An Emotional Move for Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez

Nov. 22, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan shakes hands with quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) before the game against the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Sanchez has won a lot of games for the New York Jets. Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez have had their wagons hitched to each other since the moment they both entered the league in 2009. Through the highs and the lows, Rex Ryan has always been behind Mark Sanchez. So it couldn’t have been easy for Rex to bench a guy that he has been behind for over three years now. You could tell that Mark wasn’t thrilled, both when he got the news, and during his press conference after the game. There was an emotional scene caught after the game where Rex was talking to Mark with his arm around him, after the game in the locker room. What did Rex say? He talked about that yesterday:

I think anybody that goes through that, when it’s a decision that I personally made to put a guy down, I think you have a little more time to explain why (and) I thought I needed to do that, so that’s what I did. Obviously, nobody wants to be pulled from anything. Mark and everyone else I’ve ever put in a situation like that always believe that they would give us the best opportunity to win. I think that’s why they’re so competitive. That’s just the nature of the man that’s playing, so I understand that. Anyways, it was a conversation I thought I needed to have.

Mark Sanchez has been so broken down emotionally this season, his disappointment is understandable. He knows that his time is ticking away with the Jets. You can’t hold the fact that Mark was emotional against him. He and Rex have been through a lot of wars together in their short careers, it’s understandable.

Topics: Mark Sanchez, New York Jets, Rex Ryan

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