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Mark Sanchez To Serve As Offensive Coordinator Against Eagles Thursday Night

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Wow, you’ve got to hand it to New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan. He’s one heck of an unconventional dude. His latest stunt? Ryan reportedly will have Mark Sanchez sit out Thursday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, opting instead to have Sanchez serve as the Jets’ offensive coordinator for the evening.

The idea, of course, is to expose Sanchez to a different aspect of the game, giving him a coach’s perspective on why and how certain plays are called. It’s a clever way of doing things. Ryan said he used to do it in Baltimore on defense, letting LB Ray Lewis and S Ed Reed call plays in the preseason. They gave it up, he said, when they realized it’s not as easy as it looks.