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Today, Rex Ryan tried to play the same trick he did last season in order to motivate his QB. He gave Mark Brunnell a few snaps with the first-team offense, hinting that there may be a chance for him to play.
This tactic supposedly worked last season. It got Sanchez so mad that he wanted to fight Rex. All turned out well, though, with Sanchez raising his play for the following three straight weeks.
How is this supposed to work again? Now, there's word that Rex and Sanchez are not talking.
Rex had showed this season that he has little trust in Sanchez. In the offseason, he transformed the ground-and-pound game into a more pass-friendly system that would give his third-year QB more responsibility and a more open game where he can pass downfield with regularity.
With the new offense installed in the opening game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sanchez threw 44 times for 335 yards, two TDs and one interception on the way to a Jets victory.
After an ugly win against the Jacksonville Jaguars that was dominated by the Jets defense, New York traveled to Oakland and let the ball fly again. Sanchez threw 44 times again for 369 yards, two TDs and one INT in a loss.
The loss was somewhat blamed on Sanchez.
But was the Raiders loss his fault or was it because the Jets defense allowed 234 rushing yards and four rushing TDs?
Losses against the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots followed, during which the offensive line was without All-Pro center Nick Mangold.
After the loss to the Patriots, Rex pulled the plug on the new pass-friendly offense, and started the transition back to ground-and-pound while neutering Sanchez in the process.
That was quick. Kind of a short leash.