Aug 9, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan on the sidelines in the third quarter of a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Rex Ryan Explains His Decision to Start Mark Sanchez Again


Early yesterday morning, the Jets fan base was up in arms, beside themselves with grief and panic because the Jets had named Mark Sanchez the starting quarterback for Saturday night’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Nobody could believe the audacity of this football team to start Mark two weeks in a row. “How could they do such a thing?”, was the common response.

During a conference call yesterday afternoon, Rex Ryan went into more detail as far as the reasoning behind the decision, basing it on:

“…a few factors: Geno’s situation with his ankle, and also the fact that Mark has practiced well, and that’s really what led us to our decision. Right now I can’t tell you if Geno will play in this game or not. We’ll see how the rest of the week goes to make that decision.”

So, Geno might play, but definitely won’t start. The obvious question is, if he’s not able to play potentially, why was he practicing? Here’s Rex:

“You have to realize we’re installing, still in the install phase, putting in a brand new offensive system,” the coach said. “Obviously with any quarterback, especially a young quarterback, we felt he would definitely benefit from getting those reps. Obviously the trainers were comfortable with him being out there.

If anyone is more to blame, it’s the training staff. We aren’t there, so we can’t really place the blame since we don’t have the first hand knowledge. It’s hard to place blame on Rex and the coaching staff, they were following the advice of the medical staff. If the trainers say he is OK to practice, why wouldn’t Rex let him practice?

Was it a mistake to let him practice this week? That is definitely an arguable point. But blaming the coaching staff is silly, all they did was rely on their medical personnel.

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  • Paul Newbold

    I have to agree with Rex, medical staff had no problem with him practicing. They had a week to evaluate it. And according to Rex “Mark practiced well and that’s what really made our decision” Interesting comment I thought. I found it interesting on this week’s depth chart Allen listed ahead of Jarret, by some reports Jarret has had a great camp. Another interesting watch for Saturday I think.

    • TheJetPress

      I don’t think there is a reason to doubt Rex. All he can do is rely on the medical staff. He says it’s OK, who is he to disagree? Interesting point on Allen, I did hear that Jarrett had a great camp. Will be interesting to see who gets which reps tomorrow night.

  • Frank Antonelli

    Interesting to see all the media hacks jump on this as another example of Rex not managing QBs properly. LOL. I guess they don’t like having reality get in the way of a good story and more unwarranted clicks. The media tent is full of clowns.

    • TheJetPress

      I’m with ya. Stick with us, we do our best not to jump to conclusions.

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  • kilbasar

    I think it’s also worth noting that a player might be fine practicing in team drills when not 100%, that doesn’t mean they’re also healthy enough to handle the live tackling of a game. Nor does it imply that holding out of the team drills would have made the ankle heal faster. Let’s try not to be armchair physical therapists, and let the pros make these decisions.

    • TheJetPress

      agreed…..it’s just strange, usually doesn’t happen this way