The New York Jets' Quarterback Competition: A Roundtable Discussion with Turn on the Jets

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Dec. 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) throws the ball during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

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It’s no secret that Santonio Holmes is not a fan of Mark Sanchez, and he’s certainly showed his frustration with Mark in the past. I think Santonio is happy to see anybody other than Mark or Tim Tebow in the Quarterback mix. If Santonio turns his back on Mark it could get ugly. When players start picking sides (not to mention someone of Tone’s caliber), it can damage the locker room. But once Geno and Tone build some chemistry, both on and off the field, the sky is the limit.
Rex Ryan wants to win now. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mark starts a few games into the regular season, but ultimately, it’s Geno’s job to lose. When Sanchez proves he is the same guy that had 50-plus turnovers in the past two seasons (league worst), Rex will turn it over to Geno.
Of course the Jets would love for their QB situation to play out like it did in Seattle last year where  the hotshot rookie takes the job and runs with it. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely for a QB to make a splash the way rookie Russell Wilson did last year. What the Jets are going to do is have an honest competition where Mark Sanchez, David Garrard, and Geno Smith will battle it out for the starting job. Jets fans may not like to hear this but Mark Sanchez will win that competition and be the starting QB week 1 against Tampa. I’m not saying that means he will stay the starter for long, but I think he will get the first crack at it as Geno Smith develops on the bench.
On the bright side, Idzik has done a nice job setting up the QB with an improved offensive line and two very solid running back additions in Chris Ivory and Mike Goodson. The offense has been sorely lacking a major pass catching threat out of the backfield the past two seasons and now Goodson and even rookie fullback Tommy Bohanon can provide that. Don’t be surprised if Sanchez plays well enough to keep Geno on the bench til 2014.
The Jets have a very interesting situation with their starting rotation of quarterbacks. Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith, David Garrard, Greg McElroy, and Matt Simms are an interesting bunch.
You have a guy who got cut during camp last year (Simms), a guy who hasn’t played a down in almost two years (Garrard), a rookie (Smith), a QB who hasn’t gotten a fair shake (McElroy), and the incumbent who was good for two years but fell off the pedestal like Wile e Coyote (Sanchez).
Garrard was a solid quarterback but the guy can’t stay healthy to save his life. I honestly think that the starting job will come down to McElroy and Sanchez. Smith isn’t ready yet… That might change once camp starts but I think it’s going to come down to the two NY veterans. I have a sneaking suspicion that Sanchez could take it but I really think that McElroy might be the #1 QB.
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