Early yesterday morning, the Jets fan base was up in arms, beside themselves with grief and panic because the Jets had named Mark Sanchez the starting quarterback for Saturday night’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Nobody could believe the audacity of this football team to start Mark two weeks in a row. “How could they do such a thing?”, was the common response.
During a conference call yesterday afternoon, Rex Ryan went into more detail as far as the reasoning behind the decision, basing it on:
“…a few factors: Geno’s situation with his ankle, and also the fact that Mark has practiced well, and that’s really what led us to our decision. Right now I can’t tell you if Geno will play in this game or not. We’ll see how the rest of the week goes to make that decision.”
So, Geno might play, but definitely won’t start. The obvious question is, if he’s not able to play potentially, why was he practicing? Here’s Rex:
“You have to realize we’re installing, still in the install phase, putting in a brand new offensive system,” the coach said. “Obviously with any quarterback, especially a young quarterback, we felt he would definitely benefit from getting those reps. Obviously the trainers were comfortable with him being out there.
If anyone is more to blame, it’s the training staff. We aren’t there, so we can’t really place the blame since we don’t have the first hand knowledge. It’s hard to place blame on Rex and the coaching staff, they were following the advice of the medical staff. If the trainers say he is OK to practice, why wouldn’t Rex let him practice?
Was it a mistake to let him practice this week? That is definitely an arguable point. But blaming the coaching staff is silly, all they did was rely on their medical personnel.