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Rex Ryan: Mark Sanchez pick-6s 'can’t happen again'
CORTLAND, N.Y. – Mark Sanchez's tumultuous career was encapsulated in just three drives Friday night.
His pick-6 in the Jets’ preseason loss to the Lions – and subsequent bounce-back touchdown to Jeff Cumberland – was quintessential Sanchez: both infuriating and electrifying, and altogether maddening.
By now, Jets fans had hoped turnovers would be a thing of the past for him. But the first preseason game of 2013 proved the veteran quarterback has much work left to do.
“In that particular play, you’ve got to have vision,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said, reiterating a familiar refrain from previous years. “And where he’s looking or whatever, you have to a certain vision to you that, hey look, we see this. You’ve got the tackle already moving out with him.
“Obviously you don’t need to throw that ball. Where his eyes were at? You know, we’ve got to fix that. We worked it through corrections and all that type of stuff. We really worked it. [Offensive coordinator] Marty [Mornhinweg has] hammered it, [quarterbacks coach] David Lee has, so, yeah, I mean, it can’t happen. It can’t happen again. There’s no doubt.”
Said Mornhinweg: "You know it’s a long game, but those things, we want to minimize those throughout the whole year, you know the crazy plays. We want to absolutely minimize those type of things occurring."
But the Jets offensive coordinator reiterated he's pleased with how Sanchez has bounced back from adversity.
"He’s done very well up until that point, has played at a pretty high level fairly consistently," he said. "[We are] still working on playing at a high level throughout the game. I believe that I mentioned this, I’ve been proud of him on a couple of different occasions. After the Green and White Game, it didn’t quite go as he wanted it to, then he kept battling and hung in there and had a couple of great plays there late.
"Then in this game he had one backfire on him badly and then he hung in there and had a beautiful drive there on his last drive. So that’s what we’re working through, that’s what Mark’s challenge is."