The Jets are playing with fire and are certain to get burned if they don’t name a quarterback soon after tomorrow night’s game against the Giants.

Coach Rex Ryan and his offensive underlings are now leaving open the possibility the collective collaborative choice between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith could drag into the fourth preseason game against the Eagles on Thursday a mere 10 days before the regular-season opener.

“We’re not putting a timetable on this” Ryan said. “We want to make sure that our evaluation’s complete before we make that decision.”

Complete the evaluation and make that decision after this game for crying out loud.

To the best of my knowledge a Waffle House has never fielded a winning football team.

Quarterbacks coach David Lee: “We’re not near ready to name a quarterback yet.

“[When] we know we’ll tell ya. We don’t know right now.”

This Delay of Game is debilitating and self-destructive to a team that cries out for leadership at the most important position and a disservice to whichever quarterback wins the job from a repetition standpoint and most critically from a leadership standpoint.

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg: “This is going to be a decision that’s going to be made when like any other position one of the players elevates himself.”

Quarterback however is not like any other position. I asked Mornhinweg if it’s possible he will go into the fourth preseason game without a decision.

“I suppose it’s possible” he said.

But isn’t it beneficial for the rest of the offense to know who its leader is?

“Oh you can debate some of those things. ... You could debate ’em certainly” Mornhinweg said. “However you have to just simply have enough information to be able to do that.”