It’s an Open Competition for New York Jets QB, Or Is It?

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Dec. 23, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan stands on the sidelines with quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) during the second half against the San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium. Chargers won 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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  • Dean Barbella

    Pennington and Laveranues Coles. Klecko and Gastinau. D’Brick and Mangold.

  • Dean Barbella

    … ala Mike Ditka and Ricky Williams in a wedding dress. I’ll never forget the scene where Mark Sanchez is tying his necktie after game benching while Rex Ryan caresses his back in sweet consolation. Disgusting! I wasn’t too surprised by the tattoo revealed on his vacation, shortly afterwards.

  • matr dontelli iii

    I really like Rex and I hope he sticks around. NY is a tough place for a head coach to learn on the job. I would hope by now Rex realizes that his job is on the line and he can not afford to continue to hitch his wagon blindly to a QB that is not getting the job done efficiently. Mr. Wrong colour green tie very generously gave Rex a mulligan for the last two years. He needs to prove him right this year and 14 fumbles from his QB is not gonna get it done. I have no problem seeing mark earn the spot, but if he plays poorly and stays on the field I think Rex will be writing his own ticket out of town. It was easy to overlook during a 45 point outburst, but that ridiculous interception he threw in game 1 should have forewarned us to what may have been coming and if he does anything close to that again Rex needs to pull him. For his own sake. (I hate when I have trouble sleeping)

    • TheJetPress

      Hehe sorry about the trouble sleeping. I hate that too. You are def right, though. Mark should have his chance but Rex has to be honest about things, and let him move to the bench if it is not working out.