Overreaction to the Depth Chart for New York Jets’ Preseason Game One

Jul 28, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterbacks Mark Sanchez (left) and Geno Smith (right) prepare to take snaps from under center during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

OK folks, time for another heart to heart with your friendly editor, Alan. I know we have done this in the recent past, but it is high time to do it again. I am worried about many in the fan base these days, and the reason? People are overreacting to small things about the upcoming game against the Lions. The Jets give us enough stress where it is WARRANTED, let’s not give ourselves extra stress by worrying about things that aren’t necessary.

Let me tell you what I mean.

Yesterday, during his press conference following practice, Rex Ryan announced that Mark Sanchez would start the game Friday night against the Lions. However, he quickly went on to say that Geno Smith would ALSO see time with the starting group. He wanted to make that point so clear, he even stated that the starters may play longer than normal, just to accommodate giving reps to both quarterbacks.

But, that STILL wasn’t enough for Jets fans to relax. Debate went on for a good long while after that decision came out. “Why is Mark starting? What are they doing to Geno? Why isn’t Geno getting the start? We know what Mark is. Geno should start. Oh, it’s fine, they are only doing it because Mark is the incumbent”. It went on and on and on.

Here is my question. Who cares? It’s not like he said that Geno would not play with the starting group at all, and that only Mark would. He said they both would play with the ones. So, essentially, the fan base was debating WHO SHOULD PLAY WITH THE STARTERS…FIRST! Are you kidding me? This is what people are worried about. Both guys are going to get a fair chance, that is all that should matter, ladies and gentlemen.

First of all, someone has to start the game. They may be in competition, but they both can’t be in the game at the same time, obviously. Someone is going to start. Again, Geno is going to play with the first team as well. It makes no difference which series it is, as long as they are both playing with the ones.

One person commented to me via Twitter, to paraphrase, how does it help Geno if he is going to face Detroit’s number twos? First of all, ANY reps that Geno gets are going to help him. He has never played in an NFL game. No matter which group of Lions is in there, the speed will be different from what he faced in college. NFL game speed is different, I don’t care if he was going against fourth stringers.

This is the first preseason game. Calm down.

By the way, how do we know that Smith will not face the Detroit ones? Rex might switch Mark and Geno off over a couple of series. We don’t know. Also, both teams schedule the day’s events. Maybe Rex called Jim Schwartz to coordinate things. It’s the preseason, it could happen.

Calm down everyone, it will work out.

This overreaction spilled out to other positions, although not within the fan base. I actually saw a headline yesterday that read, “Dee Milliner Wins Starting Job”. Seriously? Starting week one of preseason means nothing. Rex can’t change the depth chart? I didn’t realize that. It’s unbelievable.

The bottom line? Relax everyone. It’s only been two weeks of practice, and the first preseason game. Calm down, things will work out.

Topics: Geno Smith, Mark Sanchez, New York Jets

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  • lord rustin

    Maybe people are overreacting because Rex lied to the fans about Tebow and the wildcat offense last season. They never even practiced the plays, he went around telling the media that they practiced it in secrecy. Then just yesterday he’s telling the fans not to boo this bum, Rex is a big fat liar, and nobody should believe anything he says!

    • TheJetPress

      OK, I guess you aren’t a rex fan….you certainly are entitled

    • Frank Antonelli

      Actually the non-offensive co-coordinator refused to use Tebow. Parcells convinced our previous idiot savant GM to hire Sparano. Get your facts straight and stop taking everything the media feeds you as fact. You sound like a either a troll or a typical Jet fan.

      • matr dontelli iii

        Lovely fansided opened the troll doors when they discontinued the team apps in favor of the generic, one size fits all, fansided app. And if that’s not bad enough, the have lousy writers from three different sites contributing jets articles, fansided, something about te emperor and one other site. We’re gonna be seeing a lot of trolls here. The best approach is to just ignore them or mock them in a separate thread where they won’t get a message in their email when you respond. Yay fansided, where the trolls are always welcome! BTW- Alan, I know this has nothing to do with you guys and you know I don’t hold it against you guys. I just can’t stand the ‘it won’t be our problem’ type decisions they make at fansided.

        • TheJetPress

          I know you don’t hold it against us matr…I totally get you

  • Paul Newbold

    The over reaction comes from two different sources in Jet Nation, I believe. The first group of fans feed off the negativity and bias that is fed them through the NY media. Let’s face it, the sports writers in this town aren’t huge Jets fans, and they love to create controversy where there is none! Then you have the “stadium crowd” who has tired of watching sub par performances while dishing out their $$. Let’s face it, the tickets are over priced for the product these past two seasons! Season ticket holders are still reeling over the PSL’s and many are angry! Yes the Jets reduced some of their ticket prices this season, but hardly enough to appease anyone. Hell there are sites on the web calling for a boycott of the stadium!! I myself gave up my tickets when they brought in the PSL’s, and stopped going to games due to the ridiculous behaviors of fans.
    The answer lies within the organization. Idzik has made small strides in changing the face of the organization, the Jets have become a laughing stock, and that perception needs to change!
    I understand your frustrations with the fans over reacting this early, but surely the press and the organization carry some blame!

