Remember, two-a-day practices are history, so reps are at a premium. When they're in Cortland this summer, the Jets can't lose sight of the most important objectives. In addition to picking a starting quarterback, they have to learn and get comfortable with a new offense and -- this may sound overly simplistic -- get their starters ready for Week 1. They can't let the quarterback situation preoccupy them and become counterproductive for the team.The team has been clear about not wanting to rush Geno so I do wonder about how exactly this will play out and if it looks like this. Over the next few years, the Jets are only going to want to give Geno the job once if they can at all help it. Allowing Geno the largest amount of reps would be good from a learning perspective, but if they wind up not picking him then there's concerns about whether or not the team learned the offense in time for the start of the season.
It seems like new GM John Idzik will follow the Seahawks' model from last preseason. The breakdown of the actual game reps shows it was basically a two-man race: Russell Wilson138 snaps, Matt Flynn 99, Josh Portis 31 and Tarvaris Jackson eight, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Seahawks didn't have to learn a new system on the fly, a huge benefit.
In the Jets' version, rookie Geno Smith will play the role of Wilson; he'll get every chance to show he can play. Sanchez bears similarities to both Flynn (big contracts) and Jackson (incumbents on thin ice). He has to get a decent number of reps because he could be the starter or he could be trade bait. David Garrard is the wild card. He could be the fallback option if Smith isn't ready and Sanchez is shipped out, meaning he, too, will need quality reps. As for Greg McElroy and Matt Simms, one of them figures to be left behind when the team leaves for Cortland in late July.
More on the QB competition, this time from Rich Cimini of ESPN NY. Today he writes that reps are at a premium during camp under the new CBA, and so the Jets have to be judicious with their use.