Aug. 18, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) throws a pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Jets win 37-13. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Rex Ryan Takes Blame for End of First Half New York Jets’ Miscue

There has been a lot of talk this week about how coach Ryan criticized Geno Smith far more than he ever did Mark Sanchez. Well, if you agree with that statement you are not going to like this article.

Remember at the end of the first half of the game Saturday night, when Mark scrambled too long? He took away any opportunity for the team to attempt a field goal, because he held onto the football, remember? We all remember.

Surely, this was a situation where Rex would have something to say about Mark, yes? Nope. Take a look:

It was on me. I think if it should be on my shoulders and I’ll take the heat and the bullet for that. That’s kind of a judgmental call right there. Should you go for it in that situation? Should you not? I was trying to get a touchdown across and knew it was going to be risky if there was any delay at all. There was. It never came out exactly how I thought it would, but I’ll take the heat for it, certainly, in that situation. We’re not going to put it on the quarterback when it was a judgment call by myself.

I love the fact that Rex does this. If you think about it, this is far from the first time that Rex has taken the heat on himself for a bad decision/bad play.

Fans that don’t like Mark, however, will not see it that way. They will see it as more evidence of his undying loyalty to his fifth year quarterback.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    Rex is not big on throwing his players under the bus. Additionally he knows he’s gonna need somebody to stand behind the center when the season starts and since they haven’t named a starter that means he may need mark. If so, why hurt his seemingly fragile confidence more. I will be hoping mark doesn’t step on the field during the game Saturday while Geno and Greg or Matt throw about eight touchdown passes between them. Mark needs to spend more time with the ladies and less time on the field, for the sake of our season. If I hear him say one more time about how “we’ll get it fixed” and “it won’t happen again” I think I’ll explode!

    • TheJetPress

      Not a viewpoint that is hard to understand.

  • Frank Antonelli

    Rex went out of his way to say what a brutal practice Geno had. Yet he also goes out of his way to defend the indefensible with regards to Mark. The end of the half is the perfect example of the brain dead type of plays that Mark does. He’s always had a problem with understanding late game situations and selecting the correct course of action. It’s not just the fans that notice the double standard but also the players. There have been a number of players over the years that said that the Jets (meaning Rex) were too soft on Mark. I think this situation underscores that in spades. I’ve always been a Rex supporter but this double standard as it applies to Mark versus the rest of the team must stop.

    • TheJetPress

      I can’t blame you for feeling that way. Believe it or not, I still think deep down he actually wants Geno, and it’s Marty that is driving the push for Sanchez. I don’t think Geno would get a chance on Saturday if he didn’t have a shot for the job. It’s hard to prove, but I believe it’s Mornhinweg that wants Mark to play.