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Rex Ryan backs Mark Sanchez, Antonio Cromartie rips QB haters

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Another week, another Jets loss, another cringe-worthy performance by Mark Sanchez. And, of course, another week of Rex Ryan saying after the game he has no intention of making a quarterback change.

Ryan confirmed Sanchez will remain the Jets quarterback heading into Week 11, despite a 9-for-22, 124-yard, two-turnover performance from the former USC star against his old coach.

"We're sticking with Mark," Ryan said. "Because I believe we can win with Mark."

It's becoming harder and harder to believe that Sanchez fit the bill nicely given Ryan's description: "a brutal loss" -- in the 28-7 whipping at Seattle.

But Sanchez is going to keep playing the confident soldier, and said it "never really crossed my mind" Ryan might make a change at quarterback.

"I'm too confident for that," he said. "I don't expect anything different."

The guy the Jets would turn to is obvious: Tim Tebow is the backup and everyone wants to know when he'll get a shot to try to turn around the Jets' season. But if you're one of those people clamoring for Tebow, just don't let Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie know.

"They can kiss my ass," Cromartie said of folks calling for a quarterback change. "Mark is our quarterback."

He certainly is. For now. The Jets have one more game on their quick road trip remaining -- a Week 11 matchup against the potentially dangerous Rams -- and if they're 3-7 and Sanchez struggles again heading into a Week 12 showdown in New York against the Patriots, it might be difficult for Ryan to maintain the status quo, regardless of what Cromartie wants.

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