Posted August 31, 2013

Report: Rex Ryan, Jets decision makers ready to ‘move on’ from Mark Sanchez

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(Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Geno Smith is expected to start the Jets’ opener, while Mark Sanchez deals with a shoulder injury (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

The Mark Sanchez era in New York Jets history may soon be coming to an end.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan, general manager John Idzik and other key decision makers within the organization are “on board with moving on from” the former first-round pick as the team’s starting quarterback, the New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta is reporting.

Ryan believes Sanchez’s primary competition, rookie second-round pick Geno Smith, is the “better option when healthy,” according to the report.

Smith is expected to start the team’s season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while Sanchez will likely be unable to play with a deep shoulder bruise suffered during last week’s preseason game.

From the report:

The Jets were so impressed with Smith in the first couple weeks of training camp that Ryan was set to name him the Week 1 starter before the rookie suffered an ankle injury in the preseason opener.

The original plan was to start Smith against the Jaguars in the second preseason game. Ryan, who will have final say after collaborating with Idzik, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, quarterbacks coach David Lee and others, was poised to declare Smith the winner in the quarterback competition as long as he didn’t implode against Jacksonville, according to sources.

However, the Jets made the mistake of having Smith practice all week in the run-up to the game. Smith didn’t play after his ankle predictably didn’t get better that week.

Sanchez, the No. 5 pick in the 2009 draft out of USC, has posted a 71.7 QB rating in his four seasons as the Jets’ starter, throwing 68 touchdowns and 69 interceptions. He led the team to two consecutive AFC Championship Game appearances, both losses, in his first two seasons.

Smith has completed 23 of 37 pass attempts for 246 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in two preseason games.

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54 comments
btcvsolo
btcvsolo

Note to self:

If you ever land a front office gig in the NFL, do not draft a QB from USC....


newipo
newipo

No surprises here, after all, it IS the Jets...

ChicagoBob
ChicagoBob

Sounds more like Rexy trying to deflect attention from his idiotic move to put Sanchez in with third stringers and from his bizarre "sideways" press conference than the true abilities of either QB.

AnthonyW.Gibbs1
AnthonyW.Gibbs1

Well....the funny thing about Geno Smith is that everyone was calling him crazy and immature when he talked about how he was going to win the job....and he did.  People raised an eyebrow when he didn't go out to 'Jets West' but Smith didn't want to hang out with Sanchez because he had his own plans.  So far the kid has been right.  I'm interested to see how it shakes down for him.

chipdavis
chipdavis

It's gonna be a long, long dreary winter for Jets Fans. But hey! The Knicks are gonna be ......oh, crap. How bout dem bums in Brooklyn?

sptsguy12345
sptsguy12345

The Jets need a housecleaning from top to bottom.  Their biggest problems are leadership… and not necessarily on the field either.

alphapsi
alphapsi

Sanchez is a disaster, ruined permanently by the Jets, but what I don't understand is how a group of people paid to "know football", can sit in a room and seriously say Geno Smith is a good option when it comes to our future.  If any casual fan can tell Geno Smith is obviously not a starting caliber QB at this point, why is Jets management so delusional?

TheBigStroonzo
TheBigStroonzo

Idiotic headline meant only to garner headlines.

By no means can the Jets depend on Smith this early. As soon as he begins to falter, or is injured, Jets will be right back to Sanchez to salvage season from complete disaster. By salvage I mean an 8-8 season rather than 5-11.

Simms looked good, he should definitely be given consideration also, even before Sanchez.

badognobisc
badognobisc

SWEET.    DUDE.      This means Rex gets a new tattoo!   Or does he just use a sharpie?.  Perhaps he should use a white board marker so he can wipe it off mid season or next year when he drafts another QB.    What will Tebows number be as a jet?.  

MichaelO'Leary
MichaelO'Leary

Does this mean that Ryan is quitting as coach of the NYJ, because I distinctly remember when he said, "As long as I am Coach of the Jets, Sanchez will be my quarterback," or was that just his usual blowhard bs?

mystafugee
mystafugee

So apparently because Matt Simms played well in a meaningless preseason game he's the answer to the team's QB problems according to some Jets fans.  Yet people accuse only management of being delusional.  

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

And Rex added:" I was really impressed with Geno's large feet" 

eddie767
eddie767

The demise of Sanchez should be shouldered by Rex. He drafted for defense and used free agents for offense. Some coordinators shouldn't be HC's,especially if your dad has been blackballed by NFL.

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

Don't start Matt Simms though, his near perfect performances in the last preseason games might surely make you win a few games. Wouldn't want to do that!

bigdinca
bigdinca

Sanchez is a decent QB, look what he did his first couple of seasons, going to the playoffs with guys around him that could play. The teams the jets have put on the field since is sub-par at best.  Sanchez does deserve some blame for his play but not all when you his playing with less talent then on a small town college team. The best thing is for him to go to another team.

jeschaller
jeschaller

People people. Everyone knows Smith is not the long term answer either. Smith is just the placeholder for Simms. I would hope they will draft a RB/WR next year and hope one of those two turns out to be the answer.

memberofsociety
memberofsociety

The Jets problems also have to do with the fact that everyone around Sanchez has gotten worse.  Last year the entire team including management and coaching was completely dysfunctional.  Its hard to image anyone actually succeeding in an environment like that.

