One thing to keep in mind is that this could not have been called roughing the passer. Sanchez was never in a passing position, so he wouldn't be afforded the same protection he was as a passer. Still, he is the quarterback and the NFL seems to want to protect their signal-callers. The portion of the rule here which would apply is under the unnecessary roughness portion of the rulebook (12-2-8, p.)
(e) unnecessarily running, diving into, cutting, or throwing the body against or on a player who (i) is out of the play or (ii) should not have reasonably anticipated such contact by an opponent, before or after the ball is dead; or throwing the runner to the ground after the ball is dead
"I think if we'd done that on their quarterback, there might have been some real issues," Ryan said after the game. "They might have run me out of the stadium."
The Jets were also called for holding on the play, so had unnecessary roughness been called, the penalties would have offset. Thus, the Jets faced a 1st-and-20 instead of replaying 1st-and-10 (again, had the penalty been called).
Check out the video of Ryan's tirade below.
FanHouse's Dan Graziano also contributed to this report.
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