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Unlike the media and some of their fans, the Jets are in no rush to name a starting quarterback for the season.
After making the announcement Thursday afternoon that Geno Smith will start the third preseason game against the Giants Saturday, quarterbacks coach David Lee and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg both said the competition between the rookie and veteran Mark Sanchez could last until the fourth preseason game.
“Let’s go to the Philly game,” Lee said, referring to their final contest on Aug. 29.
“There’s no hurry,” he said, before adding with a smile, “There is to y'all, obviously.”
Mornhinweg admitted he would have preferred for the competition to be over by now, but the coaching staff simply doesn’t have enough film yet of Smith to make an accurate call.
“Look it, I would have rather had it done quite a bit earlier,” the offensive coordinator said. “But the competition continues.”
Sanchez -- who was “a little bit ahead of the game,” according to Mornhinweg -- dipped early in camp, while Smith dipped later on.
Each quarterback has his own set of strengths, the offensive coordinator said. Mornhinweg highlighted Sanchez's two AFC title-game appearances, though he added the fifth-year signal-caller has had “a couple of struggles of late.”
But he quickly added Sanchez has had a “terrific training camp.”
Smith, on the other hand, is “highly talented,” “sharp,” a “diligent worker” and “athletic,” according to the offensive coordinator.
“He simply lacks experience,” said Mornhinweg.
Lee admitted his own personal QB meter fluctuates on a given day, depending on how each guy performs in practice. One day, he thinks Sanchez will win the starting job, but at other times, he said, it looks as if Smith will come out on top.
Jets coach Rex Ryan said he meets after every game with general manager John Idzik, coaches, team scouts and other personnel executives to discuss the entire roster. Ryan also talks “informally” to Idzik and Mornhinweg on a daily basis.
And their quarterback situation often is a topic of conversation.
While the coaching staff is hoping either Smith or Sanchez “elevates” himself in the coming days and weeks, Mornhinweg said the team has discussed the possibility that neither of them does. In that case, he said, they’ll rely on their instincts to make the final call.
Rex Ryan may not be ready to name a starter for Saturday’s preseason game against the Giants – but Mark Sanchez is resigned to the fact that it won’t be him.
“I’m assuming (Geno Smith will start),” the fifth-year quarterback said. “I don’t know. But they haven’t said, so....”
This week, the Jets strayed from their usual every-two-day quarterback rotation, with Smith practicing with the...Read more »
By the time the Jets hit the practice field Tuesday, the Eagles and Browns had already come to a decision on their respective quarterback competitions.
The Jets, however, won’t even say publicly whether Geno Smith or Mark Sanchez will start against the Giants Saturday night – let alone Week 1 of the regular season. But even though their quarterback competition will run into next week, Rex...Read more »
And the start goes to Mark Sanchez. Again.
A day after head coach Rex Ryan called Geno Smith's day at practice "brutal," the Jets announced, via their official Twitter account, that Sanchez would be the starter for the second preseason game on Saturday against Jacksonville. Smith, the Jets' 2013 second-round pick, is battling with embattled incumbant Sanchez for the Jets' starting...Read more »
CORTLAND, N.Y. – Mark Sanchez's tumultuous career was encapsulated in just three drives Friday night.
His pick-6 in the Jets’ preseason loss to the Lions – and subsequent bounce-back touchdown to Jeff Cumberland – was quintessential Sanchez: both infuriating and electrifying, and altogether maddening.
By now, Jets fans had hoped turnovers would be a thing of the past for him. But...Read more »
CORTLAND – The Jets have just four days until their second preseason game against Jacksonville. And it seems Rex Ryan and his staff are prepared to wait until the last minute to name their starting quarterback.
“We’re just going to keep seeing how it keeps going as the week goes. And then we’ll make that decision,” Ryan said.
The Jets coach stood firm Tuesday when peppered by questions...Read more »
CORTLAND – Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez split reps with the first-team offense Monday – a clear departure from the coaching staff’s every-two-day QB rotation.
“Marty (Mornhinweg) had talked about that before, moving Mark in more with the ones today, and then you know we had Geno with the ones yesterday,” Ryan said. “So we may have altered the plan a little bit, but both guys are still going...Read more »
CORTLAND – Rex Ryan said he never thought to give Geno Smith’s practice status a second thought.
The rookie quarterback was back in action Sunday morning, despite a noticeable limp due to the sprained right ankle he suffered in Friday night's preseason opener.
But while Smith’s steps were significantly hampered by his injury, his arm was still on point. Save for the red-zone interception...Read more »
A statistical comparison of how Jets quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith performed in the preseason opener against the Detroit Lions on Friday night: MARK SANCHEZ STATS GENO SMITH 10 Comp 6 13 Att 7 125 Yards 47 76.9 Comp % 85.7 1 TD 0 1 INT 0 99.8 Rating 94.6 0 Rushes 0 0 Rush yards 0 18 Total plays 13 ...Read more »
CORTLAND – Rex Ryan has seen it all from Mark Sanchez – dramatic highs and devastating lows that, collectively, have resulted in one maddening NFL career.
But in spite of all their shared history, Ryan insisted Wednesday that he will judge Sanchez strictly on what he does here in training camp.
“I think you’re in a different system,” the Jets coach said. “We’ll see how he is in this...Read more »