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Jets announce Smith will start, Sanchez out again Thursday

New York Jets quarterback Smith is chased by Tampa Bay Buccaneers Watson in the fourth quarter during their season opening NFL football game in East Rutherford Reuters

The Jets are 1-0 after an improbable 18-17 win against the Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon and they won’t be making a change at quarterback as they go for two straight wins against the Patriots on Thursday night.

Coach Rex Ryan announced that Geno Smith will start the game and that Mark Sanchez will again be inactive because of the shoulder injury he suffered in the third preseason game. Ryan also confirmed that Sanchez will be getting another opinion on the shoulder this week — Sanchez reportedly has a torn labrum in his right shoulder, which was also reportedly dislocated on the hit by former Giants defensive tackle Marvin Austin — in hopes of coming up with a firmer timeline for his return to work.

“He’s not going to play this game. It’s a short week, he’s not going to play this game,” Ryan said, via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News. “This is a mutual thing with the team and Mark to let’s go get, find out exactly where he is, maybe a different opinion. But he hasn’t had a setback or anything else. He’s been doing a good job with his rehab, but this is just, the situation, clearly he’s not going to play this week. So let’s make sure that everything’s, that we are 100 percent confident in what we think we have.”

Even if Sanchez were healthy, it’s hard to imagine the Jets pulling Smith off his performance against the Bucs. It wasn’t perfect, but Smith looked better as the game went along and he showed an ability to make plays with both his arm and legs over the course of the afternoon. With plenty of reason to believe he’ll be better with more experience, it’s a clear edge over a fifth-year player whose best moments haven’t been much better than what Smith did on Sunday.

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56 Responses to “Jets announce Smith will start, Sanchez out again Thursday”
  1. jrs1972 says: Sep 9, 2013 12:46 PM

    “With plenty of reason to believe he’ll be better with more experience”

    Actually, quite often as teams get film on a rookie QB his weaknesses are discovered and coaches figure out how to exploit those weaknesses… a few years later that qb is out of the nfl… lets not pretend that doesnt happen a lot.

  2. wearethesteelers says: Sep 9, 2013 12:47 PM

    5-11

  3. wearethesteelers says: Sep 9, 2013 12:47 PM

    or maybe 4-12

  4. scaredhitless says: Sep 9, 2013 12:49 PM

    The question remains – who will call timeouts for Rex Ryan because he’s too busy being a defensive coordinator. Without Marty Mornhinweg, they have maybe 15 seconds left instead of 34.

  5. lrjets says: Sep 9, 2013 12:49 PM

    “Think like a Jet” = stupidity.

    Who are they kidding? How far is this catering to Sanchez going to go?

    Right now if Sanchez were back, he should be # 3 behind Smith and Simms.

    Gee, Sanchez’ torn labrum was found out yesterday.
    *wink

  6. jetslakersfan says: Sep 9, 2013 12:50 PM

    jrs1972

    I agree what you said but let also forget the more a rookie plays they get better. That also happens all the time.

  7. unislaya says: Sep 9, 2013 12:51 PM

    I still can’t believe that the Buc’s gave them the game.
    Oh well, good for Geno.

  8. floridaslonechargersfan says: Sep 9, 2013 12:51 PM

    If the Jets aren’t careful, they’ll win just enough games to put themselves out of the running for the #1 pick

  9. jetslakersfan says: Sep 9, 2013 12:52 PM

    Hey wearthesteeler

    I think u better worry about your team. They look down right horrible yesterday.

  10. igotgamenj says: Sep 9, 2013 12:56 PM

    This just in Mark Sanchez played his last game as the Jets Starter he’s DONE book it

  11. jobytrice says: Sep 9, 2013 12:57 PM

    Jet fans shouldn’t fool themselves into thinking Smith is your answer at QB. There’s a reason he was looked over by QB needy teams in the draft. There’s a reason Mark Sanchez was winning the job prior to his injury. At this point leave him in but it won’t end well either way. The Jets didn’t win that game. The Bucs lost it. Stupid penalties. Nothing more.

