After Mark Sanchez injured himself on a meaningless fourth quarter snap in a preseason game, rookie Geno Smith emerged as the starting quarterback for the New York Jets come Sunday when they line up across the field from the Tampa Bay Bucs. Despite a horrific preseason for the former West Virginia dual threat quarterback, he will be the man under center for Week 1, and more than likely, the first few weeks.
However, the Jets have not yet announced that Smith won the quarterback competition. Instead, they simply made him their opening day starter due to Sanchez’s injury. The team has indicated that Sanchez is day-to-day, but they proceeded to go out and sign Brady Quinn.
In a story published by the New York Daily News, it was reported that the quarterback competition is ongoing, and will be on going for the season in its entirety.
Woody Johnson commented on the quarterback situation heading into Sunday’s season opener.
“We’ll always put the best player we can on the field on Sunday and that will continue. Competition will always be ongoing no matter where you are on the roster.”
It has been clear that Rex Ryan, Woody Johnson, and the rest of the Jets’ organization hoped that Geno would outright win the job over Sanchez, but after four preseason exhibition games, that has not been the case. Sanchez wasn’t all that sharp prior to his injury either. With that said, New York is not in the ideal predicament heading into the regular season.
Rex Ryan also added his thoughts on the ongoing competition.
“Our focus is strictly on this game. So whether week-to-week I don’t know what the heck we’re not thinking past Tampa. This whole team is not thinking past Tampa in anything.”