This is going to have nothing to do with my feelings towards Mark Sanchez, just an honest look at what is being said.
First of all, Marty Mornhinweg said that Mark will have a leg up, because he has been the starter here for four years. In one sense that makes sense, but in another it doesn’t. With Marty coming in, the entire system is brand new. It’s brand new for everyone, including Mark Sanchez. He is going to have a new system to learn, and new weapons to work with. How can Mark Sanchez have the lead in a system that he has never run before?
Combine that with what Rex Ryan has said.
Yes, he has said that there is “no clear-cut favorite” for the position. He talked about how the performance has to be better at that position, from Mark, or whomever else.
No offense coach, but Stevie Wonder could tell us that the QB position needs to perform better. I love ya Rex, but please.
But, he also throws in the fact that Mark will take the first snap. Why? Why make that a part of the discussion, if your point is that it is going to be an open competition? If you think about it, there really is no reason to mention that, if everyone is going to have a fair shot at this position. Just leave it at there being no clear cut favorite.
No matter where you fall on the Mark Sanchez spectrum, if you look at these comments, you have to wonder. Are they in part saying the right things, but in part, laying the groundwork for reasons to have Mark play, due to his financials?
I am not saying that this is definitely what is happening. All I am saying is that if you think about it, it could be. If it is, a lot of fans will be disappointed this fall.