yes I at times think their decissions aren’t the one’s I would have made but I’m not the coach I’m not right there in the huddle. Lot of stress and pressure. It’s amazing how you can point out the bad and not the good . I’m a diehard Jets fan since “79″ and will Always be….Jets Jets Jets !!!!!!

  104. jla1947 says: Aug 25, 2013 7:54 PM

    Ambitos said: “Ha ha ha. Atta boy Rex. When you don’t have answers, just act stupid.” Problem is, he is stupid.

  105. @Cereal_22 says: Aug 25, 2013 9:38 PM

    ‘Merica

  106. mackcarrington says: Aug 25, 2013 9:50 PM

    Rex thinks that if he was coaching Baltimore he would have won 3 Super Bowls by now.

  107. allinskins says: Aug 25, 2013 10:44 PM

    Rex has no one to blame but himself. When the wind is blowing your way you got plenty to say but when it blows in your fave you got to mdm up. Coach this team and get decent results and you will have another job in this league. But keep crying and you will be someone def. coordinator next year at best or LB coach.

  108. chazatlas says: Aug 25, 2013 11:47 PM

    I’d be going crazy working in a mental sinkhole like the Jets too! Somebody Mapquest Bellvue Mental Hospital for Co. Ryan.

  109. kbdubya7788 says: Aug 26, 2013 12:47 PM

    What kind of coach puts his week 1 starting Qb at risk behind a game that means absolutely nothing? I’m still trying to figure out Rex’s angle to why he would do this? Knowing Geno Smith is not capable to lead this team ( No Offense,) LMAO!! “literally” No Offense. What would make you put the only Qb on your roster that can even slightly play at the level you need to be competitive, in with Undrafted, walk-ons. Well He better hope the defense can score 14-21 pts. Graham Harells is out there!!!

  110. FinFan68 says: Aug 26, 2013 3:43 PM

    kbdubya7788 says:
    Aug 26, 2013 12:47 PM
    What kind of coach puts his week 1 starting Qb at risk behind a game that means absolutely nothing? I’m still trying to figure out Rex’s angle to why he would do this?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I’ll hazard a guess. We assume Sanchez was going to be the week 1 starter (odd since few have claimed he is a decent QB lately). I remember rumblings about a possible trade (before the draft) but I don’t know if that was true or speculative BS. Is it not possible to put him out there for a while with the hope of possibly trading him to a team in dire straits with QBs? The worst thing for the Jets would be for Sanchez to start and actually have a decent year. They would have another year of controversy even if Rex is retained. By trying to prop up Sanchez for a potential trade opportunity, they get to evaluate Smith for the year and the new guy (if there is one) can choose to reboot. Sanchez playing well adds 1 more year to that scenario. Personally, I believe Sanchez is the better QB of the two but Smith has a better chance of improving if he matures.

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