Mr_Jet, on 27 August 2013 - 01:39 AM, said:
Considering the way Sanchez played in the first two preseason games, I don't see how anybody could say he was the clear cut favorite to be the starter. I mean I agree that Sanchez right now is better than Geno Smith but this isn't Tom Brady and Tim Tebow we're talking about here. With Sanchez....I just don't know what to think of him anymore. I like Sanchez, I still have hope he'll be the franchise QB I (and we) wanted him to be on draft day in 2009. But...I have to shake my head sometimes because he is still playing like a rookie after 4 seasons. When is it going to start clicking for him? When is he going to get "it" together? He's still wearing that Jets uniform so I still support him and want to see him be successful, but I know I'm tired of waiting on him to finally become the franchise.
Now the Jets front office didn't do him any favors. With the constantly changing WRs and the lack of depth with the O-line and lack of a running game after LT retired. All things every QB needs to succeed over a period of time. And of course there was the Tebow experiment last year. But some of Sanchez's decision making is just infuriating to watch as a Jets fan. His play is still too erratic. He's moving the ball down the field like Elway one moment, then he throws a pick six the next moment.
But I don't blame Rex for Sanchez being in the game at that point. Sanchez has done nothing in the last two seasons or in the first two preseason games this year to show he is the unquestioned starter this season. If he had played better the last two years the Jets would have never drafted Geno Smith in the first place. Sanchez has indeed felt too comfortable in his role as the starter. In 2011 when he was playing badly he knew he wasn't going to be benched because his backup was the 40 year old Mark Brunell. Last year his backup was Tim Tebow, and Sanchez saw up close in practice how bad Tebow was. So Sanchez has felt very complacent in his position as the starting QB. And he likely felt that way again after seeing Geno throw those 3 INTs. This is the first time since the beginning of the 2011 season he's had to look over his shoulder and actually worry about keeping his job.
So IMO Sanchez needs the QB competition to light a fire under his ass and for him to realize Not For Long (NFL) applies to him too. So yeah he should have been out there at that point in that game. This is just another excuse for some to bitch about Rex Ryan. Because if it was Geno Smith that had gotten injured the talk right now would be about how Rex hurt Geno's development, and sabotaged Geno Smith in favor of Sanchez (remember he has a tattoo of a woman in a Sanchez jersey). People (or rather idiots with a Twitter account and employees of ESPN) would be saying Rex never wanted Geno Smith anyway and there was never really a QB competition. These people need to relax. I'm sure there will be plenty of legitimate reasons to bitch about Rex as the season progresses.
Plus we knew Geno Smith was going to start the 3rd preseason game days before that game. I didn't hear or read any complaints about that before the game. I was always under the impression that Geno would start and Mark would play later with the 2nd string. So I don't get why the people criticizing Rex are so surprised now.
Never thought we would agree completely on this matter. Yes I may not like Mark as the Jets starter but I am trying to be logical on this matter. If mark lit it up in the preseason Id be up for him starting in the regular season but the fact is Mark hasn't lit it up. And as far as Rex....I haven't been happy with some of his coaching decisions during the seasons but this matter is complete and utter stupidity as far as the media and fans that are throwing him under the buss. Sanchez is not an elite qb. Not even close so I dont understand how the media can stupidly say "Brady and Manning wouldn't have been out there." Totally idiot statement on their part. Mark hasn't proven he is a franchise qb. If he had he wouldn't be in a competition now. And someone has to play with the second stringers. I didn't hear everyone complaining when Geno played with the second and third stringers,etc. in game one.
This is absolutely on Sanchez and not Rex even a little. If Sanchez had proven himself to begin with he wouldn't have been in that position to play with lower end players.
I really hope Sanchez doesn't have an injury that needs surgery. Ive had three back surgeries and am not looking forward to a right shoulder surgery to repair a ripped tendon. But still I kind of hope Sanchez is at least sidelined a couple of regular season games because I want to see what this kid Geno has without having to look over his shoulder.
yes some qb`s are ruined by being put in the game from the beginning but not all qb`s have weak mentalities. Some qbs grow and thrive as rookies or in their second year from playing from the beginning. There are many qb`s in the league that fit that mold. For ever Russel,Sanchez,Carr,and Young you have qb`s like Ryan,Manning,RGIII, Wilson, etc.
I just believe we have seen all we ever will out of Mark. His peak is where is at now(what I believe). Id rather give Geno the rock and see if he can handle the game speed.The pressure from the players,fans, and media. And learn from his mistakes and grow into a solid confident qb. I want him to be great but at this point Id settle for above average or even high end average. I'm just tired of having low end average qb`s and mediocre qb`s. Its time for a change and Id rather sink or swim with Geno and have renewed hope as a Jets fan than settle on the same path b*tching every week about how much Sanchez sucks whenever he isn't playing a mediocre team. Basically I'm tired of being miserable and my hopes lie with Geno.