Famed for his bold predictions and outspoken nature, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan isn't sugar coating his thoughts on the play of quarterback Mark Sanchez. During OTAs Sanchez threw three interceptions, much to the chagrin of the coaching staff.
"Again, this is OTAs. But yes, that's going to be the pressure that we're putting on him, that no, this is unacceptable, admitted Rex Ryan. (You) did a lot of great things and it's not that you try to cover up the fact you had some bad plays, no, you flat tell him, ‘We can't have these,' and that type of stuff, and he knows."
Gang Green's season was derailed by careless turnovers with Sanchez the main culprit for the offense's struggles. This go-around, the former ‘Sanchize' will be rubbing shoulders with rookie signal-caller Geno Smith, by Ryan's estimation was far from perfect in the pocket.
"He had his ups and downs as well," Ryan. "He did a lot of good things and then there were times where I'm sure he would've liked to have some things back. He had a couple of mistakes." With an added emphasis on ball security, Ryan was less than thrilled with the careless nature of both quarterbacks during OTAs.
"I think it's a huge issue for our football team," admitted Ryan of limiting turnovers. "Obviously, that position, you have to protect the football. You're going to have the ball in your hand every snap on offense, but it's even more than that. We'll evaluate the punt returner the same way (and) evaluate the kick returner the same way."
With first year offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg implementing a West Coast system in New York, it appears both Sanchez and Smith in the midst of an adjustment period.
"Right now what's happening with the offense is you're putting in a brand new offense and there's some different things that are going through your head," said Ryan. "The fact that the defense is not standing still for you, they're standing, blitzing (and) doing whatever, it's probably not really comfortable back there, but that's exactly why we're running the defense the way we're running it."
On the heels of a poor performance, Sanchez's job could be in serious jeopardy. Ryan is determined to let the quarterback battle play out over the summer and isn't ready to hand over the keys to the Jets' offense just yet.
"Again, I think we have a long way to go before we make a decision on him throwing an interception to a defensive lineman that he's going to be replaced," noted Ryan. "But again, there's going to be competition. There's no doubt. And today was just one of the early stages in that."