jets stick with sanchez
October 30, 2012 by staff
jets stick with sanchez, Changes might be coming for the Jets. But not at quarterback. Rex Ryan again stood by Mark Sanchez on Monday despite his struggles in an ugly, mistake-filled, 30-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday that left the Jets’ coach searching for answers, and Jets fans chanting for Tim Tebow to take over.
“I think Mark’s our guy,” Ryan said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. I’m confident in Mark.”
There’s no question, though, that the Jets (3-5) need to figure things out, and fast. They have games at Seattle and St. Louis after their bye, followed by a home game on Thanksgiving night against New England.
Ryan originally planned to have the players report to the facility on Monday and today, but decided to give them the full week off to be with their families and deal with Hurricane Sandy.
“I want them to get away, and when they come back, we have to be all in,” Ryan said during a conference call. “The only chance we have is if we are 100 percent all in. We have no wiggle room. We need to start playing a ton better.”
Ryan will brainstorm with his coaches this week before they take a few days off, and he expects suggestions on how to fix “everything” from everyone on his staff.
“Is it a little change? Is it a radical change?” Ryan said. “I’m up for anything.”
While Tebow won’t be the solution as the full-time quarterback, Ryan acknowledged that he’ll explore how the versatile backup can be used more on offense after seeing minimal playing time during the season’s first half. Tebow has been on the field for just 54 offensive plays, averaging fewer than seven per game.
“I think we’ll take a hard look at how we’re using him, what we’re asking him to do,” Ryan said. “Are there other things we can do with him? … We will definitely look at that.”
So much was made in the offseason about how Tebow would add a unique element to the offense, whether it was in wildcat or read-option packages, but that hasn’t materialized. Last week, offensive coordinator Tony Sparano said he could “do a better job” of using Tebow.
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