The Daily News reports the key decision-makers with the Jets are ready to hand the keys to the team over to Geno Smith.
The Daily News has learned that Ryan, Idzik and much of the team's key decision makers are on board with moving on from Mark Sanchez.
Although speculation centered on Ryan's desire to cling to Sanchez, sources told the News that Ryan believes that Smith is the better option if healthy.
At the very least it is good to hear this team's damaging attachment to Mark Sanchez seems to be ending. I think one of the things that has made the attachment so detrimental is how legitimately it was to talk oneself into believing Sanchez should continue to be the quarterback through the years.
Just think of all of the rationalizations that have been made through the years. He won four road Playoff games. He led those clutch drives. Kellen Clemens is a lousy option. Mark Brunell is a lousy option. Tim Tebow is a lousy option. Wayne Hunter was a turnstile. His offensive coordinator stinks. His position coach stinks. He hasn't had any continuity with his receivers. His receivers stink.
Now people say Geno Smith isn't ready. You don't need to be a Sanchez apologist to have said any of those things above. They were all true. They miss bigger issues, though. Sanchez had adversity, but his play independent of those variables was nowhere near good enough, and there are too many examples of his failures on things that could not possibly have been the fault of anybody but Sanchez. There were some outstanding individual moments, some that Jets fans will remember warmly for the rest of their lives. The totality of Sanchez, however, was nowhere near good enough, and it probably never will be.
There have always been excuses to play and believe in Mark Sanchez. There always will be excuses to play and believe in Mark Sanchez. To this point in his career, the team has done nothing but believe in those excuses, and that has been to the detriment of the New York Jets. There was a degree of outrage discussed by a minority but a vocal one at the suggestion Sanchez should have been cut after the team drafted Geno Smith, but this team needs a clean break from Sanchez to eliminate that temptation once and for all. Frankly, Sanchez probably needs a clean break from this team to have a miniscule chance of resurrecting his career.