  12. bucrightoff says: Sep 9, 2013 1:03 PM

    At least losing to the Jets means the Bucs are in better position than them for Teddy Bridgewater. Freeman sucks.

  13. johnnyjagfan says: Sep 9, 2013 1:05 PM

    The Pats are coming off a near-miss in Buffalo, will have a rowdy night crowd and it’s a short week? Geno runs out of the back of the endzone, again. This time up the tunnel and into the locker room.

  14. trollaikman8 says: Sep 9, 2013 1:06 PM

    Bummed to hear about Sanchez’s torn labia.
    Fantasy GM’s all over the nation are reeling.

  15. southpaw2k says: Sep 9, 2013 1:08 PM

    jrs1972 says:
    Sep 9, 2013 12:46 PM
    “With plenty of reason to believe he’ll be better with more experience”

    Actually, quite often as teams get film on a rookie QB his weaknesses are discovered and coaches figure out how to exploit those weaknesses… a few years later that qb is out of the nfl… lets not pretend that doesnt happen a lot.

    ————————————————–

    The last few years have really debunked this concept, given the likes of Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, Andrew Luck, RGIII, and Russell Wilson.

    I’m not necessarily putting Geno Smith in that group, especially since he’s had exactly one NFL start under his belt, but the trend has been reversing.

  16. 12strikes says: Sep 9, 2013 1:08 PM

    Hmmm..
    This win and Geno’s play seemed very (Denver Bronco) Tebow-esk.

  17. tombradyswig says: Sep 9, 2013 1:15 PM

    I never thought I’d say this… but I like Geno Smith!
    Kid had some good smart plays yesterday, and some dumb ones, BUT he played his 1st game ever as a starting NFL QB.
    I’m rooting for you kid!

  18. alexb1234 says: Sep 9, 2013 1:23 PM

    Jets defense plays great(minus last drive), doug martin is shut down, defensive line is young and looks great applying pressure while rushing 4, Geno Smith looks really good for a rookie qb playing his first real game, Kellen Winlsow looks like his old self and is healthy(for now), and santonio holmes played ahead of schedule….yet there is still a ton of negativity and idiots saying the jets suck and are a train wreck….

    Yes the jets were fortunate to get the W after the penalty(it WAS a penalty) BUT even if they lost the jets proved with out a shadow of a doubt they are NOT the worst team in the NFL and that there is some promise to this team in the years to come.

    Obviously, they won’t win a super bowl this year and probably won’t make the playoffs but they proved to me they will win way more then the 2-5 games they were projected by most “experts” to win – i say 7-8 wins.

  19. jbaxt says: Sep 9, 2013 1:24 PM

    So the Raiders give up a 1st rounder and a 2nd rounder, then dump him after 2 years, then he has success with a competent team in AZ. Oh wait, that already happened.

  20. whatnojets says: Sep 9, 2013 1:28 PM

    I don’t like Smith. Actually I hate him. I despise him. He should be cut from the team. Sanchez, Simms or Quinn give us a better chance to reach the Promised Land in February 2014

  21. edelmanfanclub says: Sep 9, 2013 1:29 PM

    The End of an Era

  22. devilanse2013 says: Sep 9, 2013 1:31 PM

    One game down, one win! All of you Jets haters (all of whom need to get a life instead of trolling Jets articles to make moron’s of themselves) commenting on this site can kiss my brown eye! We expect you to tear down Geno because no matter what happens your comments are based on simple, mindless hatred. No matter what you say, Geno looked good yesterday. He was in control of both himself and the team. He repeatedly used his legs to escape pressure and was then able to locate and complete passes to his receivers, downfield. Yes, the Jets got a break on David’s stupid hit but not only did Folk still have to make a 48 yd FG but it was Geno getting out of the pocket and making something happen that caused the mindless out of bounds shove.

    On top of that, the D looked very strong out there. Constant pressure on Freeman, three sacks, multiple hits, had him rattled all day (after Warren ‘Big Mouth’ Sapp said the Jets had no pass rush!). The run D swallowed the “muscle hamster”, who would have looked even worse than his 2.7 ypc, but for one 4th qtr run for 17 yds. Oh, but I forgot, the Jets are the worst team, personnel wise, in the NFL…..NOT!

