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Rex Ryan: I never said Sanchez won the competition


Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez says he won the quarterback competition with Geno Smith, and only a shoulder injury prevented him from remaining the team’s starting quarterback. But the man who had final say on who won the quarterback competition didn’t see it that way.

Jets coach Rex Ryan told reporters today that he never declared Sanchez the winner.

“Well, I never said he won the competition. I didn’t say that,” Ryan said.

Ryan was asked if Sanchez’s comments run counter to the company line.

“That’s his opinion,” Ryan said. “And it’s not about a company line. Apparently if that’s what he said, that’s his opinion. Again, there is the ongoing competition if you will.”

Ryan said he still hopes Sanchez’s shoulder rehabilitation goes well enough for Sanchez to be cleared to play this year. Even if there’s no guarantee that Ryan will actually put Sanchez on the field.

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  1. nathanbetz91 says: Sep 13, 2013 9:35 PM


  2. flamethrower101 says: Sep 13, 2013 9:36 PM

    And the circus continues…

  3. bux1022 says: Sep 13, 2013 9:40 PM

    Sanchez is hot wet garbage! No one cares about the red-headed step children, j e t s jets jets jets.. In an old fighter fighter voice!!

  4. wearethesteelers says: Sep 13, 2013 9:40 PM


  5. rtp295 says: Sep 13, 2013 9:43 PM

    Does it really matter? Either way this team isn’t contending anytime soon. However I think Geno is more an answer than Sanchez, not a Jets fan btw.

  6. raiderrob21 says: Sep 13, 2013 9:44 PM

    You did. You didn’t. Outside of New York, NOONE CARES what the hell you say Rex?

  7. bennyb82 says: Sep 13, 2013 9:46 PM

    Rex does not watch the offense so I believe him.

  8. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 13, 2013 9:47 PM

    Rex pretty much never handles anything well.

  9. whyamiacowboysfanagain says: Sep 13, 2013 9:47 PM

    the bigmouth getting coverage for not saying something…..ironic isn’t it?

  10. mclovin07 says: Sep 13, 2013 9:47 PM

    I’m not a Jets fan, but if I was, I’d be drinking Dos Equis…

  11. patsbrat says: Sep 13, 2013 9:48 PM

    Rex is right on. That was my thought the first time I saw the Sanchez quote. Thanks for the confirmation Rex.

    I gotta say, I loved Rex’s post game comments last night. Especially the bit about the end of the game. “I guess we were the only ones involved.”

  12. ohioteamsusuallysuck says: Sep 13, 2013 9:51 PM

    I’m a browns and I would take Sanchez over weeden

  13. cags777 says: Sep 13, 2013 9:53 PM

    Crazy thought here. But does anyone believe Rex Ryan purposely put Mark Sanchez in at garbage time to set him up for injury and pave the way for Geno Smith? I’m starting to believe this becoming more than a circus, and this is going to be a long season for the Jets.

  14. h3min1230 says: Sep 13, 2013 9:57 PM


  15. bucsfan5000 says: Sep 13, 2013 9:58 PM

    He wasn’t watching the offense enough to make that decision.

  16. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 13, 2013 9:59 PM

    Can’t wait for Sanchez’s response which is bound to make things more clear. Are we in the middle of a walk in the park, or a civil war? The answer will reveal itself very soon.

  17. kev86 says: Sep 13, 2013 10:00 PM

    Sounds like a guy dumb enough to get a tattoo of his wife in a Sanchez jersey.

  18. yanksjetsknicks says: Sep 13, 2013 10:01 PM

    Grow a set. Your plan was obvious. You like Sanchez over Geno. After Geno had 3 picks in the preseason you wanted Sanchez in the game to prove to everyone he was better. He got injured forcing you to change your plan and now you have to start Geno.

  19. cwk22 says: Sep 13, 2013 10:02 PM

    Joke of a coach and QB.

  20. lgw91s says: Sep 13, 2013 10:04 PM

    The real competition is which one exits first – Rex or Sanchez.

  21. saints4life57 says: Sep 13, 2013 10:05 PM

    You tell them Dirty Sanchez! I agree wih him 100% ~ NOT! Hey Sanchez if I didn’t stub my toe in high school I would have been a starting LB in the NFL! HAHA! Wait no I wouldn’t of just like you wouldn’t have been the starting QB because you my friend suck! Call the Whaaaaanimal Control buddy!

