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Sunday, November 29, 2009
Ryan hopes color scheme helps Sanchez


New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan revealed in June that he's dyslexic. He was diagnosed a couple years ago but had dealt with it since childhood.

One of the tricks he has implemented to cope with the learning disorder and to make sure it didn't impede his coaching career has been a color-coding system for his playbooks and game plans.

After several weeks of watching Mark Sanchez struggle on the field, Ryan has applied the same method to help make the offense easier for the rookie quarterback to comprehend.

New York Daily News reporter Rich Cimini explains the Jets are using a traffic-signal format to aid Sanchez's awareness. The play call from offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will include a color to let Sanchez understand the situation.

Green means Sanchez can get aggressive. Yellow means caution. Red means protect the ball at all costs.

In the Jets' 1-6 stretch, Sanchez has thrown 14 interceptions and lost two fumbles. He threw four interceptions in last week's loss to the New England Patriots, which led Ryan to reconsider the way he and Schottenheimer were handling Sanchez.

"Obviously, we've got to look at what we're asking him to do," Ryan said a week ago. "We've got to look in the mirror and see what we can do to help this guy.

"He's got all the tools. I think everybody sees that. We've just got to be patient with him. I think he's going to be an outstanding quarterback. I don't believe he's regressed to point where I would even consider ever benching him. He's our quarterback for the future, and he's our quarterback now."