Rex Ryan isn’t happy unless he is ruffling feathers. As we told you before, it is almost embarrassing how much he wants the league to hate his Jets. As for his own guys, Rex is known as a player’s coach. He rarely singles anyone out and most players love playing under him. That is one of the reasons it was so surprising to see Ryan call out Mark Sanchez last season and say he was open to benching him.
Sanchez’s recent interview with GQ Magazine gives us an idea of how much that situation truly pissed him off. When asked about Ryan giving Mark Brunell extra reps in practice late last season, Sanchez responded: “I wanted to fight him. I was really mad.”
The Jets quarterback then outlined what happened during practice when he pushed Brunell out of the way because Ryan hadn’t informed him he would be giving the backup quarterback some extra work. It may help explain why he wiped a booger on Brunell while standing on the sidelines.
“I was like, ‘(Rex) can come tell me,’” Sanchez says. “And (offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer) is like, ‘Come on, man. Don’t do that.’”