Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez may be one bad pass from hearing the home fans chanting for Tim Tebow, but Jets coach Rex Ryan says he sees a big year coming from Sanchez.
As Sanchez opens his fourth season as the Jets’ starter, Ryan said he’s more confident in his quarterback’s abilities than he’s ever been.
“As a rookie, it was like he was looked as a weakness of our football team,” Ryan said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “I said there’s going to be a day when he’s looked as a strength, not a weakness. I think that day is right now.”
Ryan insisted that he’s behind Sanchez and he won’t be swayed by calls for Tebow.
“I understand how popular Tim is . . . and for good reason,” Ryan said. “He’s a tremendous young man and a talented football player, but Mark had a job to do. Mark’s our starting quarterback. That’s how he approached it. . . . If you asked Mark, he’d tell you he’s happy that Tim’s here. Because we see Tim as being an outstanding football player. Is he behind Mark as the backup quarterback? Yes, he is.”
Ryan added that “I have complete confidence in Mark.” The question is whether the Jets’ offense will play in the regular season like it did in the preseason, and if so, whether Ryan’s confidence in Sanchez will start to waver.