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Rex promises Sanchez nothing beyond the first snap of the offseason

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Mark Sanchez has been described as having “a leg up” in the Jets’ quarterback competition. But that won’t mean a thing after the first play of the first practice when offseason work begins.

Ryan said today that Sanchez will be penciled in as the first quarterback on the depth chart when practice starts, but any other quarterback on the roster has a chance of unseating him.

“I look at it this way: The competition’s the big thing,” Ryan said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “There is going to be competition at that position. There is no doubt. A leg up? Somebody has to take the first snap. So that’s kind of how I look at it. But there is definitely competition at that spot. The first snap, he’ll be the guy running out there first. . . . Somebody’s got to take it.”

That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement — not the same kind of endorsement Ryan gave Sanchez a year ago, when Ryan insisted that Tim Tebow was brought in to be Sanchez’s backup, rather than to compete with Sanchez for the starting job.

Speaking of Tebow, although everyone assumes Tebow will be released before the season, and probably before offseason work begins, Ryan wasn’t willing to confirm that.

“He’s on the roster,” Ryan said of Tebow. “He’ll get a chance to compete . . . currently Tim and a whole bunch of other guys are on the roster.”

At the moment, it appears that the quarterback competition for the Jets consists of Sanchez and David Garrard, with Greg McElroy a long shot, Tebow almost certainly not in the mix and Matt Simms on the team as a camp arm. Free agent Kevin Kolb may be signed as well, although Ryan wouldn’t offer any specific thoughts about that possibility.

“If we think that will help the competition, then I’m sure it’ll be something we’ll look into,” Ryan said. “I haven’t seen Kevin . . . Is that a possibility? I’m not sure.”

Ryan said the one thing he’s sure about is that the Jets will be better at quarterback this year than they were last year.

“I’m confident that we’re going to improve,” Ryan said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt. I think that position will play much better.”

For that to be the case, the Jets may need someone other than Sanchez to be taking the snaps beyond the first play of the first offseason practice.

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60 Responses to “Rex promises Sanchez nothing beyond the first snap of the offseason”
  1. jrfrom508 says: Mar 19, 2013 2:27 PM

    Go Pats

  2. geauxjay says: Mar 19, 2013 2:28 PM

    The Jets just can’t stand it not being about them

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 19, 2013 2:28 PM

    Well based on these comments, Sanchez should ask for a trade and sit out. Use the leverage and make the Jets give you another pay raise or trade you, otherwise screw ‘em. Why play for the Jets and an overgrown manchild that doesn’t know how to support you, respect you, and believe in you?

    There are other teams that will appreciate you more Mr. Sanchez. Have your agent figure it out!

  4. davikes says: Mar 19, 2013 2:28 PM

    Translation – “I have no idea what the new GM is doing.”

  5. joekuze says: Mar 19, 2013 2:29 PM

    If “improve” means no butt-fumbles for touchdowns, then yes there will be improvement.

  6. eatitfanboy says: Mar 19, 2013 2:30 PM

    If Garrard stays healthy, the competition is over.

    Of course, what are the chances of that happening?

  7. IBleedBlueBitchez says: Mar 19, 2013 2:30 PM

    Translation – “Hi Yall, I’m a big dummy who has no business being a head football coach because I am even considering letting Mark Sanchez have any snaps next year!!!!!!”

  8. 509seahawks says: Mar 19, 2013 2:30 PM

    Rex regardless of who the starter is for you next season. Promise yourself that you won’t get another tattoo of your wife with their jersey number.

  9. bucrightoff says: Mar 19, 2013 2:30 PM

    Bring in Favre and Flutie and complete the circus.

  10. rr2000k says: Mar 19, 2013 2:32 PM

    And that’s being generous…

  11. 808raiderinparadise says: Mar 19, 2013 2:34 PM

    How epic would it be if the first snap ends up resulting in another BUTT FUMBLE ???

  12. kwgator says: Mar 19, 2013 2:35 PM

    The Jets first play will be a running play

  13. j0esixpack says: Mar 19, 2013 2:35 PM

    Wow – that’s a pretty major change of direction from Wrecks’ previous promise that “Sanchez will be the QB as long as I am the head coach.”

    Then again I guess Jets players and fans are used to Wrecks’ “guarantees” by now.

  14. azarkhan says: Mar 19, 2013 2:35 PM

    Uhmm, isn’t Sanchez promised $8 million dollars this year, guaranteed?

  15. 69finfan says: Mar 19, 2013 2:37 PM

    The wheels on the bus go round and round………………….all day (and night) long!

  16. pftfollower says: Mar 19, 2013 2:37 PM

    “Currently Tim”.

    That says all you need to know about Tebow’s future

  17. securb2013 says: Mar 19, 2013 2:39 PM

    The Jets have 5 horrible QBs what does he mean competition? Just say it the guy that will help us lose by the smallest margin will get the job.

