The New York Jets are clearly Geno Smith’s team now. After turning the ball over and feeling responsible for a loss a couple of weeks ago, the rookie quarterback went to the defensive players personally to apologize for his performance. He responded by playing an incredible game against the Atlanta Falcons and leading them to a win.
In the mean time Mark Sanchez had surgery to repair his shoulder, ending his season and possibly his tenure with the team.
Sanchez has a $13.1 salary cap next season and it is hard to imagine that the Jets would pay him that kind of money to carry a clipboard. When asked, Jets head coach Rex Ryan didn’t want to talk about Sanchez’s future with the team.
“I don’t want to get into that,” Ryan said, via NFL.com. “Whether he’s here or whatever, our thing is doing what’s best for Mark, which would be to get him healthy.”
Is there an NFL team that would give him another shot to be a starting quarterback? Probably not. He could be headed to a quarterback competition on a desperate team, or a back up waiting for his opportunity if a quarterback gets injured or struggles.
“We’re acting like he’s dead. Mark Sanchez is not dead,” Ryan said. “Sanchez is going to be 100 percent healthy, guys. It’s not like his career’s over. He’s going to play again.”