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Rex Ryan takes his turn defending Mark Sanchez

Posted on: January 13, 2012 5:06 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 5:22 pm
Sparano wants to get Sanchez back to 'square one.' (AP)

By Ryan Wilson

Rex Ryan spoke to the media Friday, ostensibly to introduce new Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. The head coach also spent a non-trivial part of the conference call speaking to the quotes from anonymous teammates about quarterback Mark Sanchez, who was described as "lazy" and a "baby."

Nightmare in New York
On Wednesday, center Nick Mangold came out in support of Sanchez, and owner Woody Johnson did the same a day later. And on Friday, it was Ryan's turn.

“I don’t know how many that don’t feel confident in Mark Sanchez,” he said according to the Newark Star-Ledger. “I’ll tell you this, if it’s not all of them, it’s the majority of our football team has a great deal confidence in Mark Sanchez. And when he walks through that door, his head is going to be held high, there’s no question about it. That’s what I know.”

Well, we know it's not "all of them" because of Santonio Holmes' Week 17 temper tantrum. But we take your point, Rex.

The embattled head coach also addressed the unsourced nature of the comments.

"An anonymous source, or whatever it is, doesn’t speak on behalf of the entire football team; doesn’t put his name to a quote and things like that. Believe me, there's a lot of people that I know specifically -- a ton of our players, and everybody in this organization, in my opinion, that has a great deal of belief and admiration for Mark Sanchez."

Whether Ryan actually believes what he's saying shouldn't obscure the bigger message: if you're willing to publicly blast your teammate but aren't willing to take responsibility for it, you're a coward.

During the team's end-of-year press conference last week, general manager Mike Tannenbaum admitted that Sanchez needs to play better. He echoed those sentiments Friday, though expressed them more diplomatically.

"He needs to be more consistent, and he'd be the first one to tell you that," Tannenbaum said. "With that being said, he's done a lot of good things over three years, and we're going to learn from where he can be better, and we’ll move forward. Having Coach Sparano here, we’re excited about those two guys working together."

And lest you fear that Sparano may be in over his head since he's never previously been a coordinator ... well, fear not. 

"I called plays in Dallas during that period of time, working with Coach Parcells," he said according to Rapid Reporter Lisa Zimmerman.

There's more:"We’’ll be explosive. We’ll be able to get it down the field," Sparano said, presumably not having watched the Jets-Dolphins regular-season finale.  

Sparano's optimism aside, here's the reality: Sanchez is entering his fourth NFL season. If he doesn't show marked improvement in 2012, he and Ryan both could be looking for new gigs 12 months from now.

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Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2012 10:40 am

Rex Ryan takes his turn defending Mark Sanchez

Rex doesnt need to defend Sanchez, he needs to defend himself!

Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2012 10:38 am

Rex Ryan takes his turn defending Mark Sanchez

Well, I would not expect Ryan to trash his own pupil in public. After that loss in Miami, I somehow felt that the atmosphere in Jets organization would begin to fall apart. I hope they take the time to sort it all out. The Jets had potential, but didn't know how to use it properly.

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2012 3:48 am
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Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:38 pm

Rex Ryan takes his turn defending Mark Sanchez

The Ryan boys are lowclass thugs, just like their dad.

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2012 10:44 pm
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Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 9:46 pm

Rex Ryan takes his turn defending Mark Sanchez

Lots of grammatic mistakes in my last post - lol

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 9:43 pm

Rex Ryan takes his turn defending Mark Sanchez

I think Sanchez is a mid-tier QB at best and because he is in New York he gets the press and sometimes the benefit of the doubt.  He did win playoff games the last 2 years but that was a team effort - I think he had his shot.

As for WR's for the Jets I do think a couple quite on him and Santonio is a pos.  NY'ers love him for some reason but Santonio Holmes is a POS, and to work with someone like this garbage is almost and excuse.

Sanchez can't get him the ball - big deal.

The Defense this year is not the defense of the last 2 years which is why they are not in the playoffs.

Go Pats!! :)

Buffalo Bob
Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 9:33 pm
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Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 8:47 pm

Rex Ryan takes his turn defending Mark Sanchez

So Ryan backs Sanchez. Big deal. He has to, he picked him to be the franchise QB. He's stuck with him.
But in three years, Sanchez still only completes 56% of his passes. His TD's went up, but so did his INT's. And every game where Sanchez needed to be "the man", he fell short. The Jets gave you 2 good WR's and a good TE, and you still don't get better.
I agree that any teammate should never, ever talk behind their starting QB back. That doesn't do anybody any good. It's also slimey. If you are going to say something, be a man and attach your name to it. In my humble opinion, Sanchez will never be a big time QB. In a league that not only desires, but needs big time signal callers, Sanchez isn't it.

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 8:06 pm

Rex Ryan takes his turn defending Mark Sanchez

I agree that if a player on the Jets speaks openly it is clear that there will be harsh reprocusions.  Rex tends to talk a big game about everything so it's tough to figure out what he really believes in, if anything.  This isn't baseball or the NBA where they have gauranteed contracts so they have to be extra careful, unless they are a star player for the team like Revis.  I don't blame most of these guys if they speak this way anonomous since they could lose their job - the NFL is a tougher business than any other pro sports league.

I hear people talk about, " a man and let people know who you are, own up to it." but in the end it's their short career.
Not to mention that Rex will probably make an example of someone that isn't a star player.  Santonio should be cut anyway but the Jest made their bed so they have to sleep in it.

I love seeing the JETS like this, I admit as always of being a Pats fan. 

Do you think the Jets will win this weekend????  The Winnapeg Jets :)

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