As soon as I heard about Rex's responses at the press conference on Saturday night I knew it would be the next act in the circus that is the media. Looking back, maybe "trying to win the game" wasn't the best reason to give for putting Sanchez in, but it would not have mattered. He would have been pilloried and beaten up no matter what he said.
After watching the clip several times, you could hear the strident voices of the questioners repeatedly asking the same question about who will be named the starter for the regular season. You could see that Rex was already upset, and that the repeated questions were getting to him. So his reaction was neither surprising nor unwarranted. I know it looked a little bizarre, but Rex was right in how he reacted. The media was like a pack of hyenas ripping at a dying animal.
I didn't watch ESPN at all on Sunday, but i was sure I would see a lot of this incident today. No surprise, but it was the lead story, and I was really disappointed with the utter glee on the faces of the anchors. It was truly unprofessional in my opinion. And then there was the parade of "experts", such as Rich Cimini, lead hack, and Stephen A Smith, the biggest bloviator in the sports reporting world. He just loves to hear himself speak.
Unfortunately, we will be hearing about this ad infinitum this entire week at least. The Jets will have a live press conference this afternoon at 2PM, and I hope Rex doesn't give any apologies for what he said. That would be a real disaster, because he was justified in how he reacted. Maybe the answer would be to take a Belichickian approach to the hyenas, one-word, monosyllabic answers that leave no doubt as to how the team feels about the circus that is the media. I just do not know.
It doesn't matter what is said by anyone in the organization, the media will put the worst possible spin on it. So say as little as possible and ignore attempts to draw the team into a confrontation, because that is just what the media wants. If very little is said, and little information given out, then they do not really have a lot to whine about.
I know that the media has a job to do, but it should be less TMZ style shock tactics and more smart, real sports reporting.
Let me know your feelings on this subject.