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Ryan Hopeful Sanchez Will Be Ready for TB

Posted by Eric Allen on December 4, 2009 – 4:18 pm

Calling it the best news the Jets could have hoped for, head coach Rex Ryan announced today that Mark Sanchez has a sprained PCL and he’s hopeful that the rookie quarterback will be able to start the Jets’ next game at the Buccaneers on Dec. 13.

“We’re optimistic that he’ll be ready to play against Tampa Bay, but we’ll see how he progresses throughout the week,” Ryan said this afternoon after Sanchez had an MRI in the morning on his right knee. “Obviously that will be a decision that I’ll have to make with the advice of the medical staff and I’ll make the decision always in the best interest of Mark — and really any player in that situation — and the team second.”

Instinct took over for Sanchez yet again Thursday evening as he dived for a first down in the third quarter of the Jets’ 19-13 win over the Buffalo Bills at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada. Spotting an opening on a third-and-6 play from deep inside the Jets’ end, Sanchez went head-first and got 8 yards before getting hit by rookie corner Reggie Corner. Replays clearly showed the Jets signalcaller landing hard on his right leg on the rough turf and he came limping out of the ball game just two plays later.

“I’m just trying to get him to see the big picture: ‘I’m not going to make the first down this time. I’m going to slide and protect myself,’ ” Ryan said of the approach he wants from the 23-year-old passer. “It’s weird for me to say that, but it’s the truth. More than anything, I want him to be healthy.”

This is not a new request from Ryan. Months back when the Jets were going through summer paces in Cortland, N.Y., Sanchez memorably rolled out on a goal line drill and put his head first to cross the plain. Bart Scott had him lined up for a killer shot, but fortunately for Sanchez, the Madbacker recognized the red jersey and appropriately didn’t eliminate the young talent.

“We got on him in training camp when we had that little scrimmage one time around the goal line when he dove head first,” Ryan said. “This thing has been an ongoing thing. It’s not his instincts to do that and we’ve got to keep drilling it into him.”

Last Sunday against the Panthers, Sanchez injured his left knee on a scramble and missed just a few snaps. So Ryan reached out to the New York Yankees and their skipper, Joe Girardi, visited the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on Tuesday and gave No. 6 a sliding lesson.

“He did a much better job than I would have,” said the Jets’ first-year head coach. “That’s a baseball maneuver on the football field.”

Even though Sanchez has great feet and has three rush touchdowns on the season, the Jets brought him here mostly for his arm. If he does take off in the future, they’re crossing their fingers he’ll slide legs first.

“If we had to play today, obviously he wouldn’t play, but we think he’ll progress throughout the week and hopefully be ready to roll against Tampa,” said Ryan who also indicated that Sanchez will wear a brace initially to stabilize the leg.

Rhodes to Base

Safety Eric Smith started for a second consecutive week, but Kerry Rhodes saw more time in the base than he did against the Panthers.

“I was trying to get Smitty a break — he’s playing on every special team," Ryan said. "It’s funny because I heard ‘Eric has 13 plays’ and I was like ‘What, that’s it?’

"We’re trying to use our players because this is a team — we’re going to do what’s best for our team. The more players you can play and have a bigger role, the better your team’s going to be, whether it’s been Jamaal Westerman in, whether it’s been Big Howard, Howard Green in there, we’re going to do that. We don’t just have 11 good football players."

Ryan did not disclose whether he planned on returning Rhodes to the starting lineup. The Jets defensive backfield had a great night against the Bills, holding Ryan Fitzpatrick to 98 gross passing yards and, after subtracting sack yardage, 71 net passing yards.

Young Katt

Shaun Ellis might be 32 years old, but he’s sharing the water with Thomas Jones. Ellis had two sacks Thursday, giving him a team-leading 6.5 this season, and Ryan loves the effort he continually gets from the longest-tenured Jet.

“He still plays like a young man. He gives great effort, he’s always hustling and he’s always productive. He’s a hard man to block one-on-one,” said Ryan who lauded Ellis for getting up off the ground to make the tackle on a second-quarter third-and-10 screen from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Fred Jackson that gained 8 yards.

“He has a great motor. He’s also got leadership skills. He’s a guy that can get his teammates pumped up. He loves to compete and he loves playing with this group. So he’s been a joy.”


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24 Responses to “Ryan Hopeful Sanchez Will Be Ready for TB”

  1. By scjoe on Dec 4, 2009 | Reply

    I can see Rex’s point about sliding, but I also believe that as a player in the NFL you play to win, and that is what Sanchez did, and I think it was the right choice. I think the furthest thing from a players mind in that situation is injury. If he did slide, didn’t get the first down, and eventually we lost the game, you would be hearing the other side of this argument.

