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Mark Sanchez was ready to fight Jets Coach Rex Ryan

August 15, 2011 |  4:15 pm


Mark Sanchez, the Jets' quarterback from USC and Orange County, told GQ magazine that he “wanted to fight” Coach Rex Ryan after Ryan told reporters last season that he would consider benching Sanchez following some lackluster performances.

Sanchez, featured on the cover of the September issue, told GQ he was “really mad” that Ryan would think about sitting him in favor of veteran reserve Mark Brunell last December.

Sanchez told the magazine he became confrontational with Brunell and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer during a practice. Sanchez pushed Brunell away when he attempted to walk into the huddle. After Schottenheimer told Sanchez that Ryan wanted Brunell to take snaps with the first unit, Sanchez told Schottenheimer that Ryan "can come tell me."

"I was like, 'He can come tell me,' " Sanchez said. "And (Schottenheimer) is like, 'Come on, man, don't do that.' "

Ryan decided to stay with Sanchez as the starter and he led the Jets to the AFC championship game.

Sanchez said that Ryan's frank answers can be difficult to take.

"Rex is super honest," Sanchez said. "I wish he wasn't that honest at times, especially to say that."


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Photo: Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez takes a break during practice at the Atlantic Health training facility in Florham Park, N.J. on Thursday. Credit: Joe Epstein / McClatchy-Tribune