    Eat your hearts out Jet haters!

  23. fruitcovejag says: Sep 9, 2013 1:33 PM

    Former Giants DT? Why haven’t my Jaguars attempted to sign this guy? Or at least work him out? Too many talented defensive players? Where are you Dave Caldwell?

  24. 6ball says: Sep 9, 2013 1:36 PM

    .

    Both teams are 1-0. However, the Jets had an unexpected victory and exceeded expectations. The Patriots had to be rescued from their own ineptitude and played down to the level of their competition.

    .

  25. mannyicey says: Sep 9, 2013 1:46 PM

    I see Geno Smith like Tim Tebow: If you’re winning with them, keep them in the lineup.

    Congratulations, Jets fans! I was one who laughed at the name “Jets.”

  26. patriots123456 says: Sep 9, 2013 1:52 PM

    I don’t believe most posters here hate the Jets, I know I don’t…

    I think the comments are more based on the fact that they (Jets Management & Players) just don’t have a reputation for BRILLANCE…

    The NY media ( also a contributing factor) is the catalyst… to the lack of brillance…

  27. patriots123456 says: Sep 9, 2013 1:55 PM

    Who would have thought after week 1, both the Steelers & Ravens would have lost, and the Jets would have won?

  28. cwk22 says: Sep 9, 2013 2:00 PM

    Jets fans. Congrats on the win. Wasn’t pretty but it’s a W and Smith did ok. My Fins looked pathetic in the running game and it was against the Browns. But still a W as well. Hope you beat the Pats this week.

  29. adobot says: Sep 9, 2013 2:02 PM

    why are people still talking?
    you can crack all the jets jokes you can, but the game is played by the PLAYERS. they determine who wins and loses. not pft commentators, not their writers, not espns power rankings, it was the JETS vs. BUCS. cry all you want about the penalty, but you don’ hit a qb when hes already out of bounds. david himself had one foot out when he pushed smith. tired of hearing “the bucs beat themselves.” doug martin had like 62 yards, freeman looked like a scared child. its over, jets 1-0, bucs 0-1. thanks for visiting the circus :) .

  30. wrdtoyrmama says: Sep 9, 2013 2:13 PM

    Leave to an arrogant Steeler fan to rip on the Jets, after that truly pathetic performance by their team at Heinz Field yesterday.

    Its kind of like a guy calling your dog ugly when 3 of his own buck tooth, jugheaded, inbred children are play behind him.

  31. jimmyt says: Sep 9, 2013 2:22 PM

    Not a Jets fan but I hope they beat the stuffing out of the Patriots. Belicheat and Brady have enough wins that they didn’t deserve to last a while.

  32. pftfan says: Sep 9, 2013 2:26 PM

    Love all these commenters acting like a torn labrum is something Sanchez is faking to soothe his ego.

    It requires serious arthroscopic surgery and puts you out of commission for 6-12 months. And although an MRI can diagnose a partial tear, the surgeon could find a more serious (full tear) once inside.

    If he’s visiting Dr. Andrews, it’s because his season is over, not because he’s trying to save face.

  33. dlk47823 says: Sep 9, 2013 2:38 PM

    If the Jets win 4 or 5 games, one will be at home against Pittsburgh.

  34. fordboy183 says: Sep 9, 2013 2:42 PM

    wearethesteelers says:
    Sep 9, 2013 12:47 PM
    or maybe 4-12

    I would agree, Steelers won’t win more than four games this year.

  35. whatnojets says: Sep 9, 2013 2:44 PM

    So if Mike does have a season ending injury, the Jets can the re-coup his salary from the insurance company, correct??

  36. whatnojets says: Sep 9, 2013 2:45 PM

    So if Mark does have a season ending injury, the Jets can the re-coup his salary from the insurance company, correct??

