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Rex sticking with Sanchez
Until a change is made, it seems the questions will continue to come.
For a fourth straight week, Mark Sanchez completed less than 50 percent of his passes. But Rex Ryan once again put his full support behind his quarterback.
"Yeah, no question," the Jets coach said, when asked if he’s committed to Sanchez (14-for-31, 230 yards) as his starting quarterback.
Ryan refused to entertain any hypothetical scenarios that might force him to insert Tim Tebow as his starter.
"I'm not getting into the what-ifs and all that," he said. "We're not preparing to lose that's for sure. We're thinking we're going to win."
Despite a hard-fought, but losing effort Monday night against arguably the best team in the NFL (the Houston Texans), Ryan wouldn’t bask in the glow or a moral victory in the aftermath of their 23-17 loss at MetLife Stadium – a game in which the Jets were in until the final minutes when a pass to Sanchez went through the fingers of tight end Jeff Cumberland and into the hands of a Houston defender.
“Last night I thought he played pretty good,” Ryan said of Sanchez. “I thought he was accurate with the football.”
The coach highlighted three drops on the part of his receivers and the four pass break-ups by the Texans, which helped keep the Jets offense in check.
But Ryan was quick to point out Sanchez’s errant throw to cornerback (and occasional wide receiver) Antonio Cromartie near the sideline.
“That’s probably one throw we wish, that Mark probably wishes he had back,” he said. “But other than that, I thought he was accurate with the football. It’s just that four tipped passes at the line of scrimmage and then three drops, so I think he night’s going to look a lot better had those things not happened. Now we’ve got to be smart, we’ve got to really look at it. Are there things that we can do. Obviously, J.J. Watt does that against a lot of teams, but is there something we can do maybe to help him.”