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Jets following Seahawks model with QB competition

New York has a glut behind center, something its new general manager has already experienced.


The New York Jets are going to have a crowded quarterbacks room during mini and training camps this offseason, with five signal-callers getting a chance to be the starter, according to general manager John Idzik.

A five-way quarterback competition is unheard of, but something that Idzik might be tinkering with because of his Seattle Seahawks days, according to Rich Cimini of

Last year while Idzik was with Seattle, the team had four quarterbacks in camp who received reps, but only two took the bulk of preseason snaps in Russell Wilson and Matt Flynn.

In New York, they need to juggle time for Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith, David Garrard, Greg McIlroy and Matt Simms. It would appear likely Sanchez and Smith will get most of the opportunities, with one of the other three having to absolutely shine for any chance.

The real question is whether Sanchez - he of the butt-fumble - can hold off Smith. At some point, Smith will be the starter for this franchise barring a minor miracle, but when? Sanchez needs to get off to a hot start and continue that momentum, or Smith will be inserted into the lineup.

After two seasons out of the playoffs, head coach Rex Ryan has to be feeling some heat, although some believe owner Woody Johnson is smitten with Ryan and wants to rebuild with him in the fold. Regardless, Ryan doesn't seem to be a man with patience galore.

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