  37. dlk47823 says: Sep 9, 2013 2:46 PM

    To those who say, The Jets didn’t win the game, the Bucs lost it it:
    Total yards Jets 304 Tampa 250
    First downs Jets 22 Tampa 12
    Time of possession Jets 33-27

    Read em and weep

  38. mackcarrington says: Sep 9, 2013 2:56 PM

    I get really tired of the immature, 5th grade attitude of fans who think that “just because this article is about the Jets, (or your favorite team), anybody else is forbidden to read and comment on it. It’s totally childish, like the 8 year old boys who don’t want girls in their backyard “clubhouse”.
    Do you plan on growing up anytime soon?

  39. onebucplace says: Sep 9, 2013 3:12 PM

    The Jets had better hope they have the same officiating crew. Football is an easy game to play when the other team isn’t allowed to tackle you.

  40. ccjcsr says: Sep 9, 2013 3:16 PM

    Sanchez has a hair appointment, can’t make it!

  41. onebucplace says: Sep 9, 2013 3:18 PM

    dlk47823 says:
    Sep 9, 2013 2:46 PM
    To those who say, The Jets didn’t win the game, the Bucs lost it it

    ———–

    Penalties Bucs: 13-102 Jets: 6-45

    This includes 3 completely BS personal foul penalties, 2 of which lead to Jets scores. Additionally the refs were even helping out the Jets by not letting Geno do stupid things like waste timeouts because he was too dumb realize in 2 seconds it was the 2 min warning. Additionally when the Jets player was bodyslamming the Bucs player on a punt return, a full suplex, the refs called nothing even though last year the Bucs were called on two occasions for personal fouls for lesser suplexes. I’m totally for NOT calling any of this BS, but when one side has to play flag football it’s an easy game to win. The Jets were horrid on offense, the refs gave them chance after chance and eventually handed them the win. With that said the Bucs were mostly awful but they didn’t lose that game, the refs gave it to the Jets.

  42. skinsfanwill says: Sep 9, 2013 3:29 PM

    The Jets win one!!!!! Does that mean this is the year the cowboys win the Superbowl. This is the first year I haven’t heard one analyst say the cowboys would take it all. 6 turnovers and they still barely won. Miami should win this division. Hopefully the Jets can make a decent run at the division. I hate New England.

  43. alexandrasmith11 says: Sep 9, 2013 3:30 PM

    I make $9000/hr dinking and dunking to my RBs and have been doing so for 8 years!

    Ask me how!

    Alex Smith #11

  44. emaix80 says: Sep 9, 2013 3:30 PM

    Pats -45 Jets -0 this Thursday

  45. hehateme2 says: Sep 9, 2013 3:31 PM

    Obviously, they won’t win a super bowl this year and probably won’t make the playoffs but they proved to me they will win way more then the 2-5 games they were projected by most “experts” to win – i say 7-8 wins.

    4-5 wins sound about right considering the “gift” from yesterday. No playoffs, get back on your meds. Playing for 3rd place at best.

  46. dlk47823 says: Sep 9, 2013 3:52 PM

    emaix 80- Go ahead and bet the ranch…Oh, I forgot you lost it laying 11 to the Bills this week!

  47. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Sep 9, 2013 4:04 PM

    Someone better get a handle on the clock management situation. Jets would have had an additional 10 -15 seconds at a minimum at the end of game if that was handled better from that last Bucs series. Please let’s not regress back to Herm Edwards incompetence style of clock management!!!

  48. onebucplace says: Sep 9, 2013 4:22 PM

    jetsjetsjetsnow says:
    Sep 9, 2013 4:04 PM
    Someone better get a handle on the clock management situation. Jets would have had an additional 10 -15 seconds at a minimum at the end of game if that was handled better from that last Bucs series. Please let’s not regress back to Herm Edwards incompetence style of clock management!!!

    ———-

    Don’t worry about it, the refs had your back.

  49. nitro276 says: Sep 9, 2013 4:25 PM

    Let’s see…Geno Smith wins his first game….albeit with some luck….and my other QB is standing on the sideline nursing a shoulder injury while wearing a girl’s hair band….Geno gets the next start!

  50. wrdtoyrmama says: Sep 9, 2013 4:32 PM

    Torn labrum is a big time injury for a QB.

    It was the reason why the Dolphins passed on Drew Brees for Dante Culpepper a few years back….

