Rex Ryan steps up to defend Mark Sanchez

By Marc A. Greenberg

Jets head coach Rex Ryan (Ed Murray/The Star-Ledger)

Add the head coach to the Mark Sanchez game.

Rex Ryan, on his conference call today to introduce new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, spoke up about the recent criticism surrounding New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.

“I don’t know how many that don’t feel confident in Mark Sanchez,” Ryan said. “I’ll tell you this, if it’s not all of them, it’s the majority of our football team has a great deal confidence in Mark Sanchez. And when he walks through that door, his head is going to be held high, there’s no question about it. That’s what I know.”

As for the unnamed sources who spoke out against Sanchez, Ryan wasn’t a fan of the comments.

“An anonymous source, or whatever it is, doesn’t speak on behalf of the entire football team; doesn’t put his name to a quote and things like that,” Ryan said. “Believe me, there’s a lot of people that I know specifically — a ton of our players, and everybody in this organization, in my opinion, that has a great deal of belief and admiration for Mark Sanchez.”