QB Problem? Who says the New York Jets have a QB problem?
For head coach Rex Ryan, it’s Mark Sanchez or nothing.
“Shoot, I’m extremely confident,” Ryan said about his quarterback on a conference call, Friday. “I’ll go out there and play tomorrow. He’s going to be our quarterback for as long as I am here, which I hope is a long, long time. We know we got the right guy.
“We just need to get better. We all have to get better.”
“It doesn’t belong on Mark’s shoulders. He’s just a player, he’s a big piece in a puzzle but it wasn’t all on Mark Sanchez,” Ryan said. “He’d be the first one to admit, he’s gotta be more consistent, we have to cut down on some errors and things, as does the rest of the team — myself included and every other coach. We’ll all take this collectively, but he doesn’t need to put it on his shoulders.”
As to Sanchez’ interception that was returned for a TD, his third this season, Ryan didn’t believe it was as bad as it seemed.
“Was it a poor pass or something, maybe a poor decision at that time where to throw the ball? Okay sure, but that’s not what lost the game for us,” Ryan said. “It was a big play for Denver, but there were several opportunities for us to win the game.”
To give Ryan, and Sanchez, some slack, the Jets offensive line provided Sanchez with no time to let plays develop. There were a few times where hits by Broncos LB Von Miller looked to injure Sanchez.
“He was going up against an outstanding football player,” Ryan said of lineman Wayne Hunter. “Von Miller, I think, will be a Pro Bowl player this year and if not this year than definitely next year. And I think that’s going to be tough on anybody.
“I thought Wayne, for the most part, did a nice job on him but he did get Wayne a couple of times, there’s no question about that. (Miller) is just an outstanding player and, you know, those things happen. It’s unfortunate. Wayne might block him for 90 percent of the time, but the 10 percent that the guy got the better of Wayne are the ones everyone will be focused on.”