You can't accuse Mark Sanchez of being indecisive on this read. The subject was whether the New York Jets can make the playoffs if the offense plays like it did Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, and he replied without hesitation.
"Not a chance," the Jets' quarterback said Tuesday on "The Michael Kay Show" on 1050 ESPN Radio. "Not even close."
Sanchez mentioned how the Jets (6-5) were outperformed in several statistical categories by the Bills, adding that their probability of winning a game like that was about 30 percent or less.
"You can't win like that," he said. "That's not a winning formula."
But the Jets did win, 28-24, scoring the game-winning touchdown on a Sanchez-to-Santonio Holmes pass with 1:01 remaining in the game. It was an uneven day for Sanchez, who threw a career-high four touchdown passes but completed only 17 of 35 passes for 180 yards and an interception.
Sanchez became only the third QB since 1999 to have four TD passes in a game with less than a 50-percent completion rate.
"There's no excuse for that," he said, adding, "No, I don't think I played very well."
Rex Ryan gushed about Sanchez after the game, a significant change from last week, when he pulled his QB out of practice for a few snaps in a not-so-veiled motivational ploy. That irked Sanchez, who nevertheless took the high road.
Asked if he believes Ryan has lost confidence in him, Sanchez replied, "I don't know. I don't think so. I mean, you have to ask them. I hope not. I don't think that's the case. I'm confident in myself. I know we can win these games. I know we have the personnel and the coaching, everything we need in this building to win."
Sanchez sounded down. He admitted as much, mentioning his parents recently asked if he felt OK.
"I feel good, physically and mentally," he said. "I'm just so focused [because] I want this to go right, because I don't want to miss an opportunity like this, with this kind of talent and this kind of coaching.
"I'm usually -- 'bubbly' is not the word, but I smile a lot more. We're short on time here, and there's no time to mess around or smile or even laugh, in my opinion."
Sanchez refused to comment on his late-game outburst on the sideline. After the go-ahead TD, he was caught on camera, yelling a few words to someone on the sideline -- a side to him rarely seen. Thing is, you couldn't tell who was on the receiving end of his ire, and he wasn't giving it up.
At first, Sanchez said he didn't remember the incident, but it was clear that he did. Pressed, he finally said, "I'd rather not talk about it. ... There are multiple points in the game where I was upset. ... You leave it there, you leave it on the field."