Ever since the New York Jets drafted Geno Smith in the 2013 NFL Draft, the quarterback controversy has kicked into high gear in the Big Apple with Mark Sanchez on the hot seat once again. Smith took a huge step toward ending the controversy on Friday, Aug. 30 with a report surfacing claiming that the rookie may very well get the start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1 according to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com:
The New York Jets are leaving the quarterback job open for Geno Smith, and he may get an opportunity to claim it in Week 1.
With incumbent Mark Sanchez rehabbing a bruised joint in his throwing shoulder, the Jets likely will start Smith against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 8, sources said Friday.
Although neither quarterback has been impressive during training camp or throughout the preseason, Smith appears to be the better option with Sanchez making no progress in comparison to last season.
At this point in time, it seems to be only a matter of time before the Jets ultimately send Sanchez to the bench for the upcoming season. Smith may be raw with a lot of rough edges, but the rookie has done enough to convince offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg he needs to be the starter moving forward.
Mornhinweg voiced his opinion recently via NFL.com:
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Friday on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" that Marty Mornhinweg will unequivocally side with rookie Geno Smith if the offensive coordinator has a vote in the New York Jets' starting quarterback competition. Mornhinweg is a big fan of Smith's potential and believes he's the better option, whether Sanchez is healthy or not.
Despite the fact that Jets’ coaching staff is still clinging onto hope that Sanchez will finally come around, the writing is on the wall in New York with it only being a matter of time before Smith is made the starter.
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