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Rex Ryan: Sanchez will be QB “as long as I am here”

Mark Sanchez, Rex Ryan

This photo made Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011 shows New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, left, talking with coach Rex Ryan after Sanchez took a time out in the second quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in East Rutherford, N.J. Ryan told NBC at halftime that the timeout was the “stupidest play in NFL history.” The Patriots defeated the Jets 37-16. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


Rex Ryan is going to ride or die with Mark Sanchez.

“Shoot, I’m extremely confident,” Ryan said about his young quarterback Friday. “I’ll go out there and play tomorrow. He’s going to be our quarterback for as long as I am here, which I hope is a long, long time. We know we got the right guy.

“We just need to get better. We all have to get better.”

It’s not fair to pile everything on Sanchez, but a couple things are clear about this Jets offense.

In Sanchez’s third year, the coaching staff still doesn’t trust their quarterback. The offense has not improved since 2009.

It’s still run as if a rookie quarterback is running the show.