Even the most confident of all Jets fans have to be wondering if they were sold a bill of goods on Mark Sanchez. The big New York debate since the draft has been Clemens or Sanchez? I have to wonder whether the best Jets quarterback isn’t even in the equation. Should Erik Ainge be the Jets starter on Week 1?
I wrote a blog immediately after the Jets drafted Sanchez criticizing them for the pick. I felt at the time that Sanchez was drafted way too high. Sanchez only had one full year as the starter at USC. Sanchez had a chance in his sophomore season to take the job from John David Booty and couldn’t. Even USC coach Pete Carroll recommended that Sanchez stay in school for another year for more polishing before joining the NFL.
The problem here in my eyes is that USC is just too talented. USC has talented players that surround and camouflage their quarterback’s deficiencies. Sanchez looked great last year at USC, but Leinart also looked tremendous in his final year. I know it is almost impossible to ask a college kid to pass on a $50 million deal in exchange for dorms and exams. However, in the long run these quarterbacks would make more money with a successful NFL career.
This brings us to the Jets. The talk all pre season has been about the quarterback battle between Sanchez and Kellen Clemens. Why Clemens is even on the Jets anymore is beyond me? I have never seen anything from Clemens that leads me to believe he is a competent starting quarterback. He is no better than AJ Feeley to me, and Andy Reid at least has the smarts to move that kind of talent to third string.
I know it is pre season and I know it is the Ravens, but Sanchez did not look ready for prime time. Sanchez looked downright scared out there and was extremely erratic. I know he came back and threw a touchdown, but Ray Lewis and Ed Reed were on the bench. This is not the kind of performance you want to see from a quarterback that will see Miami and New England twice a year.
On the other hand, Erik Ainge continues to look great in pre season. I loved Ainge when he was at Tennessee. I think Ainge has the potential to be a starting NFL quarterback. Ainge has looked the sharpest of all three Jets quarterbacks thus far in the pre season. I know he is playing third string defenses, but he is also playing with third string talent on offense. Ainge knows how to win and had a winning acumen in college. That is intangible that can’t be taught.
At the same time, Jets fans have to wonder if the real starter is the guy just languishing on their bench. Dallas was smart enough to recognize the talents they had at third string quarterback. Only time will tell if the Jets put winning over money and make this a true quarterback competition.
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