May 10, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith (7) drops back to pass during New York Jets rookie minicamp at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Probably the most interesting thing to watch as we move into training camp will be the quarterback competition. Who will win? How will these guys relate to one another? Can they coexist?
You have the incumbent, Mark Sanchez, looking to take one more run at the starting job. You have the wily veteran, David Garrard, who wants to give Mark a push, if he can stay healthy. And finally, you have Geno Smith, looking to show Rex Ryan and the rest of the world that the future is now.
This group has not played together yet, but Geno has talked to Mark recently, and is ready to learn from, and compete all at the same time:
“He’s a guy I’m going to be in competition with but at the same time I’m going to learn from,” Smith said to ESPN Radio on Monday. “He’s a professional, he’s done it for several years. He’s carried himself well in my opinion. Everything that he’s done, the ups and downs, the overall perception of him may be swayed depending on the games he’s played, but I think he’s a pretty good quarterback and I like forward to competing with him and being around him.”
He doesn’t feel the competition will be awkward at all:
“I don’t think it’s awkward,” said Smith. “At the end of the day we’re all teammates.”
This is the way it should be. Each of these three guys bring something to the table, and while they are working together, can teach each other different things. Whether it’s that level of experience, or just the difference in skill sets, each guy brings their own unique self to the table.
They can be hungry to win the job, yet able to work together all at the same time.