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The Geno Smith era gets put on hold again as Mark Sanchez (above) gets the start against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Sanchize gets another chance to prove himself worthy of being the Jets starting quarterback, as the team announced he would get the start on Saturday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
It's not hard to understand why the Jets would want to see something different at quarterback. What they've seen from Sanchez has not been good. He has the lowest passer rating (71.7) of any quarterback to start at least 32 games over the past four years. He has more turnovers (52) than anyone else in the league over the past two years.
That being said, the decision was an easy one. Geno Smith twisted his ankle while trying to scramble in the team's preseason opener against the Lions, and he did not return to the game. Smith tried to practice on Wednesday, but it didn't look good.
"It was brutal," Jets head coach Rex Ryan said. "That was Geno’s worst day. Obviously the ankle is part of it. (He threw) way too many picks and things. (He) did not look comfortable today."
Ryan did indicate that it's a "possibility" that Geno could miss the game entirely. Forcing Geno to play Saturday would be a big mistake.
If he sprained his ankle, the best medicine is rest. At the same time, too much missed time for Smith could force the Jets hand in the decision-making process.
Erik Frenz is also a Patriots/AFC East writer for Boston.com. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand or via team news releases.