Do you hear that? It’s the ticking time bomb that is the New York Jets‘ quarterback situation. Training camp is just getting underway, but it’s already clear that the New York media’s coverage of this battle is going to be ridiculous. Mark Sanchez is the early favorite by nearly all accounts to win the starting gig, so how far away is Geno Smith from getting into his first real NFL game?
Sanchez is the preseason favorite for two reasons: (1) he’s Rex Ryan‘s boy and (2) he’s reportedly looked better than his rookie counterpart so far this offseason. At this juncture, it just doesn’t seem realistic that Smith will start week one. However, I believe it’s only a matter of time before he gets his chance.
Sanchez is going to have next-to-no leeway on the field. He’ll have to perform at a high level early and often in 2013 just to keep his job. The moment it starts to slip away from him, Jets’ fans are going to jump all over his case. A Sanchez meltdown is inevitable because he’s not that good and he simply doesn’t have the talent around him to pick the slack.
I wish I could be more optimistic about Sanchez and the Jets, but there’s absolutely no reason to think that they’ll be any better this season. The Sanchize will probably play well enough in camp to beat out the rookie, but once it’s crunch time on Sunday, he’ll have nothing.
It’s with all that harshness towards the Sanchize that I make a 2013 prediciton – Geno Smith will start at least five games for the Jets this season. He might not be ready when the time comes, but you can bet he’s going to get a chance with No. 6 in front of him. I’m guessing that point in the season will come sooner rather than later and I see Smith starting several games down the stretch to gain experience for 2014.
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