Rex Ryan sticks with Sanchez as starter

Mark Sanchez.

Rex Ryan made another “Same Old Jets” decision.

 

On Wednesday morning, the Jets head coach confirmed what most already knew was coming. Mark Sanchez will start this Sunday in Jacksonville. The decision comes after Sanchez was pulled during the third quarter of the Week 13 win over the Cardinals for Greg McElroy.

 

“When I looked at everything, the biggest thing I kept coming back to is what I mentioned before. Who gives us the best opportunity to win, in particular this week? When I kept coming back to that, I believe the correct answer is Mark Sanchez,” Ryan said. “With that being said, I understand that he has to play better. He has to protect the ball better. The quarterback handles the football every snap. As a football team, we have to protect the football better than we have.”

 

Coming into the game late in the third quarter, McElroy engineered a 10-play, 69-yard drive that ended with a touchdown pass to tight end Jeff Cumberland. His emergence in that game as a reliable game manager stood in stark contrast to Sanchez’s three first-half interceptions. But after talking with people in the organization, Ryan said he was “comfortable” with his decision to stick with Sanchez despite the errors and the team’s 5-7 record this year.

 

Ryan stuck by his line that Sanchez gives them the best chance to win this weekend. He reached the decision on Tuesday night after deliberations. Ryan said that some opinions in the organization were not fully behind Sanchez being the starter this weekend.

 

Sanchez currently has 12 touchdown passes this season and 13 interceptions. Five times this season he has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns in a game.

 

“Mark has won a lot of games for us, there’s no question. Now, I know the record hasn’t been what it was this year and we had a three-game losing streak to close out the last year,” Ryan said. “I believe in Mark; I believe in all our guys, but I believe Mark has a skillset that is pretty impressive. He can make all the throws. The thing Mark needs to get better at is protecting the ball and know when it is OK to take chances and know when you should [not]. I believe Mark is going to do a better job of [that].”

 

The decision to start Sanchez could have been clouded by the intangibles tied to his career here in New York. In 2009, the Jets moved up in the NFL Draft to select Sanchez No. 5 overall and then this past March gave him a contract extension for the next five seasons. With money tied to this decision, Ryan said it didn’t factor into the choice for Sanchez to start.

 

“I don’t get any pressure from Woody. I’m fortunate, I have a great relationship with my owner, Woody. We have conversations, open conversations, all the time,” Ryan said. “We can say things to each other. Where I’m fortunate, the day Mr. Johnson hired me, he said it was ‘100 percent my decision who plays.’ That’s it.”



Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

'Barack Obama cheats on Michelle' claims Japanese politician…

A senior Japanese politician has marred Barack Obama's official visit to Tokyo with bizarre claims that the President cheats on his wife Michelle. Kazuyuki Hamada,…

International

British Royal family devastated by freak NY death…

The British royals have been left devastated by the death of Mark Shand, younger brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, after a freak fall in…

Local

VIDEO: Police seek suspect in molotov cocktail attack…

Police released surveillance video on Wednesday in hopes of tracking down a man who threw a molotov cocktail inside a Brooklyn corner store.

Local

City Council budget asks for 1,000 additional NYPD…

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito unveiled the City Council's budget priorities on Wednesday, including the extra cops for the NYPD at a cost of $94.3 million.

Television

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ recap: Episode 9

It was only an hour-long episode, but there's a lot to cover this week. The drama of Survivor strikes again as the identity of the…

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, April 23: 'Suburgatory,' 'Modern…

'Suburgatory' The men of "Suburgatory" go camping and Tessa mentors a social outcast in a Miss Chatswin contest, which brings her, once again, into conflict…

The Word

The best lines from Oprah's ex-stepmother's Daily Mail…

Oprah’s ex-stepmother, Barbara Winfrey, is out for revenge.

Books

A debut novel about fate, love and moving…

Pia Padukone talks about her debut novel, "Where Earth Meets Water."

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24…

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24 version

NFL

Giants 2014 regular season schedule

The Giants will play five prime-time games — against the Lions, Redskins, Eagles, Colts and Cowboys.

MLB

Jets 2014 regular season schedule

The Jets will play three prime-time games — against the Bears, Patriots and Dolphins — as well as a CBS national game in Week 2 at Green Bay.

NBA

Phil Jackson talked to Steve Kerr, pushes for…

Knicks president Phil Jackson spoke to the media for the first time since firing head coach Mike Woodson on Monday.

Style

Pippa Middleton's Etsy pick: Golden Thread Jewelry

Get a look at the jewelry Pippa Middleton loves and find out how you can buy it too.

Parenting

What every parent needs to know to get…

Mom and author of "Small Talk," Tracey Blake, shares her five practical tips to help you develop your children's language skills.

Sex

Subway crush: Meet your soulmate on your commute

Read about a couple who has been 40 years after meeting on the train.

Tech

Happy birthday, Game Boy! The handheld console turns…

Nintendo's Game Boy turns 25 this week. To commemorate, we look at some of its better games, like "Tetris" and "The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening."