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

By Alan Schechter

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

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.