Rex Ryan's Season Long Meltdown Has Begun (w/ VIDEO)
Saturday night in a preseason game against the New York Giants (a 24-21 Jets win, which was an important result to nobody, except apparently Rex Ryan), quarterback Mark Sanchez was inserted in the fourth quarter to play behind the second team offensive line. Not surprisingly, Sanchez took a few big hits, the final one resulting in an injury to Sanchez's throwing shoulder, a bad enough injury to require an MRI and inflict some reportedly serious pain.
Sanchez's entry into the game, which seemed to surprise even Sanchez, came on the same night that rookie Geno Smith was allowed a chance to seize control of the starting position and proceeded to stink up the joint, with three interceptions and a safety where he empty-headedly ran out of the back of the end zone.
Naturally, the race to be the opening week starter at quarterback, a story that already had numerous layers, became even more complicated when Ryan tried to explain his decision to the media:
Ok, he didn't explain anything.
Now clearly, Rex Ryan didn't review his "Media Bridges" card before entering this press conference. He used exactly none of the requisite transitional phrases! Nowhere on that card does it tell Rex to answer the questions "standing backwards" or by espousing the virtues of free speech.
Yet that's what he went with!
If I were Rex, I'd have at least tried to show the Jets media relations staff that I was trying to play by the rules. Something like this:
Let me answer you by saying that...yeah, I put Mark in the game, because we were trying to win the damn game. What that means is...we were trying to score more points than the Giants. That's an important point because...the fact of the matter is we may not win a game in the regular season all year, so I have to hook up some Jets bettors on the moneyline at some point, right?
Another thing to remember is...that Mark Sanchez is a plague on the quarterback position. So what if I threw him out there to get his ass kicked behind a Swiss cheese offensive line?! Let me just add that...that's the beauty of this country! That reminds me...you idiots do remember that Sanchez is the guy who ran up the back of his guard and buttfumbled last season, right?
What I can say is this...Mark Sanchez blows. Geno Smith blows, too, but what's most important is that if you look at it closely, you'll find that Geno blows significantly less than Mark Sanchez...even after three interceptions and a boneheaded run out of the back of the end zone for a safety.
The real issue here is that I was a lot more likable when I was a great, big, fat person! So if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go drown my sorrows in a 44 ounce milkshake and a meatball sub....
Now, you will each receive a copy of THESE as you leave today!....
(Rex points at his nuts with one hand and flips the media his middle finger with his other hand)
Edgy? Yes. But at least he would have been using his "Media Bridges" card.
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