  22. billybmoretracey3 says: Sep 13, 2013 10:09 PM

    Why why why are we still talking about Rex Ryan and mark Sanchez ? In 3 years people will be like”who?”

  23. vincentbojackson says: Sep 13, 2013 10:10 PM

    Nothing says “QB competition winner” like getting the nod for mop up duty in a preseason game.

  24. paychrisjohnson28 says: Sep 13, 2013 10:11 PM

    Like everyone …..hearing about Mark “GQ” Sanchez is a tiresome story that no one wants to know about… Be gone with him already… It’s a forgotten conclusion that after the season Sanchise will be GONE!

    Geno Smith with be the QB this year and next…

    After next season…the talk will be about what Geno Smith did or didn’t do for the NY JETS…

  25. fel66 says: Sep 13, 2013 10:13 PM

    Rexys man crush is coming to end Mark you better move on .

  26. therevrand says: Sep 13, 2013 10:14 PM

    What a dysfunctional organization!

    -Raiders Fan

  27. lennydpocketqb says: Sep 13, 2013 10:15 PM

    A) He’s right in his statement.

    B) We will never see Sanchez start for the Jets again.

    C) It’s the Jets… What else did we expect?

  28. mackcarrington says: Sep 13, 2013 10:16 PM

    New York sports won’t be the same once Ryan, Sanchez, and Alex Rodriguez are gone from the scene.

  29. thetruthcampaign says: Sep 13, 2013 10:18 PM

    Just have your surgery, Sanchez. And, please, don’t call Tebow up to see what he’s doing.

  30. thegonz13 says: Sep 13, 2013 10:20 PM

    With everything that comes out of his mouth, it’s hard to keep track of what T-Rex says…

  31. 80sbroncofan says: Sep 13, 2013 10:20 PM

    Sanchez should just get the surgery and take the rest of the year off and prepare for a new team next year

  32. nananatman says: Sep 13, 2013 10:20 PM

    Sanchez is not a redhead, he is one of yours and that explains his performance.

  33. jetsareajoke says: Sep 13, 2013 10:22 PM

    “But the man who had final say on who won the quarterback competition didn’t see it that way.”
    Who’s that…..Idzik?

  34. nananatman says: Sep 13, 2013 10:22 PM

    PS Red is the thickest molecule in the color spectrum and the most difficult to replicate. I guess our step children are better than your actual kids. Lol.

  35. bsizemore68 says: Sep 13, 2013 10:23 PM

    Foot in mouth disease gets you every time. Bill

  36. coachbeck says: Sep 13, 2013 10:23 PM

    Well he got his contract. He should make sure tannebaum is on his Christmas card list

  37. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 13, 2013 10:24 PM

    At least the Jaguar coaching staff had the moral fortitude to declare a clear winner in their QB competition, even though the winner was injured at the time. They had nothing to gain by making a firm commitment, other than the respect of the players on the team.

  38. couldntthinkofaname says: Sep 13, 2013 10:32 PM

    Sanchez is hot wet garbage! No one cares about the red-headed step children, j e t s jets jets jets.. In an old fighter fighter voice!!


    Proof that I.Q. points drop heavily with some people when they jump onto the internet. Sanchez isn’t an elite, franchise QB. He’s average…not all that good but certainly not trash. Totally ridiculous to refer to him as “garbage”. Show some class.

  39. FinFan68 says: Sep 13, 2013 10:33 PM

    bux1022 says:
    Sep 13, 2013 9:40 PM
    Sanchez is hot wet garbage!
    Not really. It’s fun to bash him because it is easy to do (slide school, hot dog, underage girls, booger incident, GQ spread, butt-fumble, etc.) but he has talent. He is not a thinker like Peyton. Sanchez is a reactionary QB. He makes poor decisions because he isn’t really a student of the game but that can change. Give him a decent running game and a stout defense and he is quite capable. He made some incredible plays in multiple comeback wins. He does not have the personality to lead in NYC and honestly that team is full of bombastic buffoons. Put him in Minnesota to compete with Ponder and you would see a very different Sanchez (and probably Ponder too)

  40. sweetnlow44 says: Sep 13, 2013 10:34 PM

    Smith is horrible, but they need to end the relationship with Sanchez and move on. They’ve turned into a complete joke and it’s gotta be miserable to be a fan of that dysfunctional team.

  41. DonRSD says: Sep 13, 2013 10:37 PM

    Get him Rex.

