This summer Rex went to Pamplona to run with the bulls with his boy. And if its true what they say, that you are what you eat, I'd say Rex ate a big ass bull while he was over there. Remember how last year the whole mantra was "One Step Faster?" Remember that bull? When he had everybody dropping weight supposedly to become quicker and more athletic? And then he trotted out the slowest line-ups imaginable, playing an old ass Bart Scott with turf toe so bad that he had to wear shoes two sizes too big so that he could fit his big ass toe into it. Remember that? And the guy has the nerve to swear to this day that Bart Scott could cover if not for that injury. [Scott will be signed at some point this season, just a feelin.] Well now the new mantra is "Competition."
Is it really a competition though? I'll answer that question with a question: did we really get one step faster last year? NNNnnnope. I knew this whole "competition" thing was a sham right off the bat. The first time he spoke about it he said that no spot is safe... well... except for Wilkerson and Mangold and Brick and Cromartie... and he went down the exempt list. Some of you are gonna read that say to yourself, "Well of course. Those guys are all-pro-type studs." Well, then they should have no problem winning a competition, should they? Is it really a competition when a whole bunch of guys, right off the bat, don't have to compete? Irregardless of whether they're all pros or not, shouldn't they have to show up and compete too? Supposedly, at the end of mini-camp, Josh Bush "competed" his way to the top of the depth chart at Safety. Now it seems that Antonio Allen has wrestled that spot away from him. Seems like Allen out-performed Bush in practices and earned it. Competition.
What did Mark Sanchez and Braylon Edwards and Dee Milliner do to earn it? I'm not one to put a whole lot of stock into the musings of beat writers. But when there seems to be a consensus... hey, there's a consensus. And from the word go, from the coaches to the writers, it has seemed like Geno has out-performed Sanchez on the whole. It has seemed like guys like Hazelton and Spadola and Gates have outperformed Braylon (who has barely practiced). It has seemed like Milliner could not have possibly had enough practices in to supplant Wilson as a starter.
If the whole mantra is "Competition," should incumbents really be getting the nod over top performers in camp thus far? Is that really a competition then? And lets be honest, most vets just want to escape injury during the pre-season. Do they really care about not being named the starter for a pre-season game? And if they do care, should they really be getting a pass when some nobody (e.g. Spadola, Hazelton, Gates) takes the whole competition thing seriously and lights up camp? Why shouldn't one of those nobodies get the nod for a pre-season game when they've clearly outplayed the incumbent? Especially when you know for the most part what the incumbent is all about, why not see what the upstart has when he's up against real #1s?
Nope. Its not really about competition over here. "Competition" is something to say that sounds cool, like "one step faster," but nobody takes that mess seriously. Least of all the head coach. There's no true competition here. Sanchez will be given every opportunity to give Rex an excuse to start him. You saw it in the scrimmage. Scrimmage was over, but who does Rex trot out there with first string skill guys against the second string defense for one last hoorah? His tattoo boo, Mark Sanchez. Its a competition... kinda... well, except for Mangold and Brick and Wilkerson and Cro and Sanchez and Braylon and everybody else Rex has already decided is clearly (or naturally) going to start.