The New York Jets quarterback competition was one of the most entertaining parts of the NFL preseason and head coach Rex Ryan’s baffling decision to get his starting quarterback Mark Sanchez hurt by playing him behind a line of backups brought things to an unimaginable end.
Because of the injury, Sanchez will most likely be unavailable for the team’s season-opener.
From Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News:
ICYMI: I’m told it’s unlikely that Jets QB Mark Sanchez will be ready for the season opener against the Buccaneers on Sept. 8. #nyj
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) August 30, 2013
Now, despite his obvious struggles to grasp the speed of the NFL, rookie Geno Smith will likely get the start in the first week of the season.
With Sanchez on the bench, it is unlikely that he will ever return to the starting line up unless Smith continues to bomb like he did in the preseason — which would not be a big shock.
It’s going to be an ugly season in New York, but the good news is that they could position themselves to enter next season with either Teddy Bridgewater or Jadeveon Clowney.