Mark Sanchez is no stranger when it comes to playing in the postseason.
The second-year signal caller, as you remember, was at the helm during the Jets' run to the AFC Championship game against the Colts this time a year ago and played extremely well.
Sanchez completed 41 of 68 attempts (60.3 percent) for 539 yards, throwing four touchdowns and three interceptions. He posted a quarterback rating of 92.7 and also established the longest play in the franchise's postseason history, connecting with wideout Braylon Edwards for an 80-yard score in their 30-17 loss to Indianapolis.
That's why Ryan isn't worried about Sanchez, even with that sore right shoulder that got a less-than-heavy workout handing the ball off eight times in yesterday's 38-7 clobbering of the Bills at New Meadowlands Stadium. He's going into a familiar environment for Sunday's AFC wild-card matchup with the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.
"You can’t buy experience and I think having three playoff games last year all on the road, I think that's huge from a confidence level," Ryan said at the team's Florham Park, N.J. training complex today. "He knows what to expect. He’s been through it and he’s played well. He played well in those games."
What you can buy, though, is more talent or trade for it, as the Jets did in bringing in some weapons to help them get over the top. And Ryan feels his team is better equipped to get the job done against the Colts this time.
"Adding some of the guys, adding Santonio Holmes, that’s a guy that did it on the biggest stage," Ryan said. " I think that gives you confidence. We have the guys here. We’re rested and we're fresh, and we're ready to go. We have no excuses. None. If they beat us, then they are the better team and that’s all you can say."
Actually, Ryan said more than that and, as usual, he made it clear he's not backing down from his swaggerlicious atitude, the one that has him boasting about his team's chances of heading to Arlington, Texas for Super Bowl XLV.
"Again, I’m not apologizing for feeling this way," he said. "I believe in our football team. I know that’s an excellent team that we are playing, but they are getting or best shot and it’s as simple as that."
* -- Ryan said he thinks RT Damien Woody, recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery, will be able to play Saturday. He also thinks S Eric Smith (concussion) will be available and believes S James Ihedigbo (knee) will progress as the week goes on. Ihedigbo made it clear last week that he's not missing the game for anything.
* -- Ryan publicly admitted what most of us expected: CB Darrele Revis will be on WR Reggie Wayne.