The New York Jets listed rookie Geno Smith and veteran Mark Sanchez as co-starters when they announced their official depth chart prior to the start of the 2013-14 NFL season, but don’t expect the team to be fancy any longer.
As we have all expected, the team will be starting the second-round pick in their season-opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Unfortunately for Sanchez, it was his shoulder injury during the preseason that opened the door for Smith to take the job. He can thank Rex Ryan for that one.
Sanchez would have been the starter for the regular season if Ryan didn’t get him hurt by placing him in the line up with a bunch of back ups, but that’s the way the New York Jets operate and now he will need to sit back and hope the rookie’s struggles are so bad that the team has to look back to him to save the day.
What a mess.
The good news for the Jets and their fans is that if they stink it up as bad as they are expected to they could snag Teddy Bridgewater in next year’s NFL draft.