The jokes about locking Rex Ryan in the pantry while the New York Jets made their selections during the 2013 NFL draft may have been warranted. And we already know that the jokes about Ryan’s tattoo of his wife in a Mark Sanchez jersey are warranted, because wow that’s actual a true story.
So what happens when a new general manager like John Idzik comes in and trashes the singular vision that Ryan and since-deposed general manager Mike Tannenbaum had? Apparently, a quarterback controversy where rookie second-rounder Geno Smith is thrown some shade via the New York media, while acknowledging the ankle injury. Ryan has criticized Smith’s player through training camp this week.
“Obviously, the ankle is part of it, but way too many picks,” Rex Ryan said Wednesday, via The Associated Press. “He did not look comfortable. Obviously, he has to come back from it, and he will come back from it. But it was a bad day. Guys have bad days, but this was a really bad day.”
Sanchez has ranked 37th out of 38 qualifying quarterbacks in Pro Football Focus grading in each of the past two seasons, and will get the start in the Jets’ Week 2 preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Smith went 6-for-7 for 47 yards against backups in Gang Green’s first preseason game before injuring his ankle.
In that same game, Sanchez started and went 10-for-13 for 125 yards, a touchdown and a pick-six to rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah. His touchdown was largely the result of a blown coverage by the Detroit Lions.