Jets' QB competition only a three-man race

April, 30, 2013
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Let’s be realistic: Matt Simms will not be the New York Jets’ starting quarterback in 2013, and neither will Greg McElroy.

That is why New York Jets general manager John Idzik’s claim Tuesday that all five quarterbacks will compete for the starting job this summer in training camp comes off as merely lip service. New York has a legitimate, three-horse race between incumbent starter Mark Sanchez, veteran David Garrard and rookie quarterback Geno Smith. The other two quarterbacks are fillers who probably won't make the 53-man roster in September.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan has a huge challenge ahead of him this summer. It is difficult enough to equally manage reps for two quarterbacks in training camp. Ryan has to do that for three players (not five) in order to give Sanchez, Garrard and Smith a fair shot to win the job. Ryan is a defensive coach who prefers to hand the offense to others. That blew up in Ryan's face with former offensive coordinators Brian Schottenheimer and Tony Sparano. But the Jets have their most proven offensive coordinator in years with Marty Mornhinweg.

The Jets did themselves a huge favor to relieve some of the circus atmosphere by cutting Tim Tebow on Monday. Let’s hope Idzik and the Jets do not add to the circus by having an unprecedented five-way quarterback controversy.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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