Predicting the 2013 New York Jets' QB Depth Chart

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Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) drops to pass as Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams (94) rushes during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The other day, we joined our friends at Turn On the Jets to discuss the Jets QB competition.  I’m sure that nobody who reads this blog regularly was surprised when I chose Mark Sanchez to win the competition.

This morning, I wanted to take the conversation one step further.  Today, I give you my prediction for how the entire QB depth chart will play out to start the season.  So, here we go:

STARTER: Mark Sanchez

Ooh, big surprise here, huh? It would probably be the most shocking item out here on the web if I didn’t predict Mark to be the starter week one. This result will disappoint many Jets’ fans that want Mark out the door, but this is the way it’s going to go down.

Why? The reason occurred to me while watching the NFL Network yesterday afternoon. They were replaying the game against the Steelers from December of 2010, when the Jets won their first game at Heinz Field, 22-17. In that game, Mark was 19-29 for 170 yards. He did it by taking short, three-step drops, and making quick decisions.

That, my friends, is exactly what the West Coast offense is all about. Watch any team that runs the West Coast or any variation thereof, and you will see it. 3-5 step drop, read, and throw. No time to think, and get caught up in your own head. If you think about Mark Sanchez’s worst plays, they come when he takes a deep drop and has to stare the field down for an extended time. When he drops for a quick slant or a quick in-cut, his passes are accurate.

Mark Sanchez will take to Marty Mornhinweg’s offense, and will take to it quickly, earning him the starting job week 1.

BACKUP: Geno Smith

Yes, Geno will be the second string quarterback when the Jets break training camp. In rookie camp, he is already showing excellent leadership skills, meeting with his linemen in their room to practice cadences, being able to audible already….etc. He’s working hard, and his play is already getting the attention of the coaching staff.

But his rookie camp play is not the reason that Geno will be number two. He will be number two because he has a chip on his shoulder, thanks to the mainstream media. You have all see the criticism he has gotten by now. Despite what he says, he doesn’t like it. It’s human nature for him not to like it. When someone wants to prove people wrong, they work that much harder to do it. Geno will have a terrific camp and he will be the number two.

No, he won’t be the number one, because the Jets are going to be careful with him. They are not going to rush him to the forefront of this team. Rex Ryan and the staff are going to make sure he is ready to go. If Mark falters, sure he will be there. But not right away.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    i agree with one and two but am unsure of number three. i guess it will depend on gerrard’s health. healthy and he’s number three, hurt and greg moves to number three. i read that there will be no rosie holliday as he was cut. imagine if mark has a great camp and it turns out this is the system for him?!? wow, playoffs here we come…

    • TheJetPress

      That’s exactly what I think Matr. If his knee doesn’t hold up , where he can even get up to #3, Greg will be the guy.
      Glad you enjoyed the roundtable. Means a lot.

      • Dave Hanna

        Ditto to both of above
        When Sanchez starts to think, he goes for the super play when a short out repeatedly would do the same w/o risk.

        As well, I think our line will hold much better this season and our QB’s won’t end up on their asses for most the game.

        The W coast offense will save Mark’s career if he focuses and stays with the game plan, step back, check and throw the damn ball- not looking 50 yards down the field all the time. Thanks Alan

        • TheJetPress

          Thank you for reading!
          Hope you right about the o-line as well

  • matr dontelli iii

    as i noted a couple times already, i really enjoyed the roundtable discussion. i was kinda surprised nobody else commented on it. i thought it was a great read.

  • disqus_fQxKRuCJA3

    I agree. Mark will benefit from the west coast offense but fans will boo the shit out of him opening day at MetLife. This team will draw comparisons to 09 just with more passing. I think this defense will dominate and be #1 in afc and #3 in the nfl (seahawks and 49ers)

  • Kenneth Hayes

    Mark still can’t read a defense no matter what offense he’s running so the turnovers will just keep piling up if you throw him out there as the day 1 starter.

    • TheJetPress

      Not impossible Ken.