On Thursday, Sanchez's pick-six pumped life back into the Broncos and set the stage for Tebow's game-winning 95-yard touchdown drive.
Ryan refused to point the finger at Sanchez, however, and inadvertently defused any rumors about Peyton Manning playing in New Jersey next September.
"I'm extremely confident. We'll go out there and play tomorrow. That's how I feel about Mark," Ryan said. "This is our quarterback, he's going to be our quarterback for as long as I'm here, which I hope is a long, long time."
The Jets have leaks all over, but Ryan's contention that Sanchez's struggles don't stand above shortcomings in other areas is either dishonest or naive. Ryan and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer handed Sanchez the keys to the offense this season, counting on the quarterback to make the leap in his third year as starter.