Rex Ryan's shotgun wedding with new boss John Idzik may end in divorce in a few months but the Jets' Odd Couple agrees that it's time to kick off the Geno Smith era. The Daily News has learned that Ryan Idzik and much of the team's key decision makers are on board with moving on from Mark Sanchez. Although speculation centered on Ryan's desire to cling to Sanchez sources told the News that Ryan believes that Smith is the better option if healthy. Sanchez's shoulder injury makes it a no-brainer for Ryan who is likely to start Smith for the season opener against the Buccaneers on Sunday. The Jets were so impressed with Smith in the first couple weeks of training camp that Ryan was set to name him the Week 1 starter before the rookie suffered an ankle injury in the preseason opener. The original plan was to start Smith against the Jaguars in the second preseason game. Ryan who will have final say after collaborating with Idzik offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg quarterbacks coach David Lee and others was poised to declare Smith the winner in the quarterback competition as long as he didn't implode against Jacksonville according to sources. However the Jets made the mistake of having Smith practice all week in the run-up to the game. Smith didn't play after his ankle predictably didn't get better that week. Ryan & Co. could have avoided the ensuing mess by resting Smith for a few days to improve his chances of playing against Jacksonville. Sanchez elevated his play in practice that week while Smith was "brutal" one day according to Ryan. Despite Sanchez's sharp practices the brain trust simply doesn't fully trust the fifth-year veteran and have grown tired of his repeated red-zone mistakes according to sources.
Report: Jets brass have agreed to turn page on Sanchez era
New York Daily News | Aug 31