One of the main storylines from the New York Jets’ third preseason game was the injury Mark Sanchez sustained after surprisingly being put into the game in the fourth quarter. This happened after Geno Smith had another ‘brutal’ performance, throwing 16-30, 199 yards, 1 TD, and 3 INTs—also, Geno Smith accidently ran out of the Jets end zone and gave up a safety. After such a devastating performance, it seemed that Mark Sanchez was going to win the starting job.
However, while Matt Simms was warming up and preparing to go into the game, Rex Ryan made a shocking decision to insert Mark Sanchez into the game in the fourth quarter. Sanchez had not warmed up, and it was reported that he never wanted to go into the game with the backups in the first place. Nevertheless, Sanchez went into the game, and to no one’s surprise, fumbled and turned the ball over on his first possession. On his second drive, Sanchez broke out of the pocket and possibly made his best play of the preseason so far. He escaped the pass rush, and completed a perfect pass to recently signed Mohammed Massaquoi 23 yards down the field. Unfortunately, at the end of the play New York Giants DT hit Mark Sanchez and left the quarterback writhing on the ground in pain.
After further testing, the Jets medical staff determined that Mark Sanchez had sustained a bruised right shoulder joint and was listed as day-to-day. However, Sanchez will not play in the Jets’ preseason finale and perhaps Geno Smith will receive another chance to win the starting job.
All this drama could have been prevented if it wasn’t for Rex Ryan’s poor decision making. Was it really necessary to play Mark Sanchez when he wasn’t warmed up and didn’t want to play with the backups? Probably not. When questioned about his decision after the game, we saw a break down form Rex Ryan that we have never seen before.
Due to Rex Ryan’s poor decisions, Sanchez may be unavailable for Week 1 and Geno Smith may win the starting job by default.