On Tuesday morning, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News tweeted that Geno Smith will start at quarterback for the Jets in the team’s third preseason game, if he suffers no setbacks with his ankle injury. Later in the day, Mehta took aim at the entire quarterback competition in New York with far more than 140 characters or less.
Calling it “farcical” and a “charade,” Mehta writes that Smith never actually was competing with Mark Sanchez. Instead, the organization wants Smith to start, and the organization created a rigged competition aimed at allowing Smith to win the job.
While Mehta’s assessment may be on the money, we’ve got no problem with it. Young quarterbacks who are preordained to start routinely must “win” the job. It helps the young quarterback avoid (or at least minimize) the perception inside and outside the locker room that the job has been handed to him. Also, it helps the young quarterback build a little confidence before he’s thrown to the wolves in Week One.