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Mark Sanchez will start Jets’ preseason opener on Friday

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For at least one preseason game, Mark Sanchez is the Jets’ starting quarterback.

Jets coach Rex Ryan confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Sanchez will be the starter when the Jets begin their preseason on Friday night against the Lions. Ryan added that Geno Smith will also get some playing time with the first-string offense.

The news that Sanchez is starting is no surprise, and it doesn’t mean he’s currently in the lead in his quarterback competition with Smith. It just means that not enough has changed so far in the offseason for Ryan to change the status quo, and Sanchez is the incumbent starter from last year.

In fact, many Jets observers think Smith is the favorite to be the starter when the regular season opens. If Sanchez doesn’t play well on Friday night, it’s entirely possible that the preseason opener against the Lions will be the last game he ever starts for the Jets.

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48 Responses to “Mark Sanchez will start Jets’ preseason opener on Friday”
  1. jwcarlson says: Aug 6, 2013 1:14 PM

    I honestly believe the only reason this can be happening is Rex trying to keep his job. Sanchez is a known quantity… known to be bad, yes, but at least they have seen what he does.

  2. buckhuckster says: Aug 6, 2013 1:14 PM

    M-A-R-K MARK! MARK! MARK!

  3. ptbakery says: Aug 6, 2013 1:16 PM

    It could also mean that Sanchez is the best QB on the roster and will be starting come opening day. They are both poor options for a team who wants to make the playoffs.

  4. justintuckrule says: Aug 6, 2013 1:16 PM

    Seriously, I’m hoping for a Christmas miracle in that he tears it up. Jets’ fans are begging for a reason to put a tidy bow on the Sanchez era. They wouldn’t know what to do with themselves if he went 10-12 for 175 and 3 tds real quick. It would be rather comical.

  5. whatnojets says: Aug 6, 2013 1:17 PM

    Bunch of nay haters!!! Off with your heads!!!!

  6. whatnojets says: Aug 6, 2013 1:17 PM

    And take that logicalvoicesays!!!!

  7. johnnyjagfan says: Aug 6, 2013 1:17 PM

    Only move Rex could make. If he started the kid, it would signal that the competition is over. It’s not.

  8. footballfan58 says: Aug 6, 2013 1:22 PM

    Yay!!!

    Signed, “The other 31 teams”

  9. whatnojets says: Aug 6, 2013 1:25 PM

    justintuckrule says:
    Aug 6, 2013 1:16 PM

    They wouldn’t know what to do with themselves if he went 10-12 for 175 and 3 tds real quick. It would be rather comical.
    ———————————–

    Commit suicide???

  10. nyjetsfan24 says: Aug 6, 2013 1:27 PM

    Well, I’m sure the Lions DBs are excited about that decision. Good luck, Rex, you’re definitely getting fired.

  11. ryann252013 says: Aug 6, 2013 1:29 PM

    I have a weird feeling that Sanchez may surprise…lets just wait and see.

  12. westampa says: Aug 6, 2013 1:31 PM

    BOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. ajg314 says: Aug 6, 2013 1:32 PM

    “…it’s entirely possible that the preseason opener against the Lions will be the last game he ever starts for the Jets.”

    If only………..

  14. teejayss says: Aug 6, 2013 1:36 PM

    footballfan58: let me guess: youre a fan of no team but walk around joining bandwagons if the winning teams each week, right? then when someone calls u out u say” im a football fan”..LOL

  15. 737driver69 says: Aug 6, 2013 1:36 PM

    I am waiting for Part 2 of Butt Fumble video…

  16. rjr07001 says: Aug 6, 2013 1:36 PM

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    McELROY!!!!

  17. firstand4ever says: Aug 6, 2013 1:39 PM

    Once the Jets eventually pull the trigger and go to Geno Smith. There is no turning back barring injury.

    The best way to handle this is to have Sanchez lose the job. Once Geno gets the gig, It’s his job no matter how up and down or poorly he plays. You have to ride it out with the rookie.

