Battle of the QB’s: Sanchez or Smith?
Added by Gregg Snyder on September 2, 2013.
For anyone studying the pre-season NFL odds, the situation at the New York Jets will be of some interest. The club have two quarterbacks, Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith, who are battling for the starting spot. As of this writing, the Jets seem to have moved on from Sanchez and considers Smith the main man. However, it would be interesting to look back and see the quarterback saga in this Jets team.
The thing is, the issue does not seem to have been resolved in the Jets’ preseason games. In the Jets’ final preseason game, against the Philadelphia Eagles, neither Sanchez nor Smith played, with third choice quarterback Matt Simms running the offensive game. Not that Smith and Sanchez have not been given chances to stake a proper claim for a starting spot. Some of the duo’s performances in preseason have been poor, though, while a shoulder injury still hampers Sanchez’s progress.
Smith played in the preseason game against the New York Giants, but turned in a lackluster performance. He threw three interceptions, and even conceded a safety, when he stepped out of the back of the end zone. Sanchez did not enjoy the best of games against the Giants either.
Geno Smith may be in line to start for the Jets in Week 1. (Ron Antonelli – NYDN)
He took a hard hit in the last few minutes of the game, and has been limited in the type and quality of training he can now do. It was reported at the end of August that he was limited to riding a stationary bike during training sessions, and could not participate in throwing drills. Anyone contemplating betting on the NFL this season will not be backing the Jets for glory at this rate.
The team really should not have to be facing such a dilemma, really. Sanchez has held the starting quarterback spot with the Jets since his arrival at the franchise in 2009. The shoulder injury has changed all that, though.
Reports coming from the Jets’ camp insist that the Californian is taking the injury on a day-by-day basis, with medics assessing his progress at regular intervals. That is no way to prepare for the big clash with Tampa Bay on the opening day of the season, though. Yet still the Jets hierarchy have refused to confirm that Geno Smith will definitely start. Anyone who knows anything about NFL betting odds would say that such a situation is not going to be doing wonders for Smith’s confidence.
It would also perhaps be unwise to completely write off Matt Simms’ chances of starting, especially after he threw for 285 yards in the win over the Eagles. His completion rate, 33 from 44, was also not bad, especially considering the recent questions which have been asked about the 24-year-old’s accuracy with his arm.
Simms does not have the experience or reputation of his rivals for the quarterback spot, though, and Jets coach Rex Ryan will have to show true leadership and confidence to make a call before the big game with Tampa Bay on September 8. Having the issue resolved as soon as possible will also help to put the minds of the other members of the roster at ease.
The player may have to wait until the last minute to see the problem sorted, though. People scanning the free NFL betting options at a site like NFLOnlineBetting, will also want to know which way Ryan is likely to go as soon as possible. It would seem that sports betting enthusiasts who follow the Jets this season will find thatlearning educated NFL betting online will prove to be very helpful indeed. Fans who do their NFL betting online may well have to look elsewhere for good value when it comes to the offensive capabilities of the Jets.
Maybe the only comfort to Jets fans is that their city rivals, the Giants, seem to be suffering with their own problems in preseason too. Local bragging rights can only do so much to assuage the pain of failure, though. The Jets players, especially in offense, will need to start giving their supporters something to sing about when the season’s serious business begins.
The NFL Super Bowl will currently look a very long way away indeed, to fans of the New York Jets. They will hope that the cloudy issue of who starts at quarterback may yet have a silver lining.