  42. theeperspective says: Sep 13, 2013 10:39 PM

    Definition of competition in the Free Dictionary. A test of skill or ability. Henceforth, according to the definition there was no competition to begin with. Skill and ability need to be involved for said competition to take place. Get your story straight Rex. Had you said on-going comedic competition, you would have been more accurate. Mark Sanchez is hilarious. He’s got the ability and skill to make us all laugh so lets not build him up to be something he’s not.

  43. skoobyfl says: Sep 13, 2013 10:39 PM

    The Bills are going to roll these freaks.

  44. george1859 says: Sep 13, 2013 10:41 PM

    Hey Mark,
    You’re insecurities are reaching epic proportions of stupidity.
    You suck, we know it, and no matter how you try to disguise it, YOU know it.

  45. redskinspatronum says: Sep 13, 2013 10:45 PM

    Who cares who won. Just about everyone lost. The only winners are The Press.

  46. Deb says: Sep 13, 2013 10:48 PM

    Based on what Sanchez has accomplished in the last couple of seasons, I think Rex would have been wise to keep Greg McElroy around as the #2 behind Geno. Despite all the hoopla about the competition between Tebow and Sanchez last year, Greg was the guy who finally got points on the board in preseason.

  47. sschmiggles says: Sep 13, 2013 10:49 PM

    Not even close imo. Smith is no Peyton, but he’s better than Sanchez. And he isn’t a whining self centered prima donna either. At least Smith has poise and toughness.

  48. braddavery says: Sep 13, 2013 10:52 PM

    Sly wording, Rex. You didn’t say it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not true. If it wasn’t true, you would simply deny it.

  49. seatownballers says: Sep 13, 2013 11:05 PM

    Go pats


  50. kash71 says: Sep 13, 2013 11:09 PM

    Obviously Mrs. Ryan has fallen out of love with Sanchez.

  51. fryeways says: Sep 13, 2013 11:09 PM

    “I won the competition… to see who could turn the ball over the most.”

  52. realfootballfan says: Sep 13, 2013 11:10 PM

    NY media stirring the pot since Mark Sanchez’s Jets career is over. His shoulder is maybe in need of surgery depending on who you talk to and the GM doesn’t want him.

  53. Wisconsin77 says: Sep 13, 2013 11:14 PM

    The fact that the Jets stuck with Sanchez for this long is a testament to the dysfunction that is the Jets Organization.

  54. jboyxl73 says: Sep 13, 2013 11:25 PM

    If Sanchez was still that franchise Rex wouldn’t have been so bold in his denial ,if I were Sanchez ,I would take my 8 million bucks, get the surgery and get ready to play for the jags next year …..

  55. cubano76 says: Sep 13, 2013 11:27 PM

    “I did not have sexual relations with that woman!”

  56. sillec28 says: Sep 13, 2013 11:32 PM

    Who’s going to win the competition to be the next HC of the Jets after this season?

  57. 12444uggg says: Sep 13, 2013 11:36 PM

    I only trust Rex when he speaks if he’s standing sideways, now.

  58. stoolerz says: Sep 13, 2013 11:45 PM

    I still remember Jets fan laughing at Mangini and the Browns for trading with them so they could draft this clown. Even as dysfunctional as they Browns are, moving down they got all pro center Alex Mack out of it

  59. redsox711 says: Sep 13, 2013 11:48 PM

    Jets are the armpit of the NFL.

  60. fordmandalay says: Sep 13, 2013 11:57 PM

    Final proof the Jets are kicking Sanchez to the curb! Ryan must have gotten the word from on high, and he’s trying to save his job. “Mark Sanchez? Mark Sanchez who? Never heard of him!”

  61. sc49ers says: Sep 14, 2013 12:00 AM

    they just need a real qb…smells like he’s about to get fired so cover up as much as you can…your in NY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  62. doggeatdogg says: Sep 14, 2013 12:05 AM

    What am I missing? What is the relevancy of announcing whether he won the competition or not. Had he not been injured, he most likely would have started. But is a big to do for Rex and Sanchez on the announcing as to ‘who won.’ Really, who cares. They need to quit the pi$$ing contest.

  63. cmdrsmooth says: Sep 14, 2013 12:05 AM

    Can Sanchez stop giving Geno advice in the 4th Quarter?

  64. souldogdave says: Sep 14, 2013 12:14 AM

    Under the bus he goes…

  65. steelers4385 says: Sep 14, 2013 12:14 AM


  66. vikescry1 says: Sep 14, 2013 12:14 AM

    no but he did say sanchez had pretty feet!

