Mark Sanchez Wanted To Fight Rex Ryan One Time Last Year, Is Shirtless
Glenn Davis 11:24 am, August 15th, 2011
Jets coach Rex Ryan is constantly lauded as a players' coach - the kind of guy who'll make players on other teams go out of their way to join up with the Jets. The kind of guy who, once you play for him, you'd do anything for him. In general, so far that seems true. With Ryan as their dynamic leader, the Jets have reached two straight AFC championship games, and the potential for another playoff run is there this year. Ryan gets results. Players - both his own and other teams' - swear by him. But that doesn't mean Jets HQ is always HappyFunTimeParadise™.
Unsurprisingly, this mood has much to do with whether the team wins or loses. GQ's September cover boy is none other than Jets quarterback/handsome man Mark Sanchez, and the magazine recently published a few excerpts in advance of J.R. Moehringer's full profile. Perhaps the most striking snippet (apart from Sanchez' dreamy, shirtless frame) deals with the aftermath of the Jets' back-to-back losses to the Patriots and Dolphins late last season, following which Ryan said there was a possibility Sanchez could be benched. At the time, it was said Sanchez let those comments "roll off his back." In GQ, Sanchez tells it a bit differently:
"Rex is super honest," Sanchez says. "I wish he wasn't that honest at times, especially to say that."
Before the next practice, Sanchez was informed that Ryan wanted to give extra reps to Sanchez's backup and friend Mark Brunell. Ominous. Sanchez nodded like a good soldier, but on the practice field, when Brunell walked into the huddle, Sanchez pushed him away.
In a locker room where everything is a laughing matter, Sanchez hasn't yet joked with Ryan about that almost-benching. And he doesn't expect to. "I wanted to fight him," Sanchez says. "I was really mad."
Well, you know, that combined with getting called Nacho all the time must have taken its toll. Seriously, though, we imagine Ryan doesn't really mind any of this, though: usually when players are upset (without making too much of a scene) over playing time, coaches will go on about how they hope the player doesn't like it, how any good competitor would be upset. While the image of Rex Ryan fighting anyone is an enjoyable one, we don't see this as something to get too worked up about...unless, of course, the Jets start losing again.