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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Rex wants Cold Arm Mark to be Cool Hand Luke


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Several important New York Jets are hurting.
 
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 Mark Sanchez is hoping to rebound from Sunday’s five-interception performance.


Nose tackle Kris Jenkins (knee) is out for the year. Right cornerback Lito Sheppard (quadriceps) probably won't play Sunday in Oakland. Nickelback Donald Strickland (ankle) is looking better. Receiver Braylon Edwards (quadriceps) should be OK, but Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday.

Nowhere on the injury report was Mark Sanchez (psyche).

Jets head coach Rex Ryan suggested he's not concerned about keeping Sanchez's emotions in check after his five-interception performance in Sunday's overtime loss to the Buffalo Bills.

"I want him to be himself, and that's part of it," Ryan said. "I know he's Cool Hand Luke. He normally is. If you throw five interceptions in a game, I think all of us would be affected.

"Again, he was ready to go [in overtime], and he never wavered. He just knew he was going to lead his team down the field and we were going to kick that field goal and win the game. He knew he was.

"I don't think there is one guy on our football team that didn't believe it. That’s kind of the feeling I got on the sideline. We all felt that Mark was going to help lead us down the field and kick the field goal. I think that’s where we know we've got the right guy."

Sanchez indicated Wednesday he still was trying to shake off the worst game of his life. But he acknowledged bouncing back from a performance like that is an inevitable part of a rookie quarterback's learning curve.

"I knew there were going to be tough times," Sanchez said. "I knew that I was going to be the one to have to sit down and really think through some of these things, understand what I want to be as a quarterback and how I want to lead this team. It's one thing to think about that and then to actually have to go through it is a lot more difficult than you would imagine.

"This is everything I want to do. This is where good players either figure it out or they don't. This is a good test for me. As difficult as it is, I want to ace it."