The injury to Mark Sanchez could be a devastating blow to the New York Jets. However, the absence of the former first round pick out of USC likely will not be the difference in whether or not “Gang Green” reaches the postseason. No matter who starts at quarterback, whether it be Sanchez or rookie Geno Smith, the Jets are expected to be one worst teams in the NFL, especially with their incompetent offense that lacks talent at every skill position.
The fate of the New England Patriots in 2013 does fall on their starting quarterback therefore there is no reason that future Hall-of-Famer Tom Brady should see any action in the preseason finale versus the New York Giants.
The rewards simply do not outweigh the potential drawbacks of playing Brady this Thursday night. Sure, Brady could use some more in-game repetitions with his overhauled wide receiving corps, especially with No. 1 receiver Danny Amendola, who missed the previous exhibition contest.
Nevertheless, there are far too many risks in playing Brady in a meaningless game. Although the Patriots feature one of the league’s elite offensive lines, endangering Brady in the final preseason contest would be foolish. An injury to Brady would decimate the Patriots’ Super Bowl aspirations.
Over the past 10 years, Brady has played in just three preseason finales. Last season, backup quarterback Ryan Mallett was given the nod as the signal-caller for the last exhibition contest.
There is no decision for Bill Belichick to make. The famed head coach must rest Brady versus the Giants and allow his top man under center to prepare for the Week 1 matchup against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.