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

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Mark Sanchez (credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images), Rex Ryan (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

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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.”

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