By Tyson Rauch
On Wednesday Rex Ryan announced that rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez would not play on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Before we get into the aftermath of the decision, I think this was the right move to make by the Jets organization. Sanchez was clearly hobbled and to have him try and play with knee braces on both legs is asking a little too much out of the rookie gunslinger. A good portion of Mark’s game is based on his footwork and legs, and to take away that strength could put him in a dangerous position.
As for the game on Sunday, Kellen Clemens will start at quarterback. While Clemens was less than impressive in his appearance last week against the Bills, he is still more than capable of leading the Jets to victory on Sunday. The Jets offense is built around running the ball and with Tampa Bay ranked 31st against the run, the game plan is more than obvious. Clemens will be asked to manage the game, while the defense will try to take advantage of a Buccaneer offense ranked 27th overall, led by a rookie quarterback. Lets not forget that Kellen is very familiar with this offense and has a big enough arm to make all of the throws if necessary. While this is not an ideal situation for a team desperate for victories to stay in the playoff hunt, I think for one week the Jets can get by with Clemens at quarterback.
Take a deep breath Jets nation, the season is not over just yet.