|As the Jets continue to struggle, more people are calling for starting QB Mark Sanchez to be benched in favor of popular backup Tim Tebow, but coach Rex Ryan maintains that Sanchez is still his starter. (AP)|
Fans and media alike have been hollering for a change, especially since the team traded for QB Tim Tebow during the offseason. Jets coach Rex Ryan has stood firm, saying repeatedly that Mark Sanchez is, and will remain, the team's quarterback.
Ryan didn't waiver from that after what he called a “brutal loss” to the Seahawks, in which the Jets lost 28-7 with the only points for the Jets coming from a score by DL Muhammad Wilkerson off a turnover.
“We're sticking with Mark,” Ryan said, repeating his belief that Sanchez gives the team the best chance to win.
Asked if he thinks about being benched, Sanchez responded: “I'm too confident for that.”
However, he may have shown a bit of frustration when asked about whether having to come on and off the field in a sort of mini-rotation with Tebow was affecting the rhythm of the offense. He didn't answer directly, but instead said: “It's something we're getting used to.”
If there are concerns that the team might be starting to fracture internally, at least outwardly, they aren't showing it.
CB Antonio Cromartie was also asked after the game how he felt about the people calling for a quarterback change. “They can kiss my a--. Mark is our quarterback. We don't [care] what anybody says from the outside.“
The Jets go to St. Louis next Sunday to face the Rams and OC Brian Schottenheimer -- who was the Jets' offensive coordinator when Sanchez was drafted.
Who will be under center? Ryan says it will be Sanchez.