Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez. These are two names that are joined together in Jets history as much as any others. I can only think of a few pairs of names that are linked together more in Jets history: Namath and Maynard, Walker and Toon, Parcells and Martin…..that’s about it. Feel free to comment about others that I am not thinking of.
Ryan and Sanchez have been joined together since their arrival in Gotham in 2009. Following in the footsteps of his previous boss, John Harbaugh, Rex hitched his wagon to a rookie quarterback. As we all know, it worked for the first two seasons, as the Jets went to 2 straight AFC title games. But, in the last two seasons, it has fallen apart. Ever since the Jets were 8-5 in 2011, Mark, and subsequently the Jets, imploded. The Jets have been 6-13 since then, and most of the world wants Mark Sanchez not only on the bench, but off the football team.
But, we know the problems there as well. There are 8.25 million problems getting Mark Sanchez moved off of this roster. We would like to believe that sports is not driven by the finances, but the fact of the matter is, a lot of the time, they are driven by finances. Like it or not, Mark Sanchez is going to be on this roster. But will he be the starter?
We have heard from offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, saying that Mark Sanchez will have a little “leg up” in the competition, mainly as the incumbent, four year starter. Let’s talk about what head coach Rex Ryan had to say about the situation:
“I don’t think there’s a clear-cut favorite in my opinion,” Ryan said. “I just think it’s going to be competition from day one and obviously Sanchez will take the first snap and things but that’s all you can say. I believe Mark will play a lot better but I also believe that there’s going to be some probably stiffer competition than maybe there’s been in the past.”
Rex has said that it will be an open competition, but Mark Sanchez will get “the first snap”, with nothing else guaranteed. On it’s face, it sounds all open-minded, but is it really? Let’s look a bit closer at what has been said.