  51. 2ndaryinsanity says: Sep 9, 2013 4:32 PM

    You can’t fake a dislocated shoulder and torn labrum. It’s not like Sanchez isn’t playing because he’s whining about a hang nail. Rex Ryan did himself a favor when he made the stupid decision to play his (at the time) starting QB in a pre season game with the 3rd string offensive line. What QB controversy? Plus, starting a rookie MIGHT buy him another year. This is one more example of the saying, “it’s better to be lucky than good.” Is Geno Smith going to heroically lead the Jets into the playoffs this season? Hell no! There just isn’t enough talent around him. The Jets front office is lying when they say this isn’t a rebuilding year. It’s going to take several years of GOOD management before the team can be considered good. Is Geno Smith their franchise QB? It’s way too early to tell. He played fairly well for a rookie making his first NFL start. Tampa Bay isn’t Seattle, but it’s not Jacksonville either. So Smith’s team beat an okay opponent. To claim Smith is going to be a HOF quarterback is ridiculous. But it’s equally ridiculous to proclaim him a bust.

  52. wrdtoyrmama says: Sep 9, 2013 4:42 PM

    Bucs were putrid, and for a fact got flagged for everything they deserved.

    I know Goldson’s made his living while doing it for the 49ers, and now with the Bucs, but when you lead with your helmet into the back or the helmet of a WR, as he’s already being tackled to the ground, its a roughness penalty, plain and simple.

    Enough of these pretend bad boys spearing ball carriers and receivers as they’re on their way to the ground. Just like clotheslining and horse collar tackles, its a dangerous play, and deserves 15 yards.

  53. fordboy183 says: Sep 9, 2013 4:55 PM

    onebucplace says:
    Sep 9, 2013 3:18 PM
    dlk47823 says:
    Sep 9, 2013 2:46 PM
    To those who say, The Jets didn’t win the game, the Bucs lost it it

    ———–

    Penalties Bucs: 13-102 Jets: 6-45

    This includes 3 completely BS personal foul penalties, 2 of which lead to Jets scores. Additionally the refs were even helping out the Jets by not letting Geno do stupid things like waste timeouts because he was too dumb realize in 2 seconds it was the 2 min warning. Additionally when the Jets player was bodyslamming the Bucs player on a punt return, a full suplex, the refs called nothing even though last year the Bucs were called on two occasions for personal fouls for lesser suplexes. I’m totally for NOT calling any of this BS, but when one side has to play flag football it’s an easy game to win. The Jets were horrid on offense, the refs gave them chance after chance and eventually handed them the win. With that said the Bucs were mostly awful but they didn’t lose that game, the refs gave it to the Jets.

    Hey sore loser, if you goon db’s and safeties didn’t hit helmet to helmet, they wouldn’t have been flagged. Go back and look at the hit on Kerley and Cumberland, both helmet to helmet and NOT BS! Get over it, you have an undisplined defense with an overpaid DB.

  54. onebucplace says: Sep 9, 2013 5:36 PM

    fordboy183 says:

    Hey sore loser, if you goon db’s and safeties didn’t hit helmet to helmet, they wouldn’t have been flagged. Go back and look at the hit on Kerley and Cumberland, both helmet to helmet and NOT BS! Get over it, you have an undisplined defense with an overpaid DB.

    ————-

    Hey stupid, neither play was a hit to the helmet. The first hit was a shoulder to the chest, the second hit wasn’t even close to a helmet to helmet. The third game winning penalty was a bang-bang play you don’t call with a game on the line. I’m glad you’re you completely OK with ruining football because it helps you this week, meanwhile when the NFL makes the official switch to using flags I’m sure you’ll be watching at home in your “mancave” with your metrosexual friends really stoked about it.

  55. blue6eyed6devil says: Sep 9, 2013 6:33 PM

    onebucplace says: Sep 9, 2013 5:36 PM

    stop your sniveling.
    your team lost
    your safety is a head hunter
    both were helmet to helmet. anyone with 1 working eye socket could see that

  56. cmdrsmooth says: Sep 9, 2013 8:12 PM

    Geno! Hard work and preparation pay off. I will take a little luck every day.

    Keep working hard champ!

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