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Call on QB belongs to Rex, not Idzik

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One of the most obvious points of contention between the Jets’ present and future will be their quarterback decision.

But according to a report by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, (who may or may not have given the governor a harumph), the call on whether Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith starts will be made by coach Rex Ryan, not new General Manager John Idzik.

“I’m sure John will have his say,” a team source said. “But at the end of the day, Rex will consult his coaches and make the decision.”

Of course, there are deep organizational implications to either decision.

Ryan, who enters the season on thin ice, will obviously be more inclined to go with Sanchez. He’s seen the former first-rounder hold the wheel for a team that went to two AFC Championship Games. He knows what he can do. Smith’s a complete unknown, and may be wholly unprepared to start, even if Idzik were to lean on Ryan to make that decision.

Idzik said at the start of camp he’d have a “pretty big role” in deciding the quarterback, but ultimately, would cede that call to Ryan.

“John and I are really like shoulder-to-shoulder in decisions that we make,” Ryan said Monday. “We are side-by-side on every decision that goes into it-who plays, who’s making the team, all those type of things, . . . We are side-by-side with each other.”

Of course, playing Sanchez in the fourth quarter of a preseason game behind backup linemen and getting him hurt might complicate matters, since it’s unclear if his bruised shoulder would allow him to play.

But given the unstable state of the Jets, it might all be a moot point, and Idzik might simply be letting Ryan make one last important call, before what looks like an inevitable mess this season.

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58 Responses to “Call on QB belongs to Rex, not Idzik”
  1. concord148 says: Aug 27, 2013 8:48 AM

    Come on Rex, can’t you get your act together. Signed: Miley Cyrus

  2. ocgunslinger says: Aug 27, 2013 8:51 AM

    Handwriting is clearly on the wall.

  3. hendawg21 says: Aug 27, 2013 8:52 AM

    You know when Ryan first got this job and the way the Jets performed those first 2 years I really thought they may be on their way to respectability. But seeing what’s been happening the last 2 years, it’s become or should I say returned to the train wreck they were. At this point i’d almost be willing to put Broadway Joe back in uniform to play QB, I will give the Jets props because if they hadn’t made that move up to get Sanchez that could’ve been my team with this guy…that being said we now have 2 top notch young QB’s with RGIII and Cousins and probably the best 3rd string QB in the league…

  4. getyourownname says: Aug 27, 2013 8:56 AM

    Jets fans probably feel this is like seeing Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum in the owner’s box.

  5. nyfootballgiants says: Aug 27, 2013 8:58 AM

    I think it was a mistake to play Sanchez. But, my guess is that Ryan felt that Sanchez would kill against 4th string players – lead the team to victory, and instill confidence in him.

    Sadly, he forgot that Sanchez’s blockers were also 4th string…..

    Remember – the NFL stands for Not For Long……

  6. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Aug 27, 2013 8:59 AM

    idzik basically told rex to start smith in the third game; leaving sanchez the fourth quarter. if smith had played even halfway good, idzik would be all over this decision and the kid would be starting.

    now, since the kid sucked as we all expected last week, it’s suddenly rex’s decision. rex should know they aren’t shoulder to shoulder. idzik is behind him with a shiv and when this season ends i expect he’ll be walking rex off the gangplank.

  7. stevequinn says: Aug 27, 2013 9:01 AM

    Pete Carrol said Sanchez wasn’t ready for the NFL when Sanchez declared for the draft. He’s still not ready.

  8. truthfactory says: Aug 27, 2013 9:01 AM

    I’m not a Jets fan, but I’m not sure why all the pressure is on Rex. He is completely handicapped with the QB’s and lack of WR’s they have. Can anyone name an available coach out there that could turn this dumpster fire of a roster into a winner??

  9. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: Aug 27, 2013 9:01 AM

    Sanchez’ nasty toe infection is a big turnoff for Rexy when he’s trying to decide which QB to start.

  10. jcmeyer10 says: Aug 27, 2013 9:01 AM

    Yes it is, Idzik should be giving Rexy as much rope as possible to hang himself.

    Idzik should not have his fingerprints on this, so when he fires Rex, people will think Idzik gave Rex a chance to do it his way.

  11. scoops1 says: Aug 27, 2013 9:03 AM

    Larry David should just name the starting QB….

    After all, he has written all the other material for the Jets in the last few years….

