Geno Smith has been dealing with an ankle injury and his apparent struggles in practice over the past few days as he deals with that have made this decision practically inevitable.
All it says is that he will start the second game, nothing more. The Jets have not made a formal announcement of who their starter will be for the season and our guess is that they will wait as long as possible -- but that everyone seems convinced within the last week that it will be Sanchez. Consider us more than a little dubious.
Everything seems to be turning on a dime. Smith looked good in camp, wasn't making the turnovers that Sanchez was, but was plainly adjusting to the NFL elsewhere in his ability to command an offense and make the right decisions with the football in his hand. Still, over the course of camp, momentum seemed to be moving in Smith's favor. What happened?
A vanilla game (standard for a rookie), an ankle sprain and one bad practice seem to have wiped out everything in an instant. Rex Ryan is looking to win as many games as possible and to do that he needs a quarterback that can control the football and stay out of his defense's way.
Like it or not, stupid pick-six aside, Sanchez's game is responding to this West Coast Offense. Could he be the starter at the start of the season? It's entirely possible at this point, but the Jets would be wise to give Geno a chance to start before making that call.
While I would imagine that the original plan entering preseason was for Geno Smith to start the second game, it's not really a surprise to hear this following the events of the last seven days.
In last year's preseason, it's worth noting that Russell Wilson didn't start the second game and, in fact, didn't even get into the game until the third quarter. Even so, he still won the starting job for Seattle. Of course John Idzik will be well aware of this.
With Greg McElroy missing time in practice earlier in the week and limited to scout team reps over the last day or two, his status is also up in the air, so it will be interesting to see how the reps are spread out this week. Matt Simms, who did not play last week, would figure to see extended action if McElroy and/or Smith are rested. Having said that, the Jets didn't use either of their third string quarterbacks in last year's second preseason game, so anything is possible.