In New York, the player who wins the starting quarterback job in 2013 arguably will be the first guy to possibly lose it. If so, his window for losing it could open weeks before Week One.
According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets could declare a starter before the start of training camp.
“We don’t care what the prevailing thought is,” offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg told Mehta regarding the view that the fight won’t be resolved before the start of camp. “We only care about our competition here.”
Well, if they care about competition, the competition will continue into the more inherently competitive portions of the calendar. For now, practices occur without pads and limited contact. In training camp, it’s closer to real football. In preseason games, it’s considerably closer.
This approach suggests that the Jets would like to go with Geno Smith, and that they prefer to spend July and August getting him ready in lieu of making him fight for a job he’s already destined to have.
“When you [compete in training camp],” Mornhinweg said, “you give up some reps individually for the possible starter if you don’t select him quite as quickly.”
Either way, Mornhinweg hasn’t made a commitment to how and when the competition will be resolved. Essentially, they’ll know it when they see it.
“Once a man separates himself, then we’ll think about making those choices, but I want a man to separate himself,” Mornhinweg said. “If not, we’ll keep the competition grinding. That’s important. That’s important in this situation.”
What’s ultimately important is finding the best guy to win games, because it’s believed that another bad year from the Jets will get the entire coaching staff fired.
Which will serve only to put more pressure on whoever the quarterback is.