  67. pisano says: Sep 14, 2013 12:15 AM

    Sanchez is a legend in his own mind. He still doesn’t understand the Jets are finished with him. I honestly believe Rex would be dumb enough to use him if he’s healthy, but it would end up costing Rex his job. the GM, and the OC have no use for Sanchez, and if Rex insisted on using him they would both be looking for a job next year.

  68. bleedsoe9mm says: Sep 14, 2013 12:27 AM

    Sanchez should go get his surgery and start preparing to be a FA , nobody will think less of him abandoning this sinking ship

  69. rhamrhoddy says: Sep 14, 2013 12:27 AM

    if you will

  70. mydogsnameisvick says: Sep 14, 2013 12:45 AM

    The great thing about this country is that you can really suck at what you do and make millions doing it.
    Wait…maybe that’s not so great.

  71. lostsok says: Sep 14, 2013 12:45 AM

    “Well, he was ahead by a toe. A nummy, delicious little toe!”

    ~~ Rex Ryan

  72. barbeaux says: Sep 14, 2013 12:57 AM

    Worst coach ever

  73. gdeli says: Sep 14, 2013 1:12 AM

    please shut up mark! and collect the >500,000 on IR. Really, you hardly say stupid stuff but you are puffing yourself up like dingdong clay Matthews saying …i’m a big boy now! haha

  74. elishanelson10 says: Sep 14, 2013 1:13 AM

    No-one on this Jets team is on the same page. When your head coach calls the former starting QB who lead you to two straight AFC title games out…time to blow it up.

  75. blacnsilvr says: Sep 14, 2013 1:15 AM

    Walk off shot!!!!!!!

  76. jerrysglassescleaner says: Sep 14, 2013 1:20 AM

    Sanchez, It’s not over till the Fat Lady…… errrr, i mean MAN SINGS!

  77. softhelmet says: Sep 14, 2013 1:58 AM

    The gift that gives on giving…J E T S, never mind…

  78. randomguy9999 says: Sep 14, 2013 2:01 AM

    how do you win the competition without finishing the race?

    Sanchez is done with the Jets… coming to a second string near you….

  79. sdb0ltz says: Sep 14, 2013 2:02 AM

    Gheez, way to turn your back on your boy.

  80. sdb0ltz says: Sep 14, 2013 2:03 AM

    Rex reeks of desperation.

    He’s all about Sanchez one day and the next he’s like “Sanchez who?”

    That wont work very well for him in the future. You cannot turn your back and leave your guy out to dry like that.

    Sooner or later the Jets managment will be like “Rex who?”

  81. adoombray says: Sep 14, 2013 2:16 AM

    Real Housewives of New York City

  82. fishyinalittledishy says: Sep 14, 2013 4:15 AM

    First time i have seen Smith in action although he made some good plays and took some big hits getting the ball out he looks to me like he will not stand to much of it. He had chances to stand in there and throw but decided to take off a few times. For me i dont think he has got nerve he looked a little like when you walking down a dark alley with the and you think somebody is going to jump out.

  83. swaggyy says: Sep 14, 2013 4:38 AM

    Wait…Rex Ryan didn’t say something?

  84. joetoronto says: Sep 14, 2013 4:59 AM

    They really need to admit their mistake and cut Sanchez, just do it already.

  85. turbo2728 says: Sep 14, 2013 5:27 AM

    Is anyone surprised? Ryan has to back Smith publically.

    Sanchez isn’t doing himself any favours when he’s looking for his next job.

  86. finsnation101 says: Sep 14, 2013 5:29 AM

    This team is a joke lol.

  87. crazyfootballfun says: Sep 14, 2013 6:01 AM

    Why would Sanchez say something so damn stupid? He isn’t playing and it doesn’t matter if he won the competition or not…his job is to support who the QB is now and when he is healthy, he can compete. But deliberately injecting himself here…for what purpose?

  88. fruitcovejag says: Sep 14, 2013 6:24 AM

    Wrecks IS an idiot!

  89. j0esixpack says: Sep 14, 2013 6:50 AM

    Time for a new tattoo

  90. bubba703 says: Sep 14, 2013 7:06 AM

    Well, in this case Rex was probably right. If he had decided Sanchez was the starter, he wouldn’t have played him during garbage time in that last preseason game risking injury.

