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Rex Ryan on Mark Sanchez: “There Will be Competition at that Position”

By Alan Schechter

Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) passes the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Sanchez is a topic of conversation that never goes away. It certainly is understandable, after the way he played this past season. A great majority of Jets fans would be happier if Mark Sanchez was out of the Green and White come this fall. But, without a lot of maneuvering on the part of the Jets and Mark, Mark will be here in 2013.

That being said, Mark is not guaranteed to be the starting quarterback come 2013. He will have to earn that position, and not have it given to him as it has been in the past. Here is what coach Rex Ryan had to say when asked if Mark enters the season as the starter:

Number one, you heard what John talked about, the competition. We’re going to bring in competition at every position, not just the quarterback position. That is what we want to do here. So to say, Mark Sanchez, or this quarterback or that quarterback, I think there’s clearly going to be competition at that position.

John Idzik talked about a mantra “Competition through and through”. This can be nothing except for music to Jets fans ears. Even the harshest of Mark critics can only ask for competition. The Jets cannot just give Mark the starting job, they must force him to earn it. Whether through the draft, within, free agency, or a combination of these factors, there must be a competition for starting quarterback.

This can only benefit the New York Jets. If Mark earns the job, that means he stepped up his game. If not, that means they found someone better.

Either way, this situation is win-win for Jets fans.