A New York Jets Quarterback Competition? Finally!

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May 22, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) talks with quarterback Geno Smith during organized team activities at the New York Jets training facility. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

First you have two guys that are handling it the ABSOLUTE right way. They are confident, which is what you want from a prospective starting quarterback. Whether you are talking to the incumbent or the challenger, you want them to emote confidence, which both these guys are doing.

They are also helping each other, in the spirit of competition. The cordiality between these two players is admirable, despite the fact that they are fighting for the same position. Many of you that don’t like Mark probably don’t want to hear that he is teaching Geno anything, but I think we can all agree that it’s the right thing. But, make no mistake about it, these guys want it, and they are going to battle.

As we look back through the years, we haven’t had the opportunity to have a really legitimate competition for the QB spot in a long time. We have expected some, but they never really came to pass, let’s look back:

PENNINGTON VS CLEMENS: Remember when the “brilliant” Mel Kiper Jr tried to convince us that Kellen Clemens was the pick of the litter in that 2006 QB draft? How did that work out? Pennington wiped him out, on his way to a 10-6 record and a Comeback Player of the Year award.

SANCHEZ VS CLEMENS: Technically, you had a veteran going against a rookie, but after the mega trade that brought Sanchez to NY, did anyone really believe that he wasn’t going to start week 1 in 2009?

SANCHEZ VS TEBOW: This is not to get anyone annoyed, just a brief historical reminder. Despite all of the rancor that this would be a great competition, this was not even close to what we had. It was another year in paradise with Mark Sanchez.

The fact is, I can’t remember the last time the Jets had a great QB competition. Maybe some of my readers that remember Richard Todd vs Matt Robinson could comment. But now, we have a competition with guys that are learning from each other, yet want it and want it bad!

Have fun, this is going to be good.

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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.