He didn't bench him when he cost the New York Jets a playoff spot in 2011.
He didn't bench him when Greg McElroy bailed him out against Arizona.
He didn't bench him when he threw four interceptions in Jets' 14-10 loss Monday night to the Tennessee Titans, even with a playoff spot potentially on the line.
There simply isn't an excuse this time. The defense was excellent. The Titans did everything in their power to hand the Jets the game. A horrendous Titans punt put the Jets in position to win.
But Sanchez still single-handedly managed to lose the game, and Ryan has to pay for that.
How does Ryan have any credibility in his locker room? How can his defense want to play for him when it knows he isn't doing everything possible to help it win games? How can his fellow coaches respect the decisions he makes when he's on his way to costing all of them their jobs?
How can fans still take this team seriously?
As a fan, that's the one the stings the most. It's gotten to the point where, as a fan, I feel like this team legitimately isn't interested in winning. They know that performances like this will keep them on the back page. The debate will still rage on. If Tim Tebow gets a chance and fails, the world will lose interest in him and this train wreck of a team.
As a fan I feel cheated. A potential playoff spot was squandered because one coach refused to bench his hand-selected quarterback.
Ryan doesn't deserve to be the head coach of this team when he clearly doesn't have its best interests at heart. He doesn't want people to think he was wrong about Mark Sanchez, so he won't bench them.
Apparently he's either too stupid to see what's right in front of him or too selfish to make the necessary change.
I'm not Nostradamus. I don't know if Tim Tebow is the quarterback of the future or even if the Jets would have won tonight with him playing quarterback.
But great teams explore every possible avenue of improvement. Look at the San Francisco 49ers—quarterback play wasn't an issue, but when Jim Harbaugh saw an opportunity to improve with Colin Kaepernick, he took it and hasn't looked back.
Mark Sanchez wouldn't start for any other team in the league. He probably wouldn't have made it past September. Rex Ryan's selfish refusal to bench him has cost his team the season, and it should cost him his job.