Posted August 16, 2011 by DJ Enuff in Sports

Jets Coach Rex responds to GQ article


Jets coach Rex Ryan is never outspoken, and responded quickly to his young QB Mark Sanchez’s recent remarks in a GQ interview. The Jets nudged out a 20-16 (pre-season game) loss, yesterday, to the Houston Texans, and these remarks came before and after the game. Check it out!

“I hear he wants to fight me and things, but that’s a long line,” Ryan quipped after the Texans’ 20-16 win. “I think he’s still behind (former Miami Dolphins linebacker) Channing Crowder. There’s a long line.”

“You know what? That’s what you want,” Ryan said. “You want that guy that is competitive. We’re both competitive guys, and all we want is what’s best for our team. And at that time I wanted to send a message that, hey listen, we can bench anybody on this team with the exception of (cornerback Darrelle) Revis obviously.

“It’s one of those things where it was like, ‘C’mon kid. I know you’ve got more to give.’ And of course I know how competitive he is that that’s how he’s going to respond. He knows what’s best for our team is for him to be out there. And so sometimes you butt heads with each other a little bit.”

“That was a point in the season where I wasn’t playing well, and Rex had talked about benching me,” Sanchez said. “To me, as a competitor, you’ve got two competitive people with each other. Look at Steve Young and George Seifert, Phil Simms and Bill Parcells. It’s part of the reason Rex drafted me: because I value this job and it’s my life. If somebody wanted to take that away from me it’s personal.”

“Was I going to fight Rex? Obviously not,” Sanchez said. “That’d be like (Oscar) De La Hoya and George Foreman. He’s way out of my weight class and he’d probably kick my butt. That’s the way it came out in the article and it might have looked worse than it is, but when you read the whole article it’s not too bad. It’s something fun we did during the lockout.” – foxsports