Sanchez claims he cannot think of anybody he would rather play for, and the coach insists Gang Green has a winner and its franchise quarterback.
If something like that is going to get under my skin, I’m in the wrong line of work. That's on the quarterback. I’ve got to be better than that.
- Mark Sanchez, NY Jets Quarterback
"Well, I think Mark is an outstanding quarterback. I like the guys that win, and I think Mark is a winner," Ryan said Tuesday. "We’ve won a lot of games. Have we won the big one yet? No. We haven’t won the big one yet. I think if we do, then maybe everybody will look at Mark in a different light."
Ryan was singing a different tune after Sunday’s 37-16 loss to New England, when Sanchez called a timeout with 1:24 left in the first half. He squandered a chance to burn another 15 or 16 seconds off the clock and gave Tom Brady time to engineer a go-ahead touchdown, with Ryan calling it "the stupidest thing in football history."
For his part, Sanchez -- preparing for Thursday’s game in Denver -- insisted all was well in the Jets locker room and the coach-quarterback relationship.
"Things with Rex have always been great. If anything, it’s more and more fun," Sanchez said. "But, as far as [the] relationship, things are great. He’s the best coach I can think of to play for and we have a great time together. He’s always had us ready to play."
Sanchez said he was not offended at being publicly chastised.
"If something like that is going to get under my skin, I’m in the wrong line of work. That's on the quarterback. I’ve got to be better than that," Sanchez said. "I’m better than that. It shouldn’t have happened. Even if he takes the blame for it, then he’s protecting me, I know that."