Coming off of the win yesterday against the Cardinals, head coach Rex Ryan knew what was coming. After making the long awaited move of removing Mark Sanchez with 5 minutes to go in the third quarter, and the Jets winning the game, he knew that he would be asked about the situation. He knew the media would attempt to get him to tell us who will be playing quarterback next week. He didn’t announce a name one way or the other, but did his “non-answer” actually tip his hand? When asked whether or not he still feels that Mark Sanchez gives him the best chance to win, here is what Rex had to say after the game:
We’ll address that going forward, but right now I’m just happy with the win. I believe in Mark. I believe in Greg. I believe in everybody we have.
No, he didn’t tip his hand. I am sure he wants to sit down, talk to his players, look at the tape, and make an announcement later in the week. But to me, his non-answer is an indication that he will not make the move back to Mark. Any other time, he says “Mark gives us the best chance to win”. He has been loyal to Mark for nearly four years now. If he was still feeling loyal to Mark, he would have affirmed that this was a temporary move, and that Mark would be back. He didn’t do that. He sounded like a man that was ready to go in a different direction. He sounded like a guy ready to turn the team over to Greg McElroy for the balance of the 2012 season.
We will see if I am right.