Jets coach Rex Ryan had been struggling with convincing rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez to slide when he scrambles in the open field. So Ryan decided to enlist some help from a pro.
Ryan called Yankees president Randy Levine and asked if the Yankees might be willing to send over someone to help tutor Ryan (who wears a knee brace after getting injured while at USC) the proper technique. Turns out, Joe Girardi was available and he worked with Sanchez at the Jet facility in New Jersey today.
“He’s a natural,” Ryan said of Girardi. “He did a great job. He did a better job than I could do. When you have an opportunity to get the best, you get the best. As Mark went through it, you could see the more comfortable he got.”
Jets fans, who have been frustrated by Sanchez’s poor passing this season, should be pleased. The bigger question, though, is why didn’t Ryan consider having Mariano Rivera come in to help Sanchez (17 interceptions) work on his command?