May 22, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) talks with quarterback Geno Smith during organized team activities at the New York Jets training facility. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets Quarterbacks Continue to Struggle in OTAs

The New York Jets quarterback situation is a mess. Whether it be veteran Mark Sanchez or rookie Geno Smith leading the offense during OTAs, the offense has been prone to terrible play from the quarterback position and a surplus of turnovers. Today’s OTAs were no different with both Sanchez and Smith screwing the pooch during workouts.

Sanchez took 15 reps during the practice and completed only 6 of 11 passes. How could that possibly get any worse? Sanchez threw three interceptions in those 11 attempts and he was sacked once. Smith didn’t do much better in his 14 snaps. Smith completed just 3 of 10 attempts, but he limited his interceptions to just one, but he did take a sack.

Smith is a rookie though, so Ryan is much more unhappy with Sanchez’s performance.

This is OTAs and things, but yeah, that’s going to be the pressure that we’re putting on him,” Ryan said. “He did a lot of great things. It’s not that you try to cover up the fact you had some bad plays — no, no, no you flat tell him. We can’t have these and all that type of stuff. He knows.”

Rex needs to be happy that the defense is making plays, but not if that means his quarterback isn’t capable of putting together any form of real offense.

“It’s a good thing defense makes the plays, but no, I’d rather him not turn the ball over once,” Ryan said. “He did a lot of great things, and then those negative things, at the end of the day, that’s what gets you beat. And so we’ve got to to do a better job of eliminating those turnovers.”

It is certainly discouraging that Sanchez and Smith have been so awful during the OTAs and there is no positives that you can really take away from the situation. The teams only options appear to be rolling with one of two guys incapable of leading a NFL offense or rolling with Greg McElroy, who really hasn’t had a chance to show what he can do on the field.

Tags: Geno Smith Mark Sanchez New York Jets

  • Aries12

    What’s wrong with Greg McElroy? I never hear how he practices. But 2/3 games he played last season/preason, the Jets won. The Charges game didn’t count because Sanchez asked the O-line to not protect McElroy getting him sacked 11 times, giving him a concussion.

  • Steven Psargias

    What happened to the all-out competition?There are 4 QBs,and only the two are competing?They say to have faith in the decision makers,but their decisions are what got the Jets in the QB position they’re in.I hope Idzik will turn things around,come training camp and the start of the season.

  • Susan Wagner

    I thought Sanchez was working with a QB coach this offseason before the OTA’s. When will Rex and co see the writing on the wall about Sanchez? Gino is not the answer. It seems to me the Jets might want to see what the other 2 QB’S warming the bench can do. It’s a shame the Garrard had to retire, but his health had to be his priority, especially in the long term.

  • Vearly C. Evans Sr.

    Vince Young would be a perfect fit for a team needing a quarterback…. He is Motivated, Hungry and Determined to prove he can still play at a “high level”…. Vince Young is salary-cap friendly “Low Risk – High Reward” type of guy… All he need is a Team/Coach that will give him a fair chance to “compete” and Vince will erase the negative preception that people have of him…..