There is supposed to be a battle for the New York Jets
' starting quarterback gig, but thus far it hasn't been much of a battle, and Mark Sanchez
appears set to be under center for the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
, unless rookie Geno Smith
steps up his game, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini
"Listen to Rex Ryan, and you come away with the impression he'd rather crochet a sweater than start Mark Sanchez at quarterback. Ryan's tone has been, um, less than enthusiastic. But guess what? He might have little choice," Cimini wrote. "Judging from what I've seen and heard, rookie Geno Smith hasn't blown anybody away, the way Russell Wilson
did last season when he walked into the Seahawks' facility. It's still early and things could change, but the way this is headed, it'll be Sanchez versus the Bucs in Week 1. That's the way it should be. Unless Smith is lights-out in the preseason, the Jets should open with Sanchez."
Should Smith get comfortable in the preseason, we could see a legit competition between the pair. Otherwise, Ryan will have little choice but to plug the veteran Sanchez in and hope he can finally prove worthy of the job, then turn to the rookie Smith if/when Sanchez falters.