    Smart move on Rex’s part. Keep the competition going. If Mark wants to be the starter. He has to earn it. If by chance, he wins the job. Wins and losses and his production or lack thereof will determine how long he keeps the job. The door is going to eventually close on Mark Sanchez’s career as an NFL starter. It’s only a matter of when.

  18. nflsucker says: Aug 6, 2013 1:41 PM

    Sanchez is exciting to watch, since the opposing team can score on any play.

  19. myockman says: Aug 6, 2013 1:44 PM

    Rex probably saw the kids arm and figured if he started Sanchez the kid would stay hungry and win the job. Rex is out for Rex now. That being said either QB and with little to no weapons I think will be more exciting on O because of the O coordinator. Shotty was conservative and Sparano is one reason Mike T doesn’t have a job any more. Of course we are still 6-10 team this year. Maybe 9-6 on a roundhouse swing that lands. LOL!!!

  20. hehateme2 says: Aug 6, 2013 1:46 PM

    ptbakery says: Aug 6, 2013 1:16 PM

    They are both poor options for a team who wants to make the playoffs.

    Playoffs? playoffs? Who said something about playoffs?
    Not.in.the.future. 4-12 sounds about right to me.

  21. kgun80 says: Aug 6, 2013 1:50 PM

    It’s a competition. I think in the end it may be better to start Sanchez. Yeah I said it. I don’t think it’s smart to toss the kid in yet he doesn’t really have a workhorse back or many dependable targets. He may learn from being thrown to the fire but that’s a lot to put on the kid this early. I think Geno will start before the seasons over but for now it may not be a good idea. As much as I hate the Jets I actually feel bad for Geno.

  22. hater79 says: Aug 6, 2013 1:50 PM

    Does anyone want to bet mark Sanchez has a longer career than rg3?

    Thumbs up yes

    Thumbs down no

  23. sandersmarcus10 says: Aug 6, 2013 1:53 PM

    Ok now move on with the crap!!!

  24. bronxjet says: Aug 6, 2013 1:56 PM

    If that is so the JETS will be sorry Mark is the best Quarterback in camp how many more are you guys going to jump on the Geno wagon Ill stay on the Mark train it’s faster and makes more sence

  25. bsaleen12 says: Aug 6, 2013 2:01 PM

    Remember when the Jets were on the rise?
    Rex and Sanchez took them to back-to-back AFC Championship games.
    What happened?

  26. sandersmarcus10 says: Aug 6, 2013 2:10 PM

    hater79 says:
    Aug 6, 2013 1:50 PM
    Does anyone want to bet mark Sanchez has a longer career than rg3?

    Thumbs up yes

    Thumbs down no

    ^^^^How the hell does RG3 get mentioned with Sanchez this don’t have NOTHING to do with RG3, he’ s not in a QB battle, com’ on man!!

  27. coachbeck says: Aug 6, 2013 2:15 PM

    Better not to expose smith to Lions #1 DL.

  28. phinfan says: Aug 6, 2013 2:16 PM

    Get your pop corn ready… this movie is rated a comedy pg-13

  29. nflsucker says: Aug 6, 2013 2:16 PM

    Well, if we’re trying to read some sense into mis-spellings, we can agree that Mark makes way more cents than he should.

    ______________

    If that is so the JETS will be sorry Mark is the best Quarterback in camp how many more are you guys going to jump on the Geno wagon Ill stay on the Mark train it’s faster and makes more sence

  30. pem34 says: Aug 6, 2013 2:28 PM

    sandersmarcus10 says:
    ^^^^How the hell does RG3 get mentioned with Sanchez this don’t have NOTHING to do with RG3, he’ s not in a QB battle, com’ on man!!
    —————–

    You are completely wrong – this has nothing to do with RG3 at all. Quit bringing him into this.

