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Ryan: Sanchez is 'my guy,' no interest in Manning

Posted on: December 26, 2011 6:46 pm
 
Schottenheimer and Sanchez are under fire but Manning wouldn't be an offseason consideration for New York. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

First there was the ProFootballTalk report that the Jets, realizing what the rest of us already knew for some time, had finally come to the conclusion that Mark Sanchez might not be a franchise quarterback. There were also reports, courtesy of CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman, that while Sanchez may not have lived up to expectations, it's more likely that Brian Schottenheimer, the man responsible for calling 59 passing plays against the Giants Saturday, might be in more immediate danger of losing his job.

Well, good news, Mark. Jets head coach Rex Ryan said Monday that you're his guy.

“There’s no way that we’re looking to replace Mark Sanchez,” Ryan said on ESPN radio, according to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta. “There’s no doubt… If they were both out there and you were starting a draft, I would take…. Would you take Peyton Manning? Yeah, I’d take Peyton Manning over anybody. I’m not saying that….. I’m not telling that lie. Of course, I would take him. But right now, when you’re looking at our football team and our franchise, obviously we feel great about our quarterback situation. Is he going to get better, he absolutely is. Is he perfect? Not by any stretch of the imagination right now. …. But we think he has the ability to be special."

Ryan concedes that Manning, when healthy, is the NFL's best quarterback ("I even put him over Tom Brady"), but that doesn't mean the Jets would be interested in him should he and the Colts part ways this offseason.

"Do I think it’s even a consideration for us?" Ryan asked rhetorically. "No, I don’t.” He also called the PFT report "not true," and reiterated that Sanchez "is my guy."

Ryan, perhaps still caught up in the holiday season, was in a giving mood Monday; he also threw his support behind his much-maligned offensive coordinator.

"I have a huge amount of confidence in both guys," he said. "There’s no doubt. I’ve stated it over and over my feelings about Mark Sanchez. I’ve said it before. No quarterback’s going to look great when that’s all you do… you fall behind. It wasn’t Mark’s best day by any stretch of the imagination, but we know he’s done it. And he’s been doing it. We have great confidence in him and I have great confidence in him. As far as Brian Schottenheimer is concerned,  shoot, we’ll just keep working side-by-side, shoulder-to-shoulder and we’re trying to find a way to beat Miami. I have confidence in him. I have confidence in all our coaches. We have to find a way to get it done.”

Schottenheimer has drawn plenty criticism for his pass-heavy game plans this season, and he's frustrated Jets fans pretty much since joining the staff in 2006. Still, he's rumored to be a head coaching candidate for any number of opportunities this offseason.

For now, though, Ryan likes his chances with Sanchez and Schottenheimer. And if the Jets want to make the playoffs for the third consecutive season, they'll need a lot of help. First things first: New York has to beat the Dolphins in Week 17, and then hope for a Bengals loss to the Ravens, Titans loss or tie to the Texans, and an Oakland loss or tie to the Chargers. Or: a Jets win, Bengals loss, Titans loss or tie, and a Broncos loss or tie.

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Comments

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:14 pm
 

Ryan: Sanchez is 'my guy,' no interest in Manning

I'm so sick of everyone trashign Mark Sanchez...  The guy is an above avergae NFL quarterback at this point and gets LITTLE to NO help from certain things that most top QB's benefit from.. One being an offensive line that protects him.  Sanchez gets sacked and or hit as much as anybody in the NFL.  This makes it difficult to be successful.  Another main thing is the lack of a run game..  I don't attribute this to our RB's or our run blocking, but to our TERRIBLE offensive coordinator.  Shonn Greene is averaging over 4 yds per carry but gets on average just under 16 runs per game.. NOT ENOUGH.  The fact is having an o line that doesnt pass block well, and a pretty much non existent run game due to neglegance of the OC makes it extremely difficult to win and for the QB to succeed.  In my opinion, ever since the Jets let Thomas Jones go after Rex's 1st yr, we lost our ground and pound identity.  For this season and the last we have been a team with no offensive identity and NO RYTHM.  I blame this on Schottenheimer, NOT Mark Sanchez.  If you watch some of the better offensive teams play, you can clearly see they have rythm on offense... This is something the Jets desperately need.  Its clear that changes need to be made, and I am hoping this change comes in the form of getting rid of Schottenheimer!  Despite everything, Sanchez STILL is NOT having a terrible year.  3,200 yds 24 TD's 15 ints 56% completion percentage.  Sanchez has improved his TD's, Yards, and completion percentage in each of his first 3 yrs.  He has made progress every year..  And if he gets the help around him that any QB needs, he will only continue to get better!



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:48 pm
 

Ryan: Sanchez is 'my guy,' no interest in Manning

And I sure as hell am pulling for the Cowboys as well, can't stand the Giants and Eli who is also way over rated.

Not nearly as over rated as your entire dream team!!



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:45 pm
 

Ryan: Sanchez is 'my guy,' no interest in Manning

lets see...peyton manning at 20% is better than sanchez



Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:37 pm
 

Ryan: Sanchez is 'my guy,' no interest in Manning

One day Ryan will learn not to speak in absolutes. Loyalty is a great thing... until it costs you your lively hood and reputation. Rex should worry about his own future!



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Ryan: Sanchez is 'my guy,' no interest in Manning

definition of *under-rated

*over-rated


Thought I changed that.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:42 pm
 

Ryan: Sanchez is 'my guy,' no interest in Manning

Eli who is also way over rated.


LOL..... I did not realize your definition of under-rated falls into line with QBs who will throw for close to 5000 yards and 30 TDs while conducting 6 4th QT game winning drives on a team with the 27th rank defense and a running game ranked dead last. Silly, just silly.



Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Ryan: Sanchez is 'my guy,' no interest in Manning

No way. The coach is declaring that the QB is "his guy" when he has to play him with the playoffs on the line? Shrewd. 



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Ryan: Sanchez is 'my guy,' no interest in Manning

i gots to agree.. Rex swallows just about anything put near him including man juice FAT LOSER! hope the J E T S keep him and dirty sanchez for 20 years!



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Ryan: Sanchez is 'my guy,' no interest in Manning

Sanchez is a horrible QB. Average at best.  Rex outta learn from all the crow his father had to eat and shut his fat yap.  I hope the Jets don't even make the playoffs because I can't stand them and I'd rather see a team in there that would actually stand a chance at winning a game instead.

And I sure as hell am pulling for the Cowboys as well, can't stand the Giants and Eli who is also way over rated.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:47 pm
 

Ryan: Sanchez is 'my guy,' no interest in Manning

i gots to agree. the jets are thru as a top tier team. i think the last two yers they got in the championship game on luck and fumes.


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