Frank Giasone - For the first time in years, the NY Jets quarterback competition looks like it will be an actual competition. The days of Rex Ryan telling fans Mark Sanchez needs to earn the job despite never being thrust into an actual competition are over.
But heading into camp, the Jets still lack a distinct presence at the QB position. Despite the fanbases overwhelming confidence in David Garrard, the truth is, the Jets will have to make do with some less than ideal players battling to lead the team out of the tunnel in Week One.
With that being said, as of May 8th Garrard looks to be the favorite to land the job. But there are two very big concerns with Garrard heading into this competition, as both his age and injury history likely have Rex Ryan and Marty Mornhinweg sweating and rightfully so.
If Garrard can stay healthy heading into Week One, I believe he’ll earn the starting job. If he can’t, the most likely scenario is that Mark Sanchez will hold the fort for as long as it takes second round draft pick, Geno Smith, to learn the offense. There’s no sense rushing Smith on the field if he’s overwhelmed.
I think it’s also safe to assume that Greg McElroy and Matt Simms have about as good a chance at landing the job as either you or I do. And both will be lucky to see their names on the roster if Smith and Garrard impress in camp.
Another Jets off-season, another “QB competition” it seems and this one has a bit of mustard on it. (if you will?)
Jets GM John Idzik has done nothing but stressed the emphasis he’s placed on competition at ALL positions and so far from my view-point it would appear as if Idzik is serious about his sentiments. Idzik doesn’t have any ties to any of these QBs unlike his predecessor Mike Tannenbaum so I truly believe him when he says that the QB competition is an open one. That said I do have somewhat of an idea as to how this competition while unfold. For starters I need to make clear what I WANT to happen and what I believe WILL happen are 2 totally separate things. In the end I ultimately want the best for the team and not just one individual and that’s a sentiment I believe that isn’t shared by everyone in JetNation, fans and media alike. I do believe its OK to admit that this Jets QB competition is probably shaping up to be a solid one a one that probably holds more merit and respect than the farce we called a competition last offseason.
Top 3 QBs heading into Jets camp should be Mark Sanchez, David Garrard and Geno Smith. I do love Matt Simms and Greg McElroy but we’re at the point where tough decisions need to be made that affect players that have promise and upside and McElroy and Simms are 2 of those players. We’ll probably cut 1 of the 2 and place the other on the practice squad leaving Sanchez, Garrard and Smith as the 3 QBs on the roster for now. Mark Sanchez is in prime position to excel in this competition as he’s a perfect QB for the West Coast offense, already has a connection with the starting WRs (Holmes, Kerley, Hill and probably Edwards) and seems to be a bit motivated and hungry at the moment.
Forget all the things Sanchez is saying right now, none of that matters and it will never matter. What matters right now is how Sanchez separates himself from the rest of the QBs in camp and what type of confidence and swag he carries while doing so. Right now Sanchez is walking a fine line between being named the starting QB of the NY Jets…..again and being cut and on the streets looking for work. There’s no doubt that this is what is driving Sanchez and what should be motivating him throughout this competition but unlike last offseason, Sanchez is facing real competition this offseason with the presence of veteran David Garrard who was well on his way to winning the Dolphins QB competition last offseason before injuring his knee and rookie Geno Smith, who was arguably the best QB prospect in this past draft.
However you may feel about Smith and Garrard, at the very least we know they’re not Tim Tebow and Sanchez certainly should be looking over his shoulder this summer because both Garrard and Smith are much, much more solid passers than Tebow was/is and both (for their own different reasons) have just as much hunger, motivation and determination as Sanchez appears to have during this process. I fully expect Mark Sanchez to look sharp and on target during this competition with Garrard right behind him. The monkey wrench that we need to be looking out for is Garrard’s knee. If Garrard’s weak knee can’t hold up then Sanchez’s path to the starting job will get that much easier as I don’t believe Smith will be able to compete with Sanchez and Sanchez will start the season but if Garrard’s knee holds up, look for the competition to go down to wire and Garrard starting will then become a real possibility and frankly we don’t know if that would be what’s best for the team or not now do we?
TJ Rosenthal - The Jets QB competition may look like this:
Mark Sanchez will know the playbook and perform reasonably well in practice after rigorous study sessions with Jeff Garcia this offseason. Geno Smith will show athletic flashes as well as rookie inexperience. David Garrard will come out of the gates steadier than Sanchez but not as dynamic as Geno. Greg McElroy will provide unglamorous insurance and act as an inside source for reporters who want to know about what it’s like to be part of the drama.
The “competition” will result in no player shining through enough to be considered as the clear winner. This stalemate will mean that the week one starter will be the guy that John Idzik really wanted at QB1 following the draft in the first place.