The Jets are in a difficult position. They're head coach needs to win now, which would seem to indicate that Mark Sanchez has a good chance of starting over Geno Smith. In the long run, however, it would seem more beneficial to get Geno Smith up to speed sooner rather than later.
If what Smith says of himself is true, however, he could simplify the coming decision that Rex Ryan will have to make. Smith thinks he's making good progress in adapting to the Jets' offense.
"I've already made a giant leap," Smith told NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano. "Coming from a spread system where the biggest transition for me is going to be the footwork. It's not as if I can't do it, it's the fact that I haven't done it enough. The good amount of reps that I got in rookie camp, minicamp, OTAs has helped me make that leap and transition, and make giant strides."
"I have an opportunity to fight for a starting job in a great place right now, so I look forward to it."
Frankly, the Jets' coaches and fans should be pulling for Geno Smith to continue to get better, and as quickly as possible. Everyone knows what Mark Sanchez brings to the table, and it's certainly not what the Jets are looking for from a franchise quarterback. They drafted Geno Smith with the idea of bringing an athletic quarterback into the fold, pushing Mark Sanchez out. If Smith looks nearly equal to Sanchez by the end of training camp, you can expect Smith to get the starting nod.