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Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Green Day: Still paying for ShoulderGate

By Rich Cimini

The New York Jets remain haunted by Aug. 24, the day Rex Ryan decided to insert Mark Sanchez into the fourth quarter of a preseason game. You know how it turned out.

They lost their only experienced quarterback that night, the presumptive starter, forcing them to put rookie Geno Smith on the accelerated program. Clearly, he wasn't ready -- and still isn't, evidenced by his meltdown in the Music City. It would've been better for him, and the team, to have him watch a few games from the sideline, but that idea got blown up the second Marvin Austin crashed into Sanchez's right shoulder.

Now the Jets are trapped on the rookie rollercoaster, with no viable alternatives. Oh, sure, Ryan might get sick of Smith's turnovers at some point and turn to Matt Simms or even Brady Quinn, but he'll go back to Smith because that's how GM John Idzik wants it. It'll always come back to Smith, just like it'll always come back to Aug. 24.

Which raises the question: Would the Jets be 2-2 with Sanchez at quarterback? Maybe 3-1? Or 1-3? I say 3-1, because I think they would've pulled out the New England game with a veteran presence behind center.

What say you?

ICYMI: Rex Ryan is getting fed up with the turnovers, but he's sticking with Smith "at this point right now." Why not throw in another disclaimer? ... Reciever Stephen Hill has a concussion and, from what I'm hearing, WR Santonio Holmes will miss time with a pulled hamstring. Next men, up. ... Mike Goodson -- remember him? -- said "words can't even express how excited I am" to get back to football. His four-game suspension is over. ... Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak called out Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples for their hits on QB Jake Locker.