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Ryan: Sanchez 'will be OK with (Wildcat) if we win'


It won't be the last time coach Rex Ryan is showered with burning questions about his two-headed quarterback monster, but we learned a little more Tuesday about how the Mark Sanchez-Tim Tebow scenario will play out for the Jets.

"I think the Wildcat is alive and well," Ryan told the New York Daily News from the NFL Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Fla.

Ryan again expressed his desire to use Tebow in the Wildcat package up to 20 snaps a game, a tectonic shift in plans from just a week ago, when Sanchez -- hefty new contract and all -- was firmly planted as the team's starting quarterback. Sanchez openly acknowledged Monday his displeasure with the idea of coming off the field for any reason, but Ryan isn't preoccupied with the whims of his (for now) starting quarterback.

"Mark will be OK with it if we win," Ryan said, adding that Sanchez wasn't consulted prior to chasing Tebow.

"Mark's job is to play quarterback," Ryan said. "... Not to be the general manager."

Sanchez has watched this drama play out from a distance, powerless to change the altering landscape around him. Ryan told the Daily News the team "absolutely" would offer up the same three-year, $40.5 million contract extension to Sanchez today, with or without Tebow in the mix, but that's not the question, is it?

Would Sanchez, the good soldier, have signed up for this -- for what's ahead -- knowing what he knows now?


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