Mark Sanchez Era is Over with the New York Jets

Jets go with Geno to Begin New Era

8/31/13 in NFL   |   jakeryanbrown   |   28 respect

Aug 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) drops back to pass against the New York Giants during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsAfter an offseason with arguably the most headlines for a quarterback controversy in the history of the National Football League, the New York Jets have finally made a decision on who takes the ball under center for their week one matchup at MetLife Stadium against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  The one they chose isn't the one who signed a $54 million contract extension last offseason.

The Jets finally decided to end the Mark Sanchez era yesterday when head coach Rex Ryan and General Manager John Idzik came to an agreement that enough is enough.  They went with their rookie QB Geno Smith to lead them as they finally turn the page from the Sanchez chapter.  Sanchez won't be able to return to action for a couple of weeks anyway as he nurses the shoulder injury he suffered against the Giants in preseason.  This is a day that had to happen for this team, the organization, and the fans.  The Sanchez era is over and done with.  While Geno doesn't appear to be ready to be thrown in a fire, it's a rebuilding process and it's the risk this team needs to take.  Sanchez continues to show he will never be able to take this team back to another AFC Championship.  That Mark Sanchez is LONG GONE.  He's in another stratosphere.   Aug 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) reacts after being sacked by New York Giants defensive tackle Marvin Austin (not pictured) during the fourth quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Rex Ryan's love affair with the fifth year quarterback will come to an abrupt end as the Jets need to see what they got in their rookie quarterback.  He may be no Andrew Luck or Russell Wilson or Robert Griffin III, but in a league displaying elusive, fast, young new quarterbacks, Geno could fit right in.  It's going to be a process and in no way, shape, or form do the Jets come close to competing in 2013, but if Geno could learn offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's system and can establish himself in the NFL, Gang Green will look to give him some targets next offseason.  He'll be working with a defense that will single-handedly win them a handful of games this season and that is built for the future.  This team had to make the transition just to take a step in the right direction.  Nobody would show up this season at the Meadowlands with Sanchez taking the ball under center.  Geno gives fans a chance to possibly see light at the end of the tunnel.  Jets fans have been in the dark for the past couple of seasons watching an inept offense that is incapable of moving the football.  That could all change with a new quarterback that can not only throw the ball, but make plays with his legs.  

This kid is not coming in to take the Jets to the playoffs this season, but he's coming in to give this team some hope for 2014 and beyond.  That's something Sanchez is fully incapable of doing.  While Rex Ryan may not stick around come 2014, it's essential John Idzik does his best at "Finding Geno."  September 8th at 1:00 at MetLife Stadium, that new era will begin.  
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