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Rex Ryan: “I’m Not Ready to Make a Quarterback Change”

By Alan Schechter

Sept. 30, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Emotions were running high following the 34-0 loss to the 49ers this afternoon, the Jets worst home loss since 2002. None more than Rex Ryan, who at times during his post game press conference, seemed angrier than he has ever been during his tenure as head coach.

One thing he was clear on, however, is that for now, Mark Sanchez is the starting quarterback:

I’m not ready to make a quarterback change. We have to get better play at quarterback. We have to get better at a lot of things. You look at yourself first, and there are things that clearly we all need to do.

He kind of forced a subject change when asked about Mark’s poor completion percentage:

I think a lot of it has to do with the kind of duress he’s under. When he can set his feet, he can make those throws. Now, he missed some today, (he) hasn’t been as accurate as he’s been in the past, but it’s something that we clearly have to get better at. We have to take what we do on the practice field (and) bring it over to the game field. We weren’t great this week at throwing the football on the practice field. I thought we played better, I thought we did some good things on the practice field, I thought our defense was outstanding, (our) communication (and) everything else, especially in the backend. Actually, (we) did decent back there, but it doesn’t matter. If you can’t stop the run better than we did, then it really doesn’t matter.

He went on to say that he “thinks” Mark is the answer, and that “time will tell”.

He did leave himself an out, with “time will tell”, to make a chanage later on. Hopefully it all gets better, and fast.