  12. steelersnowand4ever says: Aug 27, 2013 9:06 AM

    The Jets are going to the Super Bowl…….as ushers

  13. hendawg21 says: Aug 27, 2013 9:11 AM

    And this is why New England has had their way in the AFC East, just look at the QB troubles in that division…if the other teams could just solidify the QB position with decent QB’s then the Pats wouldn’t rule the roost as they do.

  14. kev86 says: Aug 27, 2013 9:18 AM

    Some call. Is this Izdik guy really qualified. Maybe he should try tap dancing in Broadway.

  15. cmdrsmooth says: Aug 27, 2013 9:18 AM

    Wait..Mehta and Cimini should be making the final QB decision.

    This team is predicted to be last in the NFL with Sanchez. Now, Rex has compromised their 3-13 season. I never have seen such a turn of events from media. Pathetic.

  16. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 27, 2013 9:21 AM

    Letting Rex make a decision that big is a disaster waiting to happen. Just like the officer who steered Titanic into the iceberg.

  17. nananatman says: Aug 27, 2013 9:21 AM

    I think their best option is Simms, he actually can throw the ball.

  18. cmdrsmooth says: Aug 27, 2013 9:21 AM

    Right on Steve! How about the fact Rex has more experience and success with an NFL not ready QB than anyone else in history.

    This Rex Witch Hunt has to go away.

    “Pete Carrol said Sanchez wasn’t ready for the NFL when Sanchez declared for the draft. He’s still not ready.”

  19. graphis56 says: Aug 27, 2013 9:24 AM

    As stated above, Idzik is simply giving Ryan enough rope. When the hammer comes down, Ryan will be surprised and shocked and gone.

  20. wtfchiefs says: Aug 27, 2013 9:30 AM

    It boggles the mind how much coverage this team gets.

  21. naughtygod1 says: Aug 27, 2013 9:35 AM

    So basically now the QB competition depends on who has the prettier feet of the two :P

  22. descendency says: Aug 27, 2013 9:39 AM

    OK Rex. I want to sign up to compete for the starting job. I feel that even though I haven’t played football in 10 years and was never a great athlete, I could complete a few forward passes without staring down my receivers, would not fumble from running into my own lineman’s ass, and would know where the out of bounds line is in the endzone…

    I may not know the playbook yet, but apparently neither do your current starters. Give me a chance!

  23. eagleswin says: Aug 27, 2013 9:39 AM

    Let’s see .. Idzik publicly announced that he’d have significant say in who starts at QB and doing everything but holding a press conference and declaring Geno the starter. Now that his handpicked protege face-planted and the starting QB is hurt, it’s suddenly Rex’s decision?

    Idzik would make a good politician.

    Ignore the man behind the curtain.

  24. contactkylesmith says: Aug 27, 2013 9:40 AM

    To the guy that said Rex shouldn’t be under fire because they have no WR or QB to work with…which loud mouth do you think was forcing the Jets to draft defense in basically every round of the past 5 drafts…and perhaps they shouldn’t have drafted a CB and DT with their TWO first round picks this year.

  25. twilson962 says: Aug 27, 2013 9:41 AM

    The Jets Offensive woes begin at QB, but go much deeper. Look at the rest of the depth chart, and ask yourself how many of these guys would start on other teams?

    Stephen Hill – 2nd year WR. Has all the tools to be dangerous. Still needs a little development. Would probably be 3rd on most teams.

    Jeremy Kerley – Might be a return man or 4th/5th WR.

    Santonio – Was an excellent WR at one point. But injuries have hampered him the last few year. Probably be relegated to a slot receiver at this point in his career.

    Ben Obamanu – Who?

    Bilal Powell – see Ben Obamanu

    Chris Ivory – Could shine. He’s been buried at the RB spot for the Saints for a while. He could be a bright spot.

    Jeff Cumberland – Has shown some flashes.

    Kellen Winslow Jr – That ship sailed years ago.

    Tannenbaum did a number on this team. Rex seems to be in a no-win situation…

  26. stevejjones says: Aug 27, 2013 9:42 AM

    I almost feel bad for Rex. This is office politics at its worse. If one of these QBs was running away with it Idzik would step in and take credit. Like any lead from behind guy he’s doing what he does best – leaving a mess and staying in the rear with the gear.

  27. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 27, 2013 9:44 AM

    truthfactory says:

    I’m not a Jets fan, but I’m not sure why all the pressure is on Rex. He is completely handicapped with the QB’s and lack of WR’s they have.
    _________________________

    How about because he picked the QB that has not been able to handle NFL pressure after his first 2 years and regressed to the equivalent of a division 3 college QB ? And that its under Rex’s leadership that he regressed ?

