Rex Ryan slams Mark Sanchez error

Ryan slams Sanchez error
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New York Jets coach Rex Ryan refuses to defend under-fire quarterback Mark Sanchez after a "huge mistake" in a pre-season match against the Detroit Lions on Friday.

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan has admitted that quarterback Mark Sanchez made a "huge error" during his side's pre-season match against the Detroit Lions on Friday.

Sanchez threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown, reigniting concerns over his form after a poor season last year.

Ryan made no effort to defend the under-fire quarterback, saying that he should have thrown the ball away rather than trying to find teammate Tommy Bohanon.

"I said, 'Oh, shoot'. I said something with an S," Ryan told reporters. "He clearly made a mistake on the interception. It was a huge error. You've got to get rid of that ball."

Sanchez also admitted his mistake, acknowledging that he should have thrown the ball out of play.

"If it's a dead play, it's a dead play. Just let it go and dirt it," he said.

Sanchez is currently under pressure from rookie Geno Smith for the starting quarterback jersey ahead of the new season.

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan on December 23, 2012
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