The Jets brought in some competition for Mark Sanchez yesterday, but it sounds as if he’s still the favorite to be the starting quarterback in September.
The team signed veteran David Garrard to compete with Sanchez for the starting spot, but hours before the team announced the move, new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg indicated the starting quarterback job is Mark Sanchez’s to lose.
“Mark will probably have just a little bit of a leg up, it would appear,” Mornhinweg said in a conference call with reporters.
The comment was made before the team announced the signing of Garrard — who has not played a regular-season game since 2010 — but one would assume Mornhinweg knew the team was making the move.
The vote of confidence for Sanchez is not going to go over well with a Jets fan base that saw Sanchez turn the ball over 52 times over the last two years, the most in the NFL. New general manager John Idzik has stressed that Sanchez will face competition this offseason for the starting job.
Mornhinweg might just realize the best the Jets can do is Garrard, who is 35 and coming off back and knee injuries that cost him the last two seasons. The terms of Garrard’s deal were not disclosed.
“I would like to have competition at that position as well as all the other positions,” Mornhinweg said. “There are a select few on this football team that have kind of earned the right to step in there as No. 1 on the depth chart, but I certainly would like competition at all the other spots, including the quarterback spot.”
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