The Jets Have A Conundrum At Quarterback
by Michael Ferraro
Jul 16, 2013 11:25 AM EDT
Last season, the New York Jets had a quarterback controversy that tore the team apart. Now this season, with the drafting of Geno Smith, Mark Sanchez, they are right back on the hot seat, but this time head coach Rex Ryan has joined the fray.
Last season Tim Tebow was the main focus of the speculation after the Jets traded for him during the offseason. This season the Jets released Tebow and drafted Smith in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft. It will be interesting to see how long Ryan stays with Sanchez, if he continues to struggle the same way he did all of last season. The Jets offensively have regressed the past few seasons and this offseason they lost Shonn Greene and Dustin Keller, two of their biggest weapons from last season.
If the Jets truly believed that Sanchez was the future of the organization, why would they draft Smith in the second round of the draft, unless they plan on dumping Sanchez at the first sign of him flaking like he did last season. The Jets had one of the lowest ranked passing offenses in the league last season, which is dreadful. They did nothing to help out the passing game this season by replacing Keller with Winslow Jr.
Ryan’s style of offense is focused on the running game and this will lead a lot of Jets’ fans and players to get frustrated when their offense starts to struggle early on. Sanchez has to show everyone early on that he has improved and can give the Jets a chance to compete or Smith might be the starting quarterback by week eight or nine.
The Jets will soon show us if they are going to splinter again like they did last season, but it seems that so far much of the Jets’ players have backed up Sanchez’s bid to win the starting role. It will be interesting if the Jets’ offense starts to struggle early on, how long a losing team stays with its captain or decides to jump on the Smith bandwagon. It’s Sanchez’s job but it’s anything but secure. His performance is going to determine how much traction this quarterback controversy will gain throughout the season.