Jets should start Mark Sanchez over Geno Smith

Why not let Geno Smith sit for a year?

4/27/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Apr 26, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Geno Smith (West Virginia) is introduced as the number thirty-ninth overall pick to the New York Jets during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY SportsIt's a crazy idea, right? The New York Jets just drafted Geno Smith in the second round of the draft, so wouldn't they want him to start playing right away? Isn't that why they drafted him?

Perhaps. But why should they be in such a hurry?

The Jets really have no reason to rush Geno Smith into the starting role, and they might actually help themselves a bit if they let Mark Sanchez take the reins for one more year.

The Jets would love to get rid of Sanchez and his exorbitant salary, but that's really not a possibility at this point. His trade value is at an all-time low, and if they cut him, they'll be on the hook for a whole lot of money ($12.35M cap hit this year, $4.8M next year). If the Jets let Sanchez play this year, there's a slight chance that he'll actually be a tradable commodity. If not, then they'll at least be able to cut him next year without taking such an enormous cap hit.

Remember a few years ago, when guys would spend an entire season on the bench learning the ropes in the NFL before taking the field? The Bengals did that with Carson Palmer, and until his injury in a playoff game against the Steelers, he was progressing extremely well. Unfortunately, he was never really the same after that injury, but it's clear that the year off did him some good.

No matter who starts at QB for the Jets, they are a team with a whole lot of weaknesses. They're probably going to lose 10-12 games regardless of who is under center. Why bother putting Smith through that sort of disaster and taint the beginning of his career, when we could just let Mark Sanchez bite the bullet?

Geno Smith probably doesn't want to be a clipboard holder for a whole season, but it might actually be the best thing for him, and for the Jets.
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4/29/13   |   GFortier   |   520 respect

Agreed. As a Jets fan I would most prefer Garrard to start the season, but I could live with Sanchez for one more year. Call it morbid curiosity. Even if Geno doesn't come in 'til later in the season I think that not being thrown to the fire Week 1 will benefit him greatly.