Rex calls Sanchez play unacceptable
Mark Sanchez had an absolutely brutal day today at the New York Jets OTA. He threw 11 passes and completed six, not great but at least it was over 50%. What made his play so unacceptable was that he threw three interceptions and one of those were to an undrafted defensive tackle.
“This is OTAs and things, but yeah, that’s going to be the pressure that we’re putting on him,” Ryan said. “He did a lot of great things. It’s not that you try to cover up the fact you had some bad plays — no, no, no you flat tell him. We can’t have these and all that type of stuff. He knows.”
One of Sanchez’ picks went to Damon Harrison, a defensive tackle, on a play where Rex said Sanchez should have thrown the ball away. Ryan described that play, and Sanchez’ three picks as a whole, as “disappointing.”
“Yeah, it is. Absolutely. It’s a good thing defense makes the plays, but no, I’d rather him not turn the ball over once,” Ryan said. “He did a lot of great things, and then those negative things, at the end of the day, that’s what gets you beat. And so we’ve got to to do a better job of eliminating those turnovers.” (NY Daily News)
Sanchez has been playing with all the pressure in the world on him over the past two seasons but it’s time he steps up. He weathered the Tim Tebow storm but he’s not going to weather the Geno Smith storm if he keeps playing this way. Mark was lucky today though as Geno also had a bad day.
Smith went 4 for 10 with an interception of his own. Geno’s got a good excuse though he’s still getting up to the speed of the NFL. Sanchez he’s just still making rookie mistakes.
With comments like that from Rex it’s looking more and more to me like Geno is the front runner for Week One. Ryan obviously wants him to do well but you can tell he’s growing more and more frustrated with these performances.