It’s been both said and written that a team that has two quarterbacks has no quarterbacks. That won’t be a problem for the Jets, who will certainly have one quarterback, either Mark Sanchez or rookie Geno Smith, once the season begins. The difficulty facing the Jets is who is making the decision?
General Manager John Idzik said naming the starting quarterback will be a “collaborative” decision, made with input from the front office and coaching staff. Rex Ryan said the same thing. But is it the right thing?
Ryan and his staff get to see, evaluate and manage the play of Sanchez and Smith every day. Although you can make an argument that maybe Ryan, who always has been a defense-minded coach, isn’t the right person to make the decision based on what happened last season, the coach should always be the one to decide who the starting signal caller is.
“I think you guys are making a mountain out of a mole hill, to be honest with you, because ever since I’ve been here—this is my fifth year here—not one decision has ever been made by one man, not one decision,” said Ryan.
It still doesn’t explain how the decision will come about. Are they throwing both names into a hat? Will it be eeny, meeny, miny, moe? A decision needs to be made, and having more than one person in on it could be a problem if the decision-makers have their own agenda.
Ryan needs to win to keep his job or, at the very least, set himself up for his next opportunity. Idzik would probably like to see Smith start because he drafted him. Jets owner Woody Johnson probably wants the starter to be the player who can sell the most personal seat licenses.
This isn’t to say each man isn’t correct in their thinking, because each has a different role with the organization. But if all three are stuck on their own agendas with no room for compromise, it will be another long season for the Jets. The decision about the starting quarterback should rest with one man.