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Jets may have lucked into a way to give Geno Smith a test drive

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Maybe the Jets aren’t as dumb as they seem.

With quarterback Mark Sanchez looking less and less likely to be ready to play in eight days due to a shoulder injury suffered after he had won the starting job by default, the Jets have lucked into a way to make Geno Smith the starter, pending Sanchez’s return to 100 percent.

If Smith plays poorly, Sanchez will be back to 100 percent sooner rather than later.  If Smith plays well, Sanchez won’t be 100 percent for a while.  Or until Smith had a few horrible games.

ESPN’s Ed Werder has reported that Sanchez could miss a few weeks.  The silence emanating from the team and from Sanchez’s camp had created the clear impression that the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft could miss multiple regular-season games.

For coach Rex Ryan, his chances of returning in 2014 would drop considerably if Smith becomes the starter based on merit — and then gets benched based on lack of merit.  While Ryan could start with Sanchez and then flip to Smith if needed, hopeful that the offense shows enough hope with Smith to prompt the Jets to choose continuity, the prospect of making Smith the No. 1 quarterback then dropping him to No. 2 behind Sanchez would make it hard to make the case that a fresh start would be counterproductive.

So Smith will be the starter, until Sanchez is healthy.  If Smith struggles, he won’t be getting benched; he’ll be yielding to the man who had won the job in the offseason, training camp, and the preseason.

Of course, if the Jets don’t handle the situation that fell into their laps when Sanchez fell onto the turf with a shoulder injury, then they really are as dumb as they seem.

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13 Responses to “Jets may have lucked into a way to give Geno Smith a test drive”
  1. yooperman says: Aug 31, 2013 6:50 AM

    It’s a copycat league. Sanchez getting hurt wasn’t luck. It was a well planned suicide mission.

  2. papacrick says: Aug 31, 2013 7:02 AM

    Who cares they’re both scrubs but I’m sure Jets fans would rather watch a different guy fail just to switch it up. I wouldn’t be surprised if that McElroy kid is better than both

  3. turfczar57 says: Aug 31, 2013 7:29 AM

    “if this or if that then this or maybe this, Jets are dumb”.
    Wow what outstanding reporting….for an elementary school paper.

  4. cwk22 says: Aug 31, 2013 8:44 AM

    Dolphin fan here. Jets now have an opportunity to see if Smith can handle regular season. If not, back to Suckchez. Either way, it will be interesting to see how they do. Hopefully poorly when they play Miami.

  5. hehateme2 says: Aug 31, 2013 8:47 AM

    I don’t think you can use the word “luck” and the hapless jet franchise.

    Remember… their only super bowl appearance was before we walking on the moon!! Yikes!!

  6. fordmandalay says: Aug 31, 2013 9:03 AM

    Because if there’s one thing the Jests are known for, it’s their Machiavellian planning. Just like Pee-Wee Herman when he crashed his bike; “I meant to do that!”

  7. nananatman says: Aug 31, 2013 9:17 AM

    How did Simms do game 4?

  8. mrfield16 says: Aug 31, 2013 9:33 AM

    Calling the Jets “dumb”. Very professional.

  9. cmdrsmooth says: Aug 31, 2013 9:44 AM

    Bingo. This is the Jets best situation. Minus the “dumb” comments, this article has potential.

    Guess your dumb assumption is based on you agreeing with Manish that Sanchez is the Jets savior this season. Now that would make you really dumb.

  10. bucforever says: Aug 31, 2013 9:47 AM

    The return of Revis and the Bucs in the season opener should make for a very interesting game . Josh Freeman has been playing like a rookie QB all preseason. I just hope Coach Schiano has something he has been holding back. GO BUCS

  11. officialgame says: Aug 31, 2013 9:52 AM

    Do you really need to test drive an Edsel.

  12. cwk22 says: Aug 31, 2013 10:03 AM

    Dolphin fan here. Jets now have the opportunity to see if Smith can handle regular season. If not, back to Suckchez. Either way, it will be interesting to see how they do. Hopefully poorly when they play Miami.

  13. patsbrat says: Aug 31, 2013 11:30 AM

    The fact that they haven’t named a starter yet is obviously not because both guys are tearing it up. Don’t the Jets realize that the longer they drag this out shows they don’t have confidence in either one of them?

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