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Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

Posted on: August 15, 2011 11:02 am
Edited on: August 15, 2011 12:24 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

If there's one thing we know about the NFL, it's that the New York Jets need more drama. So it's refreshing to hear that when Rex Ryan benched Mark Sanchez during the 2010 season, the young quarterback "wanted to fight" Rex, as that's unlikely to provoke any headlines or questions or noise surrounding the team.

Fortunately, that is what Sanchez said in a GQ interview that'll run this month. As you may recall, late last year with Sanchez struggling, Ryan wanted to give Mark Brunell extra reps in practice. This didn't go over well with Sanchez.

"I wanted to fight him," Sanchez said of the incident. "I was really mad."

Sanchez, who I have to suspect wasn't telling this story to create drama, also details what happened on the field when he pushed Brunell away because Rex didn't directly inform Sanchez that the veteran would see extra snaps.

"I was like, '[Rex] can come tell me,' " Sanchez says. "And [offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer] is like, 'Come on, man, don't do that.'"
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Sanchez was, understandably, not too thrilled about being passive-aggressively benched. Ryan didn't come straight to him and inform him of the decision and even gave the press a heads-up that Sanchez might get benched before he talked to his franchise quarterback.

"Rex is super honest," Sanchez told GQ. "I wish he wasn't that honest at times, especially to say that."

"That" = "Yes" when Rex was asked if he'd consider benching Sanchez. Which is understandable -- I don't want my boss going out and complaining about me on Twitter before telling me about the problems with my work. (Of course, as you all know, there are less of those than Sanchez interceptions, obviously.)

But here's my prediction: Then when Sanchez is asked about how things went down, he'll say that the words he used were a bit misconstrued. Or that there's nothing wrong with wanting to fight your coach. (There isn't by the way, especially if it's Ryan.)

And then someone will ask Rex about this interview, and he'll say "Good! I like his attitude!"

Or something much funnier.

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Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:24 am

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

C'mon. The dude is still very young. He has accomplished more than most QBs in this amount of time in the NFL. If he continues to improve, he will be the QB Jets fans want him to be. Actually any QB who wins a title is fine with the fans, regardless of how much he contributed. Lose a big game, and that's when the arrows fly.

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 9:46 am

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

Just shows how immature Sanchez still is....I'm not a Jet's fan, but I truly believe Sanchez could be a great quarterback, however, never will become great if he stays with the Jets and Rex Ryan, who promotes immaturity.....

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: August 16, 2011 7:54 am
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Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:05 am

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

If he does not improve this year the Jets should really think about finding a replacement for him. Whether a grizzled veteran or a crafty game manager or just a new young slinger. He has had long enough to adjust to the game of football on this level. The Jets have a fantastic team and they are going to waste it if they don't put it all together soon.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:15 pm

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

forgot about Cutler, have you seen him play since he has been in Chicago, terrible year 1, mediocre in year 2, what proven commodity

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:13 pm

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

I will give back Schaub, Eli Manning, take away a magica 7 game stretch and his stats are average, I am talking about McNabb now, not 7 years ago, and what exactly has he won, and he was on some great teams, Kolb, really let's see him play a full season before we judge him,

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:49 pm

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

Admittingly it has worked though.  Sucky as sanchez is he or rather the Jets defense got them to 2 championship games.  Because he was unable to elevate his game against REAL elite QB's and teams however is why the Jets have sat home watching though.  You are ascribing the Jets success to sanchez's playing ability.  Lets skip over those teams who you said he would start on immediately because he is soooo good at sitting there throwing interceptions half the time and making bad decisions the other half.   Let's focus instead on the REAL ludicrous assumptions you've made of him actually competing against proven QB's.

Schaub(hahahaha my god really?), Eli Manning (he did win a SB), Cutler, Mcnabb and Kolb.  All proven commoditities.  The weak links being Kolb, Eli and Cutler.   Thing is though.  You put any of those 3 on the Jets and maybe they go to 1 SB in the 2 years they watched as their guy who wants to beat up an old obese foot sucking man for benching him blew the games. You put Schaub or Mcnabb on the Jets and maybe they go to those SB's and win. 

Sanchez was/is holding the Jets back.  I'm not complaining I actually like it as I'm not a fan of your obnoxious team obviously but in a few years... you Jets fans will wake up and realize it's all true.  You had this chance for greatness.. yet he'll hold you back.  Then the Jets will fade back into obscurity and the giants will go back to being the lead ins in new york.  While the red headed down syndrome step child goes and throws a temper tantrum in frustration.

Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:49 pm

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

Seriously, coaches don't have an impact on the outcome of the game??? Bellicheck seems to get back to the Super Bowl or AFC championship game year after year, and the team changes every year.  And I know you are going to say that Brady is the reason, but let's not forget that he identified Brady as the future of the franchise (while having a damn good QB in Bledsoe) and coached him into the player he is today.  The Jets had pretty much the same team before Rex took the helm, yet they have only made the playoffs, let alone the AFC Championship game twice since he took over.  Identifying talent and putting the right players in the right position is what makes teams successful.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:36 pm

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

your point makes no sense, not winning playoff games?, Rex has done pretty well in his first 2 years in that category

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:29 pm

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

Once again the Ryan family shows that it doesn't have a clue about Quarterbacks or Offense. They think that all you need is a great defense.
Worked real well for daddy, didn't it? Buddy had the best Defense I've ever seen. And that includes the "85 Bears. And how many playoff games did he win? I'm not positive, but I think it was a whopping 1. The Ryan family should just remember that they should get an offensive co-ordinator and then just leave him alone. Go and play with your defense. That way, you might actually have a chance to gt to the Super Bowl.

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