One day after Rex Ryan denied a Pro Football Talk report that members of the organization had doubts whether Mark Sanchez was the long-term solution at quarterback, the third-year signal caller maintained that he was unfazed by the mounting criticism according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
“I’m not here to defend why I should be the quarterback,” Sanchez said on ESPN radio on Tuesday. “When it comes to work ethic, the people in the building know how hard I work and how much I care about playing here and how much I love this team and franchise…. We’ll assess the offseason when that time comes.”
Ryan reiterated his faith in Sanchez on Monday amid speculation that the third-year quarterback had fallen out of favor by some in the organization.
“I think Coach has a great deal of respect for me and I share that same respect for him,” Sanchez said. “He’s seen flashes of a great quarterback in me. He’s also seen some bonehead mistakes. When he’s talking about being a great quarterback that just means consistent. That’s what I’m striving for. All that stuff is in the near future. I’m working towards it every week.”
“It’s a steady improvement and it does take time,” he added. “But I’m trying to expedite that process and move things along as swiftly as possible.”
Sanchez also denied the notion that he’s being coddled by the coaching staff.
“People want results,” Sanchez said. “People want answers when they don’t get the results they’re looking for…. Any questions (like), ‘They’re coddling me,’ or ‘Is he ready to do this?’ or ‘Is he the franchise guy?’ All those things are going to happen when you lose a game. That’s understood…. So you… brush them off and keep playing.”