If you were wondering why Jets coach Rex Ryan would wait until the fourth quarter of a meaningless preseason game to send quarterback Mark Sanchez on the field you're not alone. Pretty much everyone -- fans media Mark Sanchez -- was confused by the decision.

On an evening when rookie Geno Smith was to start Sanchez figured he'd have the night off at least according to ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini.

"Make no mistake: The controversy is only beginning" Cimini wrote early Sunday morning. "Judging by the way he reacted on the sideline Sanchez seemed surprised to be getting the call. Ryan announced Thursday that he planned to play Sanchez after Smith but maybe the plan changed. Sanchez didn't expect to play according to a source.

"Another source said Sanchez didn't want to be put into a game with the backups" Cimini continued. "There was a strange sequence on the sideline before he went in. Third-stringer Matt Simms put on his helmet chatted with (offensive coordinator Marty) Mornhinweg and seemed ready to go in. Sanchez was relaxing on the bench."

Relaxation turned to frustration after just two series when Sanchez absorbed a big hit and injured his throwing shoulder. But Ryan entering his fifth -- and possibly last -- year as the Jets coach explained that it was all about competition.