Is there some kind of hex on Rex? Sure seems that way.
Rex Ryan, head coach of the New York Jets, is magnetized to controversy whether he invites it or not.
And he does invite it, such as last Saturday night when he recklessly inserted quarterback Mark Sanchez in the fourth quarter of a meaningless pre-season game against the New York Giants, and Sanchez got hurt.
The fifth-year quarterback suffered a deep shoulder bruise and might not heal in time for the Jets’ opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a week from Sunday.
Injuries aside, Ryan and the Jets still haven’t indicated who will start at quarterback in that game -- Sanchez or rookie Geno Smith.
For the talent-starved Jets to return to the playoff chase in Ryan’s fifth season, a lot of things have to go right. The Jets finished 6-10 last year, tied with the Buffalo Bills for last in the AFC East.
During the first week of training camp, I had a chance to squeeze in a few questions about this year’s Jets, and their division rivals, to Ryan in a 1-on-1 interview: