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New York Jets: Not Wasting Any Time Getting Circus Started

Richard Barnes – USA TODAY Sports

It began almost too perfectly. In the fourth play of Mark Sanchez‘s preseason opener, the butt-fumbler rolled out and tried to give the to full back Tommy Bohanon. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on who you ask, Sanchez’s pass fell into the hands of Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah.

The title of Mark Sanchez’s first (and hopefully only) biography should be titled “Not as Intended.”

To make the entire debacle even better (or worse, again, completely dependent upon who you ask), Rex Ryan was, as always, available for a comment: “I never saw it.” That was it — that was the insight of the sweater-vested New York Jets head coach. The comment is disturbing for a couple of reasons.

First of all, what else could he have been looking at?

But more importantly, isn’t it the job of a head coach to pay attention during preseason to evaluate the performance of their players? Or does Ryan feel so secure with Sanchez at quarterback that it would be a waste of his time to watch his prodigal son play?

Either way, it’s a bit odd.

Rex Ryan did expand a bit more, saying, “obviously, we can’t have that (pick six).”

It’s getting more and more obvious why the Jets picked Ryan in the first place. His football IQ and attention span clearly fit right into the overall scheme of the lesser of the Meadowland dwellers. To make matters worse, rookie quarter Geno Smith nearly broke his own ankle twice on the same play before being promptly removed from the game.

Someone might want to tell Ryan that he should watch the game, preseason or no. It’s safe to assume that’s part of his job description.