Jets head coach Rex Ryan returned from his celebrated vacation to face the New York media and answer questions about his future and that of the team.
Ryan was asked about quarterback Mark Sanchez and his guaranteed $8.5 million dollar salary. Ryan gave Sanchez no vote of confidence, and according to the New York Daily News, let it be known that Sanchez’s salary will not dictate whether or not he starts.
“Money, the financial part of it….will not have any of the considerations for it,” Ryan said. “We’ll play the player that fits what we do best. What we believes gives us the best chance.”
“We have to get an offensive coordinator in place, then we’ll address it from there,” Ryan said. “Obviously, the situation, whoever the offensive coordinator is, his system, there’s going to be a lot of things that go into it.”
Owner Woody Johnson was also asked about Sanchez and his finances, and for the first time in a while, he and Ryan were on the same page.
“Every year there’s competition among players.” That’s true at some positions, but Sanchez has been the Jets’ unquestioned starter for years.
So that means Mark Sanchez if you are reading this, even if you makes $2 million more than Michael Vick when he gets there, he still may start over you.