East Rutherford, N.J. – Rex Ryan repeated familiar words that fans of both Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow have come to question.
Following the New York Jets’ beating by the Miami Dolphins, Ryan once again affirmed that he is sticking with Sanchez as the team’s starting quarterback, but adds the coaching staff will look at "everything" during the bye week because the team has "no wiggle room."
The Jets fell to 3-5 with an ugly 30-9 loss Sunday that left Ryan searching for answers and fans chanting for Tim Tebow to replace Sanchez. Ryan says Sanchez is "our guy," and believes the fourth-year quarterback still gives the Jets the best chance to win.
Ryan acknowledges that he and his coaches will explore how Tebow can be used more after the versatile backup saw minimal playing time during the season's first half.
Rex Ryan was frustrated again, a feeling that's becoming a regular thing for the New York Jets coach.
There was some anger in Ryan's red face, probably some embarrassment, too, while trying to make sense of this latest mess for his team.
It's time for us to regroup, figure out what we're doing wrong and figure out a way to do it better...
"To say I never saw this coming is an understatement," Ryan said after the Jets’ loss on Sunday. "This one, no question, is a tough one to accept."
Ryan thought the Jets had prepared well and had a good week of practice, coming into the game expecting to "empty our tanks" as the Jets tried to sweep the Dolphins for the first time in his four seasons as coach.
"It's time for us to regroup, figure out what we're doing wrong and figure out a way to do it better," wide receiver Chaz Schilens said.
Sanchez had a brutal performance, making mistakes throughout, not hitting open receivers at times — and not taking care of the football.
“You look at some of our losses this year, and we're right there," Sanchez said. "This one got away from us and it's just too bad."
He was 28 of 54 for 283 yards with a touchdown and interception, and was done in late in the opening quarter by a fumble on a sack by Nolan Carroll that the Dolphins turned into a touchdown.
He also had the Jets driving while trailing 27-3 in the third quarter, but Chris Clemons intercepted a throw intended for Dustin Keller.
That brought out loud boos and some chants for Tim Tebow by the angry crowd at MetLife Stadium, which had a few thousand empty seats, more than likely because of the threats of the approaching Hurricane Sandy.
"I'm just ready and willing," Tebow said. "Whenever they call my number, I go out there to help the team and (I'm) not listening to what the crowd is saying."
Ryan said he had no thoughts of switching to Tebow, who had one carry for 2 yards in limited action again. The team also backed Sanchez as the starting quarterback.
"I believe in Mark," Cromartie said. "I believe in the guys we have."
Based on reporting by the Associated Press.