Enough stink has been made about Rex Ryan’s ridiculous decision to put Mark Sanchez in the game in the 4th quarter of a preseason game with 3rd string players. We understand that it was a colossal mistake that could have seriously jeopardized what little chance the Jets have this season to be relevant. In fact, I don’t think I’ve heard one person defend Rex’s decision.
So that means I’ve got to try!
Anyone who knows me knows my weakness. When everyone agrees with one thing, I can’t help but to argue against it. It’s probably a disease. You can call it hipster, or contrarian, or whatever you want. I blame it on my deep-rooted belief that people are morons.
Here we go!
Don’t worry. I’m not going to try to find logic in the decision, because there clearly is none. There is no reason any legitimate starter should be in a preseason game in the 4th quarter. And before you say that Rex hadn’t decided a starter yet, anyone with eyes can tell that Geno Smith is not ready to be that guy. If I’m a coach and my quarterback steps out of the back of the end zone, that’s about the time I move him down on the depth chart or, if no one on my team is better, try to talk Brett Favre out of retirement (and then blowing my brains out). And even if you still don’t know if Mark Sanchez is your starter, you don’t try to figure it out by sending him out there with guys who aren’t going to make the team. It just doesn’t make sense.
But what if it isn’t supposed to?
Look, we know everything going on about the Jets. I’ve written about this before. They’re in New York, so everything they do gets publicity. Being on Hard Knocks was almost redundant (although it was deliciously entertaining) because we already get to hear every detail about camp thanks to espnnewyork.com and ESPN, who spends more time talking about this bad team than many other good teams. So we know that the Jets are going to be awful this year, that it doesn’t matter who the quarterback is, that the Jets would have to actually win the Super Bowl for Woody Johnson to even consider keeping Rex as coach. If you’re Rex, you obviously know it too.
So why not have fun with it?
Rex Ryan isn’t one to do the normal thing. He lashes out at the press for no reason (“HEY DID YOU KNOW THIS IS AMERICA AND IT’S A FREE COUNTRY” is one of the most enlightened things you can say in a press conference, by the way), he makes odd decisions without fear of consequence, and he seems to blatantly ignore the running game that made his team so surprisingly good a handful of years ago.
So if you’re Rex and you know you’re not going to last the year, why would you try to save your job? Why would you care what happens to the players you coach? Why would you try to make the best decision? The best that can possibly happen is that you get fired in January rather than November. . It’s not like this year being a disaster will cost him an assistant coaching job. Why not just throw Sanchez in late in the game, have him get RG3’d, and just put Geno Smith and a bunch of jokers out there Week 1 and hope for the best?
Hell, if I was Rex and I knew my time was up, I’d go out with a bang. I’d throw in Matt Sims. I’d give Chris Ivory the ball 100 times a game. I’d run the Wildcat with David Harris under center. I’d coach every game like there was a playstation controller in my hand. 4th and 30? FUCK IT, LET’S GO FOR IT! Worked for Donovan McNabb! SORRY ROBERT MALONE, NO LEG EXERCISES FOR YOU TODAY!
What’s it really going to hurt him? People have already realized the long and short of the Rex Ryan tenure. Great defense, poor decisions, an inability to take responsibility recognize obvious problems. And those last two are easier for an assistant to handle. So Rex can make stupid decisions, and put Mark Sanchez’s season at risk, and pretty much do whatever the hell he wants until he’s shown the door. Why not? What’s the worst that can happen? Hell freezes over and they win a Super Bowl?
Oh god. That would actually be terrible. Hey, Rex, settle down a little, okay?