- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan is not going to let Mark Sanchez's three interceptions slide.
"This is OTAs and things, but that's going to be the pressure we're putting on him that this is unacceptable," Ryan said. "Did a lot of great things, not that you try to cover up the fact that you had some bad plays, you flat tell him we can't have these and all that type of stuff. He knows."
Sanchez threw three interceptions on Wednesday as part of a 6-for-11 performance. The Jets quarterback has a total of 52 turnovers over the past two seasons, the most of any player in the league, and Ryan is putting extra emphasis on ball security from his quarterbacks this upcoming year.
"You can do 90 percent really good things but if you do 10 percent poor things you're going to get beat in this league and those are the things we have to get better at," Ryan said. "Protecting the football over anything else, that's what we have to get better at it. We know it. Today was a disappointment as far as that is concerned."
Harrison snagged a screen pass, eliciting a huge reaction from the defense. Harrison's pick conjured up memories from Jan. 1, 2012, when Miami's defensive tackle Randy Starks picked off Sanchez twice on screens.
While Ryan joked that being picked off by Harrison, affectionately known as "Snacks", is nothing to be ashamed of, he said that's the type of play where Sanchez has to just throw the ball away.
"It's a good thing defense made some plays, but I'd rather him not turn the ball over once," Ryan said. "He did a lot of great things, and then those negative things, but at the end of the day that's what gets you beat. We got to do a better job of eliminating those turnovers."
Jets rookie Geno Smith, who took second-team reps on Wednesday, also threw an interception, leaving Ryan disappointed with his quarterbacks' carelessness with the ball. He described it as a "huge issue" for the team.
If either quarterback can't figure out how to eliminate those turnovers, it could keep that individual from being named the starter on Sept. 8.
"There's going to be competition," Ryan said. "There's no doubt. Today was one of the early stages in that."