Jets’ Mark Sanchez Tells GQ: ‘I Wanted To Fight’ Rex Ryan

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan have an outspoken admiration for each other. They also have a mutual goal — winning the Super Bowl.

So Jets fans may be surprised to read what their star quarterback had to say about Ryan in the upcoming issue of GQ magazine.

It all started when Sanchez, who drew comparisons to New York football legend Joe Namath for his red-hot start to the 2010 campaign, faltered in consecutive weeks against the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins.

After the losses, Ryan responded to questions about benching his quarterback with his trademark honest bravado.

“I’ll always do what’s in the best interests of the football team,” Ryan said. “If he really has struggled for whatever reason, would I make a move? Yes, if I thought it was the best thing for our team.”

“I wanted to fight him,” Sanchez told GQ. “I was really mad.”

Backup quarterback Mark Brunell was later ordered to take extra reps with Jets starters in practice. Sanchez was beyond peeved and he pushed Brunell away from the huddle — but thanks to offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, cooler heads prevailed.

“I was like, ‘(Rex) can come tell me,'” Sanchez said. “And (Schotty) is like, ‘Come on, man, don’t do that.'”

But the episode still wears on Sanchez.

“Rex is super honest,” Sanchez told the magazine. “I wish he wasn’t that honest at times, especially to say that.”

Should Sanchez be airing out locker room incidents like this? Sound off in the comments below…

  • Andrew

    Did I exaggerate his accomplishments? No. Didn’t mention his on the field stuff. All I said was, he obv has the appropriate attitude for a POSSIBLE leader… He played one and a half seasons at USC. He has A LOT of growing to do On the field… BUT this story shows he has what he needs in between his ears… DAMN. Sour Giants fan much?!

  • Drew

    I was in New Orleans that year for the Saints game. It was ugly, really ugly. If I recall correctly, 4 ot 5 interceptions, 2 returned for touchdowns. He didn’t give us a chance to compete that day and we all questioned his readiness. Wouldn’t blame Rex for wondering himself. But bottom line, this is a non-story.

  • Omar

    Sanchez has improved in both years as the Jets starter so it seems like Rex is doing his job. Sanchez being honest about his feelings AT THAT TIME is not a story, but the sports “experts” and irrational fans will make it one I’m sure.

    Over/Under on how many times some lazy hack writer asks Sanchez and Rex about this “incident” this week?

  • BleacherCreature26

    sounds like the media trying to make something out of nothing.
    Rex and Sanchez have shown nothing but the utmost respect for one another. This non-story is nothing more than two quotes blown WAY out of proportion. They are two strong-willed competitors, so obviously there will be some heated exchanges, but its more of a father-son kind of thing. Down deep they just want whats best for each other, and for the team.

    • Andrew

      AGREED… If anything, this shows how focused and determined Sanchez really is. He is still young, and still maturing. BUT, such an attitude/mindset is a good thing. He didn’t actually fight Rex. He didn’t expose this at the time… The passion shows he is capable and worthy or wearing that “C” on his chest…

      • Scott

        That C on his shoulder is meaningless; he’s never won a division, never had a W for a Super Bowl win on his resume, so let’s not make this guy to be what he is not that’s having an S on his chest, because he’s not.

        Beside, the Jets named 4 other players as captains as well, so being a captain on the Jets is no big deal

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