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Jets QB Sanchez: 'I was really mad'

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Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez said he once nearly unleashed some unnecessary roughness on coach Rex Ryan, the New York Post reported Monday.

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When Ryan came close to benching him last year, Sanchez said he wanted to take a swing at the popular, outspoken sideline commander.

"I wanted to fight him. I was really mad," Sanchez said in a revealing chat with GQ magazine.

Sanchez had been performing particularly poorly, racking up consecutive, embarrassing defeats to the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins, prompting Ryan to openly speculate about benching him.

Ryan then ordered backup quarterback Mark Brunell to start practicing more with the team's other starters -- another sign he was considering sidelining Sanchez -- and Sanchez said he flipped.

But he never actually tried to turn Gang Green's coach black and blue, thanks to the cooler head of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, he said.

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At one point, when Schottenheimer reminded Sanchez of Ryan's order to have Brunell handle more first-string plays, "I was like, '[Ryan] can come tell me [himself],'" Sanchez recalled. "And [Schottenheimer] is like, 'Come on, man, don't do that.'"

Despite his unhappiness with Ryan for nearly benching him, Sanchez still has grudging respect for his loudmouth boss.

"Rex is super honest," he said. "I wish he wasn't that honest at times."

Tagged: Jets, Mark Brunell, Mark Sanchez

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