(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) — The New York Jets have named rookie quarterback Geno Smith as the starter on Sunday for their game against the Buccaneers.
Smith got the nod over an ailing Mark Sanchez, who has a shoulder injury.
“We’ll go through some ups and downs, I can guarantee you that,” offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. “Knowing Geno, hopefully there will be more ups than downs. The whole team has to be part of this. Everybody has to play just a notch above for him to perform at a high level.”
Jets head coach Rex Ryan would not hint if this would be the end of the Sanchez era.
“He’s just not ready right now,” Ryan told the team’s official website. “We’ll see what the future holds as we move forward, but clearly right now he’s not ready.”
Sanchez will earn a guaranteed $8.25 million this season to backup Smith. The Jets also signed backup Brady Quinn earlier this week.
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