Rex Ryan offered full support of Mark Sanchez at his press conference yesterday.
"This is our quarterback," Ryan said. "He’s going to be our quarterback for as long as I’m here, which I hope is a long, long time. He can make all the throws. He’s a competitive guy. Has it been perfect? No, absolutely. But it hasn’t been perfect for our entire team."
This is what Rex had to say. Anything other than full backing would create a huge distraction.
In any event, Rex is probably telling the truth anyway. The team has invested three years in developing Sanchez. It is not as though they have been totally wasted. We have seen some periods where Sanchez has played extremely well and flashed his talent. It is about finding consistency now.
If you saw Rex's pregame interview on NFL Network Thursday, there was a telling part of it where he said the defense, receivers, and quarterback are not the problem with this team. When asked what the problem is, he said balance (on offense). That sounds to me like code for not being happy with his offensive coordinator. It would be the coordinator's job to find balance.
Things like this make me inclined to believe there is going to be a change. I was skeptical in past years because the offensive coordinator seemed to be on good footing with the head coach and the owner. Things change, though. There was a time where Mike Tannenbaum and Eric Mangini were the best of friends. Losing makes things different.