From the moment that the New York Jets brain-trust drafted quarterback Geno Smith the in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, it was more than apparent that Smith was their new guy.The rookie was seemingly defeated in a quarterback competition that he had already won before he put on a green and white jersey.
Incumbent Mark Sanchez lost the confidence of the front office last season when produced more gut-busting bloopers than true highlights.
Smith’s entrance into the starting spot was imminent whether Sanchez started the season or not.
The Jets for once caught a lucky break when Sanchez tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder after head coach Rex Ryan fed him to the wolves in preseason action against the New York Giants.
Sanchez’s injury gave the Jets an out.
You would hard pressed to find an American citizen to state that Sanchez has the potential to lead the Jets to greatness.
That sentiment echoes through the halls of the Jets facilities.
Even though Sanchez won the simulated-duel, nobody felt comfortable placing their livelihood in Sanchez’s hands.
At least with Smith, there is the ability to cultivate his athletic upside in hopes of creating the next Jets star.
Regardless of how Smith performs now, the young man can mature during his trial-by-fire without Sanchez looking over his shoulder.
With Smith there is hope.
With Sanchez there is impending doom.
This is why Smith is the team’s preference and this is why according to ESPN the Jets have placed Sanchez on a short-term version of injured reserve.
In theory, Sanchez can return Week 10.
In theory, Dennis Rodman can also wake up tomorrow with his sanity completely intact.
It is what it is.
If the Jets are out of playoff contention, the Jets own the excuse that it benefits them to let Smith continue his maturation process.
If the Jets are in the playoff hunt, the Jets will stay with the hot hand that got them there.
If we are being real, the only reason that Sanchez is still on the roster in 2013 is that it was too expensive to cut him at $8.25 million.
In the most ill-advised contract extension in sports history, former GM Mike Tannenbaum dealt the Jets a poison hand when he extended Sanchez through 2016.
The costly experiment could cost New York $11 million next season if the Jets elect to keep him once bonuses are figured in.
At some point, the Jets will cut bait regardless of the price tag.
The win-win scenario is that the Jets can work with a team such as the Vikings to deal Sanchez just to get his cap number off their books.
To do that, Sanchez will have to agree to restructure his deal to a reasonable salary.
That is if somebody wants him.
The odds are that the Vikings, Cardinals and certainly the Jaguars will all have question marks over their head at the QB position as they leave this year.
With Louisville standout Teddy Bridgewater, Clemson ankle-breaker Tajh Boyd, Ohio State’s Braxton Miller, Miami’s Stephen Morris and Johnny The Pen” Manziel all making likley NFL debuts next season, the forecast for Sanchez is very Tebowesque.
Thus why, Sanchez will force the Jets to cut him so that he can cash out on his last fat contract.
If it feels like you have watched this movie before, it’s because you have.
The name of that flick was The Ballad of Jake Delhomme.
This thing will sort itself out becauase it has to.
Sanchez and the Jets are two unhealthy for each other for this madness to continue.
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