Yesterday Rex Ryan told reporters that the decision at starting quarterback was not yet ready for consumption by the media. “I guess you can assume it’s ongoing,” Ryan told reporters on Friday, “if we haven’t announced anything yet.”
While nothing is announced, the Daily News isn’t taking him at face value as they are running with anonymous sources (yes, yes, we know) on the internal workings of the Jets decision making. Here’s some of the excerpts:
The Daily News has learned that Ryan, Idzik and much of the team’s key decision makers are on board with moving on from Mark Sanchez.
Although speculation centered on Ryan’s desire to cling to Sanchez, sources told the News that Ryan believes that Smith is the better option if healthy.
Sanchez’s shoulder injury makes it a no-brainer for Ryan, who is likely to start Smith for the season opener against the Buccaneers on Sunday.
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.
Despite Sanchez’s sharp practices, the brain trust simply doesn’t fully trust the fifth-year veteran and have grown tired of his repeated red-zone mistakes, according to sources.
Rex Ryan has seen enough of the rookie second-round pick to want Geno Smith as the starter … [t]he organization is fully aware of Smith’s limitations, but believes that Mornhinweg will be able to tailor streamlined gameplans to accentuate Smith’s strengths against specific opponents, according to sources.
The brain trust was pleased with Smith’s ability to digest the playbook and perform against Ryan’s complicated defense in practices, according to sources.
The organization knows what to expect from Sanchez.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comWhile this might be the decision that Mr. Mehta has been prophesying was the inevitable choice for more than a month now, it is also the last remaining practical one to the team. Sanchez is supposedly unable to play Week One anyway and the Jets have just cut Greg McElroy who lost out for the third spot to Matt Simms after two solid preseason showings. The Jets know what they have in Mark Sanchez, a quarterback with a healthy grasp of what he ought to do, but the total inability to make that idea into a reality.
Smith had his bumps in his last preseason game, but as Mornhinweg has demonstrated through four preseason games, that he knows how to tailor an offense and use the pieces he’s given. If Smith can play within himself, they’ll be able to take advantage of some teams … it just comes down to Smith not turning the ball over … they already have Mark Sanchez for that.