  18. judalation says: Mar 19, 2013 2:40 PM

    After what atrocities Mark Sanchez has caused jets fans to endure the past 4 years… I wouldn’t promise him a ham sandwich…

  19. ravens4lifeudig says: Mar 19, 2013 2:40 PM

    Money Doesnt Matter the REASON for his saying that is to Let Mark Know that He Needs to Step it up big time or welcome to the Bench

  20. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 19, 2013 2:40 PM

    “I don’t think there’s any doubt. I think that position will play much better.”

    Let’s see, the Buttfumbler, the Pillsbury Dough Boy, McElroy, God’s Chosen One, Mr Camp Fodder and now possibly Kolb.

    Rex I think you’re pretty much the only person on the planet who expects the Jets’ QB play to improve.

  21. sclobernocker47 says: Mar 19, 2013 2:41 PM

    What a mess that franchies is…

  22. 2dollarpbrs says: Mar 19, 2013 2:41 PM

    He can promise him another losing season & no playoff appearence

  23. dwight123 says: Mar 19, 2013 2:45 PM

    Is anyone still weirded out by the fact Rex has a tattoo of Dirty Sanchize on his arm?

  24. ampats says: Mar 19, 2013 2:46 PM

    Best advice for Jets fans :

    Sit back and relax and get ready to draft Clowney with the first pick in the 2014 draft.

  25. lightcleric says: Mar 19, 2013 2:48 PM

    I don’t think Tebow is great or even above average right now, but it’s dumb for these teams to scramble around at 4-12/5-11 saying “oh no we have no QB and haven’t for 4-5 years” and yet they’ll pick up old career-backup retreads and stay at 5-11 instead of taking a flyer on Tebow and seeing what happens. It blows my mind.

  26. mightymightylafootball says: Mar 19, 2013 2:49 PM

    [i]“I’m confident that we’re going to improve,” Ryan said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt…”[/i]

    It’s like Coach Footsie is just daring the football gods to make it an even bigger circus this year…

    No doubt it will improve? If anyone can do worse than the 0-16 Lions, surely the Jests will find a way.

  27. jwil007 says: Mar 19, 2013 2:58 PM

    Raiders will send you Carson Palmer for an 8th rd pick… :) LOL

  28. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Mar 19, 2013 2:58 PM

    This doesn’t sound enough like true open competition talk to me…. Just say’in…

    “Penciled in as 1st QB on the depth chart”?… Unseat him”?… He hasn’t even earned that much even!! I guess thats what 8 Million buys you these days.

    I say throw all the names in a hat to pick who goes first. At this stage of the game someone should have to earn just being penciled in like that! Sanchez should start at the same level as everyone else!

    Ryan better not screw this up!

  29. eatitfanboy says: Mar 19, 2013 2:58 PM

    thestrategyexpert says:
    Mar 19, 2013 2:28 PM
    Well based on these comments, Sanchez should ask for a trade and sit out. Use the leverage and make the Jets give you another pay raise or trade you, otherwise screw ‘em. Why play for the Jets and an overgrown manchild that doesn’t know how to support you, respect you, and believe in you?

    Signed,

    Mark Sanchez’s Mom

  30. citizenstrange says: Mar 19, 2013 3:04 PM

    The locker room towel variety?

  31. hawkmojo says: Mar 19, 2013 3:07 PM

    Ryan and NAMBLA are tight so Sanchez is in….er…..well…Ryan is in?

  32. turfczar57 says: Mar 19, 2013 3:10 PM

    If anyone has a leg up, it should be McElroy. He boasts the highest winning percentage. Even if it was only in relief.

  33. larrydavid7000 says: Mar 19, 2013 3:11 PM

    Its more like last cast off standing will start. how do you spell jets?? LOSERS LOSERS.!!!!! Enjoy the circus jet fans. HA HA HA HA.!!!!!!!

  34. wrenches2pipes says: Mar 19, 2013 3:13 PM

    I’ll believe it when I see it. Rex is married to Sanchez. He had many chances last year to pull him, BUTT didn’t.

  35. descendency says: Mar 19, 2013 3:24 PM

    j0esixpack says:
    Mar 19, 2013 2:35 PM
    Wow – that’s a pretty major change of direction from Wrecks’ previous promise that “Sanchez will be the QB as long as I am the head coach.”

    ———–

    Ownership: All we are guaranteeing is that Rex Ryan will be the coach for the first snap of the first practice.

  36. steelerben says: Mar 19, 2013 3:30 PM

    How is everyone up in arms about Sanchize going in as the starter for the first snap at OTAs? Who else is it going to be? Of course the guy that you are planning on paying a king’s ransom is penciled in at starter.

    This is the final year of Sanchez and Ryan while Izdik cleans up the cap mess and they can start over next season by reaching for Johnny Football first overall.

  37. cobibones13 says: Mar 19, 2013 3:32 PM

    He needs to stop with the BS. Everyone knows Sanchez will be given the starting job once again, no matter how crap he is or good anyone else is. In the NFL it’s all about money and getting use out of it.

