A tip of the old ball cap to coach Rex Ryan for the job and decisions he has made thus far for the New York Jets. Now that doesn’t mean the Jets are going to the playoffs, but it’s obvious that Ryan has learned some lessons along the way about how to make decisions — and more importantly how to execute them.
The latest in the line of good decisions came with the naming of rookie QB Mark Sanchez as the starter. But let’s back up to when Ryan was hired. The first thing he did was go get someone who could run his defense on the field. Ryan was going to bring in one of his veteran linebackers from Baltimore — Ray Lewis or Bart Scott — to the team because he knew a key part of his success was having that guy who is an extension of him on the field.
Fast forward to draft day. There were several teams who were talking the talk about Sanchez, but Ryan and the Jets got the deal done. My sources on the team have told me that Sanchez clearly has been the better quarterback in camp, but Ryan gave Kellen Clemens a chance to compete for the job. That’s important in a situation like this because it shows the other players fairness.
Naming Sanchez the starter now gives the offense the opportunity to focus in on Sanchez’s style of play. I’ll say it again — I’m not saying this will translate into a single win. What I am saying is that Ryan is executing the job as head coach with wisdom and great timing.
What say you?
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