There they are, ladies and gentlemen of TJP. Your competitors for the 2013 starting quarterback competition, Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith. Yes you have Greg McElroy and Matt Simms as well, but I think we can all agree that these guys are on the outside looking in. The “main event”, if you will, is Mark vs. Geno. For what it’s worth, both guys are ready to go. First, here is Mark on the current situation:
I’m having a great time. I’m in an awesome situation. I’m the luckiest guy in the world. That’s how I always feel. I just have a positive attitude. I’m trying to bring those guys along, get guys working hard, study my butt off and prepare each day. Whether it’s a competition or whatever you call it, I’m going to be ready. I’m going to give it my best, feel good about it and move on. Anything on the outside, I just can’t help. We talked about it last week, whether it’s criticism about this or that, or what you’re wearing or who you’re seeing, who cares? Honestly, who cares? I’m just worried about moving the ball downfield trying to hit where I’m aiming at, getting the ball in the end zone, advancing the team and making good decisions. Other than that, sorry
And here is Geno about how the competition feels on the practice field so far:
Yes, it does. Every single day in practice we compete hard. Not just on team periods, but it’s in walkthroughs. It’s in individual periods, it’s in everything. That’s the nature of the game. It’s just good to have a guy like Mark who’s welcome to teaching me things, he’s open to the completion. He’s great spirited about it. It really allows us to get along off the field, but on the field still compete and still fight for the job.
Whether you are a part of the vast majority that wants to see Geno Smith win the job, or if you are on my bandwagon, the last of the minority that wants to see Mark one last time, we are all in agreement on one thing. This is finally going to be a great competition. These two guys are going to battle, and battle hard. This one will take some time to decide the winner.