Rich Cimini of ESPN New York writes that Geno Smith is the “preferred candidate” to win the Jets starting quarterback job.
Cimini adds that Smith will need to prove capable of running the team’s offense in order to stave off Mark Sanchez.
It’s no secret that Smith is the preferred option over Sanchez, but Cimini mentions that starting Geno earlier on could allow him to be “swallowed up by the enormity of the challenge” and come at the “expense of his psyche.”
Starting Sanchez would at least reduce the initial pressure placed on Smith and would allow Sanchez to take the heat if they struggle. Cimini expects there to be an internal debate if the competition is close.