    You don’t give someone that amount of money to be a backup, they are forced to start him basically. There’s no need to pretend everyone’s on equal footing when everyone knows their not. It makes Rex Ryan look dumb, and he thinks even less of Jets fans if he thinks they would take him seriously on this subject.

  38. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 19, 2013 3:37 PM

    Can’t understand why Rex has stuck with Sanchez for this long. He better move on or it’s going to cost him his job.

  39. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 19, 2013 3:37 PM

    Knowing the way this franchise is run, Sanchez will be the day-one starter. Therefore, we continue to laugh at them.

  40. eightysixisback says: Mar 19, 2013 3:42 PM

    @lightcleric:
    Not trying to get into the whole tebow debate but i think the fact that they aren’t even really considering giving him a chance says something. If they thought that there was even the possibility that tebow would give them a chance to win they would give him a chance. he doesn’t have the team behind him that he did in denver, he wouldn’t be able to get away with having 4 completions for an entire game the way he did with the broncos.

  41. crush22 says: Mar 19, 2013 3:44 PM

    The Colts newly signed back-up QB is better than all of these put together.

  42. purplehaze12 says: Mar 19, 2013 3:46 PM

    Pete Carroll loved Sanchez in college. Trade him to the Seahawks for Flynn!

  43. fanofevilempire says: Mar 19, 2013 3:50 PM

    Jets are going to keep the
    heart surgeons busy this year.

  44. jamaltimore says: Mar 19, 2013 4:00 PM

    Bet the Jets would be happy to pay Flacco 22 million a year right now for 3 years.

  45. baddorange says: Mar 19, 2013 4:09 PM

    Thats the answer, Rex.
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  46. j0esixpack says: Mar 19, 2013 4:17 PM

    purplehaze12 says: Pete Carroll loved Sanchez in college. Trade him to the Seahawks for Flynn!

    ———————-

    Yeah but Pete also cautioned that Sanchez wasn’t ready for the NFL when he came out early.

    So what did Wrecks do to take the pressure off this fragile young QB?

    He simply guaranteed he would win the Super Bowl

    Twice

  47. imbetterthanyou says: Mar 19, 2013 4:17 PM

    He has his foot in the door.

  48. thefiesty1 says: Mar 19, 2013 4:36 PM

    Some people never learn. Wake up Rex!

  49. grogansheroes says: Mar 19, 2013 5:20 PM

    I can just see it now- Hard knocks-Survivor. The Jets sign five more back up QB’s and put them on an island and let them fight it out! I would watch that!

  50. wrenches2pipes says: Mar 19, 2013 5:29 PM

    cobibones13 is right. Sanchez will start even if another QB outperforms him. The Jets have to save face.

  51. hehateme2 says: Mar 19, 2013 5:49 PM

    I hope that sanchez plays for the jets for the next decade.

    Match made in heaven.

  52. pinion8ted says: Mar 19, 2013 6:01 PM

    At the moment, it appears that the quarterback competition for the Jets consists of Sanchez and David Garrard, with Greg McElroy a long shot, Tebow almost certainly not in the mix and Matt Simms on the team as a camp arm. Free agent Kevin Kolb may be signed as well, although Ryan wouldn’t offer any specific thoughts about that possibility.
    —————————————————————
    So the starting QB spot pretty much comes down to whoever sucks the least, is that the plan?

  53. nviverson says: Mar 19, 2013 6:03 PM

    Worst starting qb in the NFL, period.

  54. getyourownname says: Mar 19, 2013 6:54 PM

    Confirming how terrible it is for this coach to have any say in constructing an offense, which sadly for him is a prerequisite for being a competent head coach.

  55. neva4get5 says: Mar 19, 2013 8:12 PM

    @crush22

    Matt Hasselbeck, like his brother Tim, couldnt throw a segue to a commercial…….But you are right, there is no winning QB on that roster except for McElroy. No one remembers that this kid won a HS and an NCAA Championship as a QB!

  56. WatchThis says: Mar 19, 2013 9:46 PM

    How many butts will he have to run into this season…

  57. mazblast says: Mar 19, 2013 10:45 PM

    Rex chooses to believe in quantity over quality.

    Rex chooses…poorly.

  58. thesmartestmanever says: Mar 19, 2013 11:28 PM

    somebody please tell Rex to call D. Snyder and offer him Revis for Kirk Cousins and a 3rd. otherwise honestly your only hope is that David Garrard stays healthy and still has some accuracy left.

  59. jaypace says: Mar 20, 2013 5:44 AM

    If jet fans are hanging their hopes on David garrard, then get ready for another season of mediocrity. David garrard has not nor will he ever take a team anywhere. Now the jets don’t have a top five defense to bail them out. In the immortal words of jack Parkman “everybody on this team is a loser, either by choice or by birth”

  60. serenaundercover says: Mar 20, 2013 11:16 AM

    That the Jets didn’t find an answer to upgrade to a much better QB indicates that Rex Ryan is on a short leash. The franchise appears in disarray and no longer responding to the coach.

    The QB situation likely isn’t that relevant as there will be a new coach and a new vision in 2014.

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