  2. By scjoe on Dec 4, 2009 | Reply

    cont. I take my hat off to MS for that play, but he shouldn’t get a free pass for the rest of the errors in this game. From my standpoint, I just don’t see the improvement that is essential in his game….yet! I am hoping it will come, if not this year, certainly next year. Would love to see EA get some 1st team reps this week and next, just in case!

  3. By rob on Dec 4, 2009 | Reply

    If sanchez doesnt play, then chalk up a loss. clemens is pathetic — almost coughed up ball inside10 — and looked like a derr in headlights. unfortunately ryan doesnt have chops to go with ainge who wouldat least give them a chance to win.

  4. By the real t.o. on Dec 4, 2009 | Reply

    PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEE SOMEONE IN THE FRONT OFFICE MAKE ERIK AINGE THE 2ND STRING QB GOD FORBID CLEMENS HAS TO START, OUR SEASON WILL BE OVER!!!!!! SANCHEZ WAS LOOKIN GREATLY IMPROVED IF NOT FOR THE INJURY. THE DEFENSE IS LOOKING FORMIDABLE AGAIN. AND REVIS HAS GOTTA BE CO-MVP OF THE TEAM WITH T.J. GREAT SEASONS FOR THE BOTH OF THEM. THEIR HARD WORKS PAID OFF SO MUCH AND ID HATE TO SEE IT FOR NAUGHT…

  5. By Jeremy on Dec 4, 2009 | Reply

    Ellis, had a good game, I’ll give you that-but it was Buffalo-one of the worst O-Lines in the league. The Offense is stagnant at best. The only thing this team can do successfully is RUN. I’d really love to see Callahan call the plays-what he was able to do in Oakland needs to happen for the JETS w/ J.Co, Braylon, Clowney, Keller etc…there are too many weapons not being utilized!

  6. By Ed in Tucson on Dec 4, 2009 | Reply

    B Smith had 1 touch which was good for 21 Yds. Why does he only get 1 touch when he’s averaging 12.5 Yds. per carry & 10.3 per catch? Not counting ST work, BS has 10 touches in 9 games; that’s part of the reason why our O is so anemic. I read somewhere that Rex was talking about using all the players on the team; 1 touch per game is NOT using him enough. It may sound odd but I’m asking 4 more BS.

  7. By Aaron on Dec 4, 2009 | Reply

    What exactly is the great news that he is going to start again ? Pleeeeaaase !!!! Like he is some great QB !

  8. By JOE JUNAS on Dec 4, 2009 | Reply

    WHY ISN’T AINGE PLAYING BACK-UP TO SANCHEZ. CLEMENS MIGHT NOT THROW 4 INTERCEPTIONS. BUT THAT WON’T MATTER. HE’S A 3 AND OUT QB. AND HE’LL FUMBLE AND GET SACKED, NO MATTER HOW MUCH TIME HE HAS. HE’S LIKE KENNY O’BRIEN ALL OVER AGAIN. OUR DEFENSE IS GREAT. BUT 10 TO 13 POINTS A GAME IS CLEMENS MAX. AINGE WILL AT LEAST AVERAGE 17 TO 27 A GAME.

  9. By George on Dec 4, 2009 | Reply

    OMG! If Clemens is our back-up then the season is over. He has been an NFL QB for four years? Has he been at training camp and daily practices at all? It was pathetic the way he came in and tried to play. He could not take over for a benched Pennington in 2007 and why this organization keeps him as a back -up is beyond comprehension. Lets see what Eric Ainge can do cause last place is no fun.

  10. By dea1054 on Dec 4, 2009 | Reply

    We can not win enough games to make the playoffs ‘hiding our quarterback’
    So I agree with Parcells that whenever possible “play a 4-yr starter’ especially
    those who played in ‘Big Houses’ like Tennessee’s Neyland stadium. Ainge played in front of 109,600 people his freshman year, dumping 17 second half points to beat the Gators, knowing that the winner, wins the SEC-East. He swept Georgia 3-0

  11. By Row on Dec 4, 2009 | Reply

    I agree with more B. Smith. He needs a whole package w/ throws. The Ainge move would just be dumb. The guy hasn’t dressed in 5 or 6 games, probably hasn’t had any throwing rep for the whole season. (maybe scout team) Where is our first round pick Keller? Talk about bust this season. Very happy with Greene, Cotch, Revis, O-line, TJ, T-Rich. Blowout vs Tampa, KC starts. 38-6

  12. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Dec 5, 2009 | Reply

    This idiocy about MS and the slide is an embarrassment and for the first time I can honestly say that Rex sounds like an idiot. The guy’s supposed to be the franchise for 5 or 10 years, not fine china. KC isn’t worth discussing, he’s going nowhere here or anywhere else. EA’s worth talking about, though, and the way the Jets didn’t give him a shot may end up as one of those historic Jet blunders.

