Jets coach Rex Ryan was in the stands to watch the Yankees in spring training yesterday, so the baseball writers jumped him to talk about quarterbacks Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez.
You could tell it was the baseball writers, because you get delightful sentences like “Ryan has a tattoo of his wife wearing a Sanchez jersey,” dropped into the middle of their stories.
Ryan wasn’t biting on the questions about Sanchez’s future, however, though the entire world expects him and his $13.1 million cap hit to be cut.
“We’ll just let that play out and see what happens,” Ryan said, via Brendan Kuty of NJ.com. “But it’s nothing I’m going to make a comment on.”
Smith he was willing to talk about, and offered praise for last year’s rookie’s development.
“I really like where the left off,” Ryan said. “The last month of the season was probably his best. I know he had some rocky spots, to say the least. And so did we as a team. But to finish where he did, I think he was the second-highest rated quarterback at the end of the season. Very few turnovers. he ran the ball effectively as well. So he used his legs, used his arms, cut down on turnovers. I think if he could play that way, we’re going to be tough to beat.”
None of that was particularly unexpected, and if his brother Rob had been with him, we’d have had tales of many hot dogs being consumed as well. But it’s also Mardi Gras day, so Rob is probably making plans for another kind of consumption tonight.