On Tuesday August 20, CBSSports.com reported that Mark Sanchez feels Rex Ryan and the Jets front office are going to name a starting quarterback any day now. What that really means is that the Jets could be naming the starter before the MetLife Bowl against the New York Giants. However, that really seems unlikely. Here are the reasons.
If the Jets name the starter this week, they are going with Mark Sanchez hands down. There’s no way “Gang Green” can go with Geno Smith after only a handful of snaps in the first preseason game. While, Sanchez has not set the world on fire, he has continued to show flashes of brilliance at times. It’s too bad his brilliance loves to coexist with his ineptitude. The Jets need the quarterback position to be serviceable and consistent this year.
Reason number two why the Jets shouldn’t name a starter until after the Giants game, is they really need to see what they have with Geno Smith. What would be better than playing Smith most of the game on Saturday? If Smith is able to handle that atmosphere early, he may win the job.
Another reason, the Jets shouldn’t name a starter yet is that they don’t have to follow NFL norms. While most teams want to have their starter going into the third preseason game, the philosophy should be different when you’re dealing with rookies. There’s no need to throw your hand in before the regular season starts. Besides, recent history is changing the notion that rookies can’t play right away.
According to Rex Ryan, Geno Smith is looking much better in practice after struggling with an ankle injury last week.
For the Jets, they should play the quarterback that gives them the best chance to win right away. No matter who it is. During the early portion of training camp, it seemed that the AFC East would have two rookie starting quarterbacks. Now it seems that a couple injuries may cause New York and Buffalo to go with the unpopular choice to begin the season.
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