“A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.”
Earlier today, Manish Meta of the New York Daily News wrote that the New York Jets’ quarterback competition between Mark Sanchez and rookie Geno Smith is far from an actual competition. Meta called the front by the Jets a “charade” and suggested that the plan all along was to start Smith opening day.
“Competition” is one of those words that changes in color and content according to the situation – especially when NFL teams are using it.
Jets’ Head Coach Rex Ryan may have intended for it to be a true competition between Sanchez and Smith, and he still might. But I’m with Meta here and believe the Jets organization had every intention of Geno Smith “winning the competition” based on the past performance of Sanchez.
Even if New York drafted Geno Smith and expected him to be installed as the starter in week 1, things don’t always work out the way teams plan. Sanchez could have played well in camp and his first two preseason games (he didn’t) and cemented himself as a true incumbent to the starting role. By many reports, Smith has looked like the better QB in camp and he is slated to get the majority of the snaps in the Jets’ third preseason game against the New York Giants. If Smith performs well, the job is almost certainly his for week one.
The Jets may have wanted a competition between their rookie quarterback and the folly prone veteran at the beginning of camp, but that competition can turn into a hierarchy if Geno Smith plays well this week.