Rex Ryan doesn’t think his future is tied to Mark Sanchez’s


Jets coach Rex Ryan stuck his neck out for quarterback Mark Sanchez by sticking with Sanchez as the starter. But Ryan says he doesn’t think his own future is necessarily tied to Sanchez’s.

At his press conference today, when a reporter suggested that getting the quarterback decision right could be the key to Ryan’s own future, Ryan disagreed with that.

“This is a big decision. [A big factor] in determining wins and losses is the play of your quarterback a lot of times,” Ryan said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “But no, I don’t feel that my future’s tied in with how we do things [with the quarterback].”

Ryan has always remained loyal to Sanchez, but he said his decision to stick with Sanchez wasn’t about loyalty, it was about winning at Jacksonville on Sunday.

“I think I’m loyal to all of our players,” Ryan said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. I also have a responsibility to this football team. And that’s to put the best guys out there that give us a chance to win. I think the decision here to go with Mark [is] something that I believe in.”

Ultimately, Ryan’s future is tied not to any particular player but to whether he wins enough games. But as long as Sanchez is Ryan’s starting quarterback, Sanchez will be the player who has the most to do with whether Ryan is winning enough games to keep his job.

43 responses to “Rex Ryan doesn’t think his future is tied to Mark Sanchez’s

  1. Just keeps reminding me of the Captain of the Titanic. Everyone else knows its a bad decision and we can see the outcome, but he is too stubborn to change course. I don’t get it

  2. It certainly is if you are too stubborn to make a change…ANY change.
    “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”…a quote from Albert Einstein.

  3. ok Rex your future is not ties to Dirty Sanchez… It is tied to your top 5 defense this year. What ever helps you sleep at night.

  4. Thank God Steve Bisciotti saw that Rex was a total blowhard and hired John Harbaugh instead. Rex was sooo disappointed he didn’t get the Raven job…Raven fans were soooo happy he didn’t.

  5. Oh please……Rex Ryan could beat Jacksonville if I am his quarterback. Seems like he’s a stubborn man who refuses to admit he made a mistake. Tim Tebow isn’t the answer but why not give McElroy a chance!
    #footballady52. 🏉

  6. logicalvoicesays says:
    Dec 6, 2012 11:55 AM
    The nile is not just a river in Egypt.


    It’s Da Nile.. as in Da Bears!

  7. As a fan of any team, I can only give the GM and Coach one chance with 1st round quarterback. If you fail, off with you and onto the next guys and hopefully they get it right. Rex is tied to Sanchez, he gave up picks and has set the franchise back with this bust.

  8. Technically, Rex is right. His future is tied to his won-loss record.

    Now, most people would think the won-loss record is tied to his QB, but Rex is too smart to be hemmed in by that simple thought, right?

  9. Blah blah blah…their biggest problem is Tannenbaum and his dopey contracts. They can’t get rid of Sanchez OR Holmes because of guarantees and how tight they are to the cap. Add the whole Revis contract drama and Tanny just has to go.

  10. Sanchez is a coach killer. He should not be throwing the types of interceptions he does. That says he isn’t learning how to read a defense. Unfortunately for Rex he is the best QB on the roster so Rex has to go with him. The argument now should be whether Rex should be fired for not developing Sanchez or keep Rex and move on from Sanchez. Either way the GM has to go because that team has no talent.

  11. What is amazing is that as big of a circus and a joke the jets are this year, they have a legitimate shot at finishing 9-7 or 8-8. If they win out they could get into last wild card w some help. No revis, no Holmes, horrendous qb play and inconsistent at best running game with underachieving defense and still could be .500 or better makes me think Rex has actually done a good job this year considering

  12. Maybe the Jets should let that asshat Fireman Ed run the show. I’m pretty sure the results would not differ very much but at least it a little more fun to watch..

  13. The New York Jets are the worst team in professional football.

    The New York Mets are the worst team in professional baseball.

    Both teams rhyme and both teams stink. Not a coincidence.

  14. You people who think Rex will be fired are freaking nuts. Ok, Eric Mangini was fired after missing the playoffs, but keep in mind he had NEVER made the playoffs, and so they gave up on him after three seasons. Rex has taken his team to the AFC Championship twice with Mark Sanchez running the team.

    The ONLY way Rex will be fired is if Mike Tannenbaum is canned and the new GM wants his own guy. But I doubt that happens.

  15. Yea, with 2 AFC Championship appearances, a winning record, and what looks like to be only the first losing season under his belt, he sure should be worrying about his job….

    Does anyone on this website actually THINK or does anything having to do with the Jets automatically turns into something negative?

  16. The way he’s talking it looks like Rex’s future is tied to a visit to the sanitarium he’s so delusional.

  17. Sure, Rex has two AFC Championships. He also will still have an overall winning record after this season. Of course, up until this season, every year he promised a Super Bowl championship and has yet to deliver. Name me one other coach who publicly says his team will win the championship every year. (Okay, so you obviously want a coach who believes that and no coach says they’re aiming for 8-8, but most coaches are smart enough not to make bold promises publicly.) It’s called managing expectations.

    If I’m Woody Johnson, I see Rex as a coach who has failed to deliver on his own boisterous promises and, in fact, regressed. It isn’t about those two AFC title games or the winning record, it’s about expectations which, based on what Rex has said over the years, have clearly not been met.

  18. I’m not sure Rex Ryan should be fired, he’s not a terrible head coach (really good DC), he’s just probably too trusting. However, Sanchez needs to ride the pine until his contract is over, Tannenbaum needs to go, Sparano needs to go, Cavanaugh(QB coach) needs to go. I think Westhoff and Ryan should get a year or two to try and turn the Franchise around.

  19. Let’s look at Ryan’s time as coach. In 2010 , the Jets spent alot of money and draft picks to get their team put together. They did not have a great regular season and were lucky to back into the playoffs as Indy rested Peyton Manning and other starters. Once in the post-season, their defense played like a top 5 defense and their running game had favourable matchups, taking them to the championship game, with Sanchez holding down the fort. They ran into those same Colts and were not able to matchup with them. In 2011, they had their best year as everything fell together, allowing them to once again make the Championship game, but losing to a far superior team that year, the Steelers. Neither year did they even win their own division. In 2012, the season ended in disaster, with Holmes sulking on the sidelines, not wanting to play with Sanchez. This year has been worse, albeit marred with injuries. Take away all the negative (or positive, depending on your view) locker room/media stuff, and do you want him as your coach?

  20. “This is a big decision. [A big factor] in determining wins and losses is the play of your quarterback a lot of times,” Ryan said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “But no, I don’t feel that my future’s tied in with how we do things [with the quarterback].”

    If you are going to quote him, just quote him. We don’t need your assistance in figuring out what he’s talking about.

  21. Didn’t Rex say last year that Sanchez was going to be his guy as long as he was there? He did by the way.

  22. I don’t think they’re tied either. Rex has proven, if given the right roster, he can coach a team deep in to the playoffs consistently. That Bum they have for a GM is who Woody needs to fire, along with Woody keeping his nose out of who they sign. Merchandise should not be a driving factor in who gets signed and who doesn’t.

  23. Rex and Mr.T have mismanaged the QB position.

    Allowing Sanchez to sit could have benefited the Entitled Sanchez some value. He can win the same or more with McElroy. Rex must go. Proved he doesn’t have a clue.

    Fans will be calling for his job in two weeks.

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