Look at this picture to the right. Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan, the relationship that has defined the Rex Ryan era with the New York Jets. Mark Sanchez is Rex Ryan’s “guy”, they moved up to draft him in Rex’s first year, and he has been Rex’s starter ever since. Through the good times, and the bad, Rex and Mark have been just as that picture, side by side.
No matter what you feel about this quarterback, there have been undeniably good times. He was the quarterback for back to back AFC championship games. Some give Mark more credit than others do, but the fact is he was the quarterback, and he did make some big plays, and have some big games. The 2010 playoff against the Patriots comes to mind, for example. But on the other side, there have been some bad times. The majority of the last two years come to mind on that. Mark has not been great, no matter where you fall in your opinion about him as well. Those who know me and read this blog know that I think Mark can get the job done, but the fact is that he hasn’t lately, and it could be argued that he is actually getting worse.
Through it all, Rex Ryan is true to his man. Despite the growing pressure, Rex Ryan has been more insistent that he will not make a move. He has been steadfast, time and time again, that Mark Sanchez is the quarterback of this team. He said before the team went off for the bye that if the problems were one guy, it would be easy to make the move. But the problems are not one guy, they are much more than that. Personally, I agree with Rex Ryan. The troubles of the Jets offense is far more reaching than the quarterback position. But, could Rex lose his job for being so loyal to Mark Sanchez?
The answer, I believe, is yes.