Thursday, October 11, 2012
Mark Sanchez: Rex Ryan 'has faith in me'
By James Walker
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan caused a stir Wednesday when he said quarterback Mark Sanchez is the starter “this week.”
"I'm telling you right now, he's our starting quarterback this week," Ryan bluntly told New York reporters.
Naturally, those final two words from Ryan opened speculation that the leash is as short as ever for Sanchez. Is Sanchez just one poor outing away from a switch to Tim Tebow?
Still, Sanchez shrugged off Ryan's comments and thinks Ryan is firmly in his corner.
"He has faith in me. I believe that," Sanchez said. "I'm not worried about that. I’m really not."
Sanchez's numbers haven't been good through five games. Sanchez's 48.4 completion percentage is a career low and he's committed seven turnovers (six interceptions, one lost fumble).
To be fair, Sanchez is not working with a full deck. He lost his best receiver (Santonio Holmes) for the season, his starting tight end (Dustin Keller) has played just one game, and New York's running game is nonexistent. But Sanchez has had four years of excuses and Jets fans are tired of waiting.
The growing feeling in New York is any week could be "Tebow Time" if the Jets (2-3) continue losing. Sanchez must play well to keep his job. The Jets will host the Indianapolis Colts (2-2) Sunday and it will not look good if Sanchez is outperformed by Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck at home.
But Sanchez said his focus is on winning this week, not getting benched.
"I don't get into that," Sanchez said. "I just keep playing and playing hard, giving this team my very best. I'm trying to get the best out of them, so that's where my head is at."