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FILE-This Nov. 17, 2011 file photo shows New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez reacting in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos during an NFL football game in Denver.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Mark Sanchez was expected to be beyond motivational ploys in his third NFL season.

Many thought the New York Jets quarterback would take the next step in his development. Instead, Sanchez is struggling and his critics increasing. He's also losing some practice snaps — again.

Coach Rex Ryan says he pulled Sanchez in favor of 41-year-old Mark Brunell for a few plays at practice Monday and Tuesday, resorting to a tactic that worked on the young quarterback last season. An irritated Sanchez played some of his best games after Ryan did that, and the Jets are (5-5) hoping for the same result this time.

Ryan says he knew Sanchez was not happy about the missed snaps because of "his body language," and adds that "he hasn't talked to me."