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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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Comments

Since: Jan 17, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

You get what you get with that coach and that team......The Pillbury Dough Boy and his little elfin' buddies.....that team got where it is on outplaying the opposition...nothing more....ever hear on any given Sunday?  Not this year we're (NFL)  on to you....count your blessings gang green if you make the playoffs......! 



Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:45 pm
 

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

I see a lot of jealousy, by a band of supporters of teams that have done very poorly in the playoffs the past two years, or who simply do not qualify. C GQ magazine is for guys who have style. This is not Sports Illustrated. Now, if your team goes to the conference finals two consecutive years with a rookie quarterback, I guess the rookie is not so bad. But I know it is so easy to hate when you're a loser ...



Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

I see a lot of jealousy, by a band of supporters of teams that have done very poorly in the playoffs the past two years, or who simply do not qualify. C GQ magazine is for guys who have style. This is not Sports Illustrated. Now, if your team goes to the conference finals two consecutive years with a rookie quarterback, I guess the rookie is not so bad. But I know it is so easy to hate when you're a loser ...



Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

"It'd be one thing if Sanchez was any good at his craft, to put him on the front cover of GQ is laughable.  He has done NADA since going into the NFL."

Hope you're sitting down. GQ ISNT A FOOTBALL MAGAZINE.

My work here is done.



Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

I wonder if there is any advice in the article from Sanchez on how to date rape somebody and get away with it? I think he just plain sucks. No analysis needed. The Jets have been successful the past couple of years inspite of him being the QB. But, he is on the right team, they have real high character guys such as Santonio Holmes and Plex Burris  (to name a few) that he can look to for guidance. Couple that with the high class the Rex Ryan exudes and he is in great hands.



Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:24 pm
 

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

I've tried really hard not to like Ryan or Sanchez, but I really have to admire their fight. 



Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:23 pm
 

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

Nothing but haters. The kid is 25 years old, was thrown into the fire as an NFL starter in the biggest market in sports from his first day in the league, and essentially played only 1 season of college ball. In spite of that, he has led his team to back to back AFC Championship games, even though he has yet to have a playoff game at home. He already holds the record (tied) for most road playoff victories by a QB. The QBs he beat in their home stadiums were Carson Palmer, Phillip Rivers, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady.

Here is his career playoff stat line:
60.5 cmp% 1,155 yds 9 tds 3 ints 94.3 QB Rate

His regular sesaon stats are nothing to write home about but he improved his rating by over 12 points in his second year and he reduced his ints to just 13 in 16 starts (vs. 17 tds). That puts his int% for last year at 2.6 which compares very favorably to guys like Drew Brees @ 3.3 and Eli Manning @ 4.6.




Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:22 pm
 

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

Just adds to the dysfunction that is the Jets.  I don't have any room to cast any stones since I'm a Raiders fan but Sanchez wanting to go after Rex Ryan is very Spreewell-esque.  It is a testament to Mark Brunell's professionalism seeing as he tried to go up and tell Sanchez what was going on.  Of couse Sanchez didn't want to hear from the veteran that was taking his extra snaps and wanted to hear from the coaches though.



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

Look out!  He's gonna cut you Rex!



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:10 pm
 

Mark Sanchez 'wanted to fight' Rex over benching

still looks like a curly haired crybaby to me


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