Jets coach Rex Ryan made a snap decision about his quarterback this week.
Ryan has given backup Mark Brunell reps with the first team for the first time this season in an effort to spark inconsistent starter Mark Sanchez. The motivational ploy is one Ryan has turned to before. After the Jets lost two straight games last December, Ryan said he considered benching Sanchez and then put Brunell with the starters for a few snaps in practice. Sanchez later told GQ the move made him want to fight Ryan and he would not allow Brunell in the huddle. That week, Sanchez played one of his best games in the Jets’ win over the Steelers. Riding a two-game losing streak again, Ryan is hoping the same trick works.
“I know Mark Sanchez extremely well,” Ryan said. “I know how tough, how that fighting spirit he has. If it takes me to do this and take a punch in the nose, I don’t care. I’ll do it. But we’ve got to have it from him. He’s the guy. He’s my guy and we have to have it from him. … When he’s that way, we’re extremely hard to beat.”
Rex Ryan on Sanchez: “Has Mark played at a super high level? Well, we’re 5-5.”
11/22/11 2:33 PM
Mark Brunell says he took two first-team snaps on Monday and four today. “Yeah, huge week,” he cracked. #nyj11/22/11 3:10 PM
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@e_man’s Take – So Rex is going back to his old bag of tricks by giving Brunell 2-3 snaps with the first team in practice in an attempt to fire up Mark, who has been struggling lately.
To be honest, I’m not a fan of this. To say Mark is the ONLY reason the Jets are struggling is a farce. The Jets are struggling in the run game, the offensive line and I haven’t been a fan of the wide receivers play. Rex needs to get this offensive clicking and taking out your starting QB for a couple of plays is his best answer.
I get why Rex is doing it, but messing with the head of the QB is risky to me. If you want to play head games with any other player, go for it. But hey, that’s just me.
When Rex did this last year, it worked, so I’ll trust the head coach, but again, I’m just not a fan of doing something like this. Mark is clearly pissed off and hasn’t spoken to his coach all week according to Rex in his latest press release.