Mark Sanchez might have seen stars after the Cowboys whacked him 10 times Sunday night. But the immediate future looks clear for the Jets’ quarterback.
Coach Rex Ryan said Sanchez, suspected of having a concussion when he appeared dazed and tentative at his postgame press conference, passed his concussion test and will be able to play against the Jaguars.
“We all saw that he took some hits, so everything we did was precautionary,” Ryan said Wednesday. “We’ll do that with any of our players. One thing we know about players, sometimes they’re so competitive, you do want to make sure that everything is fine.”
Sanchez was sacked four times and hit six other times. And the potential for that to increase is there, since the Jets appear ready to ramp up their passing game from the ground-and-pound game the Jets have employed with tremendous effect their first two years under Ryan’s tenure.
The coach was far from happy with his offensive line, which gave up those hits as Sanchez dropped back 48 times in 64 offensive snaps.
“He got knocked down about 10 times last week,” Ryan said. “Clearly, you don’t want that to happen. We’ve got to do a better job of protecting him, and we’ve got to be able to run the ball better.”
The Jets rushed for all of 45 yards on 16 carries against the Cowboys, while Sanchez finished the comeback win 26-of-44 for 335 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.