Now us Jets fans seem to be in a very precarious situation. A new rookie, an old vet who's miss a few years, Captain Buttfumble, and two other guys who really shouldn't be on the roster at this point, in my opinion. At the end of last season I was screaming for Sanchez's head, wanting nothing more than to see him out of New York, but now I'm not so sure. Let's think about this for a second and way out what we have on the table.
The two guys I think shouldn't even be in the discussion are QB's Matt Simms and Greg McElroy. One is a future/reserve contract player, and the other had a chance and got sacked about 10 times if I remember correctly. Neither are the future for the Jets, and at this point shouldn't be considered. Our true three should be Sanchez, Gerrard, and Smith in THAT order. Smith I can not deny will probably be the Jet of the future, but I do not think he is to be stepping into that position this year. He needs to be groomed, coached, and set up to start in maybe a year or two, if and only if, Sanchez can prove himself a bit.
There's just too much money tied up in Sanchez to not keep him at least on the roster and not completely waste it. Judging from his press conferences as of late there's something that I've missed from Sanchez in a long time. Confidence. This Sanchez seems like he has a fight in him, he wants to play, wants to prove, and wants to keep that starting position. If he can get it done in training and in the pre-season, I think it would be totally acceptable to give him the reigns, but keep the leash on him. He should still feel that pressure on his job, and keep proving his worth.
Gerrard is our vet, not the greatest one to be sure, but someone who has been in the league for years. Let him mentor Smith, groom him for play, and get him ready for it in a year or two. By putting him in the second spot, we can hope that the N.Y. media will back down a bit on the controversy too. If Sanchez can work hard in training, in a system that isn't a terrible idea like Sparono's, and more effective than Schottenheimer's, he could really do well, but the confidence is key. Give him the chance, and I think he'll be the QB we need.