New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez told a source that he had won the starting job prior to sustaining a shoulder injury, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. If this is true, then head coach Rex Ryan is a natural liar or he is an incompetent head coach.
Sanchez had been competing for the starting quarterback job against rookie quarterback Geno Smith. Sanchez did not have a great preseason, throwing two touchdown passes and two interceptions against the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars. Both defenses have terrible pass defenses, especially the Lions.
Smith had a terrible performance in the third preseason game, throwing only one touchdown and three interceptions against the New York Giants. Ryan made an asinine decision by bringing Sanchez into the game in the fourth quarter. Head coaches typically rest their starters or players competing for a starting job late in a preseason game to avoid an injury.
Prior to that game, Ryan had been telling the media in press conferences that he was not sure who is starting quarterback for the first regular season game will be. A head coach can tell the media during a press conference that he does not wish to reveal certain information. The media would criticize a head coach if they found out he was lying to them.
Most likely, Sanchez is lying in order to make people feel bad for him. Smith has clearly showed that he is a better game manager than Sanchez was the past two years. In the end, the Jets management will have to make a decision on Sanchez’s future. He could be a locker room poison if he begins to question Ryan’s decision-making.