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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'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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Since: May 14, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:40 am

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

what are you two years old? or a typical child living in a man's body pats fan. No way you win the AFC with that garbage D and brady to my TE offense. Good luck with that come playoffs.

Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:32 am

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

Must be because he has nice feet.  Can't be because of his skillset.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 9:15 am

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

Go ahead Rex, keep being stubborn. Just like your old man. Cant wait for your next stupid press conference.

Since: Nov 22, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:52 am

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

Rex Ryan is going to let Sanchez cost him his job.  Everything else is in place, WR's, RB's, TE, Defense - just need a QB that can stay consistent for 16 games.  Sanchez show flashes of brilliance at times, but it's not enough to win the Superbowl.  Making the playoffs for any NFL team is an accomplishment, but it's not the goal.  I just don't see the Jets winning Superbowls with Sanchez as their QB.   You don't even have to be great, just be consistent and eliminate stupid turnovers.


Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:36 am

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

No Offensive Line, Special Teams are suspect, No Running Game and a Mediocre Defense.   This is not on Sanchez, it is on the General Manager and the Coach in not having NFL grade personnel and trying to get by on the cheap!

Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:49 am

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

Sanchez is not the problem. Wayne Hunter couldn't block a gimpy Justin Tuck all afternoon and has been awful all year. The defensive line is one of the worst in the NFL, and if not for Revis this team would be way worse. Then, you've got a 10-cent head like Santonio Holmes giving away yards celebrating a TD when the team's down by multiple scores. Keep Sanchez, Mangold, Harris, Scott and Revis and blow up the rest. This year's team is not as good as they or the fans believe. 

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:45 am

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

If Rex Ryan keeps running his mouth and not backing it up, he won't be the Jets Head Coach for very long!

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 7:28 am

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

Hmm, Sanchez might be Ryan's guy, but how much longer is Ryan going to be the Jets' guy.  You can put all the blame you want on Schottenheimer, but ultimately Ryan is the guy with the mouth and the heavy duty responsibility. 

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:28 am
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Since: Jul 13, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:36 am

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

For the ammount of time that Sanchez has been QB, he would do well as any other team's backup QB.
He doesn't make many mistakes, but he doesn't do enough to raise the team's scoring above 28pts.

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