As bad as Mark Sanchez has looked this preseason, the New York Jets will likely go with Sanchez as their week one starter over rookie Geno Smith, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
Geno Smith is on the verge of losing the Jets’ quarterback competition fair and square, no matter how much general manager John Idzik tries to rig it.
Rex Ryan was the loyal company man once again during a 10-minute conference call with reporters Thursday, refusing to admit the obvious: Mark Sanchez is closing in on the Week 1 starting job entering the second preseason game against the Jaguars at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night.
Ryan sounded like he was reading a statement penned by his first-year GM with all the stonewalling jargon about the evaluation process.
“This competition is not complete,” Ryan said. “When it is, when we feel like we have enough information, then we’ll make our decision. We’re not going to get into who’s ahead, who’s not. I’ll say right now the competition is not complete. There’s still time to make that decision.”
I had no idea that Idzik was trying to rig things for Smith. Mehta certainly brought something new to my attention. The problem for Sanchez is that he’ll likely perform so poorly during the regular season that the Jets will have to stat Smith.