The latest breaking news from the New York Jets compound is David Garrard's stay with the Jets is a brief one for this veteran QB, as he is not healthy enough to compete. So what's next?
Mark Sanchez is a quarterback with some magic lucky mojo. He's a guy who turned the ball over 26 times last season. A guy who played his way out of the starting job last season, yet he seems to be safe on the roster for the Jets.
The news came early on Wednesday that the roller coaster ride of the quarterback position was on one more roll, when David Garrard told reporters that he will be leaving the team due to a long-standing knee injury that leaves him not healthy enough to play. Garrard plans on retiring.
Jets now have four quarterbacks on the roster (the number was six a couple of weeks ago). Mark Sanchez's career quarterback rating is 71.1. He played in 62 games, throwing 69 interceptions, compiling 12,082 passing yards, rushing for an average of 2.7 yards per carry, being sacked 126 times, with 42 fumbles (20 fumbles lost).
Geno Smith is the rookie from West Virgina. Smith completed 369 out of 519 attempts for 4,205 yards, 42 touchdowns and 6 interceptions last season in Morgantown. He added 151 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Yet with all of these impressive college stats, Smith is still merely an untested rookie.
Greg McElroy, and Matt Simms lurk in the background somewhere, and in my opinion won't have a realistic shot at the position. With Garrard's surprise retirement, it should make it easier for McElroy to make the team out of training camp.
If Geno Smith is not ready to step up to the plate as a NFL quarterback at week 1 then that puts Mark Sanchez at the " De-Facto" starting position.
This is a tricky place for the Jets to be. There don't have a safety net. No go-between. With Garrard gone, they are in the same boat as the Dallas Cowboys -- counting on one QB to carry the team.
Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said he wanted the quarterback position resolved as soon as possible. He will be able to give Sanchez and Smith more reps during the competition. What will it say if Smith can't outplay Mark Sanchez, who has been falling off for a few seasons?
So the Jets have a bonafide quarterback controversy on their hands. For their sake, let's hope someone will rise to the top sooner rather than later...