Hours before the Jets and Patriots set football back centuries in a Thursday night slopfest Mark Sancheztold NFL Network's Rich Eisen that if he hadn't been injured in the preseason he would be New York's starting quarterback. "I won the competition" he said. "There's no doubt." Maybe not in Sanchez's mind but the revelation was news to coach Rex Ryan who went to great lengths to not name a starter during the preseason. "I never said he won the competition" Ryan said in a Friday conference call with reporters via NFL.com. "That's his opinion" the coach continued. "It's not about a company line. Apparently if that's what he said then that's his opinion. Again there is that ongoing competition." Whether that's true -- that this really is an ongoing competition -- is also up for debate. Rookie Geno Smith has been adequate in two starts which frankly isn't much different than what we've seen from Sanchez in recent seasons. What is different though is that Smith was drafted by new general manager John Idzik and Sanchez is pulling down $8.25 million in guaranteed money this season.