Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThe poor quarterback play from both Geno and Sanchez last night has taken center stage, but it was the decision to put Sanchez into the game late, subsequent injury and then Rex Ryan’s interaction with an already Ifrothing over cadre of reporters that could upstage it in the next day.
Rex fell on his sword towards the beginning of the press conference, per Dennis Waszak of the AP, but might have considered the matter addressed.
“I understand being second-guessed when an injury happens,” Ryan said. “Certainly I understand that. But that’s football.”
Ryan got testy when asked if it might be considered irresponsible to put a player who would likely be the starting quarterback in the game with players who might not even make the roster.
“Well, that’s an assumption on your part,” Ryan said. “I can understand that that’s your assumption. This team will make the call on the starting quarterback when we think it’s appropriate, and we’ve said that since Day 1. To me, obviously, we’ve talked about the competition, and that was something I thought was important.
When asked repeatedly about why Sanchez was in the game late and who will be the starting quarterback for the Jets, Rex Ryan became increasingly frustrated with reporters, even answering questions sideways from the podium in an effort to display his answers won’t change. Watch some of it here …
Rex got a little ‘Merica on their asses.
“I can say anything I want,” Ryan said. “That’s the beauty of this country. I can answer it 100 (times). I can stand backwards and answer the question. I’m going sideways. We’ll make the announcement when I think it’s the appropriate time. All week, you’re talking about winning a game and competing, and that was my decision (to play Sanchez).”
Our take? When in a war of words, it is never a good look to bust out the “it’s a free country” argument … but … it kinda gets magnified when it is just the third week of the NFL preseason.
When pressed about putting Mark Sanchez into the game late, Rex was adamant about getting the win. “I’ll take it,” Ryan staunchly told reporters of the Jets 24-21 overtime win. “I don’t care. I’m not apologizing for it. We’ll take the win. Do we have to correct a lot of things? Absolutely, but I’d much rather do it after a win. We’ll take Snoopy, too.”
As usual, Ryan is sticking to his guns, but the Around The League blog on NFL.com summed it up well:
Smith’s rough performance briefly left Ryan no choice but to start Sanchez in Week 1. Sanchez’s injury now might leave Ryan no choice but to go with the rookie. Saturday night felt like the end of a downward spiral because it’s a continuation from last season, when Sanchez was the one melting down on the field against Tennesee.
This is what happens when you half-commit to rebuilding, bringing back Sanchez, Santonio Holmes and a coach neutered by a new general manager: You get an August news conference that’s destined for a Coors Light commercial.
As far as I recall, none of those commercials are for currently sitting NFL coaches, but if the campaign continues to next year the ATL guys might be onto something … is the handwriting already on the wall?