It’s August, which means it’s time for the NFL preseason with the regular season right around the corner. For a lot of football fans this is a good thing, but for New York Jets fans, like myself, we dread this season as the Jets are at best a five-win team.
However, we will just have to grin and bare it and hope for the best, starting this Friday as the Jets take on the Detroit Lions in their first preseason game of the year. Even though preseason football can be boring, Jets fans will be very interested to see what newly drafted quarterback Geno Smith can do. But of course head coach Rex Ryan decided to start Mark Sanchez for the first game against the Lions.
Since the biggest competition for the Jets this preseason is quarterback, I would expect both Sanchez and Smith to play a half each on Friday, since there is a 50/50 chance as to who will start on opening day against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 8.
Now whether you love or hate Sanchez, he does deserve to start the first preseason game since he has been there longer and needs to defend his job even though most fans, including myself, are tired of seeing him throw interceptions. But think of it this way; if Sanchez throws three picks in the first half like he usually does, Smith will look even better when he takes the field.
All joking aside, with Smith reportedly out-dueling Sanchez in practice according to various sources along with Sanchez coming off of an absolutely horrible season last year in which he threw 13 touchdowns and 18 interceptions with a QB rating of a pathetic 54.3, Sanchez will need a big game on Friday to prove to the Jets coaching staff and the fans that he is just not going to roll over and let Smith take his job away.
With the majority of fans rooting for Smith to win the job along with him being almost perfect in practice while Sanchez has had his struggles, all of the pressure is on Sanchez to come up big against the Lions and get back in this quarterback competition which seems destined for him to lose one way or another.