PensFaninFL
PensFaninFL

The Bills need a QB after shelving Kolb for the season by putting him on IR. Seems like a natural fit.

Also, you'd hate to think THIS is why Ryan elected to keep Sanchez in that preseason game where he got injured. That would then "force" his hand to go with Smith as the only viable QB option, when that was clearly the plan all along. Still, if Mark would have played better, this whole circus could have been avoided.

help4mac1
help4mac1

Yes a perfect skit for the Jimmy Fallon show.

GO22JETS
GO22JETS

"Rex, you will do as I say!"  =  New GM

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

4 years in the league and he is not getting any better,,,,,,,,,,Rex is looking to save his job......

me1
me1

The fact that Ryan let one QB practice on an injured ankle (and it didn't get better) and put his then "starting QB" in a game behind 3rd and 4th stringers setting him up to be hurt only shows his incompetence. I mean seriously, what does it take for this Team to grow some testicles and fire the one obvious issue that is common to all their issues?

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

Sanchez showed his best and his worse... which should have ended with his face separating the butt cheeks of a grown man on national TV and not in a good way (to each their own, i don't judge just quietly observe) and still the Jets ran Sachez back out there.  The only thing left to do is play Geno and by year end you will know if QB will be a priority in a quarterback rich draft. Please do NOT take Bridgewater, with all his talent that guy deserves a chance at success like Aaron did landing in Green Bay, Brady in New England or Kaps in San San Fransico. Why kill a promising career before it gets started. Now Manziel have at him, he seems like a perfect fit for New York

memberofsociety
memberofsociety

The Jets problems are much deeper than Sanchez.  I wouldn't be surprised if he went somewhere else and had a decent career.  

parkbrav
parkbrav

I think that Sanchez is a decent QB and deserves a fresh start with another organization in the NFL

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

@ChicagoBob Roger that...

That presser reminded me of the Herm Edwards/Dennis Allen meltdowns...

metalhead65
metalhead65

@AnthonyW.Gibbs1 he did not win the job it was given to him. and the coach sending out Sanchez to play against scrubs so he got hurt just sealed the deal for him. not even a jets fan but Simms in his only game action out played smith. have fun fighting for the right to draft clowney next year.

Sports_Fan
Sports_Fan

@chipdavis RU talking about the Brooklyn Celtics?  Gonna finally be a bright spot!

TimHarb
TimHarb

@alphapsi To be honest Sanchez could pass in college so what is different here.  I am sorry but the answer is the organization.  I hope he goes somewhere else and out performs what he has done somewhere else.


slickwilly
slickwilly

@TheBigStroonzo From what I saw, Matt Simms probably wouldn't be much worse than Sanchez. He might even be a bit better if he can avoid turning over the football and has more upside than Sanchez as well.

nycsteelersfan
nycsteelersfan

@mystafugee Matt Simms sucks AND he has an enormous enormous ego and no respect for the game.  He's not going to be anything in the NFL.

nycsteelersfan
nycsteelersfan

@ITATTRACTS Matt Simms would get eaten alive if he tried to play four quarters against any NFL first team defense.

P0is0nedKoolA1
P0is0nedKoolA1

@memberofsociety Every consider that the whole team fell apart as Sanchez proved to be a disaster? While I hated their arrogant , number-cruncher Mike Tannebaum, he took a fall for something that wasn't only his choice. 

The cost to draft Sanchez wasn't worth it. 2 draft picks including one that turned out to be Josh Freeman. 

In the end, Sanchez was more Dilfer with the Ravens than anyone else. A guy who looked as good as the defense played. 

Geno is a new fresh start. For better or worse, at least there's some hope again. 

How Rex Ryan is still there is beyond me

GO22JETS
GO22JETS

@memberofsociety The ONLY place Mark can go and get better is maybe the arena football league. At 25, Namath WON the Superbowl in his 4th year.

joe6647
joe6647

@TimHarb @alphapsi The level of competition is different from the college to the pros.  The level of talent Sanchez had around him on a USC team was leaps and bounds better compared to an average college team.


On a typical NFL team the amount of talent from one team to the next is fairly even outside of the QB position.  That position is normally what separates the average teams from the SB contenders.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

@CoryDowns

Yes there are three goods ways... 

- Dropping a crawler/ growing a tail after a big meal
- Getting good news after a prostate exam, making the expirence worth it !
- Releasing pent up gas 

Mind you 2 of the 3 are self separation but you asked for examples, those were the best i could think of...

memberofsociety
memberofsociety

@GO22JETS @memberofsociety  If you think Namath would have won with this team you are delusional.  Also the Jets will never be good because there is too much media and fan scrutiny.

GO22JETS
GO22JETS

@memberofsociety @GO22JETS  Your comment (data lacking / emotional logic) is weak - Namath won with a similar defense (top 5) and his job was to hand off the ball to Snell and Boozer. YES, Namath could have won with this team. During the championship season, he was told by the defensive coaches to quit passing  and to hand off the ball. The coaches (and players) told him to let the defense lead the team. FYI - 4 qtr SB3 - zero passes - all handoffs and the defense dominated. Yes, I do believe a 25 year could and would win with this team.