Rex Ryan still defending struggling Mark Sanchez

Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez.

The old line of propaganda goes, “If you say something long enough and loud enough and often enough, the people will believe it.” At this rate, Rex Ryan is beginning to look a little bit like “Baghdad Bob.”

It was “Baghdad Bob,” the Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, who drew worldwide laughs during Operation Iraqi Freedom as he assured the population the coalition army was being turned back. Days later, statues of dictator Saddan Hussein were being toppled in the capital city.

Ryan’s defense of quarterback Mark Sanchez is now so over the top following another subpar performance in Thursday night’s 17-13 loss at Denver that it has become chuckle worthy. Ryan’s talk doesn’t jive with Sanchez’s play so far this season.

“We’ll go out there and play tomorrow. That’s how I feel about Mark,” Ryan said on Friday. “This is our quarterback, he’s going to be our quarterback for as long as I’m here, which I hope is a long, long time.”

It is part ego-protection by Ryan and part unwillingness to criticize a player who will dictate the final six games of the season.

Five times this season, Sanchez has thrown at least as many interceptions in a game as touchdowns.

“He can make all the throws. He’s a competitive guy. Has it been perfect? No, absolutely, but it hasn’t been perfect for our entire team,” Ryan said. “We know we have the right guy and we just have to get a little bit better.”

Ryan is right that it isn’t all the fault of his quarterback, but it also isn’t as clear-cut as the Jets head coach makes it.

“It absolutely doesn’t belong on Mark’s shoulders. He’s just a player. He’s a big piece of the puzzle, but it wasn’t all on Mark Sanchez. I know he takes it. That’s the kind of young man he is. He would be the first one to admit that he has to be more consistent,” Ryan said. “We need to cut down on some errors and things, as does the rest of the team, myself included and every other coach. We’ll all take this collectively, but he doesn’t need to put it on his shoulders.”

A poorly thrown, third-quarter pick six tied the game at 10-10 and changed the direction of a game that seemed to be tipping toward the Jets at that point. It was typical Sanchez, who locked-in on wide receiver Plaxico Burress and threw the third-down pass without seeing cornerback Andre Goodman just underneath in coverage. The error was the same one he was making in Week 1 this season, and was making last year.

“I shouldn’t have thrown it. It’s an embarrassing play on my part,” Sanchez said. “I hurt the team and lost the game.”

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Mayor reveals new tech hub Digital.NYC

Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed Digital.NYC on Wednesday, a new online platform aimed at connecting all things tech in New York City. The public-private partnership…

Local

Falling debris hits two men in Times Square

Two men were taken to the hospital Wednesday morning after being hit by falling debris from 110 feet above Times Square. Nancy Greco from the…

Local

Queens Assemblyman William Scarborough accused of misusing campaign…

Queens Assemblyman William Scarborough has been indicted on state and federal charges for allegedly withdrawing campaign funds as cash for personal use. Scarborough, a Democrat…

News

U.S. Secret Service director Pierson resigns under fire

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light.

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, Oct. 1: 'Criminal Minds,'…

The "Criminal Minds" team adds some supernatural assistance, as the "Ghost Whisperer" herself, Jennifer Love Hewitt, joins the show. She's playing an FBI agent, but you never know when someone…

Music

See the most popular Pandora station in your…

Who knew Bachata music was so popular?

The Word

The Word: Twilight just won't die

You thought our "Twilight" days were behind us, didn't you? Well think again. Series creator Stephenie Meyer (who would rather you not ask about "Twilight"…

Going Out

Which NYC restaurant lost its three-star Michelin rating?

A record 73 restaurants in New York City collected coveted Michelin stars on Tuesday as a mix of trendy spots and fine-dining stalwarts underscored the…

NFL

Rex Ryan fields more questions about Geno Smith,…

The idea Geno Smith will be replaced by backup Michael Vick appears to be all smoke, as the Jets are intent to ride with their second-round draft pick.

NFL

Will Beatty playing like franchise left tackle again…

Left tackle Will Beatty, who is the elder-statesman of Giants’ line, has turned around his season and become a consistent force on Manning’s blindside.

NFL

John Conner back with Jets for second stint

He'll be back. It's "Terminator 2" for the Jets, who brought back John Conner to the team on Tuesday after placing fullback Tommy Bohanon on…

NFL

Fantasy football: Ben Tate to break out, Larry…

Fantasy football: Ben Tate to break out, Larry Donnell will stay solid

Career

Creating a support system for minority women in…

When Kathryn Finney founded digitalundivided — an organization devoted to engaging minority communities with the tech world — she didn’t know quite what to expect.…

Sex

We can learn a lot from animals about…

There’s a lot we can learn about love from the birds and the bees — and the chickens, monkeys and squirrels that we share the…

Style

Saint Laurent

Our review of the Saint Laurent Spring '15 show at Paris Fashion Week.

Style

Céline: Paris Fashion Week Spring 2015

Our review of the Celine Spring '15 show during Paris Fashion Week.