Notebook: Rex asks Sanchez to throw it away

September, 26, 2011
9/26/11
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Rex Ryan admires Mark Sanchez's toughness. Really, he does.

"But you would love to keep him from taking all those hits," Ryan said. "Some of it is his own fault. Like, if you get outside of the pocket, just throw it away, Mark."

Sanchez suffered a minor break in his nose during the Jets' loss to Oakland. The team says he will wear the visor for a few weeks but will not be limited in practice.

Sanchez has been dinged up each week so far this season. He was tested for a concussion after Week 1 and suffered a bruised throwing elbow after Week 2, which is part of the reason why Ryan would like to see him get rid of the ball instead of taking hits. He was sacked four times in Oakland.

WHO WILL REPLACE CROMARTIE? If Antonio Cromartie can't play against Baltimore on Sunday, Kyle Wilson or Donald Strickland are the likely candidates to replace him.

When Cromartie left the Raiders game in the fourth quarter with bruised ribs and lungs, Strickland was brought in to replace him.

But it sounded on Monday like Wilson would have been Ryan's first choice. The second-year corner couldn't take the field because of cramps and Strickland was the first defensive back available.

Cromartie was taken after the game to Eden Medical Center for further evaluation to ensure that he was healthy enough to fly back with the team. According to Ryan, Cromartie is day to day. The coach hopes he can practice on Wednesday.

"I'm sure it's painful right now and hard for him to take a deep breath," Ryan said. "Some of these young guys [though], they recover quick. Where it would take probably an average guy a couple of weeks, I think these guys bounce back, generally."

IS THREE TE SET HISTORY? Ryan also hinted that he may stop using the three tight-end set with Jeff Cumberland (ACL) out for the season.

"In the past, we've used tackles there as tight ends," the coach said. "With the three receivers we have, you're taking a good player off of the field. We'll see if that is still a big part of what we do or not." .... Ryan was evasive when asked if the Jets were going to ask the NFL about any of the officiating from the Raiders game, but he made it clear that he disagreed with certain calls. "Our guy [Sanchez] gets a broken nose and I don't think there was a flag. I think he must have gotten hit in the chest and broke his nose," Ryan said with a smile.... On the Jets' last drive, Ryan said he was convinced the team had to go for a touchdown instead of kicking a field goal because they were at the two yard line. "If you can't score from inside the two, you don't deserve to win it anyway," he said. Sanchez scored on a running play but referees later ruled that Sanchez's knee hit the ground with the ball short of the goal line.

Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer

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