Mark Sanchez got a bit of a talking-to Monday. Rex Ryan said the Jets' rookie quarterback heard from the coaches, the trainers and even his teammates about his swashbuckling touchdown run in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Titans.
"He does need to realize that he's got to take care of his body through the long haul and he's got to take care of the football as well," Ryan said. "Those are things he's going to have to learn."
As he scrambled in for a 14-yard score, Sanchez carried the football gingerly with one hand. He then lowered his shoulder and turned into two Titans defensive backs, risking injury, the football and the Jets' season for six points. "The way he is, it's going to be hard to get him to understand that completely, to buy into that completely," Ryan said. "He really needs to."
As much as you have to love the toughness the rookie showed on that play, you also have to hope it never happens again. Leading with your head is a great way to end up in the hospital in this league, no matter what position you play.