    Or because Rex made many of the decisions that either drove a lot of the better players he had the first 2 years out of NY or just didn’t want them to stay ?

    How about a lot of the players he’s been involved in drafting have not played out to be very good ?

    How about because of his big mouth promising Super Bowl wins over and over and over and not delivering until he finally learned not to make that promise in his 4th season as HC ?

    The list goes on. He’s not competent to be an NFL head coach.

  28. getyourownname says: Aug 27, 2013 9:45 AM

    “and probably the best 3rd string QB in the league”

    That’s like having the best VCR player in the conference room. Most teams don’t carry one, and it’s pretty useless compared to modern alternatives.

  29. trollingforjustice says: Aug 27, 2013 9:48 AM

    I can see the bumper stickers now…..”Don’t Blame me, …Rex Made The Decision!” all over New York

  30. idonthavethebloodyoucrave says: Aug 27, 2013 9:53 AM

    The Jets are just one of those teams that are a joke from the ownership on down. Every sport has these jokes of franchises. NY actually has a few of em like the Rangers, Knicks and Mets. Unless a team like this gets a real owner, the circus will always be in town.

  31. patriots123456 says: Aug 27, 2013 9:59 AM

    Have the Jet’s management checked with McNabb yet?

  32. pisano says: Aug 27, 2013 10:05 AM

    If Idzik or Ryan had half a brain, they’d start Simms. Lets face it all four of these QB’s are basically equal, but Simms or McElroy seem to have the most upside.Sanchez, if allowed to be the starter will do exactly what he’s been doing, turning the ball over. The only reason Sanchez wasn’t cut is because of the 8 mil he’s due. Hopefully they let Simms have a lot of playing time this Thursday and he’ll shine.

  33. orivar says: Aug 27, 2013 10:12 AM

    Please. That FO is in complete disarray, there is no leadership from owner down and is obvious there’s a lot of clashing.

  34. patfanken says: Aug 27, 2013 10:18 AM

    As a Pats fan, there is nothing too bad that can happen to the Jets. HOWEVER, no HC, even Rex Ryan, deserves what’s happening to the Jets this season.

    He’s clearly going to make some team a fine DC next year, but as a HC he’s been a circus, excelling mainly a press conferences. Still, like I said, no HC deserves this. He can’t win in this situation.

    Ryan needs to win now to keep his job, and Itzik is in the rebuilding mold, and couldn’t care less about winning this year Rex Ryan is the epitome of the sacrificial lamb being led to the slaughter. Even a Pats fan knows that this isn’t right

  35. lrjets says: Aug 27, 2013 10:22 AM

    steelersnowand4ever says:Aug 27, 2013 9:06 AM

    The Jets are going to the Super Bowl…….as ushers
    ______________________________

    And the Steelers too………as toilet cleaners.

  36. hehateme2 says: Aug 27, 2013 10:25 AM

    Fat man in a little coat…

  37. greyhawk9 says: Aug 27, 2013 10:30 AM

    Luckily Rex is known for his fantastic decisions

  38. cmdrsmooth says: Aug 27, 2013 10:50 AM

    If Rex had Manning or Brady, he would be considered the greatest coach of all time.

    If Belichick or Harbaugh had been strapped with Sanchez and Geno, he would be talking Sideways as well.

  39. cmdrsmooth says: Aug 27, 2013 10:53 AM

    One thing is for sure. Rex knows nothing about QBs.

    I am in total agreement Idzik should make this decision, not Rex.

    Rex needs some of those color cards he gave Sanchez for his future press conferences.

  40. andyreidisabeachedwalrus says: Aug 27, 2013 11:10 AM

    Report: The call on appetizers, dinner, 2nds, 3rd helpings & dessert belongs to Rex, not anyone else who doesnt like having to retire there belt after eating.

  41. cfeeley52 says: Aug 27, 2013 11:21 AM

    hendawg21 says:
    Aug 27, 2013 8:52 AM
    You know when Ryan first got this job and the way the Jets performed those first 2 years I really thought they may be on their way to respectability. But seeing what’s been happening the last 2 years, it’s become or should I say returned to the train wreck they were. At this point i’d almost be willing to put Broadway Joe back in uniform to play QB, I will give the Jets props because if they hadn’t made that move up to get Sanchez that could’ve been my team with this guy…that being said we now have 2 top notch young QB’s with RGIII and Cousins and probably the best 3rd string QB in the league…
    —————————————
    Go away redskins fans, you still haven’t won a figgin thing since reagan administration and your future franchise qb is going to have knee problems the rest of his career. If you guys can actually win a playoff game this season i might gain a smidgen of respect, but until you’ve managed to accomplished that please just go away…

  42. jbaxt says: Aug 27, 2013 11:23 AM

    Sure seems like a lot of coverage for one if the worst teams in the nfl. Oh wait, NY, Dallas, and Philly can suck for eternity but the other 29 teams and their millions of fans are put on the 2nd tier status. Maybe NBC can start a new network. One for teams that matter, then one for the big 3. I’ll put a years salary that the 29 have better ratings than the 3, says Aaron Rodgers.

