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Ryan on QB situation: ‘We’re business as usual.’

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 7, 2012 at 11:11 am with 13 Comments »
November 7, 2012 11:11 am
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has a discussion over a call with line judge Jeff Bergman (32) in the third quarter of an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan made it pretty clear this morning in the first part of our conference call that, despite the appearance of a quarterback controversy from a distance, Mark Sanchez remains the team’s starting signal caller.

“We’re business as usual,” Ryan said. “Mark Sanchez is our quarterback. He’s a young, talented athletic young man. When given time to throw the football, he can make all of the throws. We’re fortunate to have him.

“And then we have Tim Tebow, who’s an outstanding football player. So we feel really good about our quarterbacks.”

Asked about the constant clamoring to put in Tebow, Ryan apparently has ear muffs on 24 hours a day.

“I don’t hear very well anyway, so it doesn’t bother me a whole lot,” said Ryan with a chuckle.

Losers of two straight, Ryan said he knows his team faces a difficult task in trying to get a win on the road in Seattle.

“This week is probably about as difficult a challenge as a team can face,” Ryan said. “Here’s a team that’s 4-0 at home, with wins over Dallas, Minnesota, Green Bay and New England.

“It starts with the running game of course, but – oh by the way – the quarterback has a 120 rating at home, which would be the best in the National Football League. So that’s certainly going to be a challenge.”

Ryan said he’s talked with twin brother Rob Ryan, who serves as the Cowboys defensive coordinator and played against Seattle earlier this week, about facing the Seahawks.

“Cleary, we talk,” Ryan said. “And there’s other coaches that I’ve coached with. Vic Fangio is a good friend of mine, the d-coordinator at San Francisco. So you’ll always do that. Each week, you call around people – colleagues and friends of yours – so you definitely do that.”

Ryan also had high praise for Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch, who he liked coming out of the 2007 draft while serving as the defensive coordinator at Baltimore. But Lynch was selected by Buffalo with the No. 12 pick. The Ravens selected Ray Rice in the second round (No. 55 overall) a year later.

“He’s a tough dude – let’s put it that way,” Ryan said. “He’s one tough rascal. I never forget when I was in Baltimore how he came in to visit with us, and as he left we were going back and forth. And I said, ‘If you come here, you’re going to get your butt kicked in practice.’ And he was like, ‘Man, I’ll show you.’

“But I really liked him. As soon as he left I was like, ‘Oh, I hope we get that kid.’ But having gone against him several times, he’s a guy that really is a physical back. … You can never assume that this kid’s down.”

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  1. hawkfan777 says:

    I usually hate everything that comes out of Rex Ryan’s mouth but he was actually pretty thoughtful, respectful and even funny. Maybe different meds??

  2. Carlsonkid says:

    .. and when you come here on Sunday Rex , Marshawn’s going to kick your butt in a regular season game instead of practice , LOL !

  3. Here we go again…another scary team coming to town. A team that has scored a lot of points at times and struggled at others…very much a jeckal and hyde kind of thing. Lets hope our defensive issues are cleared up, everyone is back healty, and the offense continues to play very balanced.

  4. NWPoseidon says:

    War Hawks! Vs Jets!

    Nature! Vs Technology!

  5. Man do I love having Marshawn on this team . . .

  6. jchawks08 says:

    They’ll (Jets) be hungry, no doubt. Absolutely noone wants to lose 3 in a row. Yup, another scary game. I still see it 24-10. Us.

  7. mojjonation says:

    It’s the Jets. As usual they are a circus. Ring leader Ryan at the forefront. Hopefully we don’t play down to their level. A royal beating would be nice where we hold them under 13 points and 250 yards.

  8. TomlPDX says:

    In no way is this game a gimme. I expect the NYJ to come out fighting for their lives and then hope we can pressure Sanchez into making hasty decisions…and we have to shut down Greene

  9. sluggo42 says:

    The Jets are in self=destruct mode. Even if they get off to a swell start, the Hawks will be consistant in their attack on both sides of the ball until they capitulate to our superior will and physicality. Beast will soften them up, and RW will slash their underbellies till their guts fall out. It will be an ugly mess for the Jets and they will get hammered.


  10. PugetHawk says:

    I see this being similar to the Cowboys game. I think Sanchez makes some mistake and we capitolize. Turnover’s are something that I haven’t seen from the Hawks defense that much this year. Have we even scored a defensive touchdown?

    Carroll knows Sanchez and his weekness and tendencies, the Jets have been distracted with the hurricance, and its at the Clink which spells doom for them. They also are one sided which the Hawks defense should capitolize on.

  11. PugetHawk says:

    I actually like Rex Ryan for the most part. I think he comes across as a jerk sometimes though.

  12. arthurb says:

    Ryan also said that Lynch has some nice feet.

  13. trout_hound says:

    Good one, arthurb. I think our D needs to set the tone early. Big hits and turnovers, baby!!

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