Rex Ryan's Refusal to Admit QB Mistake is Killing New York Jets

Nick Kostora@@nickkostoraContributor IIISeptember 30, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16 :  Head Coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets looks on during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 16, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Rex Ryan is in denial about Mark Sanchez.

At least publicly.

I imagine behind closed doors he is quietly pondering about future job opportunities, maybe Geno Smith, or most likely, how in the world the New York Jets organization deemed Sanchez worthy of the No. 5 pick in the 2009 NFL draft (and even traded up to draft him!)

After being utterly embarrassed by the San Francisco 49ers by a whopping score of 34-0, Ryan said the following when asked if the team would change quarterbacks next week, via Pro Football Talk:

“I don’t think that’s the answer.  I think Mark’s the answer at quarterback,” Ryan said in comments from his postgame press conference distributed by the Jets. “I think Mark is the answer.  Again, time will tell.”

What possible question is Sanchez the answer to?

Which starting quarterback is playing the worst football in the entire league?

Which quarterback gives us the worst chance of scoring points or scaring a defense?

Which quarterback has only four more TDs than INTs since joining the league in 2009?

Disregard for a second whether or not Tim Tebow is the long-term answer for the Jets at QB.

He is absolutely, positively the short-term answer.

New York needs to try something to spark this offense and Tebow has barely even been given a chance to be productive so far.

One pass attempt and nine rushes. Ten total times this season the ball has been put into the hands of Tebow.

Ryan brought in a new toy and has yet to even take it out of the box.

To actually make the claim that Sanchez is the answer at QB is like Roger Goodell and the league standing behind the replacement referees' call on the Monday Night Football Hail Mary pass in Seattle, yes, it is that far-fetched.

Sanchez continuously puts the Jets in no-win scenarios and has proven for over three years that he has no potential to get better at this level.

Somewhere deep down, Ryan has to know this.

He is killing his team by not admitting it.

Players in the locker room know that Sanchez is not ever going to take them to the promised land.

Their head coach, however, refuses to acknowledge it.

He chooses to unflinchingly go to bat for Sanchez no matter what the scenario.

And Sanchez continues to prove him wrong every step of the way.

Tebow, the man that is so often accused of not being able to throw, has a higher career passer rating (75.2) than Sanchez (72.9) and averages more yards per completion (6.8 to 6.5). 

Fans are split on whether or not Tebow can be a starting NFL quarterback, but by now everyone is realizing Sanchez can't.

Everyone but Ryan, that is.