    • TheJetPress

      Oh I agree, there is plenty of blame to go around. For pete’s sake, there was an article like I said above, that Milliner won the job. He didn’t win anything yet. Everyone is nuts….you are right blame is too go around a lot.

  • Frank Antonelli

    Clemens actually started the first game in 2009 and Sanchez eventually won the job. So there is precedence for the move and it’s NOT a big deal. May the best man win the job. The one thing that really disturbs me is how easily excited the majority of the Jet fan base can become. I really question the general intelligence associated with the average Jet fan.

    • TheJetPress

      Be nice Frank….although I see that point sometimes.

      • Frank Antonelli

        A poster on another site had this to say. I think it sums up average Jet fans pretty accurately:

        “There is a large portion of the fan base that are crude assholes. It’s a game. It’s entertainment. It’s fact that no matter what Sanchez does some will still hate him.
        Haters gonna hate. BEER + NEANDERTHAL + FOOTBALL STADIUM = IDIOCY.These idiots typically threaten people wearing #6 jerseys,
        throwing beer and stuff, chasing fireman ed out, and acting like morons”

        • TheJetPress

          that is a pretty accurate assessment.

        • Paul Newbold

          Try attending a game elsewhere…its the same! Ever been to Pittsburgh? Hell, Philadelphia built a court room and holding cells in the new stadium!! Football fans in general over indulge and act like morons. The article you quote…Just the type of negative press this team endures. I myself agree about the behavior, I stopped going to games, and vowed never to step into a NFL stadium again! The NFL was once family entertainment, now it is big business, and the fans mean little to owners, except their money ofcourse!!

          • Frank Antonelli

            I agree and should have pointed that fact out. This is not limited to Jet fans for sure.

        • Dustin Schrank

          Sterotypes are lame to put a label on an entire group of people with huge diversified backgrounds is ignorant. I’m sure I could go and find all kinds of bad stuff some Italian guy did, does that make you the same as him Franky? Doctors, Lwayers, Police, Presidents, CEOs, GMs, and so many more people that you just called idiots…..well thank god Italians are not judged based on YOU.

          • Frank Antonelli

            Hate Italians much. Geez I’m describing football fans not a specific ethnic group. This behavior crosses all racial and ethnic lines. Get a clue.

          • Dustin Schrank

            yea but your describing a specific teams fans and saying everyone that is a fan of this team no matter what accomplishiment you have achieved in life it doesn’t matter becuase your a jet fan therefore your a neanderthal and an idiot and that offends me an twenty of my close friends, no I don’t hate Italians but I thought f I used a steotype on you, then you would get it, “it” being that a group of people, fans or not, all have diversified backgrounds and educations so to label them all as idiots is ignorant.

        • matr dontelli iii

          He gets a bit carried away. Sometimes but I generally agree with him. I agreed with a lot of that rant but it was a bit too generalized.

    • Paul Newbold

      Jet fans know football. More so than many of this town’s sports writers. Granted Jet fans are an emotional bunch, sadly many times emotions over rule common sense. It happens when a franchise has struggled for many years. Frustration, Disappointment and sometimes Anger,has become our constant companion over the years. But Jet fans are football savvy. :)

      • matr dontelli iii

        I’m sorry, Paul but I see too many people repeating the same crap the circus media spews out. I acknowledge some fans are knowledgeable but some of the nonsense I read on TOJ and tjb is just silly. Half of it is mindless repetition of the circus and half is rhetoric. The commenters here are actually, for the most part, more astute than what I see on the other blogs. Want proof? Just look up a pro Sanchez article from TOJ’s archives. I’ve seen racism blamed for the fan base’ hatred for mark! Sheesh!

        • Paul Newbold

          No doubt Matr, every fan base has the “regurgitators”but I have spent many seasons in both Shea and the Meadowlands talking football to fellow fans. In general, I found that most fans in NY know the game. They are not “idiots” in that respect. Now I don’t condone the behavior of many of the fans in the stadium or on blogs/posts. But that problem is league wide, not specific to the Jets.!

  • phshaw

    Above and beyond the specific of the fan’s reaction is the unmistakeable message that Mark will not be tolerated. Mark’s ONLY chance is to be very very good. Not average. Not slightly above average. But well above average. Geno has a grace period (normal for all rookie QBs). Mark play and immaturity gives him no leeway. John Idzik does not appear to be foolish. He must realize this. Rex likely would not.

    • TheJetPress

      I definitely agree with that. Idzik must be the counterbalance to Rex’s overloyalty

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