  13. By Luis from Olathe KS on Dec 5, 2009 | Reply

    The season is over so rest Sanchez and play Clemens for the next game, why risking D ALL STAR, save him for next game, and next season, not to say missing an open receiver in the end zone, maybe Sanchez needs an eye dr in addition to invite the NY Mets coach for more sliding technincs. Maybe sending TOTO from Kansas for personal trainer might help too!!!!!!

  14. By joe b on Dec 5, 2009 | Reply

    Why is everybody knocking KC. He is a great team mate. He hasn’t played in 29 straight games and everybody want him to come in and be great. The coaching staff must think highly enough of him to make him #2. Last year everybody wanted Ratliff. Well he hasn’t even seen the field at Clevland. Let the coaches make the decisions. Most of you don’t have a clue.

  15. By Frank on Dec 5, 2009 | Reply

    Whoa….Tommy 64 great assessment! We finally agree on something.

  16. By Mike QB Cozz on Dec 5, 2009 | Reply

    Mark Sanchez is one of the best 22 year old QBs I’ve ever seen throw the ball in the NFL as a rookie. Not only that, he remembers he is out there is a uniform, pads and helmet. He’s a FOOTBALL player. Any QB that can throw the ball like him and also run like a Half Back is a future ProBowler in my book. You did the right thing Mark! You showed guts and if you didn’t dive for that first down we…

  17. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Dec 5, 2009 | Reply

    Hey Row, what planet are you on to predict KC can put up 38 points against anybody? Let’s see him run one series without looking like a high school back-up. And Keller has pretty much the same stats as last year, and with a QB not nearly as good as the one we had for the first 11 games last year. Finally, let’s cut the nonsense with Smith, he’s nowhere as a WR and outside of ST we don’t need him.

  18. By 36 year fan on Dec 5, 2009 | Reply

    Jets fan 64…. I’m totally with you. Clemens looks so bad. I dont think we have any shot of doing anything with him. No offense to him. But it’s the truth. Ainge is a vastly better QB. We have got to let Clemens go. He has negative value.

  19. By Luis Solis on Dec 5, 2009 | Reply

    I hope Mark will be ok for the next game with Tampa and win it. I am sure that if Mark is ok we can reach the playoffs and win the last 4 games. I am sure of that. Rex good job !!

  20. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    It’s not personal with KC, joe b, he’s just never shown much aside from a great attitude. Frank, I always admire your remarks even when we disagree but I’m glad you agree on this talk of MS’s “recklessness.” When we get a QB coach to teach him how to win, then I’ll worry about baseball guys teaching him to slide. And yeah, 36 year, the Jets have to stop drafting guys like EA and mothballing them.

  21. By vicki on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    please, somebody, we can win this whole thing if you take a chance on Eric Ainge. he is big he has all of the tools to get the job done. Clemens should be the backup to Ainge . please let him work with the first team to get his timing down. you will thank me later. i have been a big fan since Broadway Joe and this has nothing to do with looks. this has to do with the arm.

  22. By Tassie on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    WHATS WITH THE WISE GUY CALLING FOR CLEMENTS TO STEP DOWN?

    MAN STOP AND LISTEN CLEMENTS CAME IN COLD AND SAVED ONE FOR THE JETS, YOU DONT DROP A MAN LIKE THAT, YOU GIVE HIM MORE PLAYING TIME AND A NEW CONTRACT. SOME OF YOU GUYS NEED TO DRINK LESS BEER DURING THE GAME AND GET BACK TOO REALITY.

  23. By Jimbo on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    It takes courage and guts to do what’s right in the NFL. Rex, please show this moxy by selecting Eric Ainge as the QB to succeed Sanchez. It’s about winning, sogo with your gut and show the courage to tell Klemens he’s the 3rd backup at QB. It’s about winning!!!!

  24. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Dec 6, 2009 | Reply

    Tassie, I admire your passion but the fact is KC came in and almost LOST one for us. And if MS had only played his first 3 games this year and then did nothing (okay, he’s stumbled, but he’s done a lot more than nothing), that would’ve been a better showing than KC has ever made on the Jets. MS and EA are young and far from perfect, but they make KC look like the 3rd QB that he is — at best.

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