Inside The Bills

Ryan changes mind on Sanchez

Posted by Chris Brown on December 28, 2010 – 11:49 am

After initially learning his team was in the playoffs after the Jets’ loss to Chicago last Sunday, Jets head coach Rex Ryan said he’d probably rest QB Mark Sanchez and his sore throwing shoulder in their season finale against the Bills. Now after further thought, he’s leaning toward playing him.

On a conference call Monday, Ryan explained his thinking.

“Here’s what I’m looking at: Obviously, his health is the No. 1 priority, [but] the fact that he is in such a groove right now . . . we have to look at it as the week goes on. It’s kind of a fine line because he’s hot right now,” Ryan added. “We can’t afford for him to take a dip. We need him to stay at this level. Those are things we’ll definitely consider. I don’t want to say 100 percent he’s out or he’s in, to be honest with you. That’s what I’m weighing right now.”

Ryan also left the door open to only play him a part of the game, as he wouldn’t specify if it would be a quarter or a half or more. What he did make clear is that having lost three of their last four, the Jets do want to win on Sunday even though they’ve clinched a Wild Card playoff berth.

“I want to win this game,” said Ryan. “I think it can really help us. Winning 11 games in the regular season would be an outstanding regular season for us. That’s the goal. You want to go in [to the playoffs] with a win. That’s really what we want to do. I want to win this game.”

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