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.

60 responses to “Rex promises Sanchez nothing beyond the first snap of the offseason

  1. 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!

  2. 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!!!!!!”

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. “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.

  8. Best advice for Jets fans :

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

  9. 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.

  10. [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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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

  13. 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.!!!!!!!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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

  19. @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.

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

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    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

  21. 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!

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

  23. 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.
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    So the starting QB spot pretty much comes down to whoever sucks the least, is that the plan?

  24. 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.

  25. @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!

  26. 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.

  27. 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”

  28. 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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