Former Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson told the New York Post that Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will win the starting job over rookie Geno Smith.
“I think early on by default because I don’t believe Geno Smith will be ready to play,” Tomlinson
Tomlinson does believe rookie Smith will win the starting job if Sanchez turns the ball over too much in the preseason.
“This is a West Coast offense, and really Mark Sanchez has that type of DNA in him because he played at USC in a West Coast offense,” Tomlinson said. “Early on, we probably will see Sanchez take the snaps at the starting spot. But here’s the thing: in preseason, if Mark Sanchez doesn’t show the ability to improve from turning the football over and that race is close between the two, Geno Smith will be the starter.”
Tomlinson says Sanchez needs to start trusting himself.
“Mark has to start to trust himself. Mark does a great job in the film room but when he comes out on the field, he doesn’t trust what he sees out there in terms of coverages and the timing with his receivers,” Tomlinson said. “If he starts to trust himself and not hesitate in throwing the football, then he possibly could turn his career around. I think it’ll be tough at this point because rarely does a zebra change his stripes.”
Sanchez’s confidence in himself is shot and I can’t imagine him turning around his career at this point.