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Whaley says Marrone will pick starting quarterback

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In the AFC East, half the teams have quarterback controversies.  And those two franchises handling the selection process quite differently.

In New York, Jets G.M. John Idzik will be involved in choosing between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith.  In Buffalo, G.M. Doug Whaley will defer to the coach.

“That’ll be Coach’s decision,” Whaley told John Kryk of the Toronto Sun.  “[Marrone] will have input obviously from his assistant coaches, and myself and our scouting staff, but that’s Coach’s decision.”

Whaley wouldn’t have it any other way.  Primarily because that’s the only way Whaley knows.

“Our philosophy is, once it turns to football season, myself and our personnel staff, we’re support staff,” Whaley said.  “We are supporting Coach in whatever he needs.  Any type of tools that we can give him to go out and win games — that’s what we try to service him with. . . .  Every team I’ve been with, [that’s the case].  I can’t talk about other teams, but with the Steelers and Seattle — hey, the coach is the mouthpiece of the team, and the coach makes all the decisions on who plays in every game, and we just support him.”

It’s the right way to draw the lines between front office and coaching staff.  Which means, by implication, that it’s the wrong way for the Jets to do it.

But the Jets are in a unique position, to say the least.  With a new G.M. who may have wanted to hire his own coach, the new G.M. could be concerned that the current head coach, in an effort to save his job, will be more inclined to roll the dice with the veteran at the risk of not giving the rookie reps that will serve him well in the future.

Which proves yet again the importance, when firing the G.M., of firing the coach, too.

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12 Responses to “Whaley says Marrone will pick starting quarterback”
  1. lks311 says: Jul 29, 2013 10:56 AM

    Funny how when they asked Idzik about the Jets QB situation he inserted himself directly in the middle, whereas, Whaley mostly defers to his coach.

    I guess that’s why the Jets are the Jets.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 29, 2013 11:15 AM

    Idzik doesn’t want to leave the impression that he will decide the quarterback on his own. He’ll consult with his wife, her uncle Emmitt, and the postman before he makes any firm commitment.

  3. jlinatl says: Jul 29, 2013 11:21 AM

    I would hope Idzik has learned something about handling questions. But since nobody in the organization seems to know how, probably wishful thinking.

    I don’t care who your coach is… the answer has to be some variation of “the coach makes the final decision.”

  4. EJ says: Jul 29, 2013 11:29 AM

    Kolb will go through training camp as the starter, but once pre-season comes, Manuel will continue to get better and make it a hard decision for Marrone to make.

    Kolb on one hand gives the team a bit more experience under center, throws a more accurate ball, has the stronger arm, but not by much.

    Manuel gives the team an opportunity to run a more complicated offense, using his speed and agility to change the way they present themselves to the defense. Another positive about putting him in over Kolb is the fact that teams can not do much preparation for him, there is no tape.

    I believe Marrone will make the right decision with this position.

  5. olcap says: Jul 29, 2013 11:36 AM

    Yeah but Idzik knows that HIS HC is apt to be swayed by his romanticism, and therefore needs help making the decision.

  6. reprocity says: Jul 29, 2013 11:47 AM

    No it doesn’t prove anything but it’s a good supporting post to support your opinion. If you have a coach like Parcells or a GM like Ron Wolf then it’s obvious who makes the choice of the starting QB. There are 32 HC and about 5 have total control, so the rest are a group decision.

  7. adamagedbillsfan says: Jul 29, 2013 12:23 PM

    They used a 1st round draft pick on him…if Manuel isn’t the starter I would be very surprised. Kolb is just an “insurance”(I stress the quotes) policy at QB. He isn’t terrible but, Manuel is the future, and he needs to get on the field.

  8. jeffreyshulenburg says: Jul 29, 2013 1:01 PM

    “They used a 1st round draft pick on him…if Manuel isn’t the starter I would be very surprised. Kolb is just an “insurance”(I stress the quotes) policy at QB. He isn’t terrible but, Manuel is the future, and he needs to get on the field.”

    they have publicly said that Kolb is a veteran presence, a stop gap. He is there to not lose games while Manuel gets ready. You dont want to rush a rookie on the field, particularly one as rough as Manuel. He WILL play this season and he WILL start this season, but Kolb will be the starter week 1. Manuel just needs the extra reps. I expect the change to come week 4

  9. vaster says: Jul 29, 2013 1:44 PM

    Meanwhile, the Broncos GM will be picking his NOSE for the next few weeks since he’s been on leave for driving while wasted.

  10. iammrbinky says: Jul 29, 2013 1:52 PM

    Or perhaps one is a defensive minded guy and the other is an offensive mind.

  11. eroschmidt says: Jul 29, 2013 3:45 PM

    Doug – if you really are “supporting Coach in whatever he needs. Any type of tools that we can give him to go out and win games” then WHY are we over $20,000,000 under the cap and have two open roster spots that arent’ filled?!!!!!!! We have 2 Pro Bowl players and one isn’t even on our roster (Jarius Byrd hasnt’ signed franchise tag) because you couldn’t pay him what some of the other Top 5 safeties have gotten the past 2 off seasons!!

  12. kwickett85 says: Jul 29, 2013 7:42 PM

    “Kolb on one hand gives the team a bit more experience under center, throws a more accurate ball, has the stronger arm, but not by much. ”

    Whoa… Kolb better arm strength than EJ? What? Manuel could hit 70 yards.

    Why Manuel will beat Kolb for starter… more big plays. He’s big and can scramble. Imagine them implementing some read option plays with Manuel and CJ Spiller. That would be an explosive offense.

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