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Rex Ryan: No 'clear-cut favorite' in Jets' quarterback competition

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Rex Ryan says there's no 'clear-cut favorite' for starting Jets QB. (USATSI)
Ryan says there's no 'clear-cut favorite' for Jets starting QB. (USATSI)

The Jets are in the midst of assembling quite the motley crew of quarterbacks, having compiled a depth chart that includes Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy and David Garrard. Rumors have also tied New York to interest in free agent Kevin Kolb.

And the competition between these mediocre talents is just as muddled as you'd expect, with Jets coach Rex Ryan saying over the weekend nobody is ahead of the pack to win the starting job.

"I don't think there's a clear-cut favorite," Ryan said via the New York Post. “I just think it's going to be competition from day one, and obviously Sanchez will take the first snap and things but that's all you can say. I believe Mark will play a lot better, but I also believe that there's going to be some probably stiffer competition than maybe there's been in the past."

Translation: Sanchez is the de facto starter and will be given the first shot at winning the job but can have his gig stolen if someone steps up in a big way -- only nobody will because there isn't anyone good enough on the roster to beat out the preconceived trust Rex has in the quarterback he drafted?

Whew. And, um, so ... nothing's changed?

The one good thing about this message is that it's at least somewhat consistent with what Woody Johnson said at the owners meetings in Phoenix recently. Johnson said he didn't believe the Jets had "seen the best of" Sanchez and left the door wide-open for any outcome when it came to Tebow.

The most likely outcome is Tebow gets cut. Barring another free agency signing, it simply means Sanchez has to beat out Garrard and McElroy for the starting gig.

And that's something that, given the Jets' track record, should happen. Even if it shouldn't.

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