It seems what once looked impossible may now be true, and the Jets really do care about our mental well being.
Frankly, I’m not sure if this world is ready for a full-blown Jets quarterback competition that stretches deep into the August sun. Such an event would prompt end times, and the very Earth on which we live would look something like this…
End days indeed. Also maybe…delicious days?
But with David Garrard gone after he retired due to a still lingering knee injury, one survivor has been voted off the island by default. So now the real competition between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith has started early during OTAs. That means, mercifully, it could end early too.
Oh yes, we could have our reprieve, and be spared from the wrath of the Jets beat writers following a competition all summer in which the winner may actually end up being the losingest winner (follow? Good). Today Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News asked Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg if, hypothetically, either Smith or Sanchez were to gain enough separation over just 10 OTA practices, would they already be declared the starter before training camp?
His response was definitive at first:
“Oh, absolutely. Sure. Absolutely. That’s all part of the process. Absolutely. Everything we do is important. Our meetings are important… the way we go about our meetings, the way we go about our preparation right now with a new system. These are very important things. Every pass we throw out there in OTAs and these practices are important.”
And then a little more indecisive when he was pressed further:
Mornhinweg made it clear that he’s not overly concerned with timelines created by people outside the organization. He surely wouldn’t call off the “full-blown competition” before training camp begins, right?
“I don’t know that… ” Mornhinweg said. “We’ll see. Really. This thing is going to play itself out. It’s going to be our competition… I want to give everybody an opportunity to show their skill and ability and their decision-making and their accuracy and their timing within this system.”
Regardless, there’s still a possibility this competition could be short lived, and for those who have put themselves through the recent pain of supporting these New York Jets, that’s a very good thing.
If a starter is named soon and before the main camp in August, he’ll have that much more time to work strictly with the first-team offense and develop in the new system, something that’s required for both Sanchez and Smith with Mornhinweg now aboard. Being named promptly would be especially beneficial for Smith, as the rookie would be given more time to develop chemistry with his new NFL targets, the same receivers he’ll have to connect with regularly.
For a rookie QB, every first-team offseason practice rep is vital, and right now Smith is splitting those reps with a guy who has done everything in his power to thoroughly demonstrate he’s not a starting caliber NFL quarterback anymore.