Rex Ryan stands by his man

Quarterback Mark Sanchez still has the confidence of Jets head coach Rex Ryan. (REUTERS/Ray...

Quarterback Mark Sanchez still has the confidence of Jets head coach Rex Ryan. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:33 PM ET

Rex Ryan is backing his quarterback, even if the rest of the football world is now convinced that is holding back the Jets.

Sanchez had another subpar effort in New York’s 17-13 loss to Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos — he threw a pivotal interception that was returned for a touchdown.

“This is our quarterback. He’s going to be our quarterback for as long as I’m here — which I hope is a long, long time,” Ryan said.

As long as Ryan’s there might not be all that long. Ryan has proclaimed the Jets as Super Bowl contenders each of the past two seasons but they have had trouble living up to those high hopes.

Somehow Ryan’s vaunted defence let Tebow work his magic on the ground, which had to trouble the blustery coach.

Meanwhile, even though some of Sanchez’s numbers have improved from 2010, overall, the perception is he has taken a step back and is nowhere close to elite status.

Ryan isn’t buying it.

“He can make all the throws, he’s a competitive guy,” Ryan said.

“Has it been perfect? No, absolutely. But it hasn’t been perfect for our entire team. We just have to keep getting better.”


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