  43. grogansheroes says: Aug 27, 2013 11:39 AM

    cmdrsmooth says:
    Aug 27, 2013 10:50 AM
    If Rex had Manning or Brady, he would be considered the greatest coach of all time.

    If Belichick or Harbaugh had been strapped with Sanchez and Geno, he would be talking Sideways as well.

    If Rex had Manning or Brady, he would turn them into Sanchez.
    If Harbaugh and Belichick had Sanchez, they would either make it work, or get rid of him.

  44. harry1941 says: Aug 27, 2013 12:04 PM

    The Jets are going to the Super Bowl…….as ushers
    ______________________________

    And the Steelers too………as toilet cleaners.

    And so are the stinking Finns, NE and the has been Bills. As poop cleaners.

  45. larry321 says: Aug 27, 2013 12:11 PM

    Wait…didn’t Manish tell us last week that the QB competition was a farce and the decision was made months ago?

  46. harry1941 says: Aug 27, 2013 12:14 PM

    The QB coach is the only one who would know which QB be ready to start, He enforms the head coach. That’s why NFL teams hire QB coaches.

  47. dynaco says: Aug 27, 2013 12:29 PM

    One more reason Manish is a dope per Christie: It was Peterman who gave up on the play and let his guy go unblocked when Mark was hurt. Peterman was expected to be a starter. When you give up on the play it sends the wrong message and so he’s gone now. So why doesn’t Manish report it was a projected starter, not a back up who was in the game at the time of injury…because he’s a DOPE!!!

  48. cwk22 says: Aug 27, 2013 12:37 PM

    Dolphin Fan here. I love to read about the competition. but I wish that there would be an article about how the rest of the Jets team is doing. It is getting old reading about the QB situation. It is obvious both QB’s have issues. and when you add Rex to the equation it creates a lot of drama to write about. But there has to be something positive to write about from other draft choices they made.

  49. willjasper says: Aug 27, 2013 12:39 PM

    If Idzik wants Geno Smith to start, he’ll simply cut Mark Sanchez. Nothing Ryan can do in that situation.

  50. dlk47823 says: Aug 27, 2013 12:42 PM

    Steeler fans talkingSuper Bowl…now that’s a good one…..

  51. sundaymorningwood says: Aug 27, 2013 12:47 PM

    And the call on Rex belongs to Idzik.

  52. dlk47823 says: Aug 27, 2013 12:59 PM

    Patfanken- Did you see your last game? I wouldn’t worry about the Jets if I were you…..

  53. bucsfan5000 says: Aug 27, 2013 1:02 PM

    What difference does it make if Rex isn’t watching the offense?

  54. kbdubya7788 says: Aug 27, 2013 3:46 PM

    As far as I see things shaping up in NY both QBs are struggling at this point in Pre-season. The shoulder injury suffered by sanchez was inexcusable, “there is not explanation why you would take a chance with the only relevant Qb on your roster. Smith is a turnover machine, even going as far as hurting himself on a scramble where he wasn’t touched. this might be the end for rex my friends. Bad decisions, Ego and injuries might have sealed his fate. “now if they tank 8 games into the season do you stick with Ryan? or do you fire him and start looking for replacements…. Stay tuned

  55. hpfreddy says: Aug 27, 2013 6:36 PM

    Why do they keep making a big deal out of the fact he (Sanchez) was playing with a “back-up” offensive line? HELLO! The back-up offensive line was playing against the back-ups on the other teams defensive line, SO WHAT!

  56. cool10857 says: Aug 27, 2013 6:42 PM

    Fire Idzik and Ryan.

  57. jr507 says: Aug 27, 2013 8:07 PM

    My unflushed toilet > Manish Mehta

    Get a real source rather than the steaming pile that is the Daily News. Manish is a pathological liar and has been on his period since the Jets let his pet rat Mike Pettine go.

  58. osyrus1971 says: Aug 27, 2013 11:08 PM

    Rex Kotite

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