In a move that shouldn’t shock the world, the New York Jets have announced rookie Geno Smith will get the starting nod over veteran Mark Sanchez in week one as they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Smith has been dealing with an ankle injury and the team moved to sign former Green Bay Packers QB Graham Harrell shortly after the rookie suffered his injury. Harrell was released and the Jets inked a deal with journeyman signal caller Brady Quinn.
Sanchez has been dealing with a nagging shoulder injury, but even prior to his injury was embroiled in a quarterback battle with Smith in camp. Several rumors during training camp suggested that those higher up in the management of the Jets wanted Smith to be the starting quarterback in week one, despite Sanchez’s bloated salary for the 2013 season.
If you are a Jets fan, you have to wonder if Sanchez will be relegated to simply clipboard duty the remainder of the regular season and then jettisoned as the Jets clean house for the 2014 campaign. Sanchez should never have been rewarded with his confiscatory contract extension by the previous front office, but now has to bear the burden of his millions.
Even if the Jets drop the first two contests of the season to the Buccaneers and then divisional foe, the New England Patriots, if Smith plays solid and avoids turnovers, one has to consider that New York will continue rolling with the rookie.
Either Smith or Sanchez will struggle to get points on the board with the Jets this season. The team is devoid of offensive weapons and scoring will be scarce. If the rookie manages the ball, he should remain the starter for the remainder of the season as the New York Jets start the Road to Met Life Stadium and a hopeful Super Bowl bid.