Keep Rex Ryan’s Offensively Challenged Hands AWAY from Geno Smith

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Geno Smith needs to be handled by the Jets MUCH better and differently than Mark Sanchez was.

Let me preface with something I’ve said many times: I don’t think bad coaches can ruin a great QB, so it’s probable that Mark Sanchez was never going to be great anyway.  Having said that, the thing that always did and still does piss me off the most about the Sanchez era, was the CONSTANT worry and over the top focus on turnovers and trying to get in his head about not making mistakes.  In my opinion that’s the worst thing to preach to a young QB. Nothing good about making a QB over think and doubt himself. And if anybody ever paid attention, it never worked. The more they stressed mistakes and turnovers, the more he made and the worst he got.  Say what you want, and I know you will but Mark Sanchez was at his absolute best (the few times) over the years when they just let him go out there, not think too much, and just let it fly and wing the ball over the field. But, former Jets OC Brian Schottenheimer and HC Rex Ryan were too inept and clueless to notice that trend. That should always be the mentality and goal every time when grooming a young QB and the absolute LAST mentality I want in this kid’s mind, in MY young QB’s mind is for him to be afraid to make mistakes and turn the ball over. I want him going out there and winging the ball all over the field, and if there are turnovers along the way, so be it!
Again, a naturally great QB will be great regardless. Situations may dictate how much he dominates – but if he’s great, he’s going to find some level of success regardless of the situation. So NO, I don’t think Ryan prevented Sanchez from being great.  With that said, teams have found success and won SB’s with QBs that were not elite, or hadn’t developed into elite QBs yet. Having a great QB gives you the greatest chance of winning, but it’s possible to find success with a decent QB having a good year. I think Sanchez had a lot more potential coming into the league than the butt fumble he has NOW become.  Let’s be honest, winning a SB with Sanchez under center was a perceivable possibility at one point. Had he been developed by the right people, who knows? He might have still only gone down as a decent/average QB, a game manager type, but even those types have won SBs in the past. Look at someone like Brad Johnson, who overall was considered a game manager, but he had a couple of good seasons, and in one of them won a SB. I think Sanchez at least had potential for that in the beginning.
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  • Joe Willie

    its everybody else’ s fault that Mark Sanchez sucks except mark sanchez. When will people just realize Sanchez never was that talented in any aspect in playing the position of NFL QB in the 1st place. Please dont tell me about the 1st two yrs of his career—the team carried him–He was never accurate -he always threw into coverage—never had a good pocket presence —and he never was a very good leader of men. Mr T and Woody had Brett Farve withdrawals and reached, wished and hoped a GL kid who started one season in college could be a good NFL QB. Sanchez wasn’t—it’s an old story with a lot of nfl teams-
    let it GO!

    • SeanLDurham

      Jesus H!!!


      Reading seems to be a lost art nowadays apparently…. Think I said at least twice in this article that I don’t believe Sanchez would’ve been a great QB ANYWAY. Didn’t I????

      But what gets me is that Jets fans have this weird hatred for him and refuse to accept the fact or acknowledge the fact that despite his flaws, REX’S INEPT OFFENSIVE PHILOSOPHY DIDN’T HELP HIM!!!!!!!!!! That LITERALLY CAN’T BE DEBATED!
      I already acknowledged the fact that Sanchez was limited either way but is it not logical that maybe just maybe what little talent he did have coming out of college, could’ve been adequately utilized and harvested by a coach that wasn’t offensively challenged??? It’s like it’s impossible for some to place some of the blame on Rex’s offensively challenged shoulders where SOME OF IT NEEDS TO GO!

      • Gustav Flores

        Rex does not run the offense guy. So what the hell are you trying to say? I for one think you don’t really know how to make a point. What would you know about coaching to put the blame on Rex, he is the defensive guru and he hired an offensive coordinator to run the offense for the team. Almost all of the teams have an offensive coordinator no? Even the Gaytriots have one!

        • Paul Newbold

          Rex as a “head coach” is responsible for hiring an OC. His responsibilities don’t end there. He doesn’t run the defense either..he hired a DC! But you would give Rex credit for a #1 defense? So if I have this right, its NOT Rex’s fault if our offense is ranked last and our QB sucks; but Rex Does get credit for a top defense! That’s great news! Since Rex has already hired an OC to run the offense, a DC to run the defense and a Special Teams Coordinator to run the special teams: WE NO LONGER NEED REX!!!!!! Rex might be a good defensive coordinator, but it ends there!!

          • Gustav Flores

            Well Rex is taking over the defense this year once again and it will show. You can not blame Rex for the offense guy. There is no way in hell that you can. Then Billacheat sucks defensively is that what you are trying to say? The last time i checked Billacheater was one of the best defensive minds in football yet his defense has been ranked real low for a long time. There is only so much blame you can put on a coach then the rest should be given to the players for underachieving. I guess i will give you a 3 out of 10 for your response. Go Jets!!!

          • Paul Newbold

            Thanks for the ranking 3 out of 10, roughly .333 batting avg, I’ll take it. For the record I never mentioned the Pats, or their coach. I just simply said Rex is responsible for the offense, every head coach in the league is! Don’t believe me? Check the firings last season! Owners should and the good ones do, make their Head Coach responsible for the ENTIRE team!

          • Sean Durham

            Agreed….. we are on the same page my friend!

      • Paul Newbold

        You’re right, Sanchez was flawed in college, his college coach pronounced him “not ready for the NFL” and he has failed to progress. I say he’s a poor student, or a mediocre talent, take your pick, I do agree Rex shouldn’t be here for the Geno Smith era! He should have been fired last season! Woody stuck Idjik with Rex this season, it won’t happen again. Rex goes back to defensive coordinator ranks, never to break the Head Coaching arena again! He’s just a poor quality head coach all around!

      • Gustav Flores


        Really??? Rex’s offensive philosophy??? Rex has little to no input on the offense aside from telling his offensive coordinator to run the rock more. Think about if for just one minute. I don’t mean to sound like i think you know nothing about football. Just not enough to write that article. You did mention that maybe he could have benefited from better offensive coaching. Did you not???

  • Gustav Flores

    That is one of the worst articles I have read to date. It sounds like you support the possibility that Sancheese could have been better of with better coaches. I am here to squash that thought. He is not even a game manager or adequate back up….

    • SeanLDurham

      Oh…… Ok?

      Thought official “squashed” I guess?

  • Paul Newbold

    I don’t know if his coaches are to blame for his failure, I’ve always said Sanchez’s problem is he’s un-coachable, meaning he can’t take what he’s supposed to learn in practice and transfer it to the playing field. That being said,, Rex Ryan should not be allowed anywhere near Geno Smith! Personally, I don’t believe he should be around any of our players! He’s an arrogant, ego maniac, who’s forever chasing a headline! He’s way too busy with his own PR to be an adequate head coach. He has lost control of his locker room, he’s had a ton of personnel problems, and through all that he declares “I am the best defensive mind in football today”!! Besides being a terrible head coach, he’s delusional!! As soon as Idjik rids himself of Rex, the better off the Jets and Geno Smith will be! Good Riddance!!

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