Geno Smith Will Determine Rex Ryan's Fate with New York Jets in 2013

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IAugust 25, 2013

Aug 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) throws pass during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports
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It appears that Rex Ryan and Geno Smith will be joined at the hip in 2013 for the New York Jets.

After Ryan foolishly put Mark Sanchez in to play with scrubs late in the team's third preseason game against the New York Giants, Smith appears likely to be the team's starter going forward.

Sanchez was injured (shocking, right?) after getting hit on two consecutive plays, as noted by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport:

The extent of Sanchez's injury is not yet known. ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini did confirm early Sunday that the quarterback didn't break his collarbone, which was one of the concerns last night:

While the team waits for the MRI results, everyone is crossing their fingers, hoping Sanchez will be healthy enough to start when the Jets host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1.

No, that isn't a typo—Sanchez really does give the Jets the best chance to win right now.

Smith blew his chance to secure the starting job with an atrocious outing on Saturday night.

After an impressive first drive that resulted in a touchdown pass from Smith to Ben Obomanu, the rookie quarterback imploded. He ended up throwing three interceptions and stepping out of the end zone in the fourth quarter for a safety before the Jets finally, and mercifully, pulled him out of the game. 

Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara, who picked off Smith's first interception of the night, told WNBC-TV's Bruce Beck, "Geno's been staring down his receivers all night," as noted by Brian Bassett of TheJetsBlog.com:

Smith's performance against the Giants on Saturday night was all the proof we needed to surmise he's nowhere near ready to lead an NFL offense. 

However, whether it's in Week 1 or Week 9, you can be sure Smith will be the team's starting quarterback at some point this season. 

A career 55 percent passer who has thrown more interceptions (69) than touchdowns (68), Sanchez routinely makes foolish decisions in the red zone and has cost his team many games as a result.

Even if Sanchez is cleared to play in Week 1, he'll inevitably turn the ball over like he has throughout his career and force the Jets to bench him in favor of Smith. The fifth-year pro out of USC has regressed badly since his first two seasons, and he was never that great to begin with.

He can't stop shooting himself and his team in the foot.

Smith is going to start for the Jets at some point this year. When he does, he'll have the power to either save or doom Ryan's job as the team's head coach.

Based on what we've seen from the rookie thus far in preseason, Ryan is doomed.

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