  31. simplesimon1 says: Aug 6, 2013 2:29 PM

    Well, there could be a good chance that the Lions D-line may make the choice for the Jets as to who will start this year. Could be season over for Sanchez.

  32. bloodisred says: Aug 6, 2013 2:29 PM

    Probably doesn’t mean a whole lot. I mean, they both can’t jog out for the first series.

  33. stoutfiles says: Aug 6, 2013 2:29 PM

    Sanchez, please…buttfumble just one more time. For old time’s sake.

  34. footballfan58 says: Aug 6, 2013 2:30 PM

    teejayss says:
    footballfan58: let me guess: youre a fan of no team but walk around joining bandwagons if the winning teams each week, right? then when someone calls u out u say” im a football fan”..LOL

    **************************

    Ummm ……….no. I’m a loyal Patriots fan of more than 40 years. If you’ve ever read my comments before you’d know that. It’s never been any secret.

    And I’m still happy that Sanchez is your QB!

  35. kd75 says: Aug 6, 2013 2:32 PM

    And nobody will be able to see it because it is on CBS.

  36. brettfavresmidget says: Aug 6, 2013 2:35 PM

    Surprise, Butt Fumble!!!!

  37. kd75 says: Aug 6, 2013 2:35 PM

    Giants/Broncos on CBS week 2, if they don’t have this thing figured out, someone on 65 street might get just arrested.

  38. karl422 says: Aug 6, 2013 2:44 PM

    sandersmarcus10 says:
    ^^^^How the hell does RG3 get mentioned with Sanchez this don’t have NOTHING to do with RG3, he’ s not in a QB battle, com’ on man!!

    My ears hurt. This DOESN’T have ANYTHING to do with RG3.

  39. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 6, 2013 2:49 PM

    Whoever starts the THIRD preseason game is all that matters. Please return to your homes. There’s nothing more here to see…

  40. razzzmajazzz says: Aug 6, 2013 3:00 PM

    Sanchez will start as long as Rex is coach.

  41. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 6, 2013 3:11 PM

    My new favorite sitcom.

  42. sandersmarcus10 says: Aug 6, 2013 3:17 PM

    My ears hurt. This DOESN’T have ANYTHING to do with RG3.

    Sorry about that ENGLISH MAJOR!

  43. dlk47823 says: Aug 6, 2013 4:42 PM

    As much as you all criticize him, here’a a list of the teams Sanchez has beaten.
    1. New England (playoffs in NE)
    2. Pittsburgh
    3. Indy (playoffs in Indy)
    4. Buffalo
    5. Miami
    6. San Diego (playoffs in SD)
    7. Cincinnati (playoffs in Cincy)
    8. Minnesota
    9. Detroit
    10. Denver
    11. Cleveland
    12. Houston
    13. Dallas
    14. Jacksonville
    15. Kansas City
    16. Washington
    17. Tennessee
    18. Oakland
    19.Carolina
    20. Tampa Bay
    21.St Louis
    Say what you want, there’s a good chance YOUR TEAM IS ON THE LIST….and he beat you!

  44. giantssb42champs says: Aug 6, 2013 4:42 PM

    BOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  45. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Aug 6, 2013 4:53 PM

    Someone better wake up
    ‘ColtsWin!ColtsWin! ‘ and tell him there is another Jets story waiting anxiously for his clever, insightful wit…

  46. lrjets says: Aug 6, 2013 5:50 PM

    phinfan says:Aug 6, 2013 2:16 PM

    Get your pop corn ready… this movie is rated a comedy pg-13
    ______________________________

    Second Feature, a tragedy….

    DOLPHINS HAVE NOT A WON A PLAYOFF GAME SINCE 2000

    A cast of, oops another blackout!

  47. pisano says: Aug 6, 2013 7:32 PM

    Unbelievable! let the circus begin.

  48. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 6, 2013 9:42 PM

    Sanchez about an INT away from being sent to the bench once and for all. IMO

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