New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan answered a question during Monday’s news conference following practice that he has not named a starting quarterback yet. Ryan not naming a starter by the final game of the preseason shows that he has an ulterior motive.
Last season, the team’s starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez, had a terrible season. He finished with 13 touchdown passes, 18 interceptions and an astonishing nine fumbles.
The Jets finished with a 6-10 record last season, which was their worst season since 2007, 4-12. After the 2007 season, they drafted Sanchez.
The team decided to do the same thing as they drafted West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith in the second round. Following the draft, Ryan told the media that there was going to be an open quarterback competition. Supposedly, Smith has performed rather well at quarterback during training camp. However, he looked terrible in his first preseason start on Saturday against the New York Giants.
The incumbent Sanchez has not looked that much more impressive this preseason. Sanchez has thrown two touchdown passes and two interceptions.
Ryan announced during Monday’s news conference, “we said from day one that there was no timetable on us announcing a starting quarterback.”
Typically, a team announces their starting quarterback by their third preseason game, unless there are injuries. The Buffalo Bills, for example, recently announced their week one starter because their projected starter, E.J. Manuel, had sustained an injury.
Ryan is in the final year of his contract following two disappointing seasons. With the Jets’ current roster, he needs a miracle for the team to win at least eight games this upcoming season.
The Jets’ week one opponent is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs traded for Jets’ star cornerback Darrelle Revis in the offseason. Revis probably has a lengthy scouting report on Sanchez from their practices with the Jets. Revis probably knows Sanchez’ tendencies and his strengths and weakness.
Revis obviously cannot tell fellow players about Smith because he was not on the Jets last season.
Ryan might not have said anything about his week one starting quarterback yet because he does not want Revis to provide his teammates an in-depth scouting report. Any deception that the Jets can manage could help them defeat the Bucs on Sept. 8.
According to Kevin Patra of NFL.com, an unnamed source told Manish Mehta on Tuesday that Ryan will have the final decision on the starting quarterback.
Ryan announced during the news conference that Sanchez is considered day-to-day with a bruised right shoulder joint. Smith will not play in the final preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday as a precaution, according to Seth Walder of the New York Daily News.
At this rate, the Jets’ starting quarterback may not be officially announced until 12 p.m. on Sept. 8.