Rex had no power in this qb situation. John Idzik told the media two months ago he'd have the final say on QB issues. all of this BS about giving Geno a special extra chance to win the job is all Idzik. If it was up to Rex he'd have declared Mark the starter 2 weeks ago. Because despite everyone's hopes to the contrary, Mark earned it in OTA, camp and the games. And the giants game showed us all why Geno is actually worse than Mark right now. Anyone who is holding out hope for Geno to be better than Mark this year either didn't see the game or is living in denial.
the blunder of putting in Mark is a Head coach trying to give Mark the reps he should have had behind the first team. If Rex made a mistake it wasn't in putting Mark in late. It was not putting his foot down and putting Mark in with the first team, where he belonged.
Bit, bit, bit...c'mon guy you know that isn't accurate. He said he'd have a voice or maybe a good amount of input,but didn't say that he'd have "final say." He said that it was a collaborative "we" decision.
We all know that if it was up to Rex, Geno could have been the second coming of RGIII, Andrew Luck and/or Russell Wilson, and he'd still have named Sanchez the starter at the beginning of OTAs and there would never have been a competition. That's not wise. Idzik was trying to guard against that. He wanted to push Sanchez and have the best QB possible starting. Sure he has a vested interest in Geno starting, but hopefully he has enough sense to realize that it would be detrimental to both Geno and the team to throw Geno to the wolves if he isn't ready. The mantra he brought to the team was competition. That mantra would have been a farce, particularly with Sanchez' past play, if that competition didn't include the QB position.
I'm not gonna claim that you have an anti-Idzik agenda, but if not, then imo you aren't thinking clearly for whatever reason. If it was gonna be a true competition, then they needed to see what Geno could do with the rest of the starters in live preseason game action. Just because he missed the Jax game shouldn't have meant the competition was over. If the Jets were expected to challenge for the Lombardi Trophy this season, then that would have been another matter. In that situation, the competition would have been over the minute Geno got hurt so that Sanchez could have gotten the reps in the final tuneup for the regular season (vs the Giants). But with this being a rebuilding year and the team having low expectations, "normal" procedures can be set aside. There was no harm in letting Geno start vs the Giants, and if he showed that he was ready, it could have helped the team a lot. There was no need for Sanchez to even play vs the Giants. The few snaps he would have gotten would make little real difference in his or the team's preparation for the season. He has timing down with the receivers (as much as he's going to with his lack of accuracy and lack of poise in the pocket). He and most of the offense are used to playing/practicing together, so your comments that Sanchez needed to play vs the Giants are just silly imo.
As far as "ordering Rex to play Geno in quarters 1-3" that was to give Geno and the team a fair opportunity, and to give a truer picture of whether Geno was ready to start or not. In a normal situation you wouldn't want a GM telling the HC who to start or play, but this isn't a "normal" situation. Rex has clearly shown over the years that he plays his guys regardless of how poorly they play, doesn't hold them accountable, and doesn't give others a chance to play. It also seems pretty clear that he's not a very good judge of talent, especially on the offensive side. Idzik's trying to do what's best for the team. Idzik needs to find out which of the young players are keepers and who can help the team going forward. If Rex doesn't give them a chance, if he just picks the players he likes and sticks with them, Idzik wouldn't know what he needs to know to make informed decisions next off season.
Rex is trying to keep his job (or set himself up for another) and doesn't really care about the team beyond this year. He has a vested interest in playing the guys that he thinks give him the best chance to win and retain his job. We also don't know what info Idzik has or what conversations have taken place between then that affect this situation and Idzik's handling of the situation. There could be very compelling reasons for Idzik to have made the decisions he has.
Edited by JoeKlecko, 27 August 2013 - 11:32 AM.
Rex Ryan, the bag lady of NFL HCs.