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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: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:17 pm

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

how exactly does saying Sanchez is a middle of the pack QB make me a homer. The fact that you say Fitzpatrick, Campbell,
and McCoy are better means it is obvious you let your Jet hatred cloud your judgement. The fact you even mentioned Henne is a joke.
Regarding Stafford, he has better skills yes, but you need to stay healthy, if he does not then there is nothing to compare at this point.
Asides from the obvious elite QBs show me the QBs who have been better their first 2 years. Based on his solid play in the playoffs,
you can't deny that, he should be judged after this year. Either middle of the pack, of above average. Regarding the rookies, the point is he would have started on each of those teams last year.

Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:05 pm

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

Well said

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 7:59 pm

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

good enough to start on Buff, Mia, Cin, Cle, Jac, Tenn, Den, Oak, Wash, Det, Car, SF and Sea

Hah way to be a complete homer! 

Buffalo with fitzpatrick?  I think fitz is better than sanchez,  Henne in miami gives sanchez a run for his money but is about equal.  Cincinatti.. the rookie they'll have starting?  I'm not so sure about that.  Colt McCoy.. hmmm.. edge Mccoy.  Jackosnville another rookie.. it's good that you are comparing him to rookies because he sucks just like a rookie but yet they might be better.. sanchez hasn't shown marked improvement year to year.. the same suckage factor each one.  Tennesee... another rookie right?  Denver with Orton.. no way man.  Orton gets a lot of crap but he's pretty good.  Way better than sanchez is.  Lets face it the only reason sanchez is talked about is the rest of the team is pretty darn good.. it's just him that sucks dragging them down.  You'll see in a few years.. saying man.. the Jets could of won it all but sanchez really kept us from going all the way!  Oakland.. Campbell again isn't too shabby a middle of the road QB.  Which is to say he's better than the beginning of the road.. sanchez.  Washington.. another rookie.  Detroit.  Hah.. stafford blows sanchez out of the water.. if only he could stay healthy. He's pretty good.  Sanchez is definitely the worser of the the 2 QBs in the same draft.  Carolina.. cam newton yet another rookie.  rookies and the bottom of the barrel.. that's who you compare him to?  I agree he's a complete bottom of the barrel QB who is only comparable to rookies who might likewise suck like him.  He looks better than he is because the rest of the team is so much better than he is.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 7:37 pm

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

JetChris, it's my curse - I'm a fan of bad teams.  Can't help it, but refuse to be a fair-weather fan.

Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 7:26 pm

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

I'm a Dolphins fan and I can say, How do you think he is overrated when he doesnt have enough tenure to be such?  He will be a great.

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: August 15, 2011 7:15 pm

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

One word..................overratted...


Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 7:01 pm

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

All this Rex crap is funny, but the fat man's act will probably get old soon. No one wants to continue to hear the crap that he is the centre of the football universe and actually has an impact on the result of games. He is a coach, not a quarterback; yet he continues to talk as if he actually influences the result of each and every one of the Jets' games. Put the assistant coach in Rex's spot, and the Jets are exactly the same team. Sorry to shart on the fatty's party. I'm not a Jets hater either, and I'm sure a lot of people feel the same. Just play the damn game!

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 6:48 pm

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

Hate all you want, but if you look where he is after 2 years it is pretty good, this is a big year for him. would Freemen have been a better pick, perhaps but most teams had Sanchez ranked higher, fact, he is good enough to start on Buff, Mia, Cin, Cle, Jac, Tenn, Den, Oak, Wash, Det, Car, SF and Sea and is good enough to compete for the job in Hou, KC, NYG, Chi, Minn, and Ari, which puts him in the middle of the pack with potential to move up. Also, for the record, there is not a QB in NFL history that has won more road playoff games then Sanchez.   

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 6:42 pm

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

I bet Rex Ryan would still beat his ass.

Since: Apr 11, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 6:33 pm

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

I'm sensing some sarcam coming from you sawfish. Could it be you're still upset that the jets at least have a coach who can get them to the AFC title game, whereas you have a coach who develops such a great game plan that if they even make the playoffs they get run out early? Me thinks so. Enjoy life you must live in beautiful San Diego so don't let that your team will constantly underperform make you upset. 
 As for the article, it's great Rex and Sanchez have a relationship as well as anyone else on the jets where they can speak their mind and won't get crap for it. How could they with all the things Rex says?? All i have left to say is this, 

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