    The bigger problem is based on the preseason performances. You gotta wonder why the heck Rex did not name Sanchez starter. Sanchez was not great, but he wasn’t as awful as Geno.


  91. petedutcherjr says: Sep 14, 2013 7:27 AM

    Sanchez should just walk out. Say he’s retiring. Get out of there.

    Because Ryan is a backstabbing liar and the Jets are run so horribly that they’ve become a joke!

  92. hehateme2 says: Sep 14, 2013 7:27 AM

    and the wheels on the bus go round and round…

  93. whatjusthapped says: Sep 14, 2013 7:34 AM

    This highlights exactly what is wrong with the Jets, instead of just saying “no comment” or “I wouldn’t answer hypothetical questions”, Rex stirs the pot.

  94. anarchopurplism says: Sep 14, 2013 7:44 AM


    Maybe Mike & Mike can talk about this with every NFL expert on Monday & ignore half of the other teams who played on Sunday

  95. monropoobah says: Sep 14, 2013 7:52 AM

    in this day and age, doesn’t a head coach of a prominent sports team in a giant media market have a pr department that can help him prepare for such a question?
    the question coming was obvious; ‘well he said he won the competition rex, is that right?’ (from a relentless barrage of reporters’ questions, who think it actually matters for some reason). deflecting ever so slightly he says ‘i didn’t say that.’
    better answer; ‘that’s irrelevant, next’
    he’s too open and honest to handle those questions himself.

  96. dogman9 says: Sep 14, 2013 8:26 AM

    In Geno we trust…

    all others pay cash!

    It could be worse you know, for example NYG will be 0-2 in 36 hours and teams that start 0-2 have an 88% chance of missing the playoffs. bye bye bigpowderblue!

  97. 1historian says: Sep 14, 2013 8:36 AM

    Even tho Smith threw 3 picks Thursday he looked darn good for a rookie and IMO the job is his to lose. He kept his poise (unlike Brady) and he is going to get better every week.

    Sanchez should get shoulder surgery right now and next year go looking for another place to play, because IMO he’s lost the job in NY and he might do a lot better starting off somewhere else. New York is not the place for him.

  98. patriots123456 says: Sep 14, 2013 9:08 AM

    Why don’t they just cut Sanchez.

    He’s hurt and not going to play, they have to pay him anyway.

    53 man roster, with 4 quarterbacks and one isn’t going to play. Who else is carrying 4 quarterbacks? A lot of teams only have 2.

    Makes no sense to me…

  99. marcuswelby70 says: Sep 14, 2013 9:27 AM

    Rex: Good entertainer…good defensive coordinator…not a good head coach!

  100. immafubared says: Sep 14, 2013 9:50 AM

    Sanchez has played his last play with the Jets.

  101. newjerseygiants says: Sep 14, 2013 10:05 AM

    I never said that was a Sanchez tattoo on my arm. It could be anybody wearing a #6. That matter is open to debate.

  102. 2manyconcussions says: Sep 14, 2013 10:29 AM

    He just asking the coach to smack him down. Not the sharpest tool in the shed.

  103. edawg7l says: Sep 14, 2013 10:32 AM

    Rex Ryan is like a car salesman. He’ll tell you anything to make the sale and he assumes everyone is an idiot. It was clear to everyone that Sanchez outplayed Smith during the preseason.

  104. trainman59 says: Sep 14, 2013 11:14 AM

    The Jets need a competition to be the head coach.

  105. jpmelon says: Sep 14, 2013 12:54 PM

    I get a kick out of the Jets fans who are trying to convince everyone that Geno was a great pick and that Rex was so smart to have gotten a 1st round caliber talent in the second round…..the truth is that no NFL team beleived he was first round talent (if he was, then he would have been picked by one of the 8 teams that desperately needed an upgrade at QB). All the talk and all the hype was all “smoke and mirrors”. Fact: the only team that was dumb enough to waste a high round pick on geno smith was the Jets.

  106. blackhawks2010 says: Sep 14, 2013 3:16 PM

    Worst program in professional sports, a complete train wreck. JETS are laughable.

  107. cool10857 says: Sep 14, 2013 4:35 PM

    Rex, you are a jerk. No one respects you. You are a very poor excuse for an NFL head coach. GET OUT OF NY NOW!

  108. testarossa13 says: Sep 14, 2013 6:56 PM

    What did you say Rex?

  109. imacmanla77 says: Sep 18, 2013 8:27 PM

    Rex to Mark: “No means No.”

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