Believe it or not, the New York Jets desperately need their fading quarterback now more than ever. Mark Sanchez may have lost confidence in himself and from fans, but he will once again be counted on to perform.
Saturday’s preseason game against the New York Giants showed that rookie Geno Smith simply is not ready. He threw three interceptions, with two of them looking like bad misreads of pass coverage. Such struggles are expected as Smith undergoes growing pains, but head coach Rex Ryan’s shaky job security does not allow him to put someone so raw in immediate action.
While Sanchez has struggled mightily the past two years, he offers a much-needed veteran presence under center. This preseason demonstrated yet again his up-and-down nature. Gang Green’s incumbent starter collected two touchdowns and two interceptions during a pair of preseason starts.
At times, his passes were thrown with conviction. Sadly, his play recognition has not improved while he tried to force plays in double coverage.
Some thought that all Smith had to do was be average against the Giants to win the starting job. Three picks do not constitute as average. Yes, he did throw an early touchdown, but these mistakes demonstrate that more preparation is necessary.
Although some fans wish for Sanchez to never start a game for their team again, it appears he is their best option. I say this with an eye only on the short-term as he still will likely be gone after this year. A shoulder injury has him listed as “day-to-day.”
Greg McElroy has not been given any consideration despite such uncertainty. Smith has not demonstrated the necessary decision-making skills, so being forced into action because of injury could turn out badly.