It was thought that the decision on who would start at quarterback for the New York Jets would be a committee decision between head coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik. Apparently, that isn’t entirely true and Rex Ryan will have the final decision in who is at the helm of the offense when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their season opener on September 8th.
“I’m sure John will have his say,” a team source told The New York Daily News. “But at the end of the day, Rex will consult his coaches and make the decision.”
“John and I are really like shoulder-to-shoulder in decisions that we make,” Ryan said Monday. “We are side-by-side on every decision that goes into it-who plays, who’s making the team, all those type of things… We are side-by-side with each other.”
Rex Ryan has tried to maintain that this is a fair an open quarterback competition and it extended it to get Geno Smith an opportunity to start in the third preseason game, Smith threw 3 interceptions. That had Mark Sanchez playing behind the back up line when he was hit and injured his right shoulder.
“I’m not here to second-guess the coaches,” Sanchez said, taking the high road on the decision.
That decision has suggested that the locker room has wavered in their support of Ryan.
“We play our butt off for him,” Sanchez said. “He knows how to motivate us. He’s doing his very best.”