NFL head coaches and executives often speak in code when addressing the media. They have an ability to say many words while avoiding answering questions without saying anything of consequence. Of course, these franchises are their own separate businesses, so it is understandable that these people have strategies to protect. Many New York Jets fans are likely hoping that the front office simply will be throwing others off track.
Multiple reports state that general manager John Idzik and head coach Rex Ryan are interested in retaining quarterback Mark Sanchez. It has been widely expected that his release could come any day. If Sanchez was released, it would open $8.3 million of additional salary cap space.
Even though New York already has decent spending money, you can always use more. Although the soon to be sixth-year signal caller helped Gang Green enjoy success early, a steep regression resulted in anger from fans. Decision making never seemed much improved from his rookie season.
Geno Smith may not represent their long-term answer, but after selecting him last year, it seemed like they were moving on. There are too many options in this year’s Draft and possible free agencies not to part ways. Sanchez also needs another situation where he might resurrect a once promising career. When asked about his quarterback’s future, Ryan said, “I always want guys back…. (Would) I want him back? Absolutely. Would I want all my guys back? You guys know my answer.” From my perspective, this answer only applies because he currently resides on their roster. Idzik’s answer also seemed non-committal, as he said, “I think right now, anything is a possibility.” That does not sound like a ringing endorsement, so again, look for Sanchez to be released shortly.