With embattled Eagles coach Andy Reid giving quarterback Mike Vick a clear, non-week-to-week commitment as the starter, an obvious question arises when it relates to the New York Jets.
Why haven’t they done the same with Mark Sanchez?
Sources close to Sanchez believe that the quarterback’s recent contract extension means that Sanchez will be with the team, and in turn be the starter, through 2013 at a minimum. The Jets, we’re told, are somewhat less unequivocal.
Per a source with direct knowledge of the situation, the Jets don’t anticipate benching Sanchez this season. Still, changes to the starting lineup at quarterback and any other position would ultimately be coach Rex Ryan’s decision. If he determines it’s in the best interests of the team to make a change, then he will.
That said, we continue to believe that if a change is going to be made to Tim Tebow, it needs to happen now. If the Jets wait until they add a sixth or seventh loss and if Tebow at that point gets the nod and turns things around, the obvious question will be why the Jets didn’t pull the trigger sooner.
Thus, while Sanchez hasn’t received the same kind of commitment publicly or privately that Vick has obtained, Sanchez’s status could as a practical matter be more secure, since few believe that Reid will stick with Vick if the Eagles lose tonight at New Orleans and then on Sunday against the Cowboys.