Rex Ryan hopes the Jets’ quarterback competition doesn’t drag out through the entire preseason.
Ryan said as the Jets opened camp that he needs to give both Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith time to show what they can do, but he doesn’t want to drag out the process of picking his starter.
“That’s something you want to do sooner rather than later,” Ryan said, “but I think the big thing is to make sure that there’s fair competition and you feel good about the decision. When I make that decision, clearly I’ll feel great about it. And not just me, but I’ll lean on several other people. But, it has to be the right decision.”
Ryan also suggested that preseason performances will be particularly important.
“I think you’ve got to get them in live situations to really feel good about it and certainly we’ll do that,” Ryan said.
Most likely, Sanchez and Smith will each get an opportunity to start in the Jets’ first two preseason games, and then the guy who starts the third preseason game will be the starter for Week One.