Billy Joel wrote a song many years ago, “You May Be Right”. The final line of the chorus reads, “You may be wrong, for all I know, but you may be right”. I begin with this quote, because it, to me, is appropriate when talking about the Rex Ryan/Mark Sanchez/Tim Tebow love triangle. Rex certainly may be wrong with how he is handling it, but he may be right. Let me explain.
First of all let me give this disclaimer, this is not reflecting my views on the situation, this is talking strictly about Rex Ryan’s public view on the matter. I am not injecting my views on Mark vs. Tim, you all know them. Let’s talk about how Rex Ryan is handling the situation.
Following Sunday’s game, Rex was asked the question, and rightly so, if whether or not they are going to make the move to Tim Tebow. Rex, true to form, announced that they were going to stay with Mark Sanchez. When asked why, here is what he had to say:
I believe we can win with Mark. And I believe we can win with (Tim) Tebow, but I’m not going to let you or anybody else convince me out of it, OK? Because this is how I feel. He gives us the best opportunity to win games, and that’s the only reason I make any move.
Is Rex making the wrong choice? Possibly. Heck, you could argue that he should have made a different choice weeks ago. Mark Sanchez has not put in a performance that justifies him staying in the lineup, that’s for sure. The offense has been uninspired, lackluster, and just downright terrible to watch. If the Jets were to make a change at quarterback, you certainly couldn’t say this is a terrible idea. We all know that something has to change. But look deeper at the decision, and you come to the key issue.
“I believe we can win with Mark…..I’m not going to let you or anybody else convince me out of it…” Listen to those words, and you have the key. If Rex truly believes, in his heart of hearts, that Mark gives them the best chance to win, then he CAN’T make the move. Yes, I said can’t. The reason is in the language of what he said. Rex HAS to do what HE feels is best for the team. Rex cannot lead the team by outside reactions. If he makes moves based on the fact that the outside influences want him to make the move, he won’t be coaching with HIS heart. A leader has to do what he believes, not what I believe, or what you believe. If his heart isn’t in his decision, no matter what that decision is, it won’t work. If this is how he feels, he is absolutely right.