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May 22, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (left) greets teammate Geno Smith (right) during organized team activities at the New York Jets training facility. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

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.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.willie.509 Joe Willie

    Mark Sanchez always talked the talk, but hardly ever walked the walk–in the last 2 years he never did. Having a QB competition between a 4 year starter and a rookie 2nd rounder should tell you a lot of how this is going to end up. The hand writing is on the wall—some can’t or refuse to see it.

    • TheJetPress

      Yup. There absolutely is writing on the wall here. This is going one way everyone should just get on for the ride.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.willie.509 Joe Willie

      I should have phrased my statement a bit differently–”the consideration” of a QB competition between a 4 year starter and a rookie 2nd rounder should tell you a lot of how this is going to end up. The Jets even considering a rookie to compete with their 4 yr started should tell you a lot of what they really think of Sanchez and where it is going.

      • TheJetPress

        Going to reply to everyone here. Great debate! I like Korwill, still will subscribe to the Best QB should win, although you know I am pulling for Mark. I am probably the only guy in the fanbase, not with the last name of Sanchez, pulling for him. LOL
        I do think Geno will take over, I just don’t know if he will be ready come week one.

  • Korwil

    I’m part of the “Let the best man play” group, and I still believe Sanchez will beat out Geno. When it comes to mechanics, footwork, and getting used to taking snaps under center, you’d have to imagine that Geno has a little more work to do coming from a spread offense and moving into a WCO. I do think Geno will be a good QB in this league and I hope we find ourselves in San Fran’s scenario where Mark can become a trading piece.

    Unless Geno looks ridiculously better than Sanchez, I think you go with the experience. It’s hard to judge any QB off of last year when we had the worst offensive coordinator, less than dynamic RBs, and probably the worst playmakers in the league by week 5. I really think Sanchez missed Holmes because he worked with him all offseason and Holmes was actually on pace for a very good season before his injury.

    One question I have not seen answered (article idea?): What happens in the case that Mark Sanchez has a VERY good season? Do we try to trade him still? Do we try to renegotiate his contract to keep him? Do we just pay him and stick with him as our Franchise QB? This is something I have been wondering.

    • matr dontelli iii

      if mark has a ‘VERY good season’ that would almost definitely mean playoffs. it would also likely mean that we don’t get to see what geno’s got this year. i can’t see them paying him crazier money than he’s already made. i could see him competing with geno next year but i don’t see how they could give him big money with geno on the roster.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.willie.509 Joe Willie

    Geno is 10 x the passer Sanchez is–even now as a rookie–Sanchez cant anticipate his receivers down field, can’t see them, he never could. Watch the tape on both—I have-and so has the Jet coaching staff—if Sanchez ever dreams he’s 1/2 the QB Geno is –Markie better wake up and apologize—too many excuses over the years of why “Markie hairband” cant do the job —give it up flock. P.S. would any other NFL QB wear a hairband? Its like Aaron Rodgers said 2 years ago after seeing Sanchez’s GQ pictures —its embarrassing.

  • Bennny K

    So if Sanchez plays very good, wins the starting position, goes 10-6 and goes 1-1 in the playoffs, do we???

    A. Let him play out his final year for 12 million or something like that

    B. Cut him and resign him at a lower contract

    C. Cut him and say adios

    D. Never let him win and see what Geno has and if he can be our future QB

    I say D. but what do you guys think?

    • matr dontelli iii

      if they make they playoffs that would be 3 outta 5 years hè makes the playoffs albeit with a very good defense.what a dilemma. i’d kinda think ‘b’. definitely not a big contract for 2014.

    • TheJetPress

      I don’t think D, I am thinking more towards A/B, if that happens I am curious to what you all think on this.

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